The bats were alive for the Sharks at home tonight in a 6-1 win over the Tobs. Wilmington (16-31, 9-13) used two, three-run innings to knock off Wilson (22-22, 12-8).
The Sharks first struck with two outs in the bottom of the first. Paxton Wallace singled with two outs and Ward Coleman followed walking on six pitches. Both players advanced on a wild pitch by David Harrison (0-4). Then, Trent Alley doubled to right center to take a 2-0 lead. Doug Angeli followed with a single to left side to put runners on the corners. With Zach Bridges at the plate, Angeli took off to second drawing a throw from Shamoy Christopher. On the throw, Trent Alley came home to score and the Sharks took the three run lead.
In the third, the Tobs scored their lone run of the night. With two outs, Brenton Doyle doubled off the right center wall to bring home Shamoy Christopher and cut Wilmington's lead to 3-1.
In the seventh, the Sharks added three more runs, again with two outs. Ben LaSpaluto singled and then Noah Liles and Ayden Karraker both walked to load the bases. Paxton Wallace took a pitch off the shoulder from Danny Cody to put the Sharks back up by three. Mr. Shark, Ward Coleman, then singled to the left side of the infield and two more runs scored on the play.
With the lead, the Sharks bullpen shut the door as Aron Chick and Seth Chestnut pitched four scoreless innings, without allowing a hit and striking out six. Starting pitcher Sam Luchansky (4-4) earned the win tossing five innings, allowing one run on six hits and struck out five.
The Sharks host the final game of the regular season at home tomorrow against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch from Buck Hardee Field is scheduled for 7:05. The gates open tomorrow at 6:00 for the final Thirsty Thursday. The Sharks Pregame show begins at 6:50. The game can be streamed here: portal.stretchinternet.com/cplsharks/
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