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Sharks rank in top 15 for attendance

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WILMINGTON,NC (news release from Sharks) -- The Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) announced today that according to Ballparkbiz.com the Sharks finished the season ranked 13th in the nation in average attendance among all other teams in summer collegiate baseball.

The attendance figures only account for all regular season home games. It does not take into consideration any non-league or playoff games hosted by the Sharks during the season. Over 26 official openings, the Sharks averaged 1,775 fans per game for the 2011 season.

I give all the credit in the world to the awesome fans the Sharks have and they need to be congratulated for their support! said Andrew Aguilar, general manager.

The Wilmington Sharks are members of Coastal Plain League, the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Preparing for its 16th season, The Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer. The CPL has had over 800 alumni drafted and 43 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.

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That's easy to understand

There's no minor league competition within 75 miles or so. They play great baseball. It's a chance to see potential Major Leaguers on the way to stardom; and it's a great value.

Hopefully, it's profitable for the team owners. No player payroll; players bunk with local families. Relatively low overhead.