Sharks Drop 5th of the Season at Home

Updated June 12 2017

On the heels of a 16 run, 18 hit outing, the Sharks were ready to return home and play in front of the fans at Buck Hardee Field. Wilmington came out in search of its first home win in five tries to start the season.

The first inning did not go quite as the Sharks had planned. After starter Jonathan Jahn retired Connor Kopach to start the game, Edenton strung three hits together. The southpaw then hit 2 batters and walked one before ending the first inning, but not until the Steamers led 4-0.

Wilmington then began to slowly crawl back into the game on the Steamers.  In the bottom of the second, Ben Highfill doubled to left field to bring home Luke Morgan and the Sharks cut the lead to 3.  In the 5th Justin Dean singled and then came around to score on a Dom Cuoci groundout.

Edenton though responded in the 6th inning. After back-to-back walks to start the 6th inning, Jahn’s night ended. Kopach came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Jason Agresti to extend the Steamers cushion back to 3.

On the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth, Walker Imwalle hits his fourth home run of the summer, a towering shot over the office beyond center field at The Shark Tank.

In the ninth, Cory Everett led the inning off with a pinch hit double with the Sharks trailing by two.  Everett then came around to score after two wild pitches by Steamers reliever Josh Steele.  Michael Sandle then singled and Riley Knudsen reached on a fly ball of center fielder James Battley’s glove.  That would end Steele’s night with the winning run at second base and just one out. Andrew McDonald then came out of the Steamers bullpen to work out of the jam. The righty got Dom Cuoci to strike out and then Luke Morgan to ground out to second base to preserve the 5-4 win for the Steamers.

Cody Maw (3-0) gets the win going 5 innings allowing 2 runs, 1 earned. Jonathan Jahn (0-1) gets his first loss of the season allowing 5 runs, 4 earned on 8 hits.

Wilmington hosts Morehead City in a double header Wednesday to make up for the rain out on June 8th First pitch is at 6:05 for Game 1. Coverage on the CPL Webpass begins at 5:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.

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Sam Rubinoff