Six different pitchers combined to blank the Swampdogs on Tuesday night as the Wilmington Sharks picked up their fourth straight win following an 8-0 road victory in a game that was delayed 27 minutes because of weather in the Fayetteville area.
Wilmington captured its first result at “The Swamp” since July 29, 2013. The Sharks improved to 4-2 overall and continue a five-game-in-five-days stretch at home against Peninsula on Wednesday. First-pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Buck Hardee Field.
With a 2-0 lead after the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly by John Fallon and run scored by Hayes Nelson, who scored on a wild pitch, the Sharks relied on a solid pitching performance to shut down the Swampdogs.
Hunter Smith got the start and tossed three strong innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts, while Ben Little came on in relief of Cory Herndon to work out of a bases loaded jam with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.
Nick Rotola added to the advantage with an RBI single to make it 3-0 in the seventh and the junior from Oral Roberts drove in two more runs as part of a five run rally in the ninth, which included a three-run homerun by Alex Destino.
Former New Hanover High School standout Sam Foy picked up his first hit of the season with a base hit up the middile.
American Legion baseball
Wilmington Post 10 19 Duplin Post 127 4
Coming off a two-game sweep after a weekend doubleheader in Morehead City, Wilmington Post 10 kept on rolling through the early portion of its schedule on Monday with a 19-4 rout over Duplin Post 127.
Players from three of the four Wilmington high schools went deep in the ballgame and Caleb Bishop helped in the pitching effort. Max Johnson (New Hanover), Brandon Boone (Hoggard) and Kennedy Hardy (Laney) hit homeruns to lead the onslaught as Hardy smacked a grand slam.
Post 10 continues a five-game road swing with a trip to White Oak High School for a date with Jacksonville Post 265 at 7 p.m. Wednesday.