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WIlmington Sharks Weekly Re-Cap

Sharks win 1 and lose 1 this past Week

• July 2nd - Wilmington Sharks 5 Edenton Steamers 8 - The Wilmington Sharks would entertain the Edenton Steamers on July 4th in front of a crowd of over 2,000 fans, many of which were decked head to toe in the stars and stripes. The Sharks had the game in their jaws, but let it get away from them by allowing four runs late in the game. Wilmington would go on to lose by a score of 8-5, and the four Wilmington defensive errors on the night did not match the production from the Sharks pitching staff.
Joe O’Donnell went a strong first five innings amassing seven strikeouts. A leadoff walk issued to leadoff Jake Placzek would come around to haunt the Sharks. Orlando Olivera grounded to Matt Brandy at third for the eventual final out of the inning, but Brandy could not get a clean glove on the ball, and the inning was kept alive. Placzek was knocked home on an RBI double to go up 1-0 early. Nate Moorhouse, one of four Sharks selected to the Coastal Plain League’s All-Star Team roster for the East division, leadoff the top of the fourth. Shawn Sanders would knock an RBI single to tie the game, before Kevin Husum was able to produce an RBI single of his own. Chris Hanson and Matt Brandy would get in on the RBI-single action, for a total of five runs in the fourth on five hits and one Edenton error.
O’Donnell was on to operate in the sixth after getting five runs of offensive support, but it was his defense that would let him down in the sixth. After allowing a walk, two hits, and two errors with one out in the inning, O’Donnell was removed from the game. Edenton would plate five runs in the sixth, just one of the runs being earned. Edenton would add two insurance runs in the eighth for a final score of 8-5.
The Sharks are on the road to South Carolina on Saturday to play the Florence RedWolves, winners of the CPL West in the first half, who now with a record of 22-9.
•  July 5th – Wilmington Sharks 3 Florence Red Wolves 2 - Beau Dees and Cam McRae had a successful return to the Pee Dee on Saturday.
Dees pitched five strong innings, and McRae had two doubles and scored twice in helping Wilmington to a 3-2 win over Florence at Sparrow Stadium.
“My parents and grandparents were here and my grandparents don’t get to see me play too much so it was fun,” Dees said. “I had a rough start the last time so it was good to come back out and have a quality start.
“It was exciting,” McRae said. “I had a lot of family here. We knew he was going to pitch tonight and coach told me I was catching. We wanted to show the home crowd the best performance we could.”
Dees, a former Marlboro County standout, wasn’t supposed to pitch in Florence but without a rain out earlier in the week his start was pushed back to Saturday. The left-hander bounced back from a rough first inning to pick up his fifth win.
Dees allowed two runs, one earned, in the first but that was all the RedWolves got off of him. The left-hander gave up five hits and didn’t walk a batter. Four Wilmington relievers pitched four scoreless innings as Kyler Stout picked the final inning to pick up the save.
“I feel we have the best bullpen in the CPL and they shove it every time they go out there,” Dees said.
McRae, a former Darlington standout, got Wilmington’s rally started in the sixth. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth, McRae laced a double. Shawn Sanders followed with a single to shallow left field but McRae stayed at second.
Then, Nathan Becker singled to right field and Brandon Rawe misplayed it allowing McRae to score and tie it at 2. Hunter Smith reached on fielder’s choice to score Sanders and give the Sharks a 3-2 lead.
Florence’s best chance to tie it came in the eighth as Jordan Gore led off with an infield single and moved to second on Gene Cone’s bunt.
But Will Shepley retired Joseph Bialkowski and Blake Marchant to end the inning.
Bialkowski led the RedWolves with two hits. Florence has lost two straight after a season-high seven-game winning streak. “We got out to an early lead but couldn’t get it going the rest of the way,” Florence coach Blake Maxwell said. “I thought we were in pretty good shapein the eighth because we came back several times this year. But it just didn’t happen.” The RedWolves were 9-3 in one-run games before Saturday’s loss.
Florence opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with two runs. With one out, Bialkowski and Marchant had back-to-back singles. Then, Andrew Cox hit a ground ball to Sanders at second base. Sanders overthrew first, allowing Bialkowski to score and make it 1-0. Kane Sweeney added an RBI groundout later in the inning to put Florence up 2-0. Florence will host Edenton on Monday in a matchup of the Coastal Plain League’s first-half division winners. It’s the only meeting between the two teams this season “Edenton is a good team coming in here. Hopefully we will show up and ready to play,” Maxwell said.