Gastonia, North Carolina-After a three-run top of the first, the Wilmington Sharks were kept off of home plate for the remainder of the game in a 5-3 loss to the Gastonia Grizzlies Friday night at Sims Legion Park. The loss was the third straight for the Sharks as they fell to 7-12 on the season.
The game began with Steven Curry and Jacob Plastiak recording back-to-back singles. With one out, Corey Everett singled home Curry to put the Sharks on the board. Chad Fairey drew a walk to load the bases. CJ Conrad followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Sharks up 2-0. Fairey then stole second, allowing Everett to score from third on the throwdown to make it 3-0.
The Grizzlies answered back in the bottom of the inning when Bill Hanna drew a lead off walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a single by Jeff Cyr. An error by Fairey in right field allowed Hanna to score and advanced Cyr to second. With one out, Cyr stole third and scored on a throwing error by Aaron McKeithan cutting the lead to 3-2.
Hanna drew another lead off walk to begin the bottom of the third. Sharks pitcher Garrett McDaniels overthrew first in an attempted pick off allowing Hanna to go all the way to third. With one out, Nathan Chevalier scored him on an RBI groundout. Andrew Orzel then came up and hit a two-out double. Chase Achuff hit a two-run home run to put the Grizzlies on top 5-3. There was no more scoring the rest of the way by either team.
The Sharks will be back in action Saturday night against the Morehead City Marlins for a doubleheader beginning at 6:05PM at Buck Hardee Field. The gates are scheduled to open at 5:00PM. The first 500 fans into the stadium will receive a free Sharks Beach Towel presented by Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Mike Picollo (0-1, 9.95) will start on the mound for the Sharks in game one.
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.