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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
League Coastal Plain League (East)
Location Wilmington, North Carolina
Ballpark Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium
Year founded 1997
Nickname(s) Sharks
Petit Cup championships 1998, 1999
Colors Navy, Light Blue, and White
Mascot Sharky the Shark
Ownership National Sports Service[1]
Management Matt Perry (Owner); Pat Hutchins (General Manager)
Coach Tyler 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 has been the owners since 2014.[2] The 2017 season was the Sharks 20th season in Wilmington.[3]

The Sharks finished the 2017 season with a 31-24 record and finished in 3rd place in the East and won the East Division in the 2nd half of the season. They made the playoffs for the 6th time in the past 7 seasons and for the third straight season. The playoff format was single elimination with the Sharks as the No. 3 seed getting matched up with No. 2 seed Fayetteville SwampDogs, the Sharks defeated the SwampDogs 13-0 and moved on to face the No. 4 seed Edenton Steamers in a best of 3 series. The Sharks swept the Steamers with a walk-off home run in Game 2. For the first time since 1999, the Sharks reached the Pettit Cup Finals. The Sharks faced the West division champion Gastonia Grizzlies in a best of 3 series. The Sharks were swept by the Gastonia Grizzlies. The Sharks averaged 1,118 fans at home this season during the regular season they also set a new "Shark Tank" attendance record with 3,457 fans on July 2 against the Fayetteville SwampDogs. Scott Wingo finished his 3rd season as the head coach of the Sharks. The 2018 season will be the Sharks 21st season in Wilmington. On Friday, November 17, 2017, the Sharks announced that Tyler Jackson will be the new head coach for the 2018 season replacing Scott Wingo after three years at the helm. Wingo had a 98-77 overall record and never missed the playoffs.

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. The top two teams in each division will make the playoffs, the first round (Divisional Round) will consist of a one-game playoff between the two playoff teams in each division. The four winners will then move on to a second round (Regional Round) one-game playoff with the North champion facing off against the East champion, and the South champion facing the West champion. Once the final two teams are decided, they will move on to the best-of-three Petitt Cup Championship Series.


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 0-0
Overall Record: 562-526 (.517) Playoff Record Since 2002: 10-15 (.400)

2018 ScheduleEdit

Date Team Result Record Attendance
Thursday, May 31 Morehead City Marlins*
Friday, June 1 @ Morehead City Marlins*
Saturday, June 2 Holly Springs Salamanders*
Sundday, June 3 Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Monday, June 4 @ Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Tuesday, June 5 @ Holly Springs Salamanders*
Thursday, June 7 Holly Springs Salamanders*
Friday, June 8 Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Saturday, June 9 Edenton Steamers
Monday, June 11 @ Morehead City Marlins*
Tuesday, June 12 @ Wilson Tobs
Wednesday, June 13 Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Thursday, June 14 @ Holly Springs Salamanders*
Friday, June 15 @ Morehead City Marlins*
Saturday, June 16 Morehead City Marlins*
Sunday, June 17 @ Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Tuesday, June 19 @ Holly Springs Salamanders*
Wednesday, June 20 Wilson Tobs
Thursday, June 21 @ Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Friday, June 22 Holly Springs Salamanders*
Saturday, June 23 Morehead City Marlins*
Monday, June 25 @ Morehead City Marlins*
Wednesday, June 27 Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Thursday, June 28 @ Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Friday, June 29 Florence RedWolves
Saturday June 30 @ Edenton Steamers
Sunday, July 1 Morehead City Marlins*
Monday, July 2 Fayetetville SwampDogs*
Tuesday, July 3 @ Morehead City Marlins
Thursday, July 5 @ Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Friday, July 6 Edenton Steamers
Saturday, July 7 @ Holly Springs Salamanders*
Wednesday, July 11 Morehead City Marlins*
Thursday, July 12 Holly Springs Salamanders*
Friday, July 13 @ Morehead City Marlins*
Saturday, July 14 @ Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Sunday, July 15 @ Wilson Tobs
Monday, July 16 @ Florence RedWolves
Tuesday, July 17 @ Holly Springs Salamanders*
Thursday, July 19 Morehead City Marlins*
Friday, July 20 Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Saturday, July 21 @ Florence RedWolves
Tuesday, July 24 @ Holly Springs Salamanders*
Wednesday, July 25 Morehead City Marlins*
Thursday, July 26 Fayetteville SwampDogs*
Friday, July 27 @ Morehead City Marlins*
Saturday, July 28 Holly Springs Salamanders*
Monday, July 30 Holly Springs Salamanders*
Wednesday, August 1 Wilson Tobs
Thursday, August 2 Fayettevile SwampDogs*
Wednesday, August 3 @ Edenton Steamers
Thursday, August 4 @ Morehead City Marlins
East Division Game* Record 0-0(–) Avg Home Attn:



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