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Wilmington Sharks Weekly Recap: Sharks get opportunity to Play TEAM USA

• 6/30 - Sharks 3 Wilson 4 - After two straight victories to close the first half of the Coastal Plain League season, the Wilmington Sharks (16-12, 0-1) couldn’t keep the wins rolling into the second half as they fell to the Wilson Tobs (10-19, 1-0) by a final score of 4-3 at Fleming Stadium. Wilson scored the first two runs of the game, with one each in the first and third innings. The opener came on a throwing error, allowing a runner to cross home all the way from first base. The second came after a walk, a single and another walk started out the third. In the fifth inning, the Sharks got both runs back to tie the game at 2-2. Scott Coleman and Connor Mitchell started things with two straight singles. Lloyd Enzor was credited with an RBI on a groundout to follow the base knocks, then three batters later Brad Shaban tied the game with a hit to right field.
Aaron Preston started the sixth with a hit, then moved over to second and third a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Valencia and a groundout by Coleman, with Mitchell then cleaning him up on his second single of the night. The Tobs tied it up again at three runs each with a screaming double down the left field line bringing Zach Houchins across the plate. Once again in the seventh, Wilson pushed across a run to take their final 4-3 advantage. Wes Hatley took his first loss of the season, allowing one earned run on two hits with a strikeout while recording five outs.
• 6/29 - Sharks 10 Wilson 4 - With a game time temperature of 96 degrees, everybody knew it was a hot night. What they didn’t know as Ross Whitley threw out the first pitch was how much the Wilmington Sharks (16-11) would heat up their bats in a 10-4 drubbing of the visiting Wilson Tobs (9-19).
A graduate of Hoggard High School, Scott Coleman led the team in the win by going 3-for-5 at the plate including a double. He scored one run and drove in another. Connor Mitchell, in just his second official game with the Sharks, also had a strong showing with two hits, two runs, two RBIs and a walk. Joining Coleman and Mitchell on the multi-hit list were Casey Goss (2-for-5, two runs) and Grayson Atwood (2-for-4 with a double, one run and one RBI).
The first of Mitchell’s hits led to him scoring the game’s first run in the top of the second inning. After his first stolen base in a Sharks uniform, Alex Freedman advanced him to third and Atwood picked up the RBI on a single to right field. Wilson scored a single run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, which made the score 2-2 through five after the Sharks responded to the equalizer in the fourth with one of their own in the fifth. Mitchell led off with a walk, moved to second on Lloyd Enzor’s sacrifice bunt, then scored an unearned run when the Tobs’ shortstop threw a ball away trying to get Atwood at first.
On Thursday night, it was a four-run seventh that helped the Sharks to their 5-4 victory over the Peninsula Pilots. On Friday, it was seven runs in the sixth that changed the game and led the home team to its 16th win. The first two of Coleman’s hits came in the frame, accounting for one quarter of the eight total hits, plus one walk, for Wilmington during that inning. Brad Shaban knocked in Freedman and Atwood, who followed Coleman and Enzor across the plate, then Shaban came home on Aaron Preston’s knock to center. Mitchell’s single to right brought in the final two runs of the sixth, virtually ensuring a Sharks win.
After the Tobs came back with two runs in the eighth, Wilmington scored once more in the eighth for the 10-4 final score. Ross Whitley earned his second win of the year, going 6.0 innings with two runs allowed on three hits and six walks. He struck out two batters and threw north of 100 pitches. Friday’s game marked the second time the Sharks scored ten or more runs in a game, following a 14-run output in the first game of a doubleheader against the Edenton Steamers on June 14. In that contest, Wilmington scored nine runs in the first inning.
• 6/28 – Sharks 5 Peninsula Pilots - Three errors committed by the Wilmington Sharks (15-11) in the first inning gave the visiting Peninsula Pilots (11-15-1) an early 1-0 lead, but the hosts returned to Coastal Plain League action for the first time since Sunday at Petersburg with a 5-4, come from behind win. Despite the trio of miscues behind him defensively in the first, plus another before he left the game in the fifth, starter Nick Price put together a solid effort on the mound over 5.2 innings. Price surrendered just two hits, and was charged with only one earned run out of four total. He walked five and struck out three in his fourth no-decision of the season, although Wilmington has won every game started by Price this season. A fifth error was also committed in the ninth inning. Only one run scored in the top of the first for Peninsula, and the Sharks were able to bounce back easily with a tying run in the second on a Lloyd Enzor double that brought Scott Coleman home. The Pilots took another lead in the third at 2-1, and the score would remain there until the visitors added another pair in the sixth.
Alex Freedman, Jeff May, Brad Shaban and Casey Goss were the first four batters in the seventh inning for the Sharks, with all four reaching base and scoring to give the Sharks a 5-4 lead that Wes Hatley and Andrew Brockett would hold onto, despite Aaron Hoover getting the win in relief. May and Coleman each turned in multi-hit nights, with both scoring a run and Coleman adding a pair of runs batted in on the go-ahead single in the seventh.
• 6/26 – USA Olympic Team 7 Sharks 4 - If the first inning didn’t count, the Wilmington Sharks (0-1) and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (2-0) may still be playing. Instead, the Nationals came out of Buck Hardee Field with a 7-4 victory, their second straight win over a Coastal Plain League foe.
A pair of walks issued by Tim Keller opened the game, and when Kris Bryant launched a rocket over the right center field wall it looked like it could be a long night for the Sharks. Instead, the bullpen came on and seven other pitchers allowed just four more runs through the final eight innings of play against some of the best summer collegiate players in the country. Aaron Hoover, Chris Thomas and Ryne Frankoff posted zeroes until Frankoff came out for his second inning of work, in the fifth of the game, and surrendered two more runs.
Justin Livengood put ones across the board, allowing an earned run, a hit and a walk with one strikeout in his only inning of work before giving way to Wes Hatley and Nick Bruns, who each fanned two batters in their single frames.
Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Connor Mitchell came up for his first at bat in a Sharks uniform after reporting to Wilmington earlier in the day. Though it won’t count on the official statistics due to the game being an exhibition, he finished his night 2-for-2 with two runs scored. The first of his two runs was scored on Cole McInturff’s infield single, when the shortstop’s late throw skipped away from the first baseman. Zach Stephens also came home on the play, with both runs being recorded as unearned. Each team would score in the ninth, with Andrew Brockett getting the inning on the mound for Wilmington and surrendering one run. Mitchell’s second plate appearance ended with a base hit to second that he beat out down the line. Grayson Atwood sent a charge deep over the left field fence, cutting the deficit to 7-4, but it was not enough as the Sharks fell by that margin.