By: Alyssa Tull
WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Sharks secured victories home and away on Saturday night with final scores of Sharks 15, Steamers 2 in the home matchup and Sharks 3, RedWolves 2 on the road.
The Sharks went home with a 15-2 victory against the Edenton Steamers on Saturday night with the game getting cut short at the top of the seventh inning due to the run rule. Runs were sporadic throughout the first five innings, with eight out of the fifteen runs scored in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Price King (UNC Greensboro) pitched five scoreless innings leading the pitching standings. Dylan Jefferies (University of Mount Olive) led the Sharks’ offense with three runs scored, two hits, and two RBIs. Norman Kelly (Montreat College) also left his mark on the field with two runs scored, three hits, and three RBIs.
Wilmington is 9-2 in exhibition games after the victory.
In the 3-2 road victory, right-hander Austin Skipper (William Peace University) cruised through five shutout innings allowing just three hits and striking out four RedWolves. Nate Nabholz (East Carolina University) earned the win in relief as he shut down Florence in the final two frames with three strikeouts against one hit allowed.
John Behrends (Belmont University) led the Sharks at the plate going 2-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases. Trotter Harlan (College of Charleston), Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina University) and David Smith (University of Connecticut) each added hits with Smith (two RBIs), Taber Mongero (UNC Wilmington) and Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) each crossing the plate with runs.
The Sharks are now in third place in the East Division second half season standings after the win and fourth place in the overall standings.
The Sharks return home to Buck Hardee Field on Thursday, July 22 for a doubleheader against Florence beginning at 5:05 PM with gates opening at 4:30. Tickets are available by calling 910-343-5621 or online at wilmingtonsharks.com.