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Wilmington Sharks Press Release
Edenton, N.C. – The phrase ‘home field advantage' likely came to mind for
many fans at Hicks Field as the Edenton Steamers (31-13) took advantage of small
dimensions to blast four home runs and beat the Wilmington Sharks (25-17) by a
final score of 14-3 on Friday night.
At a bandbox of a stadium with the right field foul pole only 298 feet away
from home plate and the left field wall only 300 feet down the line, the
Steamers blasted four home runs, including a grand slam. As a result, there were
six runs scored in each of the first and third innings.
Wilmington took away the shutout early as Mel Skochdopole entered as a pinch
hitter in the third inning and deposited his first hit of the season over the
left field wall with two out in the third. Aaron Preston followed the home run
with a walk, then came around on a consecutive hit, walk, and hit batter.
However, the Sharks left the bases loaded.
After Scott Kerrigan took the mound for the first time since June 22, taking
the second and third innings in relief of starter Aaron Hoover, Anthony Allende
made his Sharks debut by pitching the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed one
more run to make it 13-2 in favor of the Steamers through five.
Justin Livengood got the call, but lasted just two pitches. His first was
inside, earning a warning to both benches. The second hit Jason Kanzler in the
back, warranting an automatic ejection. Stephen Vaughan came up next and allowed
Kanzler to score, making the score 14-2 in the bottom of the sixth.
Scott Coleman came up in the top of the eighth and hit the second Sharks home
run of the game, sixth in total, but it wasn't near enough as the score would
stay at 14-3 until the final out was recorded.
The Sharks return to Buck Hardee Field on Saturday for their last game before
the All Star Break. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, add
Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.