FAYETTEVILLE, NC July 29, 2014 – The Wilmington Sharks will end the regular season without a win in Fayetteville after falling to the SwampDogs Monday night by a score of 10-7, despite knocking 12 hits. The Wilmington loss was the sixth loss in six tries at the Swamp, and an untimely sixth consecutive, as the Sharks need a late push in order to qualify for the Petit Cup Playoffs in August.
The offense for the Sharks picked up in the top of the first inning with singles from Nate Moorhouse and Steven Linkous. Moorhouse would score on an errant throw by the SwampDogs catcher prompted by the double steal.
Sharks starter Beau Dees was dealing early in the contest. Dees retired the first nine batters he faced through the first three frames, evoking five flyouts, two groundouts and two strikeouts.
Kevin Husum drew a walk to leadoff the fourth inning and was moved around by Hunter Smith’s single. Nate Moorhouse would knock one into center to score them both.
The first hit Dees allowed was Jason Blum’s one hopper over the leaping glove of Steven Linkous in the fourth inning. Blum would come around to score the equalizing run following another Fayetteville single.
Leading 5-1 entering the fifth inning, Beau Dees ran into more trouble. Four runs came across by way of five hits, the first of which being a solo homerun by Brandon Metoyer.
Kevin Husum came on in relief of Dees and would issue one walk and allow one hit, but no damage was otherwise inflicted. Fayetteville would take the lead for good in the seventh inning by way of two hits, one walk, and one hit batter to have an 8-5 advantage.
Wilmington, still within striking distance, scratched runs in the eighth and ninth, but the two Fayettevile runs in the eighth put the game out of reach.
On the night, Wilmington got multi-hit performances from Nate Moorhouse, Steven Linkous, Mike Montville, Sam Foy, and Jake Kusz. Of all the Sharks which tallied hits, Hunter Smith was the only batter with just one hit.
Wilmington will host the Peninsula Pilots Tuesday, the Wilson Tobs Wednesday, and the Florence RedWolves on Thursday.
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.