Matt Quintana Named to the 2014 Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-American team by Perfect Game

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Sharks ace of the pitching staff, Matt Quintana, made 3rd team summer All American by Perfect Game. That includes every league…Cape Cod, North Woods, Alaskan, etc. There are 7 pitchers on each of the three teams. Quintana was one of 21 pitchers selected from all the summer leagues in the entire U.S.!  Sharks starting shortstop, Will Toffey, was an honorable mention.

Quintana or “Q” had an ERA of 1.29 that lead the FCBL.  He pitched 56 innings, allowing only 37 hits, 6 walks and lead the FCBL with 65 Ks. He lead the league with a .181 BAA (batting average against) and had a miniscule 0.77 WHIP, again leading the FCBL. He won his only game pitched in the playoffs with an impeccable 1.09 ERA. Quintana pitched in 10 games during the baseball season, giving up 2 runs in two of the 10 games and 1 run or less in the other 8 games.

Off the field “Q” helped run the Sharks baseball summer camps teaching kids how to pitch…hopefully they listened. All the kids flat out loved him.

If the Sharks won one of the two games against the Bravehearts in the championship series, “Q” was set to pitch the last game of the year.

Bravehearts defeat Sharks to claim 2014 FCBL title

The Worcester Bravehearts defeated the Martha’s Vineyard Shark 1-0 to claim the 2014 FCBL championship. In a game where the number of errors (6) almost surpassed the total number of hits (7), pitching was the focal point. Max Slade (UConn) took the loss for the Sharks, while Josh Desai (Suffolk) picked up the win after pitching a shutout with Sean Gustin (Holy Cross) coming in for the save. With the win, Worcester claimed their first FCBL title in their first year in the league.

Both teams struggled to get any runners across the board. Neither were really able to string together enough hits to score. However, Worcester scored their only one in the 5th inning. It was an untimely Sharks error that allowed the run to score and put Worcester up 1-0. Martha’s Vineyard was unable to muster a hit for the rest of the game and was forced to settle for leaguer runner-up following their 2013 FCBL championship.

The Sharks organization would like to thank all of the players, coaches, and families for their contribution to our summer success. The team would not be as successful without the work of all the employees and interns at the SharkTank. We hope to see you back next summer to watch the Sharks try for another FCBL Championship!

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=231806


Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16Host Family - Join A Championship Team

Bravehearts take down Sharks in game 1 of the Championship series

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks were unable to muster much offense and were defeated by the Worcester Bravehearts 5-2 in game 1 of the best of 3 championship series. Tyrone Miller (St. Leo) pitched a solid game for the Bravehearts after going 6 innings and allowing just the 2 runs. Soren Hanson (Colby) took the loss for the Sharks after allowing 5 runs in 5 innings of work. With the win, Worcester moves within 1 win of the FCBL 2014 title.

Both teams struggled to get any offense going in the early part of the game. It was not until the 5th innings that either team was able to get on the board. Worcester exploded for 5 runs in the inning topped off by a Andy Lack (SE Missouri St.) 3-run homer. Martha’s Vineyard looked like it would rally back with a promising 2-run 7th inning. Jon Testani (UConn) singled in Jon Mayer (Bucknell) and Brendan Cox (Mercyhurst) knocked in Steve Buckley (WNEU). However, the Sharks were unable to muster any more runs and took the loss at a final score of 5-2.

Martha’s Vineyard takes a day off until they head up to Worcester on Thursday (8/14) for game 2 of the series. The if necessary game would take place on Friday (8/15) @ Worcester.

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=231688


 All games this playoff season will be @ 7:00 PM.

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16Host Family - Join A Championship Team

Sharks Sweep the Titans to Advance to Championship Round

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks defeated the visiting Torrington Titans 7-3 to advance to the championship series of the FCBL for the second year in a row against the #1 seed in the playoffs the Worcester Bravehearts. Nick Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) picked up the win on the night, after allowing just one hit and one run through six innings while striking out none. Following the game, Fuller was offered a contract with the Miami Marlins. Congratulations!

The Sharks started their scoring off in the top of the 2nd on a mixture of hits and errors by the Titans. The scoring began with a 2-run single from Jack Roberts (Williams). Jon Testani (UConn) then scored from third on a wild pitch. Brendan Cox (Mercyhurst) knocked in a run on a ground ball to third baseman. Brian Campbell (Stonehill) brought home a run on an error by the shortstop and while Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) topped the scoring on a two-run error by the pitcher who threw away an easy out at first base. Luke Bonfield (Arkansas) finished off the Sharks scoring in the sixth with an RBI single that put the Sharks runs at seven for the night. The Titans could not generate enough offense to get themselves back into the game.

Martha’s Vineyard advances to the championship series against the Worcester Bravehearts, which begins tonight, Tuesday (8/12) @ the Shark Tank at 7:00 PM. Soren Hanson (Colby College) will take the mound for the Sharks. This will be the last Sharks game at the Shark Tank this baseball season. The series will head off-Island to Worcester on Thursday (8/14) and, if necessary, on Friday (8/15). This is the second year in a row that the Sharks have made it to the championship round; last year they swept the Nashua Silver Knights in two games. The Sharks have played the Bravehearts six times this season, winning all six and are looking to make it eight before the end of this week.

Player of the Game: Jack Roberts, Williams

Pitcher of the Game: Nick Fuller, UMass Dartmouth

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/flash/index.html?gameid=231606

 All games this baseball season will be @ 7:00 PM.

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

CHAMPIONSHIP rOUND 2014

Sharks beat Titans in first game of playoffs

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (# 2 seed) defeated the Torrington Titans (the # 4 seed) 3-1 in the first game of a possible three game series that will decide who moves on to the championship series. Matt Quintana (Siena) continued his outstanding summer on the mound by going 8.1 innings, allowing just 1 run, 2 hits, and striking out 8. “Q” who led the FCBL with a 1.29 ERA for the summer, now has a 1.08 ERA for the playoffs. By keeping his pitch count below 100 for the night, he now has the opportunity to pitch on Friday, if necessary and if the Sharks can close out this series. Torrington reliever George Lund (Roger Williams) took the loss after allowing 3 runs. Scott Stonestreet (Delgado CC) was able to close out the game and pick up another save on his shortened summer.

The Titans Jose Rondon (Limestone College) matched Quintana through the first 6 innings with zeroes, until he exceeded the 90 pitch count limitation set-up by the FCBL to protect pitchers arms during the summer season. Once a pitcher hits 90 pitches, he cannot return to the mound for the next inning.

Neither team was able to achieve much offensive success until Martha’s Vineyard plated 3 runs in the top of the 7th. Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina) knocked in the 1st run of the game with an RBI double that scored Jon Testani (UConn). This was followed by a 2-run double from Brian Campbell (Stonehill) that plated Brendan Cox (Mercyhurst) and Kelly. It looked like the Sharks would pull out the shutout victory until Jack St. Clair (Holy Cross) blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the 9th but Stonestreet was able to quash the rally and the Sharks pulled out the victory 3-1.  With the victory, Martha’s Vineyard pulls within one win of making it to back-to-back FCBL championship series’.

Martha’s Vineyard returns to the Island tonight for the 2nd game of the series as they try and clinch a spot in the finals @ 7:00pm on Monday (8/11). If necessary game will take place Tuesday (8/12) at the SharkTank @ 7:00pm.

Player of the Game: Brian Campbell, Stonehill Pitcher of the Game: Matt Quintana, Siena

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=231509


 All games this playoff season will be @ 7:00 PM.

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16 Host Family - Join A Championship Team

Sharks split double-header against Dirt Dawgs

FINAL STANDINGS

Final standings

The Sharks seed second overall, but have played and won all six games with the first seed Bravehearts.

Game 1:

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks dropped the first game of the double-header against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 11-1. Cooper Bailey (Alvin CC) took the loss for the Sharks in his first pitching assignment, while Mike Lundin (Franklin Pierce) pitched all 7 innings in the shortened double-header and picked up the win after striking out 14 Sharks.

Martha’s Vineyard was down 3-0 early after Mike Corin (URI) blasted a 3 run shot in the bottom of the 1st. Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) was able to score the only Sharks run of the game off a solo shot in the top of the 2nd. Wachusett continued to pile on the runs throughout the game. The scoring was highlighted by a Brendan Skidmore (Binghamton) 3-run homer in the 3rd inning and the final tally ended at 11-1.

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=228981

Game 2:

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks rallied in the second game of the double-header against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs to win 2-1 off an extra innings home-run from Luke Bonfield (Arkansas). Jacob Lamb (Richmond), Matt Binder (Millersville), Scott Stonestreet (Delgado CC), and Patrick Nicholson (Stonehill) all pitched brilliantly for the Sharks but it was Stonestreet who picked up the eventual win. Ryan O’Shea (Central Michigan) took the loss for the Dirt Dawgs after giving up the late run in the shortened game.

Wachusett jumped on the board first after Kurtis White (Franklin Pierce) scored on a passed ball. The Sharks tied up the game in the 4th on a RBI single from Tim Bickford. Neither team was able to score for the remaining regulation innings but in the 8th inning the Sharks were able to capitalize. Luke Bonfield continued his hot-hitting with his 6th homer of the summer.

Martha’s Vineyard takes a day off to recuperate before the playoff’s begin on Sunday for a two out of three-game series that begins off island against the winner of the preliminary round on Sunday. The Sharks return home on Monday (8/11/14) for the 2nd game of the series with the possibility of game 3 on the Vineyard, if necessary.

Player of the Game: Luke Bonfield, Arkansas

Pitcher of the Game: Scott Stonestreet, Delgado CC

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=228982


All games this playoff season will be @ 7:00 PM.

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

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Sharks clinch First place with defeat of Navigators

Playoffs 2014

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks clinched first place in their division with a 8-6 win over the visiting North Shore Navigators. Sharks reliever Scott Stonestreet (Delgado CC) picked up the win after pitching the 8th and 9th innings after the late Sharks rally. Ryan McAuliffe (Northern Essex CC) took the loss after throwing the last 1.1 innings.

The Sharks started their scoring off in the 1st after Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina) scored on a errant throw by the catcher on the Navigators after stealing 3rd. Luke Bonfield (Arkansas) started his big night off in this inning with an RBI groundout for the 2-0 lead. Bonfield came through again in the 2nd with an RBI triple. In the 3rd, Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) blasted his 9th home-run of the season  for the 4-0 lead. The Navigators were able to tie up the score 4-4 in the 4th inning, but the Sharks were able to match the scoring run for run.

Martha’s Vineyard got scoring from Bonfield and Jack Roberts (Williams) in the 6th and 7th innings, but took the lead for good with monster 2 run homer from Bonfield in the 8th inning. Bonfield stole the show with 5 RBIs that helped carry the Sharks on a wet and muddy night. Luke is hitting .510 in 51 ABs. With the victory, the Sharks have secured first place in the eastern division of the FCBL. The overall first place seed with be determined following tomorrow’s action.

Sharks team batting average is .286.

The Sharks heads off Island to take on the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs on Friday (8/8) in a double-header that will determine the final standings for the playoffs. If the Sharks win both games and the Worcester Bravehearts lose their final game, the Sharks & Bravehearts will have the same regular season record. The Sharks would be declared 1st place winners as they have beaten the Bravehearts in all six games played this season.

Player of the Game: Luke Bonfield, Arkansas

Pitcher of the Game: Scott Stonestreet, Delgado CC

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=180068


 

All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

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