Fungo 4, Sharks 0

By: Daniel Covington 

Wilmington, NC – Runs were hard to find for the Wilmington Sharks on Friday night as the Wake Forest Fungo came into the Shark Tank and held the Sharks scoreless and with five combined hits.

In a night filled with multiple substitutions for the Sharks five separate players recorded a hit in the contest.  Donald Hansis (College of Charleston) led the way recording a hit in his only plate appearance to finish the night 1-for-1. Sharks Alec Makarewicz (ECU), Kevin Gsell (Binghamton University), John Behrands (Belmont University) & Norman Kelly (Montreat College) all finished their nights 1-for-2 at the plate.

Pitching was solid again Sharks as Right Hander JT Caver (Lipscomb University) got things going for the Sharks going three strong innings surrendering three hits, three runs, walking two and striking out five.  The Sharks Bullpen was busy as six different pitchers Blake Kincaid (Jackson State CC), Tanner Sinicki (Binghamton University), Ryan Obrecht (Wayne State College), Cade Udell (Villanova), Grant Lohmeier (Belmont Abbey) and Jesse Komorski (Arkansas Baptist) came in for relief holding the Fungo to only one run in six innings of work.

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Marlins 10, Sharks 1

By: Nick Carey

Wilmington, NC – The Sharks lineup produced a cumulative nine hits in a 10-1 loss to the Morehead City Marlins at Buck Hardee Field on Saturday, July 24.

Morehead City jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first three innings before Wilmington manufactured their lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Taber Mongero (UNC-Wilmington) crossed the plate after singling to lead off the inning then scoring on a single by David Smith (UConn). Smith led the Sharks offense going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and the aforementioned RBI.

John Behrends (Belmont University), Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina University), Mongero and Zack Budzik (UNC-Greensboro) each added 1-for-4 performances. Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) went 1-for-3 and Cody Jansen (St. Louis University) notched a hit in two at-bats. Damon Maynard (USC-Upstate) went 1-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance.

Nick Logusch (East Carolina University) took the loss as Wilmington’s starter venturing two and two-thirds innings allowing six runs on four hits and striking out four Marlins. Ryan Obrecht (Wayne State College) held Morehead City in relief over two and one-third innings allowing one hit while walking three and striking out two. Gavin Grubbs (Lipscomb University) took the mound for two frames and allowed two runs on one hit with a walk.

Cade Udell (Duke University) allowed two runs on as many hits in the eighth inning as he walked one and struck out one. Brett Carson (Muskingum University) ascended the mound for the Sharks in the ninth allowing one hit and striking out one.

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Tobs 6, Sharks 4

By: Alyssa Tull

Wilson, NC – In the Sunday evening matchup between Wilson and Wilmington, the Tobs took a 6-4 victory against the visiting Sharks as they rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The game stayed tied until the Sharks took a 4-2 lead in the 4th inning with runs from Zack Budzik (UNC Greensboro), John Behrends (Belmont University), Rich Ciufo (University of Richmond), and Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University). The Tobs come back with four runs in the 8th inning bringing final the score to 6-4.

Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) lead the Sharks offense with two hits, one run and one RBI. Blake Bennett (Jacksonville State) pitched four innings, allowed three hits and struck out five in relief of starter Zack Brockman (Columbus State). Nate Nabholz (East Carolina University) pitched and took the loss for the Sharks for one third of an inning allowing four runs on two hits. Austin Skipper (William Peace University) closed out the final two-thirds of an inning allowing two hits and striking out one Tob.

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The Sharks return home to Buck Hardee Field on Monday, July 26 to face the Morehead City Marlins. Tickets are available for purchase at wilmingtonsharks.com and by calling 910-343-5621.