Despite Connor Johnstone’s best efforts on the mound for Wilmington (0-2), the Sharks fell 3-2 to the Morehead City Marlins (3-0) at Buck Hardee Field on Thursday night.
The righty from Wake Forest University allowed one run on four hits, while striking out nine Marlins. Johnstone did not have much offensive support as Wilmington was held to just a pair of hits. Jae Roberts singled to center in the second and Alex Destino reached base safely after a well hit ball to the shortstop.
The Sharks had their fair share of opportunities with 10 walks and eight runners left on base. Morehead City jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first after Logan Sherer smacked an RBI double before Wilmington answered with two in the second based largely on the four walks in the frame, one of which forced the tying run to score.
Sam Foy and Nick Rotola made a handful of impressive plays and were able to turn a snappy double play to kill a Marlins rally opportunity in the fourth.
Sidewinding reliever Bill Little is credited with the loss for the Sharks after sacrificing two runs in the eighth during his second inning of relief of Johnstone.
Wilmington has 10 players on the roster who are yet to join the club because of commitments to their various college teams competing in the NCAA Tournament.
The Sharks travel to Morehead City on Friday for the chance to pick up their first win of the season. The Sharks will be back at “The Tank” Saturday night to host the Petersburg Generals. First pitch is at 7 p.m.