Morehead City, NC June 24, 2013 – The Wilmington Sharks (12-9) picked up their fifth extra inning win of the year over the Morehead City Marlins (10-13) 3-2 on Monday night.
The game was very low scoring and dominated by pitching from both squads up until the top of the ninth inning. The Marlins scored back in the second inning off of a Dalton Britt RBI single to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead that they kept until the top of the ninth.
The Sharks trailed 1-0 as they entered the top of the ninth, Dylan Bosheers picked up a one out single and advanced to second on a Alex Perez ground out. TJ Losby reached safely with two outs on a throwing error from Marlins third baseman Ryan Cranmer. Zach MacAneney then loaded up the bases as he was hit by a pitch and Alex Freedman picked up a two out two RBI single to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins down to their last out tied up the game to send it into extras innings on a RBI double off the bat of Dalton Britt.
The Sharks struck again in the top of the 10th inning as Cody Dolan was hit by a pitch. Derek Justice came into pinch run for Dolan and scored from first on a RBI double laced down the right field line off the bat of Zach Stephens.
Brennen James came into the bottom of the tenth inning and was able to get the Sharks out of the ball game after Ryan Cranmer hit a one out double, but was unable to score. James picked up his third win of the year for the Sharks.
The Sharks return back home on Tuesday night to take on the Morehead City Marlins with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Buck Hardee field.
The Wilmington Sharks are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1000 alumni drafted and 62 alums—including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander—make their major league debut so far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@cpleague).