Wilmington Sharks Press Release
Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Sharks would entertain the Edenton Steamers on July 4th in front of a crowd of over 2,000 fans, many of which were decked head to toe in the stars and stripes. The Sharks had the game in their jaws, but let it get away from them by allowing four runs late in the game. Wilmington would go on to lose by a score of 8-5, and the four Wilmington defensive errors on the night did not match the production from the Sharks pitching staff.
Joe O'Donnell went a strong first five innings amassing seven strikeouts. A leadoff walk issued to leadoff Jake Placzek would come around to haunt the Sharks. Orlando Olivera grounded to Matt Brandy at third for the eventual final out of the inning, but Brandy could not get a clean glove on the ball, and the inning was kept alive. Placzek was knocked home on an RBI double to go up 1-0 early.
Nate Moorhouse, one of four Sharks selected to the Coastal Plain League's All-Star Team roster for the East division, leadoff the top of the fourth. Shawn Sanders would knock an RBI single to tie the game, before Kevin Husum was able to produce an RBI single of his own. Chris Hanson and Matt Brandy would get in on the RBI-single action, for a total of five runs in the fourth on five hits and one Edenton error.
O'Donnell was on to operate in the sixth after getting five runs of offensive support, but it was his defense that would let him down in the sixth. After allowing a walk, two hits, and two errors with one out in the inning, O'Donnell was removed from the game. Edenton would plate five runs in the sixth, just one of the runs being earned. Edenton would add two insurance runs in the eighth for a final score of 8-5.
The Sharks are on the road to South Carolina on Saturday to play the Florence RedWolves, winners of the CPL West in the first half, who now with a record of 22-9.