Wilmington’s Offense Boosted by Martinsville’s Five Errors
MARTINSVILLE, VA June 7, 2014 – For the first time all season, the Sharks put up double digit runs. The Sharks stranded three men on base in the first two innings, so stirrings of an offense were visible. Steven Linkous led off the third inning with a walk, which proved to be the catalyst of an early Sharks rally.
Linkous stole second and later advanced to third on a backside groundout by Kevin Husum. Linkous scored a few pitches later on a wild pitch. Scratching a run in the third inning set the offensive tone for the rest of the game.
The fifth inning was also fruitful for Wilmington. Nate Moorhouse scored from second on Nate Becker’s single. Becker was replaced on first by Colin Steagall, after Steagall poked a single into the outfield, scoring Becker for the third run of the game.
However, Wilmington’s coup de grâce was delivered to Martinsville in the eighth inning. In the inning, Wilmington scored five runs on three hits, one stolen base, and three errors.
Nathan Becker, Colin Steagall, and Andre Siegel shined Saturday evening, each having multiple hits in the contest. Although Steven Linkous had a single hit in five attempts, his three stolen bases were quite useful.
After a weekend on the road, the Sharks are able to escape with one win and one loss. The Sharks will be back in Wilmington Monday for the third consecutive home game against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Monday’s game will be the first of an arduous stretch – thirteen games in thirteen days.
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 hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, 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 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com.