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Wilmington Sharks Under New Ownership and Management Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 December 2013 14:20
newowner_jpg The Wilmington Sharks are pleased to announce that Peter B. Freund, a minority owner of the New York Yankees and partner in the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, has purchased the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League.

“I am thrilled to begin a new era of Sharks baseball in the beautiful Port City of Wilmington, North Carolina,” said Freund. “Our goal is a simple one – to listen to our fans and continue to offer families a fun and affordable evening of baseball in a minor league setting. We have many upcoming surprises for 2014 and will be working hard between now and opening night on May 28th to ensure a memorable season for all inside the Shark Tank.”

“On behalf of the Coastal Plain League, we want to officially welcome Peter into our family,” said CPL Commissioner Justin Sellers. “Peter has an impressive background, both as a business professional and baseball enthusiast, and we feel he will be a great asset for our league. We are excited about what he and his staff have in store for Sharks fans and look forward to working with them as they grow the Wilmington franchise into one of the best.”

There are several personnel moves along with new ownership to announce. The Sharks organization has brought back former General Manager Amanda Blackwell to run the team. Blackwell was the first female GM in Coastal Plain League history before more recently serving as the Director of Sales for the USL Pro Soccer Wilmington Hammerheads.

“I am thrilled to be back with the Sharks,” said Blackwell. “Peter and I share the same vision for this club, and I am committed and excited to see it through.”

“Amanda has the kind of leadership skills, work ethic and positive energy that I believe will be immediately felt throughout the Sharks organization and the Wilmington community as a whole,” Freund added.

Blackwell takes over as General Manager for Pat Hutchins, who will remain with the Sharks as a sales executive and host family coordinator.

“Pat put his heart and soul into this team last season and we are pleased that he has agreed to stay on as part of the Sharks family,” said Blackwell.

On the field, the Sharks have hired Parker Bangs as the new head coach. Bangs was an assistant coach last season with the Columbia Blowfish of the CPL, which made it to the Petitt Cup Championship Series after winning the league’s West Division Championship. He also played for the CPL’s Fayetteville SwampDogs in 2007 and 2008, while at the University of South Carolina. Further, Bangs was a member of the 2010 Gamecocks National Championship baseball team.

“Parker is a proven winner and is dedicated to putting together a fantastic product on the field for the Sharks in 2014,” Freund commented. “Our goal, as it will be every season, will be to bring home the Petitt Cup to the City of Wilmington.”

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, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

 

Contact: Amanda Blackwell

Phone: (910) 343-5621

 
Coastal Plain League Releases 2014 Schedule Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:33

The Coastal Plain League announced today its schedule for the 2014 summer season. Celebrating its eighteenth season in 2013, the CPL will again feature 14 teams across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The regular season starts on Tuesday, May 27 and runs through Monday, August 4. The league’s annual All-Star Fan Fest and All-Star Game will be on July 13 and 14. The location of the 2014 CPL All-Star Game will be announced in the coming weeks.

The league will be split into two divisions - East and West - with seven teams in each. The East will be made up of the Edenton Steamers, Fayetteville SwampDogs, Morehead City Marlins, Peninsula Pilots, Petersburg Generals, Wilmington Sharks and Wilson Tobs. Meanwhile, the West will feature the Asheboro Copperheads, Columbia Blowfish, Florence RedWolves, Forest City Owls, Gastonia Grizzlies, Martinsville Mustangs and Thomasville HiToms.

All together, each team will play a 56-game regular season schedule, with 28 games per club in the first half and another 28 in the second half. Like in years past, the schedule will have a large concentration on divisional games but will also feature an unbalanced look.

The Petitt Cup Playoffs will again consist of three rounds beginning on August 6 and running through August 16. In all, eight CPL teams (four in the East and four in the West) will make the postseason, including the first half and second half champions for both divisions, with the remaining teams qualifying as at-large bids. Each series through all three rounds will be a best-of-three series. The lower seed (i.e. seeds 3 & 4 in each division) in each series will host game one, while the higher seed (i.e. seeds 1 & 2 in each division) will host game two and three (if necessary) in each round.

The two teams surviving round one in each division will play for the East and West Division Championships, with the two division winners battling it out in the Petitt Cup Championship Series with the same rules applying as in the second round. The team winning two games in this series will be crowned the 2014 Coastal Plain League Petitt Cup Champion.

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 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 65 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 CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).

 

 
Sharks Thank Fans Print E-mail
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:31
The 2013 Wilmington Sharks Family would like to thank everyone who helped the Sharks have a very special season.  Our sponsors, host families, post game meal providers, interns, employees and everyone else who rolled up their sleeves when we needed you......THANK YOU!
The season brought us some good and amusing memories that we will never forget. Our first home game with no music! Our loveable owner, Lew, being at every home game. Braylon the 5 year old trying to date every gal over 15. The relationships built with the interns , management and the fans. $1 beers every night, Zach Stevens’ bat and Kevin,  just to name a few!
On the diamond, the Sharks made another playoff appearance thanks to a late season push brought on after the passing of longtime equipment manager, Kevin Cerasuolo. The team rallied around Coach Ryan and his leadership to try and bring the Petit cup home for "Big Kev". We fell short to the eventual CPL champions but a good season no doubt.
To the entire Wilmington community and surrounding area, the Sharks say thanks! It is, without a doubt, your commitment, support and love for the sharks and baseball that makes what we do fun!
We are currently busy in the treehouse preparing for 2014 which we hope will be even better than 2013!
Lessssssgoooooo!

 
Sharks Season Came to an End on Friday Night Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 August 2013 21:58

Hampton, Va. – The Peninsula Pilots (35-23) won the decisive game three in the First Round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs over the Wilmington Sharks (32-25) 8-2 on Friday night as they used a six run seventh inning to propel them to victory and end the Sharks season.

Pat Grady got the Pilots going early in the bottom half of the first inning as he led off with single, his third hit of the series. Jordan Negrini struck again for the Pilots in the same inning as he picked up a single to score Grady and give them an early 1-0 lead.

Brandon Reitano picked up his third hit of the series as he smashed a pitch down the left field line just tucking inside the foul pole for a solo home run in the fifth to give the Pilots a 2-0 lead.

The Sharks fired back and got themselves back into the ballgame in the top half of the seventh as Tyler Slaton singled into left field and then stole second to get into scoring position. Tyler Best put down a sacrifice bunt to move Slaton to third with one out. John Fidanza drew a walk to put runners on the corners and then an infield hit from Zach MacAneney drove in Slaton to make it 2-1. Andrew Amaro tied up the ballgame at 2-2 with a ground out to the right side. The Sharks did have the bases loaded with two outs, but were unable to take the lead.

The Pilots took the lead for good as they had a huge inning in the bottom half of the seventh. Zach Lopes led off with a single and Grady then reached on a fielder’s choice which brought Retiano to plate as he singled to load up the bases with no outs.

With the infield in Alex Close hit a blooper into shallow right field to score Lopes and make it 3-2. Negrini did it again at the plate as he hit a chopper into left field to score two more runs and give him eight RBIs during the series and make it 5-2. Bill Cullen added three insurance runs as hit a three run bomb over the right field fence to make it 8-2 and put the game out of reach for the Sharks and end their 2013 season.

Alex Freedman and Zach MacAneney each picked up two hits during the game for the Sharks as Freedman ended the series with five total hits. Jordan Negrini went 3-3 with three RBIs and finished with a total of eight RBIs in series. Wes McGuire was the winning pitcher as he moved his overall record to 2-1 on the year.

The Wilmington Sharks finished a great season as they have now been to the Petitt Cup Playoffs for three straight seasons and look to build off of this year. The Peninsula Pilots will take on the Edenton Steamers in the Second Round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs as game one is slated for Sunday in Hampton, Va.

 

 

 
Sharks Come Up Just Short in Game Two against Pilots Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 August 2013 20:43

Hampton, Va. – The Peninsula Pilots (34-23) tied up the series 1-1 in the best of three playoff matchup against the Wilmington Sharks (32-24) on Thursday night at home with a 6-2 victory.

The Pilots struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Alex Close picked up his third double of the series to drive in Pat Grady to make it 1-0. Jordan Negrini stayed hot at the plate as he traded places with Close as he picked up his third double of the series and eventually scored on a pass ball to make it 3-0 Pilots after one.

Bill Cullen led off the bottom half of the second inning with a double to get into scoring position and later scored on a Brandon Reitano single to make it 4-0 Pilots after two. The Pilots scored for the third straight inning in the bottom half of the third. Scott Burkett led off with a single and scored on a Cullen triple to make it 5-0 in favor of Peninsula.

The Sharks got on the board in top of the seventh inning as Zach MacAneney and Alex Freedman picked up base hits to put runners on with two outs for Cody Dolan who drove in MacAneney on a double down line to make it 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Negrini picked up his fourth double of the series in the home half of the seventh to score Reitano and make it 6-1 Pilots. John Fidanza hit a ball deep into left center field that dropped in for a double with two outs to score Tyler Best from first to make it 6-2.

The Pilots held on in the top of the ninth to force a game three on Friday night at home. Brandon Vick was the winning pitcher as he improved his record to 4-0 on the year. Brandon Reitano, Bill Cullen and Jordan Negrini each picked two hits on the night for the Pilots. For the Sharks, Cody Dolan and Zach MacAneney each had a multi-hit game.

The Sharks and Pilots will do battle in game three in Hampton, Virginia on Friday night to see which team with advance to the second round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs as the first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

 

 

 

 
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