Fayetteville, NC-The Wilmington Sharks played themselves out of playoff contention with five errors from the infield in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Fayetteville SwampDogs at JP Riddle Stadium.
The SwampDogs answered back when Alex Kachler was hit by the pitch to begin the bottom half. Brandon Talley advanced him to second with a single. Carson Bartels grounded to Sharks shortstop Tilo Skole. Skole threw to Jonah Beamon at second to retire Talley. Beamon then overthrew first in an attempt for a double play, allowing Kachler to score and tie the game at one.
Brian Williams was hit by the pitch to begin the fifth and Zach Walch drew a walk, putting two on with nobody out, ending the night for Sharks starter Mike Picollo. Cameron Phelts then hit into a double play. Konnor Piotto grounded to Beamon at second for what would have been the third out, but Beamon overthrew first again resulting in Williams scoring to give the SwampDogs the lead. Kachler then drew a walk. Talley and Bartels followed with back-to-back singles to make it 4-1 SwampDogs.
In Piccolo's four plus innings of work, he gave up two unearned runs off two hits. His second unearned run came in to score in the fifth after he had left the game, giving him the loss.
Henry Cartrett replaced Picollo in the fifth and struggled at first but was able to come back out and set the SwampDogs down in order in the sixth and the seventh. Erik Janss then came on in the eighth and pitched a perfect inning to keep the Sharks within striking distance.
The Sharks will return to the Shark Tank Wednesday night against the Florence RedWolves for Hurricane Night presented by Copycat Print Shop. Gates will open at 6:00PM for a 7:05PM first pitch.
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.