The Sharks broke open the game in the 7th inning of Friday’s matchup with the Brockton Rox with a walk and two timely hits to earn their second win of 2013.
The Rox Lorenzo Papa ripped a double to the right-center gap to lead off the second frame, and scored on a Kyle Silva’s groundout to give the Rox the lead in the second inning. Brockton held the one run advantage until the Sharks tied the game on an RBI single by SS Dylan Tice.
Headed into the sixth tied at one, both the Sharks and Rox added three runs apiece. The seventh inning would see the Sharks pull away, scoring twice on only two hits. A leadoff walk to Nick Sanford began the inning. He would score four pitches later as Nick Sell blasted a triple to the left field wall. Sell would then score on an RBI single by Sharks catcher Justin Meier.
The Rox bullpen struggled Friday, yielding seven walks in relief of starter Daniel Osorio. Osorio went five innings, giving up only two hits and one run in his season debut. His strong performance was matched by the Sharks starting pitcher Matt Timoney. The Harvard starter went six innings, striking out four while scattering five hits in the winning performance. Rox reliever AJ Bashaw was credited with the loss after giving up two runs in two innings of work. Andy Sadoski pitched two unblemished innings in relief .
With a three-run lead in the ninth, the Sharks brought on Matt Calamonieri, who allowed two hits before inducing a Stephan Halibej fly out to end the game. Papa and ex-Shark Apolinar De La Cruz led the Rox offensively on the evening, collecting two hits and an RBI apiece.
Justin Meier, Nik Campero and Ryan Uhl each had two hits in the game. Nick Sell went 1-2 and saw his batting average drop to .533, second in the FCBL.
With the win, the Sharks improved their record to 2-2 on the season with two other games suspended because of rain (2 – 2 tie) and darkness (ahead 4-2). The Sharks return to action Saturday @ 5:00 PM at the Shark Tank on the Vineyard (a change in the start time to accommodate fans who want to see the start of Bruins-Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals hockey game), travel to Pittsfield on Sunday, then have a rare two consecutive off days on Monday and Tuesday.
Jack Roberts, who recently graduated from Martha’s Vineyard regional High School, will make his season debut today. Roberts is coming off a season ending shoulder injury for the high school.