Sharks End 1st Half with Win

Updated July 01 2017

The Sharks ended its four game road streak with a win in Morehead City. Wilmington scored six of its nine runs with 2 outs, en route to a 9-3 win.

Wilmington struck first in the contest on a Riley Knudsen’s solo home run off the right field foul pole to lead off the second inning. The visitors tacked on a second run in the inning when Dayton Dugas scored on a wild pitch by Marlins starter Patrick McDonald. In the bottom of the second, Derek Olenchuk answered with a solo home run to right to cut the deficit to 1.

Wilmington held its 2-1 lead to the fifth inning. In the top half, the Sharks had runners on second and third with two outs. Michael Sandle hit a routine grounder to the second baseman, Steven Taylor. Taylor booted the ground ball allowing the inning to continue. Luke Morgan took advantage ripping a double down the right field line to drive in a run. Trevor McCutchin followed with the Sharks third double of the inning to drive in two more.

In the 6th, Morehead City jumped back on the scoreboard against Breydan Gorham. Chandler Corley and Sammy Miller led off the half inning with back-to-back singles. Derek Olenchuk singled to right to score Corley with one out. Then, Noah Michael committed the Sharks only error of the night to allow Miller to score.  After six, the Sharks led 6-3.

In the 7th, the Sharks scored again on an RBI single by Luke Morgan. Then with one out in the inning Riley Knudsen was walked to load the bases. The Marlins brought in Will Matthiessen from the bullpen and the righty from Stanford struck out both hitters he faced to end the inning.

The Sharks added two more runs in the 8th inning. With two outs, Wilmington put together 4 straight hits, including an RBI triple from Michael Sandle and Luke Morgan’s third RBI base hit of the contest.  Heading to the bottom of the 8th, Wilmington handed the ball to Evan Brabrand.

The junior from Raleigh, North Carolina struck out 4 over two innings to shut the door on Morehead City and secure the 9-3 win.

Breydan Gorham (3-1) picked up his second win against the Marlins, while Patrick McDonald (1-3) lost for a second time to Wilmington. The win for the Sharks brought them into a tie with Morehead City at 13-15 for fourth place to close the first half of the CPL season.

The Sharks return home tomorrow to face the Fayetteville SwampDogs. First pitch is at 6:05 from The Shark Tank. Coverage on the Sharks Radio Network begins at 5:50 with Sharks Pregame.

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Sam Rubinoff