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Wilmington Sharks

The Wilmington Sharks are a baseball team in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Sharks play their home games at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium in Wilmington, North Carolina. Buck Hardee Field is more commonly referred to as "The Shark Tank."

Wilmington Sharks
LeagueCoastal Plain League (East)
LocationWilmington, North Carolina
BallparkBuck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium
Year founded1997
Petit Cup championships1998, 1999
ColorsNavy, Light Blue, and White
MascotSharky the Shark
OwnershipNational Sports Service[1]
ManagementMatt Perry (Owner)
CoachTyler Jackson (1st season)

The Sharks are a pioneer member of the Coastal Plain League, and they have been part of the league since its inception in 1997.

On Tuesday, March 2, 2017, National Sports Service acquired the team from the Smith Family Baseball Wilmington, LLC which had been the owners since 2014.[2] The 2017 season was the Sharks’ 20th season in Wilmington.[3]

The Sharks finished the 2018 season with a 17-34 record their worst record since 2009 and finished in fourth place in the East Division. This marks the 9th time in team history they didn't make the playoffs, the last time the team missed the playoffs was 2014.

Also, The Sharks averaged 1,001 fans at home this season which is down from the 1,118 fans they averaged last season at home. Tyler Jackson finished his first season as the head coach of the Sharks. The 2019 season will be the Sharks 22nd season in Wilmington.

Starting in the 2018 season with the addition of the Macon Bacon, the Coastal Plain League will play 52 regular season games and will move to four divisions (North, South, East, and West) the Sharks will be in the East Division with Fayetteville, Holly Springs, and Morehead City.


Yearly RecordsEdit

Season Record Postseason Record
1997-2001 159-108 --
2002 16-8 0-1
2003 14-11 0-1
2004 24-27 DNQ
2005 28-26 DNQ
2006 19-34 DNQ
2007 22-33 DNQ
2008 24-31 DNQ
2009 19-36 DNQ
2010 27-29 DNQ
2011 29-27 3-3
2012 29-23 0-2
2013 31-23 1-2
2014 24-30 DNQ
2015 29-24 3-3
2016 32-22 0-1
2017 31-24 3-2
2018 17-34 DNQ
Overall Record: 579-560 (.508) Playoff Record Since 2002: 10-15 (.400)

2019 ScheduleEdit

Date Team Result Record Attendance
May 30th Fayetteville SwampDogs*
May 31st at Holly Spring Salamanders*
June 1st at Lexington County Blowfish
June 4th at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
June 5th at Peninsula Pilots
June 6th at Edenton Steamers
June 7th at Morehead City Marlins*
June 8th Fayetteville SwampDogs*
June 9th at Morehead City Marlins*
June 10th Fayetteville SwampDogs*
June 11th at Holly Spring Salamanders*
June 13th at Morehead City Marlins*
June 14th Holly Spring Salamanders*
June 15th Morehead City Marlins*
June 16th at Holly Spring Salamanders*
June 17th Asheboro Copperheads
June 18th Morehead City Marlins*
June 19th at Morehead City Marlins*
June 20th Morehead City Marlins*
June 21st at Gastonia Grizzlies
June 22nd Morehead City Marlins*
June 24th Fayetteville SwampDogs*
June 25th at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
June 27th Holly Spring Salamanders*
June 28th Wilson Tobs
June 29th at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Second Half of the Season
July 2nd Holly Spring Salamanders*
July 3rd Edenton Steamers
July 4th at Wilson Tobs
July 5th at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
July 6th Holly Spring Salamanders*
All-Star Break July 7th-9th
July 11th Morehead City Marlins*
July 12th Fayetteville SwampDogs*
July 13th at Morehead City Marlins*
July 15th Fayetteville SwampDogs*
July 16th at Holly Spring Salamanders*
July 17th Edenton Steamers
July 18th Morehead City Marlins*
July 19th at Holly Spring Salamanders*
July 20th Wilson Tobs
July 22nd at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
July 23rd at Wilson Tobs
July 24th Holly Spring Salamanders*
July 25th at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
July 26th Wilson Tobs
July 27th at Morehead City Marlins*
July 29th at Morehead City Marlins*
July 30th at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
July 31st Florence RedWolves
August 1st at Florence RedWolves
August 2nd at Fayetteville SwampDogs*
August 3rd Morehead City Marlins*
August 4th Petitt Cup Playoffs Divisional Round
August 6th Petitt Cup Playoffs Regional Round
August 8th-10th Petitt Cup Playoffs Championship Round
East Division Game* Record 0-0 (–) Avg Home Attn



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