WILMINGTON, NC (news release from Wilmington Sharks) — The Wilmington Sharks will head to the CPL Petitt Cup playoffs on a three-game winning streak after taking a 7-2 win over the Morehead City Marlins on Tuesday night in Morehead City.
With Gastonia also winning on Tuesday night, the Sharks will be the No. 7 seed in the Petitt Cup playoffs when the first round best-of-three series gets underway in Wilmington on Thursday night as the Sharks will face off against the Fayetteville Swampdogs, the No. 2 seed and their CPL South Division rival.
Against Morehead City, the Sharks scored at least one run in each of the first four innings, highlighted by a three-run second inning.
Jeff Moyer led the Sharks with a 3-for-4 night with three RBIs, while Scott Coleman and Vickash Ramjit each had two-hit nights as Coleman also drove home one RBI in the win.
Daniel Aldrich and Aaron Preston also each tallied an RBI each for the visitors.
Sharks starter Zach Taylor earned his fourth win of the summer after tossing seven innings and allowing only two runs while striking out five Marlins and spreading out 11 hits over the seven innings.
In the top of the first, the Sharks jumped on the board early when K.J. McAllister led off the game with a walk before stealing second and scoring when Moyer singled back up the middle.
Morehead City responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the first off of three hits as the teams were tied after one inning.
The Sharks posted a three-run second inning, as Preston led off the inning with a walk before scoring two batters later on Chris Dula’s RBI single. After a McAllister groundout, Moyer delivered his second single in as many innings that plated Eric Mayers and Dula to up the lead to 5-1.
Another Wilmington run came in the third inning when Aldrich singled to open the inning and came around to score on Preston’s triple to right-center field two batters later. In the fourth, the Sharks posted two more runs when Coleman delivered an RBI single that plated McAllister and Aldrich picked up a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Moyer and upped the lead to 7-1.
Morehead City plated the final run of the night in the bottom of the seventh off of three hits, but it was nowhere near enough for the comeback.
The Sharks will open the 2011 CPL Petitt Cup playoffs at home against the Fayetteville Swampdogs on Thursday night with the gates opening at 6 p.m. and first pitch scheduled for 7:05. For ticket information, please call the Wilmington Sharks office at 343-5621.