- Published on Sunday, 29 July 2012 00:57
- Written by Super User
• 7/19 – Wilmington Sharks 3 Florence Red Wolves 1 - Pitching again works in Sharks favor - A first inning run against Ross Whitley was no problem, as the Wilmington Sharks (9-5, 25-16) came back to take a 3-1 win over the Florence RedWolves (7-9, 20-24) at Buck Hardee Field on Thursday night.
A crowd of just under 2,300 fans saw the visitors get on the board in the first inning before Ross Whitley worked his way out of jams to keep that one run the only tally for Florence on the night. The Catawba starter allowed runners to reach third base on four occasions in six innings of work, but only one of them was able to cross home plate. Two runs in the sixth inning proved enough to get Whitley the victory, with Cole McInturff scoring on a wild pitch and Alex Freedman being driven in by Aaron Preston. The Sharks also added an insurance run in the seventh, when McInturff led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice, stole third base and came across on a Casey Goss single. Wes Hatley threw two innings of relief, allowing just one hit. Andrew Brockett earned his ninth save of the summer after facing just three batters in the ninth. With the home victory, the Sharks have matched the club’s record of 17 wins at the Shark Tank. That mark was also reached in 2007, though records are only available since the 2001 season.
• 7/20 – Wilmington Sharks 3 Wdenton Steamers 14 – Sharks cooked by Steamers - The phrase ‘home field advantage’ likely came to mind for many fans at Hicks Field as the Edenton Steamers (31-13) took advantage of small dimensions to blast four home runs and beat the Wilmington Sharks (25-17) by a final score of 14-3 on Friday night. At a bandbox of a stadium with the right field foul pole only 298 feet away from home plate and the left field wall only 300 feet down the line, the Steamers blasted four home runs, including a grand slam. As a result, there were six runs scored in each of the first and third innings. Wilmington took away the shutout early as Mel Skochdopole entered as a pinch hitter in the third inning and deposited his first hit of the season over the left field wall with two out in the third. Aaron Preston followed the home run with a walk, then came around on a consecutive hit, walk, and hit batter. However, the Sharks left the bases loaded.
After Scott Kerrigan took the mound for the first time since June 22, taking the second and third innings in relief of starter Aaron Hoover, Anthony Allende made his Sharks debut by pitching the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed one more run to make it 13-2 in favor of the Steamers through five.
Justin Livengood got the call, but lasted just two pitches. His first was inside, earning a warning to both benches. The second hit Jason Kanzler in the back, warranting an automatic ejection. Stephen Vaughan came up next and allowed Kanzler to score, making the score 14-2 in the bottom of the sixth.
Scott Coleman came up in the top of the eighth and hit the second Sharks home run of the game, sixth in total, but it wasn’t near enough as the score would stay at 14-3 until the final out was recorded.
• 7/21 – Wilmington Sharks 3 Wilson Tobs 1 – Record Set in 3-1 win over Wilson - As the Wilmington Sharks (10-6, 26-17) chase a championship, they have already made history. Saturday night’s 3-1 win over the Wilson Tobs (8-10, 17-29) was the club’s 18th home victory of the season, marking the team’s most since records are available (beginning in 2001).
Connor Mitchell scored the first run of the game, unearned, after reaching on a walk in the second inning. An insurance run followed the Tobs tying the game in the top of the third, and through the first three innings the Sharks had done enough for the win. Just in case, Casey Goss led off the fifth with a walk and later scored his second run of the game for added insurance. With Blaze Tart going a strong six innings, over which he allowed only the one run on five hits and four walks plus three strikeouts, the All-Star bullpen combination of Wes Hatley and Andrew Brockett closed the game with no problems. Hatley tossed two perfect innings in relief, while Brockett picked up his tenth save by facing only three batters. Saturday’s game was the last before the All-Star break, after which the Sharks travel to Peninsula and Petersburg. The next time Legion Stadium will open its gates for Sharks baseball is Thursday, a doubleheader against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, add Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.