In the top of the 5th, Holly Springs (2-5) scored five runs to take a 7-3 lead over Wilmington (4-3). In the ensuing frame, the Sharks loaded the bases with two outs and Danny Wilson at the plate. After fighting off a couple pitches on, Wilson worked the count full. The UNC-Asheville Bulldog then launched the seventh pitch of his at bat over the left field wall to bring the game back even.
In the sixth, the visitors added another run as former Shark Cam Locklear scored for the second time. In the bottom of the frame, Paxton Wallace singled with two outs. Ayden Karraker then walked, which brought Danny Wondrack to the plate. The Sharks catcher then singled home the tying run. On the ensuing pitch, Wondrack took off for second and on the throw down, Ayden Karraker waltzed home to put Wilmington up 9-8.
Leading up to this point in the game it was back and forth all night long.
In the third, Wilmington scored three runs on two hits and an error. Heading to the fifth, the Sharks owned a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the frame, the Salamanders sent 11 players to the plate. Holly Springs scored five runs on five hits and also walked three times in the inning to take a commanding 7-3.
Then Danny Wilson smashed a 3-2 pitch to left and it was all Sharks from that point on.
Andrew Kaminsky (1-0) pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen to pick up his first win and Eddie Hiott (1) recorded the final five outs for his first save. Chris Joyner (0-2) allowed the Sharks final two runs in two innings of work for his first loss.
Wilmington is now 3-0 against the Salamanders this season and the three games have been decided by a combined five runs.
Next up, the Sharks and SwampDogs meet again tomorrow evening at the Shark Tank. It is the first Fireworks Friday as well as a throwback night for the Sharks. Wilmington will wear jerseys to honor the Port City Roosters and then the game worn jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Wilmington Firefighters Association More information is available at www.wilmingtonshark.com.
First pitch is set for 7:05 tomorrow against the SwampDogs and the Sharks Pregame Show begins at 6:50.
About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. While another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.