The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks scored two runs in the top of tenth inning in their 6-4 win against the first place North Shore Navigators at Fraser Field Tuesday.
A sloppy game was played by the Navigators defense. The Navigators committed five errors that led to five of the six Sharks runs.
The Sharks struck first with runners on first and third and one out in the top of the fourth. Matt Moore (Wofford) attempted to steal second, but the Navigators catcher’s throw went into center field. The errant throw allowed Eric Jensen (Wheaton College) to score from third for the 1-0 lead.
The Sharks padded their lead scoring three runs in the top of the fifth. Eric Brenk (Wofford) drove in the first run of the inning when his single drove in Tad Gold (Endicott College). With a hit and run on, Jensen made it 3-0 with another single scoring Apolinar De La Cruz (Wheaton College). Moore closed out the scoring in the fifth with his RBI single scoring Brenk.
In the bottom of the fifth the Navigators finally got to Sharks starter Ryan Brockett (St. Mary’s College) scoring four runs to tie it up at 4-4. With Rob Krentzman (Bucknell) on second Brett Cahill (Gloucester, MA/Salem State) ripped a single to right. Krentzman initially stopped at third, but after Sharks left fielder Ronnie Rosario (Franklin Pierce) committed a two-base throwing error Krentzman scored and Cahill advanced to third. Then with the bases loaded Ryan Muno (San Diego State) ripped a three run triple to right center clearing the bases and tying the game.
In the top of the tenth Andrew Barry (Holy Cross) stepped up with runners on first and second with no outs. Barry laid down a sacrifice bunt that first baseman Tony Serino (Saugus, Mass./UMass) threw away allowing Moore and Jensen to score giving the Sharks a 6-4 lead.
Tad Gold continues to pound the ball as he went 2 – 5 (batting .333) with a walk. Eric Jensen is slowly bringing his batting average up with a 2-5 evening (.286). Matt Moore, who is coming off an injury, had a solid evening going 2-4 to raise his average to .333. Matt Doyle (Harvard) and Ryan Morris (Presbyterian) blanked the Navigators for 5 innings. Both pitchers have not given up a run this season.
The Sharks (4-4) return to action in Nashua tonight against the Silver Knights (5-4). The Sharks return home tomorrow night to play Wachusett at 5:00 PM at Vineyard Baseball Park. Free hot dog night!!
Get ready for our very first morning game on June 27th at 11:00 AM against the Navigators. It is Kids Day @ the Park! All summer camps get in for free. That evening (starting @ 6:00 PM) there will be a joint fundraiser at Vineyard Baseball Park with the Little League, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society and the Sharks. The Sharks will be there joining in the games and entertainment. At 8:00 PM the movie “Knuckleball” will be played in centerfield. Bring your chairs & blankets and enjoy a great movie on the art of throwing a knuckleball, which focuses on Red Sox great Tim Wakefield and the current sensation R.A. Dickey of the Mets who leads all baseball in wins (11), ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103) and WHIP (0.86). Join us for a great time! Food sheds will be open.