PETERSBURG, VA June 21, 2014 – The Wilmington Sharks were paced by Cam McRae’s impressive 3-4 outing Saturday night in Petersburg, resulting in a 3-1 victory over the Generals. On the night, McRae had two singles and a double, coupled with a pair of stolen bases. Petersburg walked eight Sharks batters and committed two errors in the field to assist Wilmington’s offensive efforts. The 3-1 score could have much more lopsided, considering the nine Sharks runners stranded afloat.
Wilmington picked up the first run of the game in the top of the first, following a leadoff walk from Steven Linkous. Linkous stole second base on a 1-2 count to Alex Raburn. Raburn singled, advancing Linkous to third, who was given a free pass home on a Petersburg balk. McRae would single to centerfield, but the inning would end after Raburn was tagged out at the plate after sliding in head-first, and was slow to get up. Joe DeVito would replace the injured Raburn for the remainder of the contest.
Sharks would regain the lead in the fourth, kick started by a leadoff walk by Mike Montville. A Sam Foy double to the alley in left center field would put two in scoring position for Nathan Becker. Becker’s groundout would be enough to score Montville, putting the Sharks on top 2-1. An insurance run came in the eighth by way of a McRae double, stolen base, and three free passes on balls.
Left-handed Sharks starter Beau Dees proved why he’s at the top of Wilmington starting staff. Dees pitched five complete innings, allowing Petersburg’s lone run on three hits, striking out one in the game, improving his record to 4-1 on the season. Hunter Smith emerged from the bullpen for two innings of work to face and retire six batters. Shepley and Stout finished things out in the eighth and ninth, each picking up a pair of strikeouts. The Smith-Shepley-Stout connection from the bullpen would retire eleven consecutive Generals batters. Stout’s save was his fifth on the season, putting him atop the Coastal Plain League.
Wilmington will enjoy a day off Sunday, and travel up the coast to the Outer Banks to face the Morehead City Marlins on Monday evening before returning to the Shark Tank for a rematch with Petersburg on Wednesday.
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.