HAMPTON, VA June 20, 2014 – Tension was in the air early in the evening in Hampton, but even more so after both the Sharks and Pilots benches cleared in the fifth inning. Joe DeVito fouled off the debut pitch of his at-bat, barely missing the plate. Peninsula catcher Brandon Stephens picked it up, applied a hard tag to DeVito, who voiced his displeasure.
The jawing escalated to pushing and shoving, which would bring the players and coaches to the dirt circle at home plate in War Memorial Stadium, but the tussle was broken apart in joint effort from the coaching staffs and the umpiring crew.
Earlier, Sharks starter Tyler Haswell and Pilots lefty Ryan Lenaburg posted a three up – three down frames in the first. Haswell walked a batter in the second for the first baserunner of the game, who was driven home by Brandon Stephens. This run would be the first of four runs in the second from the Pilots.
The Sharks would pick up a run in the third following a Hunter Smith double, a Nathan Becker single, and an RBI groundout for Joe DeVito. Wilmington was trailing 5-1 entering the sixth, where the Sharks make a case for a comeback. Alex Raburn swung at the first pitch in the sixth, resulting in a single. Mike Montville belted a triple deep to straightaway center, scoring Raburn. Montville’s RBI triple was one of six triples in the game – the other five belonging to Peninsula.
Peninsula’s fourteen runs on the night came in bunches. Haswell’s four runs in the second were followed by two in the third. His relief, Ryan Manore, surrendered three runs in the seventh. Bryce Conley would pitch in the eighth, getting just one out and allowing five runs on five walks and two hits. Justin Bellinger would finish the inning.
All in all, a very frustrating night of baseball for the Wilmington Sharks.
Wilmington will spend the night in the Chesapeake Bay before traveling to Petersburg Saturday to face the Generals. The game in Petersburg will be the thirteenth 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.