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
Petitt Cup championships1998, 1999
ColorsNavy, Light Blue, and White
MascotSharky the Shark
OwnershipNational Sports Service[1]
ManagementMatt Perry (Owner)
CoachRuss Buroughs (1st season)
ManagerCarson Bowen

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 2019 season with a 20-31 record after finishing the 2018 season with a 17-34 record. They finished in third place in the East Division one spot higher than 2018 when they finished in last place. This marks the 10th time in team history they didn't make the playoffs, this is the second straight season they did not make the playoffs.

The Sharks averaged 1,105 fans at home in 2019 which included two sellout crowds, they improved from the 2018 season when they averaged 1,001 fans at home, they averaged 1,118 fans in 2017. Tyler Jackson finished his second season as the head coach of the Sharks and has an overall record of 37-65 and has not made the playoffs. The 2020 season will be the Sharks 23rd season in Wilmington.

On September 16th, 2019 the Sharks announced that Russ Burroughs will be the new manager replacing Tyler Jackson who went 37-65 in two seasons, the Sharks did not make the playoffs in either season.[4]

The 2020 season will go back to the two-division format with the Sharks in the East Division. Joining the Sharks in the East are the Tri-City Chili Peppers, Florence RedWolves, Holly Spring Salamanders, Morehead City Marlins, Peninsula Pilots and the Wilson Tobs. The West Division will be Asheboro Copperheads, Forest City Owls, Gastonia Grizzlies, High Point-Thomasville HiToms, Lexington County Blowfish, Macon Bacon, Martinsville Mustangs and Savannah Bananas.

Yearly Records

Season Record Postseason Record
Overall Record: 594-581(.506) Postseason Record Since 2002: 10-15 (.400)

2019 Schedule

Date Team Result Record Attendance
Thursday, May 28that Florence
Friday, May 29that High Point-Thomasville
Saturday, May 30thvs. Morehead City
Monday, June 1stat Morehead City
Tuesday, June 2ndat Savannah
Wednesday, June 3rdat Lexington County
Thursday, June 4thvs. Florence
Friday, June 5thvs. Morehead City
Saturday, June 6that Holly Springs
Monday, June 8that Morehead City
Tuesday, June 9thvs. Holly Springs
Wednesday, June 10thvs. High Point-Thomasville
Thursday, June 11that Wilson
Friday, June 12that Florence
Saturday, June 13thvs. Holly Springs
Sunday, June 14thvs. Asheboro
Tuesday, June 16hvs. Wilson
Wednesday, June 17that Morehead City
Thursday, June 18thvs. Morehead City
Friday, June 19thvs. Florence
Tuesday, June 23rdat Holly Springs
Wednesday, June 24that Asheboro
Thursday, June 25hvs. Morehead City
Friday, June 26that Morehead City
Saturday, June 27thvs. Morehead City
Sunday, June 28thvs. Florence
Start of Second Half
Moday, June 29thvs. Macon
Tuesday, June 30that Florence
Wednesday, July 1stat Morehead City
Thursday, July 2ndat Florence
Friday, July 3rdvs. Asheboro
Monday, July 6thvs. Holly Springs
Tuesday, July 7thvs. Morehead City
Wednesday, July 8thvs. Morehead City
Thursday, July 9thvs. Florence
Friday, July 10that Asheboro
Saturday, July 11thvs. Holly Springs
July 12th-14thALL-STAR BREAK
Wednesday, July 15thvs. Morehead City
Thursday, July 16that Wilson
Friday, July 17thvs. Wilson
Saturday, July 18that Holly Springs
Monday, July 20that Morehead City
Tuesday, July 21stvs. Tri-City
Wednesday, July 22ndat Peninsula
Thursday, July 23rdat Tri-City
Saturday, July 25thvs. Florence
Sunday, July 26that Holly Springs
Tuesday, July 28thvs. Peninsula
Wednesday, July 29thvs. Holly Springs
Thursday, July 30that Wilson
Thursday, July 31stvs. Morehead City
Friday, August 1stat Morehead City
Sunday, August 2ndPetitt Cup First Round
Tuesday, August 4thPetitt Cup Second Round
Thursday, August 6thPetitt Cup Championship Round (Game 1)
Friday, August 7thPetitt Cup Championship Round (Game 2)
Saturday, August 8thPetitt Cup Championship Round (Game 3 if necessary)
East Division Game* Record 0-0 ()



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