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Stephens Lifts Sharks in Game One at Home Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 21:39

Wilmington, N.C. – The Wilmington Sharks came from behind on Wednesday night to win game one of the Petitt Cup Playoffs 5-4 over the Peninsula Pilots and take a 1-0 series lead.

The Pilots got the offense going in the top of the first inning as Jordan Negrini picked up a two out two RBI double to give the Pilots a quick 2-0 lead. Josh Silver extended the lead for the Pilots in the top of the third inning as he led off with a line drive home run over the left center field fence to make it 3-0.

The Sharks got back into the ballgame in the bottom half of the third as Andrew Amaro reached safely with two outs on a catcher’s interference. Alex Freedman kept the inning alive with his second hit to put two runners on. The Sharks scored their first run of the game on a Cody Dolan single to make it 3-1. The next batter for the Sharks, Zach Stephens drove in Freedman to make it 3-2 in favor of the Pilots.

The Pilots tacked on a run in the top of the fifth inning on a blooper off the bat of Negrini that fell into shallow left field to make it 4-2.

The Sharks were not done as Dolan led off the eighth with an infield single to bring Stephens to the plate as the game tying run. Stephens had a 1-0 count and hit an off speed pitch left up in the zone off the Sharks front office building in dead center field to tie up the game 4-4 with no outs. The Sharks continued the inning as they loaded the bases with two outs for Andrew Amaro who hit a soft ground ball to Negrini at third who couldn’t make the play which allowed a run to score the and give the Sharks a 5-4 lead.

Hunter Smith came into the ninth and picked up his third save of the year for the Sharks. There were four Sharks with two hits in the game and that included Dolan, Freedman, Amaro, and Stephens who drove in three of the Sharks five runs.

The Wilmington Sharks will go on the road on Thursday night for game two of the three game series against the Peninsula Pilots with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. 

Stephens Named Rawlings Hitter of the Week Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 11:15


Zach Stephens 


The Coastal Plain League announced today that Wilmington’s Zach Stephens was named the Rawlings Hitter of the Week, while Chris Orphanos of Forest City was named the Rawlings Pitcher of the Week for week ten of action (July 29-Aug 5).

Stephens, a sophomore out of Tennessee Tech, carried his team to the playoffs in the final week of the regular season batting an impressive .500 in seven games. He knocked in five RBI on 13 total hits, including five doubles and one triple for an overall slugging percentage of .769. The All-Star first baseman has led the team with his bat all season long, ending the season with 29 RBI, six homeruns, and a .303 average.

On the mound, newcomer Orphanos came just one strikeout shy of the league record for strikeouts in a game. The junior from Mount Olive threw a total of 12 1/3 innings without giving up a single earned run and striking out a staggering 21 batters. On July 30, the right-hander dominated Florence, striking out 15 batters on the night in a nine-inning shutout victory for the Owls. A few days later, he was called on in relief against Asheboro and tossed 3 1/3 more innings giving up only three hits and no earned runs while striking out six more batters. Orphanos joined the Owls late in the season but he certainly showed off his stuff in the short time he was here, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA striking out 35 in only 26.2 inning of work.

About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPLfeatures 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. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 64 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at, and be sure to friend us on Facebook ( and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

Artlice by Shelby Hilliard

Sharks Earn 3 Seed Print E-mail
Monday, 05 August 2013 22:52
Following a Sharks win vs the Morehead City Marlins, and 2 Fayetteville Swamp Dogs losses in a doubleheader vs the Wilson Tobs, the Sharks have earned the 3 seed in the Petit Cup Playoffs. They will host the Peninsula Pilots at home this Wednesday, August 7th. To purchase tickets, call the Sharks office at 910-343-5621. 
Sharks End Regular Season with a 3-1 Win over Marlins Print E-mail
Monday, 05 August 2013 21:08

Morehead City, N.C. – The Wilmington Sharks (17-10, 31-23) ended the 2013 CPL regular season on a strong note as they picked up a 3-1 win on the road over the Morehead City Marlins (12-16, 24-32).

The Sharks kept their hot hitting going in the top of the first inning as Andrew Amaro reached second on an error to lead off the game then stole third to get into scoring position. Alex Freedman picked up a single to drive in Amaro to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead. Zach MacAneney picked up an RBI single with two outs in the same inning to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Sharks extended their 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning as Andrew Amaro doubled to deep left center field to score Losby and make it 3-0. Ryan Cranmer picked up the loan Marlins run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo blast over the left field fence his 12th home run of the year to make it 3-1.

The Sharks pitching staff did a great job as they have done all year. Derek Justice was the winning pitcher only giving up one run on four hits and striking out six. Hunter Smith picked up his second save of the year.

Andrew Amaro blistered the ball in the game as he went 4-5 with an RBI double and three stolen bases. Zach MacAneney went 2-4 for the Sharks with a RBI. The Wilmington Sharks will start postseason play on Wednesday night at home against either the Edenton Steamers or the Peninsula Pilots in the first round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.





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