The Wilmington Sharks (2-3) came into Gastonia on a three game losing streak. On Saturday night, they got back on track with a 2-1 win over the Gastonia Grizzlies (1-4).
The game started slow, with neither team able to get on the scoreboard in the first four innings. Alec Bohm (Wichita State) gave Wilmington the lead with one swing as he homered to lead off the fifth inning. The Sharks weren’t done yet. Ward Coleman (Davidson) singled home another run making the score 2-0. The Sharks left the bases loaded that inning, leaving the door open for Gastonia.
The Grizzlies got one back in the fifth, but left four runners on base in the final five innings. They had runners on second in both the sixth and ninth, but could never bring the tying run across.
Mike Castellani (2-0) got the win for the Sharks. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run, and struck out four. Josh Hiatt (0-1) took the loss, pitching seven innings and surrendering three hits. He allowed two runs, one unearned, walked three and struck out seven. Ryan Kelly (1) picked up the first save of the season for the Sharks. He pitched a scoreless three innings, with two hits and two strikeouts.
The Sharks will get Sunday off before traveling to Wilson on Monday. They’ll return home on Tuesday to host the Petersburg Generals. That game will start at 7:05, and feature $2 Tacos for fans at The Shark Tank.