New Hanover alum delivers, Sharks advance in Petit Cup Playoffs

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Sam Foy and Alex Destino homered as the Wilmington Sharks (31-25) defeated the Peninsula Pilots 6-4 on Friday night at the Shark Tank in Wilmington, ending Peninsula’s quest for a three-peat in the Coastal Plain League.

Wilmington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead following Foy’s solo shot in the second. Destino’s eighth homer of the summer made it a five-run cushion and Sharks’ starter Mike Castellani kept the Pilots at arm’s length, allowing just two hits through five innings of work before Peninsula began to show some life in the sixth.

Sam Foy tags out a runner at second base. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Sam Foy tags out a runner at second base. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

Danny Valdez led the charge with a double to begin the inning and Pilots eventually tied the game as part of a three-run frame before Kennard McDowell picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.

On Thursday night, McDowell was the hero with a solo home run  to lift the Sharks to a one-run victory and one night later, the UNCW shortstop came through again.

The Sharks picked up a little wiggle room in the eighth when Foy delivered a two out RBI single to bring in Matt Whatley. The former New Hanover High School standout finished the ballgame 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and his first long ball of the summer.

Wilmington heads into the Coastal Plain League Eastern Division Finals against the winner of Edenton and Holly Springs.