A Robbie Zinsmeister home run in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and gave the Sharks a 3-2 win over the Titans on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Sharks (20-16) trail Nashua Silver Knights (24-14) by 3 games (2 on the lost side) for final playoff spot in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and trail the first place Titans by 3 games (3 on the lost side). The two teams square off again today at 5 p.m. in Vineyard Baseball Park. The Sharks then play three straight huge games against Nashua in a string of seven games in 7 days to end the regualr season. Only the top two teams make the playoffs.
The Titans fell behind early as the Sharks put up two quick runs in the bottom of the first off of starting pitcher Conner McMahon, who pitched a complete game.
Zinsmeister (2-for-4), led off the inning with a double on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. The next batter, Eric Jensen, singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out.
Three-hole hitter Anthony Corona (2-for-3) hit a deep fly ball to center to plate Zinsmeister, while also moving Jensen to third. After a strikeout to Jeremy Matos, Anthony Boix drove in the second run with an RBI single.
Torrington came right back with a run of its own in the top of the second off Sharks starter Adam Cherry. Cleanup hitter Kyle Murphy started things off with a single and catcher Ryan Plourde laced another hit, putting runners on first and third. A Cole Harrison sacrifice fly brought Murphy home, cutting the Martha’s Vineyard lead to one.
Cherry settled down but allowed the Titans to score the tying run in the fifth. The trio of J.D. Dickinson, Kyle Contino and Ryan Morris (his 8th save for the season) shut down the Titans to secure the win for the Sharks.
There are only five home games left to the season; July 27, July 28, July 31, August 2, and August 3.