WILMINGTON, NC – The night started on an exciting note as the Sharks welcomed the UNC –
Wilmington Men’s Basketball team to Buck Hardee Field. It was an honor to recognize this
hometown team as they finished their basketball season winning the CBI Tournament
Championship. However, the Wilmington Sharks experienced another disappointing loss against
the Morehead City Marlins at their home field in Wilmington. This Thursday matchup is the
Sharks’ third time coming to bat against the Marlins this week, falling short of a victory each
game. The two teams will play once more this week on Friday, June 17th in Morehead City.
The Marlins have carried a 15-2 run advantage over the Sharks throughout the series. Despite the
trouble at the plate, Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) and Mason Maxwell (Goldey-
Beacom) earned both hits in three at bats for the Sharks in the seventh and eighth innings.
Andrew had a notable performance, stealing four bases and contributing with three putouts. He
has become a staple to the Shark’s team with an admirable start to the 2022 summer season.
Andrew Ciufo has been awarded ‘Player of the Week’ both by Coach Russ Burroughs by the
Wilmington Sharks organization and ‘Hitter of the Week’ by the Coastal Plain League
maintaining a .366 batting average.
Jack Keele (Trevecca Nazarene) took the mound and struck out five Marlin’s batters during his
four innings. Pitchers John Miralia (NC State), Reid Robertson (Georgia College), and Gavin
Grubbs (Lipscomb) followed Keele and closed out the game. Robertson and Grubbs held the
Marlins from advancing their lead late in the game.
This was a quiet game for the Sharks, but they look to make a comeback in their last game
against the Marlins this week in Morehead City. The team’s next home game will be this
Saturday, June 18th against the Savannah Bananas in front of a sold-out crowd.