HOLLY SPRINGS, NC- The Salamanders were able to come from behind 0-3 Sunday night to win 8-4 at Ting Stadium. The Wilmington Sharks scored early in the third inning to take a 2-0 that would hold till the sixth frame.
Sharks nine-hole hitter Norman Kelly would single with both runners in scoring position to plate the run of the game. Chase Nixon would also single to give the Sharks a two run lead after the third inning.
Wilmington would add one more run in the top of the sixth by executing the double-steal that tagged Josh Hood with an error that allowed David Smith to score.
The Salamander bats would come alive in their half of the sixth two straight hits by Alex Seaton and a Tanner Roach triple would chase Shark’s pitcher Joseph Kemlage out of the game. Until that point Kemlage allowed no hits, walked two, and struck out 5 Salamanders. Josh Hood sacrificed his AB to score Roach from third before relief pitcher Gavin Grubbs ended the side.
Roach would get two more RBIs in the seventh to give Holly Springs the lead for the first time of the night. However, the Sharks would answer right back tying the game back at 4-4.
In the eight inning the wheels came off the bus for the Sharks bullpen as Hood, Billy Hancock, and Ben Miller would each homer in the second to last frame of the night.
Gunnar Boehm struck out six in his three and two-thirds relief work of Ben Simon. Easton Klein is credited with the win (1-0) finishing of the last inning and a third give up no runs, hits, or walks and fanning two Sharks batters.
Holly Springs (3-0) will take on the Peninsula Pilots in Hampton, VA on Memorial Day at 7:00pm. Peninsula is yet to play a CPL contest in 2021. The Salamanders return home on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00pm for “Bark in the Park” night against the Pilots.