Wilmington, North Carolina-Gabe Austin hit a two-run tie breaking single with one out and runners on second and third in the top of the seventh to give the Fayetteville SwampDogs a 3-1 lead over the Wilmington Sharks. The score held up for the remainder of the game giving the Sharks their third straight loss and dropping them to 3-7 on the season.
The rally began when Carson Bartels singled with one out. Ben Norman drew a walk advancing Bartels to second. A passed ball advancing Bartels and Norman to second and third to set up Austin's go ahead single.
Colin Kennedy started on the mound for the Sharks and he was outstanding. He went six innings and allowed only one run off five hits and struck out four. At one point, he retired eight consecutive SwampDog hitters.
With the Sharks leading 1-0, the SwampDogs figured out Kennedy in the sixth when Jackson Webb hit a double to lead off the inning. He advanced to third when Sean McGeehan hit a sacrifice fly. Pierce Howard then drove him home on an RBI groundout to tie the game at one.
SwampDog starter Krishna Raj was just as sharp as Kennedy in five innings of work. He gave up only one run off one hit and walked only one facing just two batters above the minimum. The one hit he gave up was a solo home run by Sharks catcher Zach Bridges with two outs in the second. Bridges' home run gave the Sharks the early 1-0 lead.
The Sharks will be back in action Tuesday night against the Holly Springs Salamanders at Ting Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.
The Sharks will return to Buck Hardee Field on Friday night against the Salamanders. It is Super-Hero Night presented by Children's Museum of Wilmington. It will feature a post-game-fireworks show presented by AARP. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM with the gates opening at 6PM.
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.