WILMINGTON, NC – On the same day Sharknado 2: The Second One was set to be unleashed upon movie theatres around the country, the Wilmington Sharks created a tornado of their own at Buck Hardee field on Wednesday night, as they sent the Tobs seeking shelter early and often.
The first inning was essentially a microcosm of the game as a whole. Matt Vogel struck out three Tobs in the top of the first, and Steven Linkous and Nate Moorhouse each drew walks to kickstart the Sharks offense in the bottom of the first inning. A double steal from the two most dangerous running threats in the Coastal Plain League put two runners in scoring position. Jake Kusz knocked one deep enough to left field to allow Linkous to tag up from third. The offensive assault was far from over.
With two away in the home half of the third inning, Mike Montville blasted a solo shot to left center field, his sixth homerun of the summer. Montville would finish the evening 2-3, scoring three runs with two walks.
Wilmington would run Tobs starting arm Julio Valdez from the game after four innings, and the bullpen provided no help for Wilson. The Sharks picked up two runs in the fifth off Montville and Sam Foy’s singles, as well as RBI singles from Collin Steagall and Shawn Sanders.
Much like the first, the sixth began with a Steven Linkous walk. He broke for second as Nate Moorhouse wiped one into the gap in left center field, allowing Linkous to blaze all the way to the plate for Moorhouse’s 29th RBI of the summer. Moorhouse, Montville, and Kusz would come around to touch the plate, plating four Sharks runs off one hit, four walks and a hit batter.
In total, Matt Vogel would pitch seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits from the Wilson offense. He had his best stuff working as he would go on to strike out ten Tobs, at least one in each inning aside from the fifth.
Vogel was replaced on the hill by Zach Wimmer in the eighth and ninth. Wimmer would produce a solid eighth, allowing a hit and striking out one to preserve the shutout heading into the ninth, where he would run into trouble. Two leadoff hits put Tobs on the corners, and a walk to Navarette would load the bases. Wimmer would get the number nine batter to fly out, and pinch hitter Jake Armstrong to go down swinging on a full count. Doug Teegarden would draw a two out walk with the bases loaded to bring in the sole Wilson run.
After losing six consecutive, the Wilmington Sharks take a two game winning streak into Thursday night’s contest with the Florence RedWolves, who sit atop the CPL West. The Sharks sit just 1.5 games out of a spot in the Petit Cup Playoffs. Thursay evening is the final Thirsty Thursday promotion of the season, during which fans can capitalize on draft beers for just a single dollar.
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.