Wilmington, NC-After scoring two first inning runs, the Wilmington Sharks failed to score again as they dropped their season opener 7-2 to the Fayetteville SwampDogs Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,443 fans at Buck Hardee Field.
Cameron Phelts was hit by the very first pitch of the game for the SwampDogs. He then stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and then came in to score on another groundout to give the SwampDogs the early 1-0.
The Sharks had runners at the corners and one out in the bottom of the inning when Jacob Plastiak stole second. Tucker Greer scored from third on the throwdown which ended up going into the outfield, allowing Plastiak to score all the way from first and give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.
The SwampDogs answered back when Pearce Howard singled to lead off the top of the second. Cole Swiger followed with a double that scored Howard and tied the game at two. He advanced to third on a throwing error by Sharks third baseman Drew Yniesta. He then came in to score on a sacrifice fly by KC Brown to put the SwampDogs ahead for good.
Fayetteville added another run in the fourth, two more in the sixth, and then one in the ninth when Alex Kachler led off the inning with a solo home run.
About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of the charter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a minor league atmosphere, the Sharks have been consistently in the top 25 in attendance in all of summer-collegiate baseball.
About The Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 23nd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 109 of those - including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. While another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.