Sharks Press Releae
Wilmington, NC – The newest additions to the Sharks roster Joe Bertone and Tyler Best were welcomed to Wilmington by pacing the Sharks offense, going a combined 3-7 with en route to a 6-3 victory over the Florence RedWolves, the CPL West Champions in the first half of play.
Florence picked up a run in the top of the first inning after Tyler Haswell walked the first two RedWolves, but Wilmington would jab right back in the bottom half of the frame. Steven Linkous would single off fellow All-Star Jacob Milliman to lead off the bottom of the first. A well placed sacrifice bunt by Shawn Sanders would move Linkous up to second base, before he would saunter to third on a wild pitch. Nate Moorhouse picked up RBI number 26 on a backside ground ball to score Linkous.
In the second inning, the newest Sharks would let their names be known. Joe Bertone, a rising Junior at UNC-Wilmington, ripped a single and would score from first on a double in the gap by Sam Foy. Tyler Best, who was cleared to play roughly an hour before first pitch, traded places with Foy after a double of his own. The Sharks wouldn't be on top long, as Florence would tie it up with two runs on a walk and two hits.
In the sixth, Wilmington would go up for good. Nate Moorhouse drew a leadoff walk and would go first to third on a Mike Montville double which scraped the top of the fence in deep left field. Cam McRae would knock one to deep left himself, scoring Moorhouse, bringing his RBI total to 17 on the year. Joe Bertone would single to put runners on the corners for Collin Steagall, who doubled to score Montville. Bertone would come around to score for the second time on the evening on a sacrifice fly by Sam Foy. Foy would go 1-3 on the night with 2 RBIs and a scored run.
Tyler Haswell would be credited with the win after going seven complete innings, walking three and striking out, while allowing three runs on four hits. The Florence RedWolves came into Wilmington with 352 hits on the season, good for third most in the CPL. Haswell was relieved by fellow Gamecock Matthew Vogel, who did not need his defense, facing and striking out three Florence batters.
Kyler Stout would come on in the ninth with a save opportunity, and cash in for his eleventh save on the season. Stout now has 35 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.
Wilmington will be in Fayetteville Saturday evening to face the SwampDogs, who sit below the Sharks in the CPL East. The Sharks will enjoy the day off on the Sabbath, before hitting the road to Virginia to face the Peninsula Pilots and the Petersburg Generals, before coming back home Thursday to finish the series with Petersburg.
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