Wilmington, NC-Friday night was just one of the nights. One of those nights where nothing went the way the Wilmington Sharks wanted them to in an 8-0 loss to the Holly Springs Salamanders at Buck Hardee Field despite giving up only four base hits. The Sharks fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Javon Fields walked to lead off the game for the Salamanders. He then stole second and advanced to third when Sharks catcher Lucas Oxendine overthrew second base the base on a throwdown. Sharks centerfielder Tucker Greer then overthrew third allowing Fields to score and give the Salamanders the early 1-0 lead.
The Salamanders loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the third by way of two hit batsman and an error. Daniel Leckie drove home a run on an RBI groundout. Another throwing error by Oxendine allowed another run to score. Ryan Guckin followed with an RBI double to make it 4-0 Holly Springs. Guckin then came in to score on a double by Jake Field extending the Salamander lead to 5-0.
The Sharks put a pair of runners in scoring position in both the first and the sixth innings but were never able to get any runs out of it. The Salamanders added an additional three runs in the fifth inning making it 8-0.
The Sharks will be back in action Saturday night for their first road game of the season against the Lexington County Blowfish at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Mike Picollo (UNC Wilmington) will start on the mound for the Sharks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.
The Sharks will return to Buck Hardee Field on Saturday June 8th against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. The first 500 fans into the stadium will receive a free Sharks hat presented by Pepsi. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM with the gates opening at 6:00PM.
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.