Shark Swept by Marlins in Doubleheader

Updated June 15 2017

A make-up date for a June 8th rain out, the Sharks and Marlins played a doubleheader in Wilmington that began at 6:05 Wednesday evening.

In Game 1, Morehead City started hot jumping out to a 4-run lead over the Sharks after two innings.  The Marlins scored 2 runs in each of the first two fames against Wilmington’s starter, Colby Lee (1-1).

Midway through the top of the 5th inning, play was halted due to lightning in the area around Buck Hardee Field. At the time, the Marlins had tacked on 2 more runs and led 6-0.  After a nearly 2-hour delay, play resumed with Tim Salvadore returning to the mound for Wilmington. The reliever from Virginia Tech put in his best out of the season working 3 innings and allowing just 2 hits and no runs.

In the top of the 6th, the Sharks stormed furiously back scoring 5 runs and had runners on first and second with just one out. Then on a fly out to right field by pinch hitter Dom Cuoci, Cory Everett was caught off first base and was doubled off to end the Sharks half inning.

Octavio Mirabel then came on and worked a 1-2-3 7th to close out Game 1 of the double header.

Game 2 began at 10:20 and began the same way Game 1 did for the visitors.  Morehead City scored 2 runs on 2 hits against Sharks starter Noah Michael.  Wilmington responded pulling a run back with Brian Parreira’s one out single in the bottom of the 2nd.  However, in the 2nd and 3rd innings, Wilmington left the bases loaded scoring just 1 run in the 2 innings.

In the 3rd and 4th, the Marlins got to Noah Michael and touched him up for 3 runs in the 3rd and then scored 3 more in the 4th against Sharks reliever Ryan Hall.  The three runs allowed by Hall were the first 3 the Wilmington had given up in over 9 innings.

Again though, the Sharks would charge back in the bottom of the 6th inning. This time trailing 8-1, Luke Morgan and Riley Knudsen both drove home runs to cut the deficit to 5.  Then with Morgan on third, Kep Brown crushed a Quinton Driggers’ pitch over the scoreboard in left field to make it 8-5.

Wilmington scored 1 more run in the 7th, but it was too little to late and the Sharks fell in Game 2 as well. The Sharks are now 0-7 on the season at home.

In Game 1, Will Hartsell (2-0) got the win and Colby Lee was handed the loss, while Octavio Mirabel picked up his fifth save. In Game 2, Quinton Driggers improved to 1-1, Noah Michael dropped to 1-1 and Anthony Veneziano earned his first save of the summer.

Wilmington travels to Morehead City Thursday for the third of four in a row against the Marlins. First pitch is set for 7:05 at Big Rock Stadium. Coverage on the Sharks Radio Network begins at 6:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.

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Sam Rubinoff