Wilmington, North Carolina-The Wilmington Sharks drew fourteen walks as a team, including six that resulted in runs, in an 8-7 victory over the Fayetteville SwampDogs. The victory improved the Sharks to 1-0 on the second half of the season and to 9-18 overall.
Trailing 4-0 with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Chad Fairey hit his first career home run for the Sharks to make it 4-1. James Parker and Clemente Inclan followed with back-to-back singles. They then completed a double steal with Parker stealing third and Inclan stealing second. CJ Conrad then hit an RBI ground out to score Parker and make it 4-2.
Tucker Greer led off the fifth with a double ending the night for Fayetteville starter Joe Graziano. Steven Curry was then hit by the pitch. With one out, Cory Everett drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, the Sharks hitters drew five consecutive bases loaded walks to take a commanding 7-4 lead.
The Sharks added another run in the sixth after the SwampDogs bullpen walked the bases loaded. Conrad then drew another bases loaded walk to extend the Sharks lead to 8-4.
The SwampDogs inched closer in the eighth when Carson Bartels hit a two-out two-run double to cut the Sharks lead to 8-6. Austin Bost led off the ninth inning with a solo home run to greet Sharks closer Alex Havlicek, cutting it to 8-7. Havlicek then settled in and retired three in a row to complete his second save in as many games.
The Sharks will be back in action Wednesday night against the Edenton Steamers at Buck Hardee Field. It is Jaw N Paws Night where fans can bring their dog/dogs into the park. 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.