Wilmington, NC – In a game full of highlight-reel worthy defensive efforts from both teams, the Sharks (13-12) were able to come out on top Wednesday night, by a score of 4-3 over the Petersburg Generals (5-17). The Generals have now dropped eight consecutive games, two of which coming at the hands of Wilmington.
John Parke, the lefty from the University of South Carolina, faced just ten Petersburg batters through the first three innings, and got early run support from his Sharks in the bottom of the third. Nate Moorhouse had a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Grant Cain. Cain was struggling with the control of his fastball all evening, even catching Sam Foy with one on the elbow in the third. Foy would steal second base, drawing a throw, allowing Moorhouse to score easily.
The Sharks would add three to their 1-0 advantage in the fourth. A leadoff walk issued to Nathan Becker was followed by back-to-back singles from Joe DeVito and Steven Linkous. Moorhouse would drive one deep to center field, allowing Wolfe to tag from third base, increasing Moorhouse's RBI total to 19 on the season, tied for second place in the Coastal Plain League. Wolfe was pinch running for DeVito, who was shaken up after by his own foul ball preceding his single. Linkous later scored on an RBI single from Mike Monthouse, his tenth RBI in twelve games.
The Generals were not going to go down without firing off a few shots of their own. Petersburg was able to generate two runs in the fifth, using three two-out hits and an error by the second baseman, Sam Foy.
Parke was relieved by Husum in the seventh, Shepley in the eighth, and Stout in the ninth. Making his thirteenth appearance, Stout took the mound in the ninth with a pristine 0.00 ERA. A single from Jerrod Groves would extend the game for Petersburg, followed by a Justin Novak double in the gap, just out of reach of Nate Moorhosue in center field were. Groves would score from first to become the first earned run allowed by Stout in 14 innings of work. Stout's save was his seventh on the season, putting him at the top of the Coastal Plain League.
The Sharks will face the Wilson Tobs on Thursday night at the Shark Tank. Wilson is coming in fresh off of a 14-2 loss to Team USA's Collegiate National Team.
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