Wilmington Sharks Press Release:
Wilmington, NC--Despite Connor Johnstone's best efforts on the mound for Wilmington (0-2), the Sharks fell 3-2 to the Morehead City Marlins (3-0). The righty from Wake Forest University had his best stuff working during his 6 innings of work, allowing a single run on four hits and striking out nine Marlins.
Unfortunately, Johnstone did not have much offensive support Thursday night. Wilmington made solid contact a number of times, but were only able to amass two hits on the evening. Jae Roberts singled to center in the second and Alex Destino reached base safely after a well hit ball to the shortstop.
Johnstone's counterpart, Morehead City starter Daniel McCrary, ran into trouble in the second inning in which he walked four of six Sharks batters he would face. Wilmington's discipline at the plate allowed them to draw ten walks by the end of the evening, but their inability to make use of the base runners was their downfall Thursday night - 10 Sharks were left afloat by night's end.
Morehead City jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the result of a hit batsman and an RBI double by Marlins clean-up batter Logan Sherer. The Sharks gained the lead in the second inning based largely McCrary's struggles to find the strike zone.
Defensively, the Sharks were more in tune than during their home opener in which they committed five errors. The middle infield combination of Sam Foy and Nick Rotola made a handful of impressive plays and were able to turn a snappy double play to kill a Marlins rally opportunity in the fourth.
Sidewinding reliever Bill Little is credited with the loss for the Sharks after sacrificing two runs in the eighth during his second inning of relief of Johnstone. Tyler Jones also made his debut appearance for the Sharks, striking out two in the ninth and walking one - who would later be caught stealing by Wilmington catcher William Robbins.