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First Half Ends on Sour Note

First Half Ends on Sour Note

On the road for the first half finale, Wilmington (7-18) fell to Edenton (12-14) at Historic Hicks Field.

The Steamers were on the board first in the first. Edenton loaded the bases with no outs against starter Caleb Bishop (0-3). Ben Whetstone reached on a fielder's choice to go up 1-0. The next batter though grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning with just the one run allowed.

It was the Sharks turn to load the bases in the fourth against Ben Anderson (1-0). With no outs, the visitors failed to push a run across to remain behind 1-0.

In the ensuing at bat, the Steamers scored six innings to blow things open. A solo homer, a three-run shot and an error in the outfield allowed Edenton to take the 7-0 lead.

Edenton added a run in both the sixth and seventh inning to expand the lead to a nine run advantage over the Sharks.

Then in the eighth, a couple of pinch hitters came in and made a difference for the Sharks. With two on, Joe Gruszka laced a double into the gap to cut the Steamers lead to seven. The next hitter, Zach Bridges crushed a two run homer over the left field wall to cut it to 9-4.

The Sharks walked in the ninth but could not push across a run and fell 9-4.

Wilmington ends the first half losing 15 of its last 17 game, including four in a row. The Sharks finished 4-9 at home and 3-9 on the road.

Last summer, the Sharks finished the first half below 0.500 and bounced back to make it all the way to the CPL Petitt Cup Finals before losing to Gastonia.

The second half starts at home tomorrow as the Sharks host the First Half East Division Champions, the Morehead City Marlins. First pitch tomorrow is 6:05 and gates open at the Shark Tank at 5:00. The Sharks Pregame Show begins at 5:50 and you can watch the game here:





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 and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball