Updated June 20 2017
The Sharks and the SwampDogs met tonight for the sixth time this season and for the third time at Buck Hardee Field.
Colby Lee (1-2) started red hot for the Sharks against Fayetteville. The freshman from the University of South Carolina struck out five of the first eight batters he faced. Then, in the third inning, the visitors got to Lee for 3 hits. With two outs, Jameel Edney singled and drove home 2 runs to put Fayetteville on the board first.
Griffin McLarty (3-0) allowed 2 hits in the first inning to Sharks hitters. From that point on, the righty allowed just three hits over the next six innings. From the 4th through the 7th inning, McLarty faced just 13 batters, striking out 6.
In the 5th inning, Fayetteville led the inning off with single by Braedon Barrett who advanced to second on a throwing error by Cam Locklear. Barrett moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a single by Andrew Henrickson. Play was stopped with Mike Spooner coming to the plate because of heavy rain. However, the delay lasted just 15 minutes and Spooner stepped in with 2 on and 1 out. After the second error of the inning by the Sharks, the third run of the inning scored and the SwampDogs took a 5-0 nothing lead.
In the 7th, Noah Michael booted a routine groundball but was saved by the left fielder Justin Dean. With Andrew Henrickson rounding third, Dean came up firing and gunned down the runner at home. In the next inning, Michael recorded his second error of the game on a ground ball by Marquise Lanier. After the center fielder advanced to scoring position, Lanier tried to score on a Braedon Barrett single into left. However, Justin Dean came up throwing again and threw a laser into home to retire the second base runner in consecutive innings at home.
With the Sharks coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth, Wilmington needed 5 runs to tie the ball game. Walker Imwalle started the half inning with a leadoff walk. Riley Knudsen followed with a home run that just inched over the wall in right center field. With the score 5-2, Ricky Heagarty buckled down and retired the next three hitters to drop Wilmington to 1-8 on the season at home.
Griffin McLarty struck out 10 in 7 scoreless innings of work to score the win. Colby Lee lost for the second time this season, striking out 8 in 7 innings allowing 5 runs, 3 earned.
The Sharks host the SwampDogs again tomorrow night. First pitch against Fayetteville is at 7:05. Coverage on the CPL Webpass begins at 6:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.
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