The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks beat the Torrington Titans tonight by a final score of 7-6. The crowd of around 700 witnessed timely hitting that overcame some defensive miscues by the Sharks. The Sharks got out to a quick lead in the bottom of the 1st inning, with center fielder Tad Gold scoring on a wild pitch by Titans starting pitcher Pat Austin. The Titans came right back in the top of the 2nd and loaded the bases with no outs, but a flyout and a neatly turned double-play ended the threat. Strong pitching by Austin and Sharks starter Alex Mastrianni took over the next two innings until the Sharks were able to break through again in the 4th.
A leadoff double by right fielder Ryan Siegel started the run for the Sharks. A walk followed by a brilliant bunt by left fielder Donnie Cimino loaded the bases for first basemen Ryan Uhl. Uhl was able to drive in two runs, which was immediately followed by a wild pitch and another run for the Sharks. Chris Miller was able to finish up the Sharks scoring in the inning by driving in a final run, which put the Sharks up 5-0. However, this large lead wouldn’t last long.
The Titans third baseman Jake McGuiggen led off the top of the 5th with a double, which was quickly followed by a single from JJ Gould. The Titans were finally able to break through with an RBI single from the center fielder Jim Topps. However, the Sharks were able to close out the inning by catching Gould in a rundown between third and home.
There was no more scoring until the 6th, when the Titans were able to push across three more runs to come within one of the Sharks. Another leadoff double started the inning for the Titans and it quickly became first and third with no outs. An RBI single by Brian Fay was able to bring in the first run, with an error by Sharks third baseman Eric Brenk bringing in the second. A sacrifice fly from Jake McGuiggen was able to bring in the final run of the inning, with the Sharks tagging out a runner at third.
The teams traded runs for the next three innings, but the Sharks brought in closer Matt Calamonieri and were able to win the game with a final score of 7-6. With the win, the Sharks move forward in the Futures League with a record of 19-8. Ryan Siegel maintains his first-place standing as the league leader in batting average, while Alex Mastrianni picks up his second win of the summer. The Sharks play again on Thursday 7/11 at Nashua. This game will determine who moves forward as the first place team. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College