The Sharks and Salamanders combined for 15 runs on 20 hits, but it was Holly Springs (10-22) coming out on top against Wilmington (11-20) by a score of 10-5.
The visitors scored first in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Danny Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to left to score the game's first run.
Holly Springs responded with a three spot in the bottom of the inning. The Salamanders added three more in third to jump out to a 6-1 advantage.
Then in the seventh, the Sharks moved back into striking distance. Ben LaSpaluto crushed his second home run of the summer against his former team to make it 6-4. Then with one out, Mason Streater reached on a fielder's choice to drive in a run to make it a one run ball game.
The Salamanders would score the game's final four runs, including three more in the eighth to close out the Sharks.
Holly Springs used nine different pitchers but it was Riley Myers (1-1) earning the win after allowing one run in the fourth inning. Sharks starter Austin Skipper (0-1) lost lasting only 2.2 innings.
The Sharks have lost two in a row after winning the first four games in the second half.
Wilmington is off for the next three days for the All-Star Break. The Sharks return home Wednesday night to face the Morehead City Marlins.
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