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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Hammerheads pro soccer squad returns to action on Saturday. The Hammerheads will host the Los Angeles Blues in an USL Pro League game on Saturday at 7:30 at Legion Stadium. After the game there will be a fireworks show. The soccer match will likely wrap up around 9:30.

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WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks news release) — With a game time temperature of 96 degrees, everybody knew it was a hot night. What they didn’t know as Ross Whitley threw out the first pitch was how much the Wilmington Sharks (16-11) would heat up their bats in a 10-4 drubbing of the visiting Wilson Tobs (9-19).

A graduate of Hoggard High School, Scott Coleman led the team in the win by going 3-for-5 at the plate including a double. He scored one run and drove in another. Connor Mitchell, in just his second official game with the Sharks, also had a strong showing with two hits, two runs, two RBIs and a walk. Joining Coleman and Mitchell on the multi-hit list were Casey Goss (2-for-5, two runs) and Grayson Atwood (2-for-4 with a double, one run and one RBI).

The first of Mitchell’s hits led to him scoring the game’s first run in the top of the second inning. After his first stolen base in a Sharks uniform, Alex Freedman advanced him to third and Atwood picked up the RBI on a single to right field.

Wilson scored a single run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, which made the score 2-2 through five after the Sharks responded to the equalizer in the fourth with one of their own in the fifth. Mitchell led off with a walk, moved to second on Lloyd Enzor’s sacrifice bunt, then scored an unearned run when the Tobs’ shortstop threw a ball away trying to get Atwood at first.

On Thursday night, it was a four-run seventh that helped the Sharks to their 5-4 victory over the Peninsula Pilots. On Friday, it was seven runs in the sixth that changed the game and led the home team to its 16th win. The first two of Coleman’s hits came in the frame, accounting for one quarter of the eight total hits, plus one walk, for Wilmington during that inning. Brad Shaban knocked in Freedman and Atwood, who followed Coleman and Enzor across the plate, then Shaban came home on Aaron Preston’s knock to center. Mitchell’s single to right brought in the final two runs of the sixth, virtually ensuring a Sharks win.

After the Tobs came back with two runs in the eighth, Wilmington scored once more in the eighth for the 10-4 final score.

Ross Whitley earned his second win of the year, going 6.0 innings with two runs allowed on three hits and six walks. He struck out two batters and threw north of 100 pitches.

Friday’s game marked the second time the Sharks scored ten or more runs in a game, following a 14-run output in the first game of a doubleheader against the Edenton Steamers on June 14. In that contest, Wilmington scored nine runs in the first inning.

The Sharks head north for a rematch with the Tobs at Fleming Stadium on Saturday, then travel to Columbia on Sunday. The next home game at Buck Hardee Field will be on Monday against Fayetteville. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, find Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.


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