It was a night to forget for the Sharks as Morehead City (11-2) came in and swept Wilmington (5-9). In two games Wilmington scored just four runs on 10 hits and had eight errors. On the other side, the visitors scored 10 runs on 15 hits and had only one error.
There are two key parts of the doubleheader that will not stand out in the box score.
First, Morehead City scored at least a run in all six innings that the Sharks committed an error. Meanwhile, the Sharks were unable to capitalize on the only error by the Marlins. In fact, only one Morehead City run came in an inning where the Sharks did not commit an error.
The other telling part of tonight's game is encouraging for the Sharks, despite dropping both games. In both contests, Wilmington had the bases loaded and the tying run on base in either the second to last or last inning of the contest. While, this may look like just six runners left on base over two innings; instead, it shows that the Sharks were just one timely hit away from tying or taking the lead against the top team in the CPL.
In Game 1, the Marlins jumped out to a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth. Wilmington put a run on the board, but Morehead answered in the top of the seventh to retake the five run lead. In the final frame, the Sharks pushed two across and had the bases loaded with two outs, down 6-3.
Wilmington could not find the timely hit though and fell 3-0. Zach Keenan (2-0) earned the win for five scoreless innings, Dylan Gibeau (0-2) lost for the Sharks and Brandon Marklund (2) earned his second save.
In Game 2, Morehead City again had an early 3-0 lead after three innings thanks to three Wilmington errors. The Sharks loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth after scoring a run to make it 3-1.
Then, Dawson Moser came out of the bullpen to get two outs and leave the bases loaded. The visitors then tacked on an insurance run thanks to two more Sharks errors.
Evan Lumbert (1-0) won tossing four scoreless innings, Sam Luchansky (3-1) lost for the first time and Kenny Wells (4) struck out the side in the seventh for the save.
Wilmington has now lost six games in a row, the longest losing streak of the summer.
Next up, the Sharks hit the road tomorrow to face the Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch from the Swamp is at 5:05. There will not be a Wilmington Sharks Radio Network broadcast tomorrow. You can watch the game here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cplfayetteville/
About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. While another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.