Wilson, North Carolina-The Wilmington Sharks suffered their first setback in the second half of play Thursday night at Fleming Stadium with a 2-1 loss to the Wilson Tobs in a pitcher's duel. The loss dropped the Sharks to 0-2 in the season series with the Tobs.
With the game tied at one in the bottom of the eighth, Sharks relief pitcher Andrew Kaminsky, who was fresh into the game, hit Tobs leadoff hitter Kevin Jordan on the first pitch to begin the inning. Kaminsky was pulled after the one pitch for Henry Cartrett. With one out, Cartrett overthrew first on a pick off attempt, allowing Jordan to advance to third. Jordan then came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Gore giving the Tobs the lead. The Sharks were set down in order in the ninth to end the game.
Trailing 1-0, the Sharks began a rally when Cory Everett was hit by pitch to begin the top of the seventh against the Tobs bullpen. Chad Fairey extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single to advance Everett to third. With one out, Clemente Inclan drove home Everett on a squeeze play to tie the game. Fairey advanced to third on the play and Inclan was thrown out trying to advance to second. Aaron McKeithan then flew out to end the inning.
Before the Sharks began their rally, Tobs starter Jacob Gilmore was dominant on the mound. He threw six shutout innings, striking out five, and allowed only two hits. He retired the first six Shark hitters he faced and took a no-hit bid into the fourth inning.
Sharks starter Austin Parsley mastered the Tobs offense with as much ease as Gilmore. He became the first Sharks starting pitcher to go more than six innings in a game, going seven. He allowed only one run and gave up only five hits overall. He recorded one strikeout in each of his seven innings of work.
The one run he gave up was a solo home run hit by Jordan to lead off the fifth and break the scoreless tie.
The Sharks will be back in action Friday night against the Fayetteville SwampDogs at JP Riddle Stadium. Alex Fenton (1-0, 6.14) will start on the mound for the Sharks.
The Sharks will host the Holly Springs Salamanders Saturday night at Buck Hardee Field. Gates will open at 6:00PM for a 7:05 start time. Garrett McDaniels (0-3, 3.38) will start on the mound for the Sharks. The first 500 kids through the gates will receive a Sharks replica jersey. Game worn jerseys are up for auction and can be bid on by downloading the LiveSource app. Tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased by visiting www.wilmingtonsharks.com or by calling the Sharks front office at 910-343-5621.
About The Wilmington Sharks
Set in the picturesque Cape Fear region of North Carolina, the Wilmington Sharks are one of thecharter members of the Coastal Plain League. Providing affordable family entertainment in a mino 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.