WILMINGTON, NC -- The Sharks and the Marlins met for a third straight contest tonight in Morehead City.
Wilmington was looking to end a three game losing streak while the Marlins wanted to keep
The visitors went down in short order in the first inning. In the bottom half, the leadoff man
was walked aboard. Then, Chandler Corley launched a rocket off the wall in center field for an
RBI-triple to take the 1-0 lead. The Marlins scored a 2nd in the first inning and have scored 2 in
the first frame in each of the 4 games against the Sharks.
Through the first 5 innings, Patrick McDonald (1-1) stifled the Sharks bats. The righty allowed
just 2 hits and struck out 6, while only one Wilmington base runner reached third base.
Meanwhile, Morehead scored 1 in the third and 2 in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead into the 6th
inning against the Sharks.
In the sixth, Wilmington started to come alive at the plate. Riley Knudsen walked with 1 out,
which was followed by a single by Dom Cuoci. With 2 on and 1 out, Luke Morgan doubled off
the wall in left to drive home Knudsen and Cuoci. The home team scored in the bottom half of
the inning, so after 6, Morehead City led 6-2.
In the 7th, Cam Locklear came to the plate with a runner on and one out. The Sharks shortstop
then crushed an Anthony Holubecki fastball over the wall in left field to cut the deficit in half.
The Sharks scored another run in the 8th on a Walker Imwalle double to center field that drove
home Luke Morgan.
In the bottom of the 8th, the Marlins pushed across an insurance run to take a 7-5 lead into the
9th inning. Marshall Thompson came out of the bullpen for the 9th and shut the door on the
Patrick McDonald earned his first win, while Breydan Gorman suffered his first loss and Marshall
Thompson picked up his first save. The loss drops Wilmington to 5-9 and Morehead City is now