Holly Springs, NC-With the game tied at four in the top of the ninth inning, Cory Everett came up to bat for the Wilmington Sharks with runners on the corners and one out. He hit a two-run triple to give the Sharks a 6-4 lead over the Holly Springs Salamanders Tuesday night at Ting Stadium. The Sharks closed out the game in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 victory snapping a three-game losing streak and improving to 4-7 on the season.
The ninth inning rally began with the Sharks trailing 4-3. James Parker led off the inning with a single. Zachary Bridges followed with a single advancing Parker to third. Bridges advanced to second on a throw. With one out, Tucker Greer singled home Parker and advanced Cameron Reeves, who pinch ran for Bridges, to third, setting up Everett's winning hit.
The Sharks led 3-0 with one out in the bottom of the sixth when three straight Salamanders reached base to load the bases and knock Sharks starter Mike Picollo out of the game. Piccolo was outstanding in five and a third innings of work. He gave up two runs off only one hit and struck out two.
Ian Bailey then hit a grand slam to give the Salamanders the 4-3. Piccolo had a shutout going at the time he exited the game but was responsible for two of the base runners that were driven home by Bailey resulting in his two earned runs.
The Sharks will be back in action Thursday night against the Morehead City Marlins at O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium.
The Sharks will return to Buck Hardee Field on Friday night against the Salamanders. It is Super-Hero Night presented by Children's Museum of Wilmington. It will feature a post-game-fireworks show presented by AARP. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM with the gates opening at 6PM.
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.