The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks were able to pound out 15 hits and 13 runs in order to beat the visiting Pittsfield Suns 13-10. Sharks starter Bob Carbaugh (Seton Hill) faced off against the Suns’ Chris Carmain (Northeastern) on a cloudy night on the Vineyard. The Suns were able to score first on Brandon Slattery (Manhattan) sacrifice fly. The Sharks were able to come right back in the bottom half of the inning with 2 runs of their own. An Eric Brenk (Wofford) single plated Nick Sanford (UMASS) and Dylan Tice (IUP), which would give the Sharks a lead they would refuse to relinquish.
A big 5th inning from the Sharks was highlighted by a grand-slam from Vineyard native Tad Gold (Endicott). 4 more runs would be scored by both teams in the 6th. RBIs from John Kinne, Kyle Singleton, and Slattery would help the Suns chip away at the lead, but the Sharks were able to quickly respond. Chris Miller (Seton Hill), Kevin Foley (Wheaton), and Gold all pitched in RBIs for the Sharks in an inning that was highlighted by errors.
The Sharks were able to take a 13-5 lead into the top of the 9th inning. Pittsfield was able to make it interesting with 5 runs of their own, but reliever Andy Sadoski (Bridgewater St) was able to close out the game. Starter Carbaugh picked up his league-leading 7th win of the summer, while Gold hit his second blast over the fences. The Sharks remain a 1/2 game ahead of the Silver Knights for first place in the league. A rare off day tomorrow for the Sharks, but they return to action on Monday (7/22) against Nashua.
Written by Sharks intern Alex Berman, Wellesley College