Wilmington Sharks Press Release
Wilmington, NC –The last time out the Wilson Tobs pitching staff allowed 14 runs. Tonight, in their first official game since the blowout loss against Morehead City, Wilson's pitching staff tossed their first shutout of the season, defeating the Wilmington Sharks 3-0 behind a terrific starting performance from Christian Slazinik.
Slazinik and starter for the Sharks, Joe O'Donnell, traded scoreless frames through the first two innings and it would be O'Donnell who blinked first in the top of the third. Doug Teegarden singled to begin the inning and after a Seth LaRue strikeout, Taylor Nichols singled to put guys on first and second with one out. Ben Schmucker, who leads the Coastal Plain League in RBIs, extended his lead with a ground ball through the right side, putting the Tobs up 1-0 for his 21st RBI of the summer.
The score would stay the same until the top of the sixth inning when Jake Armstrong put the Tobs up by two with one swing of the bat. Armstrong received a hanging breaking ball from Joe O'Donnell and crushed it well over the left field wall, putting the Tobs up 2-0.
Armstrong made it 3-0 the next inning, punishing Sharks reliever Hunter Smith for walking a couple of batters. With runners on first and second and one out, Armstrong again took a hanging breaking ball and singled down the left field line for his second RBI of the night.
Chris Williams came on the bottom of the ninth inning after Slazinik allowed a leadoff double to Mike Montville. Williams hit Cam McRae on the elbow, and Sam Foy singled to right field, but Ben Schmucker unleashed a perfect throw, gunning Montville out at the plate. Williams then got a pop out to left and struck out the final batter of the game looking.
Wilmington was only able to get six hits on the night with Sam Foy and Chris Hanson adding two apiece.
The Tobs improve to 13-12 on the season while the Sharks drop to 13-13. Joe O'Donnell gets saddled with the loss and has a record of 2-2. The Sharks head to Fayetteville Friday night to tango with the SwampDogs.
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