The Wilmington Sharks scored six runs in the fourth inning from three home runs off the bats of Clemente Inclan, Cam Jensen, and Chad Fairey. However, it would take additional runs in the sixth and seventh inning to generate enough runs to best the surging Salamanders 9 – 8 on Education Day at Ting Park.
The Sharks generated one run in the top of the first inning when designated hitter Chad Fairey issued an RBI single scoring Noah Bridges. The Salamanders would answer immediately, plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning with RBI singles from Jake Holtzapple and Chris Crabtree. An Itchy Burts RBI triple in the Salamander half of the second inning would give Holly Springs a 3 – 2 advantage. The Manders would keep that lead until the top of the fourth inning. The sixth run fourth inning by the Sharks would bring the score to 7 – 3. The Salamanders would once again answer in the bottom of the fourth inning when Liam Hicks hit a three-run home run to deep left centerfield plating Itchy Burts and Ian Bailey. The Sharks would add runs in the sixth and seventh inning to make the score 9 – 6. That score would remain until the bottom of the ninth inning. In the Salamander half of the ninth inning Chris Crabtree would crush a two run home run over the right field bullpen to close the gap to a score of 9 – 8. However, that would be the final score of the game.
Liam Hicks would lead the Salamander offense with three hits and three RBI's on the afternoon. Ian Bailey, Matt Turino, Itchy Burts, Jake Holtzapple, and Chris Crabtree would each deliver two hits in the losing effort. The Salamander pitching staff consisting of Tom Gugliomello, Tyler Vogel, and Baker Nelson would strike out a combined thirteen batters on the afternoon. However, the combination of thirteen hits and seven walks could not hold the Sharks at bay.
The Salamanders are back in action tomorrow evening at Morehead City to face the Marlins with a 7:05 first pitch. The Marlins return back to Wilmington to face the Edenton Steamers tomorrow evening at 6:05.