Luke Bonfield, who will attend Arkansas this upcoming fall, was drafted by the NY Mets in the 21st round, brings the total number of drafted players off this year’s Sharks team to 3, the others being Austin DeCarr (signed by the Yankees) and Will Toffey who is the current shortstop. Luke will play first base and the outfield for the Sharks.
Luke started his first game against the Seacoast Mavericks on Wednesday night and it was impressive. He went 4 for 4, a single his first time up, then hit three HRs in a row, the last being a grand slam for a total of 7 RBIs in just 6 innings as the game was shortened by thunderstorms with the Sharks beating the Mavericks 9-4.
The Seacoast Mavericks now trail the Sharks for the last playoff position by 2 losses:
The top team in each division make the playoffs, then the divisions are combined and the next four teams make the playoff as well.
Max Slade made an emergency start for the Sharks, as two members of the starting rotation (Matt Quintana & Max Bruckner) will be pitching in the All Star game today in Brockton and due to the season ending injury to starter Mitch Leeds. Max did a yeoman’s job as he pitched 3 shutout innings before running into trouble in the 5th most likely due to fatigue, when he gave up 4 runs blowing a 5-0 lead. The Sharks came back with four runs in the sixth, thanks to Bonfield’s grand slam.
This game was all about Bonfield. He came up in the first inning with a single to move Will Toffey to second base. Steve Buckley followed with a single scoring Toffey. Tim Bickford followed with a single to score Bonfield putting the Sharks up 2-0 to finish the first inning.
Will Toffey lead off the third inning with a double. Bonfield then hit his first HR accounting for two RBIs. Bonfield then hit his second HR in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 5-0. The Mavericks came roaring back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs to cut the lead to 5-4. Slade unfortunately lost his control, walking three and hitting three batters facing the first six batter of the inning. Pat Nicholson came in to put out the fire. In the top of the sixth with two outs, Kevin Foley did what he does best, i.e. get on base to start the attack by being hit by a pitch. Jon Testani followed with a walk. Will Toffey followed with his team leading 26th base on balls (tied for fourth in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League) to load up the bases. Bonfield then cracked his third consecutive HR to put the Sharks up 9-4. Then nature’s thunder and lightning followed Bonfield’s version of the same.
Luke Bonfield was named “player of the night” in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League for obvious reasons.
Today is the All Star game in Brockton. The Sharks have seven players on the team:
1. Position players: Jon Mayer (Bucknell), Will Toffey (Vanderbilt), and Brian Campbell (Stonehill).
2. Pitchers: Matt Quintana (Siena), Max Bruckner (Iona), Mike Fitzgerald (Northeastern), and Matt Binder (Millersville).
July 25: Longtime rivals, the Brockton Rox, return to the Island for their last regular season visit…to battle for first place as the second place Sharks trail the Rox by two losses and are 3 games out. The Sharks are hanging on to the last playoff spot, with Seacoast trailing the Sharks by 2 losses. This is also “Christmas in July” coordinated with the Red Stocking Fund; free admission with a toy or donation.
This date was originally planned to be a doubleheader but Futures Collegiate Baseball League rules preclude DHs played during the week of the All Star game, therefore start time is the usual 7:00 slot.
July 29: Torrington Titans come to the Vineyard to take on the Sharks. The Sharks trail the Titans by one loss for fourth place in the playoff standings.
July 30: The Seacoast Mavericks come to the Shark Tank looking to make-up ground for the last playoff position as they trail the Sharks by 2 losses.