Wilmington, N.C. – The Wilmington Sharks (10-7, 24-20) for the second night in a row won in walk off fashion on a pass ball to beat the Gastonia Grizzlies (6-8, 16-26) at home 7-6 in 10 innings.
The game was highlighted by a combined 25 hits and 13 runs between both teams as it ended in fireworks.
Henry Rudino got things going first in the top of the second inning for the Grizzlies as he picked up a two RBI single to give Gastonia an early 2-0 lead. The Sharks answered with a run in the bottom half of the second on an Austin Below base hit that scored Tommy Houmard to make it 2-1 after two.
Blake Houston led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and eventually scored on an errant pickoff throw to first base that allowed him to score to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead. The Sharks picked up three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth inning that was highlighted by a two out two RBI single off the bat of Cody Dolan to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead. Kane Barrow tied up the game in the top of the seventh inning for Gastonia on an RBI single to score Tyler Beckwith to make it 4-4.
The Sharks took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth inning as they picked up two runs on two hits to take a 6-4 lead going into the top of the ninth inning. The Grizzlies were not done though as Barrow picked up another RBI on a single to make it 6-5. Weston Lawing laid down a beautiful squeeze bunt to score Thomas Bess to tie up the game 6-6 and send it into extras.
Tyler Slaton picked up his second hit of the night to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning for the Sharks. Zach MacAneney hit a single to put runners on first and second with one out. A great double steal call by head coach Ryan McCleney put runners on second and third and set up a chance for the Sharks to win it. A 1-1 pitch ran inside on Below and went to the backstop to score Slaton and the Sharks came away with a 7-6 victory.
Andrew Amaro went 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base for the Sharks. Kane Barrow had a great night at the plate for Gastonia as he went 4-5 with two RBIs. Stu Jones picked up his first win of the year out of the bullpen for the Sharks.
The Wilmington Sharks will go on the road on Thursday night to start a three game road trip as they take on the Petersburg Generals with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.