Wilmington Sharks Press Release
Tension was in the air early in the evening in Hampton, but even more so after both the Sharks and Pilots benches cleared in the fifth inning. Joe DeVito fouled off the debut pitch of his at-bat, barely missing the plate. Peninsula catcher Brandon Stephens picked it up, applied a hard tag to DeVito, who voiced his displeasure.
The jawing escalated to pushing and shoving, which would bring the players and coaches to the dirt circle at home plate in War Memorial Stadium, but the tussle was broken apart in joint effort from the coaching staffs and the umpiring crew.
Earlier, Sharks starter Tyler Haswell and Pilots lefty Ryan Lenaburg posted a three up – three down frames in the first. Haswell walked a batter in the second for the first baserunner of the game, who was driven home by Brandon Stephens. This run would be the first of four runs in the second from the Pilots.
The Sharks would pick up a run in the third following a Hunter Smith double, a Nathan Becker single, and an RBI groundout for Joe DeVito. Wilmington was trailing 5-1 entering the sixth, where the Sharks make a case for a comeback. Alex Raburn swung at the first pitch in the sixth, resulting in a single. Mike Montville belted a triple deep to straightaway center, scoring Raburn. Montville's RBI triple was one of six triples in the game – the other five belonging to Peninsula.
Peninsula's fourteen runs on the night came in bunches. Haswell's four runs in the second were followed by two in the third. His relief, Ryan Manore, surrendered three runs in the seventh. Bryce Conley would pitch in the eighth, getting just one out and allowing five runs on five walks and two hits. Justin Bellinger would finish the inning.
All in all, a very frustrating night of baseball for the Wilmington Sharks.
Wilmington will spend the night in the Chesapeake Bay before traveling to Petersburg Saturday to face the Generals. The game in Petersburg will be the thirteenth in thirteen days.
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