Wilmington Sharks Press Release
The clouds dried up just in time so that the Sharks could play ball at Buck Hardee Field, their second home game in as many days. The bus from Hampton, VA carrying the Peninsula Pilots rolled in to a Buck Hardee Field covered by gray clouds, which loomed for a majority of the warm-ups. The tarp was rolled back 20 minutes before first pitch at 7:05pm.
The gloomy weather was matched by slow offenses by both the Pilots and the Sharks. The Sharks were able to place but three batters on base, all walked by Josh Outman of the Pilots. Peninsula's Andres Melo got things rolling in the top of the 6th inning, legging out a triple on a ball hit into the right field corner. He was driven home by a baseknock from the bat of Garrett Brooks, giving Peninsula a 1-0 advantage. The lead didn't last for long, however, when Wilmington responded in the bottom of the 7th inning, when catcher Cam McRae crossed the plate on Tyler Caroll's RBI single, the first and only hit of the game for the Sharks.
Will Gilbert had a solid outing on the bump for the Sharks. Gilbert struck out 7 Peninsula batters in 6 innings of work, and threw first pitch strike to 15 batters. Gilbert's pitch count was quickly escalating and was replaced in the 7th inning, which seemed to be favorable for the Pilots. They were able to hang 4 runs on Wilmington in the top of the 7th inning, 2 of which came on a homerun by the third baseman CJ Roth.
The Sharks will play Friday at Edenton before coming back home Saturday evening to entertain the Morehead City Marlins.
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