Wilmington, NC-Thanks to a dominant performance from the pitching staff, the Wilmington Sharks recorded their first home win of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Fayetteville SwampDogs Saturday night at Buck Hardee Field in front of 1,335 fans. The victory improved the Sharks record to 3-4 on the season.
Caleb Bishop went six innings in his start on the mound for the Sharks. He gave up two runs, with only one of them being earned, and allowed only three hits and two walks with one strike out.
"I went into the game knowing I had to be better than my last start," said Bishop. "I just had to focus up a lot more. That was basically my focus the entire game."
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Dallas Callahan drew a walk to begin the inning for the Sharks. He then stole second. With one out, CJ Conrad walked. Zachary Bridges followed with a single to load the bases. Cam Jenson was hit by pitch to put the Sharks on the board. Tilo Skole then drove home the tying run on a squeeze play. With two outs, Jonah Beamon hit a two-run single to give the Sharks a 4-2 lead.
The Sharks loaded the bases with nobody out for a second time in the eighth. Jenson then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Sharks a little insurance with a 5-2 lead.
Andrew Kaminsky came on in relief for Bishop to begin the seventh and dealt a three-up-three-down with one strikeout. Austin Parsley then pitched a scoreless eighth and a scoreless ninth to record the six out save. He ran into trouble in the eighth when the SwampDogs hit back-to-back two-out singles bringing Carson Bartels to the plate representing the go ahead run. He hit a line drive to Sharks first basemen Cory Everett who made a leaping catch to end the threat.
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 23nd season in 2019, 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.