Walk-Off Delivers Sharks First Home Win

Updated June 16 2017

Wilmington and Morehead City met for a fourth time in just three days. After the Marlins won the first three contests, the Sharks were trying to pick up its first home win of the season.

Morehead City scored first for the fourth game in a row in the second inning. Center fielder Wesley Weeks drove home the first run of the contest on just his 2 base hit of the summer.

In the 3rd inning, the Wilmington bats answered.  First, Trevor McCutchin launched his first home run of the summer, a solo shot to right field to tie the game.  Two batters later, Danny Wondrack crushed a Zach Usselman pitch over the left field wall to give the Sharks their first lead in the four game stretch against the Marlins.

Both teams went down in short order in the fourth and fifth innings before Morehead City came to the plate in the sixth. The Marlins scored one run of the Sharks starter Luke Gesell, and then 2 more off of reliever Logan Michaels, who only lasted two-thirds of an inning in his first appearance. In the bottom half of the inning the Sharks pulled one back on Danny Wondrack second solo home run of the game, this time to center field.

In the 7th, Noah Michael led off the Sharks half after coming in as a defensive sub in the top of the inning. The second baseman hit a rocket out of Buck Hardee Field to straightaway center field on the first pitch he saw.

In the 8th, in a 4-4 ball game, the Marlins worked a run off of Wilmington reliever Evan Brabrand.  However, in the bottom of the inning, Trevor McCutchin hit his second solo home run as a member of the Sharks to even the score back at 5.

After a wild play to end the top of the ninth; Danny Wondrack threw out Sammy Miller after a wild pitch by Graham Lawson, the Sharks came to bat looking for win number 1 at home.
Noah Michael led off the ninth with a blooped single into right field that was misplayed by the Marlins second baseman. Cam Locklear was then walked trying to sacrifice himself to move up the runner. Wilmington had 2 on with no outs, in a tie ball game when Michael Sandle lined out to second for the first out.

Then, with Marcus Shoemaker due up, Head Coach Scott Wingo sent out the hometown Shark, Cory Everett to pinch hit.  Everett, who played his high school baseball at New Hanover and played his home games at Buck Hardee Field, lined the first pitch he saw up the middle. Noah Michael scored from second base and the Sharks walked off with their first home win of the summer.

Graham Lawson (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, while Octavio Mirabal (0-2) was the losing pitcher for the Marlins.

The Sharks hit the road again tomorrow and travel the East Division leaders, Peninsula. First pitch is set for 7:05 from the War Memorial Stadium. Coverage on the Sharks Radio Network begins at 6:50 with The Sharks Pregame Show.

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Sam Rubinoff