Sharks Sign Luke Bonfield Drafted by Mets; Hits 3 HRs in His First Game

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:

Standings 7-24-2014

Standings 7-24-2014

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.

All games this season start @ 7:00 PM.

Host Family - Join A Championship Team

SHARKS FALL TO MAVERICKS IN EXTRAS

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks fell to the Seacoast Mavericks 10-7 in 10 innings. Patrick Nicholson (Stonehill) took the unfortunate loss for the Sharks, while James Vernon (NCCU) got the win in relief. Nick Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) pitched a solid 5.2 innings but no decision was received in his start.

The Sharks got on the board first with 2 runs in the 1st. Jon Mayer (Bucknell) and Jon Testani (UConn) each received an RBI in the inning. The Mavs cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with an RBI from Keith Oren (Florida). Seacoast tied the score in the 3rd inning off a solo home run by Ryan Gendron (SNHU). Tim Bickford (Bridgeport) put the Sharks on top in the 5th on a fielder’s choice. In the next inning, Martha’s Vineyard got 2 more runs on a Tim Graul (Penn) 2-run homer, but the Mavs came back with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Martha’s Vineyard cut the lead with 1 run apiece in 7th and 8th innings off RBIs from Mayer and Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina). The teams took the tie into the 10th inning, but the Sharks were unable to quiet the Mavs bats and a 3-run homer by Dalton Davis (San Jacinto) downed the Sharks 10-7.

Martha’s Vineyard comes back to the island to take on the Brockton Rox (7/19) @ 7:00pm

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=179981

NOTES:

July 16th: Longtime rival Brockton returns to the island…Free admission with a contribution of at least 2 cans of food

July 20th: Pittsfield Suns come to the Vineyard to take on the Sharks on National Ice Cream Day…a local favorite brings by a couple buckets of their delicious treats

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

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

Host Family - Join A Championship Team

 

SHARKS LOSE LATE AGAINST NAVIGATORS

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks were unable to hold a 2-run lead into the 9th and lost on a walk-off to the North Shore Navigators 3-2. Soren Hanson (Colby) got the start for the Sharks but it was Matt Binder (Millersville) who took the loss. Josh Young (Plymouth St.) got the win for the home-team Navigators.

The Sharks got on the board quickly in the top of the 1st. Jon Mayer (Bucknell) knocked in Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina) to put the Sharks up 1-0. Neither team was able to score until the 6th inning when Sharks again scored another run. Steve Buckley (WNEU) batted in Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) with an RBI single for a 2-0. Unfortunately for the Sharks, they were unable to pull out the lead and the Navigators busted out in the 9th. Joe Coyne (St. Joseph’s) knocked in 2 with a 2-run double that tied the game. Former Shark Rich Baerga (St. Thomas Aquinas) came in for the kill and knocked home the winning run to defeat his former team 3-2.

Martha’s Vineyard remains off island to take on the Seacoast Mavericks on Friday (7/18) @ 7:00pm.

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=179979NOTES:

July 16th: Longtime rival Brockton returns to the island…Free admission with a contribution of at least 2 cans of food

July 20th: Pittsfield Suns come to the Vineyard to take on the Sharks on National Ice Cream Day…a local favorite brings by a couple buckets of their delicious treats

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

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

Host Family - Join A Championship Team

 

SHARKS DOWN BRAVEHEARTS FOR 2ND STRAIGHT DAY

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks defeated the Worcester Bravehearts for the 2nd straight day 6-1. Matt Quintana (Siena) continued his terrific summer of pitching with another win after going 7 innings, striking out 6, and allowing just the one run. Kyle Slinger (Tufts) took the loss for the Bravehearts in relief. Mike Fitzgerald (Northeastern) and Matt Binder (Millersville) each pitched a shutout inning in relief for the Sharks to close out the game.

Neither team was able to get on the board until the top of the 4th. Tim Bickford (Bridgeport) hit a solo homer for the 4th straight game to put the Sharks up 1-0. Worcester tied up the score in the 5th inning with a sacrifice hit from Iam Strom (UMass-Lowell) that put the score at 1-1. In the 6th inning, Brendan Cox (Mercyhurst) put the Sharks up 2-1 with a sacrifice hit that scored Bickford. Martha’s Vineyard would not relinquish the lead but continued to put runs on the board.

In the 7th, Jon Mayer (Bucknell) knocked in a run with a sacrifice, which was followed by a walk to Jon Testani (UConn) with the bases loaded. Bickford topped off his terrific night with a 2-run shot in the 9th that put the Sharks up 6-1, which was secured by shutout pitching from Fitzgerald and Binder.

The Sharks take a day off on Monday, followed by an away trip to Wachusett on Tuesday (7/15) @ 7:00pm.

Player of the Game: Tim Bickford, Bridgeport

Pitcher of the Game: Matt Quintana, Siena

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=179963

NOTES:

July 16th: Longtime rival Brockton returns to the island…Free admission with a contribution of at least 2 cans of food

July 20th: Pittsfield Suns come to the Vineyard to take on the Sharks on National Ice Cream Day…a local favorite brings by a couple buckets of their delicious treats

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

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

Host Family - Join A Championship Team

 

SHARKS UNABLE TO COMPLETE RALLY AGAINST DIRT DAWGS

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks were unable to finish off their rally against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and were defeated 5-4. Patrick Nicholson (Stonehill) took the loss for the Sharks after allowing 3 runs over 5 innings. Mike Lundin (Franklin Pierce) got the win, while Ben White (Holy Cross) picked up the save. All of the Sharks scoring came in the form of home-runs, a first for the organization.

Wachusett jumped on the board first in the bottom of the 1st. Mike Corin (URI) blasted a 2-run homer, which was followed by a solo homer off the bat of Austin Botts (Lock Haven). Tim Bickford (Bridgeport) got a run back for the Sharks in the form of a solo homer in the top of the 3rd. Will Toffey (Vanderbilt) blasted a homer of his own in the 6th to put the Sharks within 1 run, but the Dirt Dawgs battled back in the bottom half of the inning.

Vincent Sharkey (Adelphi) knocked in a run with an RBI single and was then able to score on a Sharks error 2 batters later. It looked as if the Sharks would pull off the rally after a 2-run homer by Brian Campbell (Stonehill) but the Dirt Dawgs were able to stem the flow and pulled off the victory 5-4.

The Sharks come back on island to take on the Worcester Bravehearts on Saturday (6/12) @ 7:00pm.

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=179953

NOTES:

July 12th: Martha’s Vineyard takes on the Worcester Bravehearts at the SharkTank…Hawaiian Shirt Night, let us see your craziest tees!

July 16th: Longtime rival Brockton returns to the island…Free admission with a contribution of at least 2 cans of food

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

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

Host Family - Join A Championship Team

 

 

SHARKS PITCHING OVERWHELMS BRAVEHEARTS

The visiting Martha’s Vineyard Sharks took down the Worcester Bravehearts on a night where Sharks pitching dominated. Soren Hanson (Colby) picked up the win after going 7 innings, allowing just one run, and striking out 8 batters. Mike Fitzgerald (Northeastern) and Matt Calamoneri (Scranton) each pitched an inning of shutout baseball for the Sharks. Sam Ross (Lindsey Williams) took the loss for Worcester after allowing 4 runs in just 3.1 innings.

Once again, the Sharks started their scoring off early with 2 runs in the top of the 1st. Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina) scored on a double steal, which was quickly followed by an RBI single from Steve Buckley (WNEU). They added another run off the bat of Jon Testani (UConn) in the 3rd and a solo home-run from Ryan Kelly in the 4th, which was his 4 of the season.

In the 7th inning, Jon Mayer blasted a 2-run homer that but a 7 spot in the score column for the Sharks. The Bravehearts were able to muster a run in the bottom half of the inning off a homer from Nate Pajka (Bates), but the Sharks came out the victors 7-1.

Martha’s Vineyard remains off island to take on the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs on Friday (7/11).

Player of the Game: Jon Mayer, Bucknell

Pitcher of the Game: Soren Hanson, Colby

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=179950

NOTES:

July 12th: Martha’s Vineyard takes on the Worcester Bravehearts at the SharkTank…Hawaiian Shirt Night, let us see your craziest tees!

July 16th: Longtime rival Brockton returns to the island…Free admission with a contribution of at least 2 cans of food

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

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

Host Family - Join A Championship Team

 

SHARKS EXPLODE FOR 22 RUNS AGAINST TITANS

With close to 1,000 fans at the Shark Tank the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks blasted the visiting Torrington Titans 22-1. Combined with 18 hits, the Sharks exceeded their season records for hits and runs. Nick Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) got the win for the Sharks after going 6 innings, allowing just 1 run and striking out 10 Titans. Patrick Fitzgerald (Stonehill) got the save for the home team in the fog-shortened game. Mike Bonaiuto (Fairfield) took the loss for the Titans on a night where the Sharks bats just wouldn’t be silenced.

The Sharks started off with a bang with a leadoff home-run by Ryan Kelly (Salve Regina). Jon Mayer (Bucknell) and Steve Buckley (WNEU) both knocked in a run apiece to put the Sharks up early 3-0. Martha’s Vineyard added on 5 runs in the 2nd. Jack Roberts (Williams) scored off a wild pitch, which was followed by an RBI single from Brian Campbell (Stonehill). The inning was topped off by a 3-run homer from Jon Mayer. This 8-0 would seem to be enough but the Sharks continued to pile on the runs.

In the 3rd inning, the Sharks put away the Titans for good with 7 runs. The scoring came off back to back RBI singles from Campbell and Will Toffey (Vanderbilt), a walk to Buckley, and a massive grand slam from Anthony Maselli (Boston College). Torrington was able to get a run in the 5th off a pass ball by the Sharks. In the 6th inning, the Sharks put another 7 spot up on the scoreboard. Mayer laced a 3-run double, Kevin Foley (Bentley) knocked in an RBI single, and Tim Bickford (Bridgeport) blasted a 3-run homer to put the score at 22-1. The game was called in the 7th inning due to intense fog that made the field unplayable with the Sharks on top 22-1.

The Sharks head off island on Thursday (7/10) to take on the Bravehearts at 7:00pm.

See the box score at: http://mvsharks.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=179941

NOTES:

July 12th: Martha’s Vineyard takes on the Worcester Bravehearts at the SharkTank…Hawaiian Shirt Night, let us see your craziest tees!

July 16th: Longtime rival Brockton returns to the island…Free admission with a contribution of at least 2 cans of food

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

Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College ’16

Host Family - Join A Championship Team