Wilmington Sharks Press Release
Wilmington (10-11) used twelve hits to get back in the winning column with a 9-5 victory over the Morehead City Marlins (2-18), avenging Wednesday night's loss in Morehead City. Everyone in the Sharks starting lineup, aside from Nathan Becker and Michael Montville, had a hit Thursday night.
Morehead City starting pitcher Scott Edge was chased from the mound in the bottom of the second inning after giving up five quick Shark scores. Edge walked Moorhouse and Montville in the first, which brought Collin Steagall. The lefty sat on a 2-0 fastball and ripped it down the right field line for a double, clearing the bases.
The Morehead City Marlins often find themselves on the receiving end of crooked innings – many of which have come late in the game. The Marlins have allowed 42 runs in the seventh inning or later on the season, including a five run ninth to fall to the Sharks on June 13th. Wilmington wouldn't wait until the ninth this time.
In the bottom of the second, Sam Foy and Shawn Sanders picked up singles with one out, and leadoff Steven Linkous was walked to load the bases, effectively ending Edge's evening on the mound. Kyle Driscoll was inserted into a sticky situation, and walked Alex Raburn to bring a run across and make matters worse. Centerfielder Nate Moorhouse tacked on two more runs in the frame with a double, followed by another Mike Monvtille walk. Cam McRae's two RBI single would make the score 7-2 after two complete innings.
Alex Raburn singled to lead off the fourth, scoring from second on another Nate Moorhouse RBI double. Clubhouse RBI leader notched 3 more RBIs to his belt, bringing his total to 18 on the season.
Moorhouse was 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored, while Alex Raburn was 3-4 with a walk and 2 RBIs, and a stolen base as the cherry on top. Shawn Sanders was the third Shark with a multi-hit game, going 2-2 with a scored run.
Wilmington native and Sharks starting pitcher Joe O'Donnell was credited with the win after pitching six full innings, allowing just 3 runs on 10 hits, striking out 5 and walking none. The bullpen efforts of Zach Wimmer, Will Shepley, and Kyler Stout would preserve the lead.
The Sharks set out for a weekend in Virginia, facing Peninsula (12-5) Friday and Petersburg (5-11) Saturday. Saturday's contest in Petersburg will be the sixteenth game in seventeen days.
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