3rd Inning Crushes Sharks

Updated June 19 2017

The Sharks and the Marlins met for a third time this summer at Big Rock Stadium. Wilmington and Morehead City had split the previous two meetings.

Michael Sandle led off the top of the 1st inning with a single back up the middle for the second night in a row. The Sharks right fielder advanced to second base but was stranded in scoring position. In the bottom of the half inning, Morehead City scored 2 against Wilmington. Morehead City has now scored two runs in the first inning in five of the six games against the Sharks this summer.

In the 3rd inning, Morehead City broke the game open for the Marlins. Reminiscent of the Sharks stomping of Holly Springs on the road, Morehead City scored 9 runs in the inning. The Marlins sent 13 hitters to the plate and 8 of the 9 starters scored suns. Will Matthiessen was 2-2 in the inning with a double, 2RBI and a run scored.

With an 11 run deficit, Head Coach Scott Wingo made 6 changes for the Sharks, the only three position players to remain in the game were Luke Morgan, Trevor McCutchin and Michael Sandle, who was 2-2 at the time.

Wilmington scored 5 runs in the 6th inning to draw within 7 of the Marlins. Marcus Shoemaker led the inning off with a single and then scored on a Luke Morgan RBI single.  Then with 2 on and 1 out, Cory Everett launched a 3-run home run over the wall in straightaway center field.  Morehead City responded with 2 runs to restore a 9 run lead.

The Sharks scored 1 run in the 8th inning thank to back-to-back doubles by Kep Brown and KC Brown. However, Kep Brown did not come in to score until Danny Wondrack’s sacrifice fly to center with 1 out.

In the 9th, the Sharks attempted to rally when Wesley Weeks loaded the bases with 1 out on three straight walks. Kep Brown then laced a single into left field to score 2 and the Sharks cut the Marlins lead to 14-8. Freddie Beamon then retired Graham Lawson and Cory Everett to end the Sharks comeback.

Will Hartsell (3-0) scored the win after 5 innings of scoreless baseball. Meanwhile, Jonathan Jahn (0-2) picked up the loss after just 2 innings and 2 runs allowed, neither of which were earned.

The Sharks finally return home tomorrow for the first of a three game stretch First pitch tomorrow against Fayetteville is at 6:50. Coverage on the CPL Webpass begins at 6:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.

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Sam Rubinoff