EDENTON, NC – The Wilmington Sharks took their 10th victory against an exhibition opponent in 2021 with 6-1 decision on the road over the Edenton Steamers last night.
Maximillian Alba (UNC-Chapel Hill) earned the win as he cruised through five innings on 59 pitches as the Sharks’ starter and allowed one run on four hits while striking out six Steamers. Alba tossed 14 first-pitch strikes against the 18 total batters he faced.
The relief corps of Kross Robinson (UNC-Greensboro), Grant Lohmeier (Belmont Abbey College), Nate Nabholz (East Carolina University) and Joey Kemlage (American International University) combined to limit Edenton to one hit and struck out nine over the final four innings. Robinson, Nabholz and Kemlage each notched a pair of “K’s” in their respective innings.
John Behrends (Belmont University) went 2-for-4 at the plate to account for one-third of Wilmington’s offensive production while doubling and pushing three RBIs across the plate. Donald Hansis (College of Charleston) went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a stolen base. Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) and Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina University) each went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Zack Budzik (UNC-Greensboro) added a 1-for-5 performance and RBI. Chaz Bertolani (Lipscomb University) and Alan Alonso (University of Mount Olive) both drew walks and came across to score runs. Taber Mongero (UNC-Wilmington) drew a walk and scored a run to counter an 0-for-3 night at the plate.
The Sharks return to play at home on Thursday, July 22 at Buck Hardee Field in a doubleheader against the Florence RedWolves with a scheduled first pitch time of 5:05 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 910-343-5621 and online at wilmingtonsharks.com.