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Marlins Steal Christmas in July

Marlins Steal Christmas in July

Marlins Steal Christmas in July

After an early start for the Sharks, a disastrous fourth inning allowed Morehead City (29-12, 9-7) to defeat Wilmington (14-27, 7-9) by a 6-3 final at the Shark Tank.

To lead off the bottom of the first, UNCW left fielder Noah Liles notched his first homer of the summer. The ball left the Shark Tank in hurry on its way out beyond the left field wall.

With the early lead, Austin Skipper (0-2) cruised through the first three innings throwing just 31 pitches. However, the Marlins brought trouble in the fourth. A double and three straight walks tied the game at one. Then an error and sac fly gave the Marlins a 3-1 lead. The visitors added a fourth on the Sharks second error of the inning to take a three run lead.

In the seventh, Morehead City added two more thanks to a hit, another Sharks error and a wild pitch.

Down five, the Sharks did claw back into the contest. With two outs, Ben LaSpaluto singled home both Ward Coleman and Paxton Wallace to cut the deficit to 6-3.

However, that was all she wrote, as the contest was called after just one batter in the top of the 8th due to lightning.

Octavio Mirabal (4-0) earned the win allowing more than two earned runs for the first time all summer. Austin Skipper was the losing pitcher for the Sharks.

The Sharks are home again tomorrow to face the Fayetteville SwampDogs in a doubleheader. Tomorrow is a Thirsty Thursday at the Shark Tank and gates open at 5. The Sharks Pregame Show starts at 5:50, followed by a 6:05 first pitch for Game 1. Game 2 will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.  Both contests can be streamed 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