What are you doing on Saturday night, March 8th? Come on down with several of your friends to the PA Club for the Sharks very 1st Annual Casino Night to help the various groups that play baseball on the Vineyard. While there are several clubs that play baseball at the “Shark Tank,” it is the Sharks that pay for all the maintenance incurred at the Shark Tank, which is located at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Simply put, we need your help!
The baseball field opens for business in the middle of March for the benefit of Head Coach Gary Simmons’ MVRHS varsity baseball team, who will use the field till the end of May. Beginning June 1, the baseball field is then used by the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks through mid-August. During this time, the teams in the Babe Ruth League on the Vineyard utilize the baseball field when the Sharks are away. At the conclusion of the Sharks season, the field is continued to be used by the Babe Ruth teams and the “over 40” baseball team, the Dogfish, till the end of October; seven plus months of wear and tear.
As you would imagine, the aforementioned baseball traffic requires that the baseball field be constantly maintained. The paladin of baseball grooming on the Vineyard, Ray Tattersall, volunteers his time to keep the field in tip-top condition. Ray is always out on the field grading the infield skin or cutting the grass amongst many other tasks. Ray annually recommends to the Sharks General Manager, Jerry Murphy, what capital expenditures he believes are needed to upgrade the condition of the field. The General Manager then makes the official recommendation to ownership. Ray works in conjunction with Jon Fragosa and his company, Three Trees Limited, who is responsible for applying organic fertilizers and seeding throughout the baseball season and after the season is over. Jon started the organic fertilization program of the baseball field at the beginning of last season. Jon stated that “the impact of this structured organic program will be noticeable during the upcoming season when the grass pops without weed.”
The cost of the equipment purchased, buying Turface and clay for the skin infield, opening and closing the irrigation system by Crossland Landscape (who also volunteers his time and materials to beautify the ball field), organic weed control, gas, etc. results in a cost of approximately $20,000 each year. GM Murphy states “while this cost is only 8% percent of the Sharks annual budget, it is a cost that directly benefits several baseball groups on the Vineyard, which is why we decided that a Casino Night would be a great way to drum up support. We truly need everyone’s help to control our costs and keep the field looking pristine.”
Since the Sharks started playing ball in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League on the Vineyard in 2011, the ownership of the Sharks have built a garage/ maintenance building, several sheds for food and apparel, 300 stadium style seats from Camden Yards, lights for night baseball and equipment to maintain the baseball field.
Come on down to the PA Club Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 PM for a great time!
March 8th Saturday: Casino Night @ the PA Club – starts @ 7:00 PM.
June 2nd Monday: Players arrive.
June 3rd Tuesday: First practice.
June 4th Wednesday: Opening Day @ the Shark Tank against the North Shore Navigators. This is also our traditional Little League and Babe Ruth League Day. Free admission for players and coaches.
June 5th Thursday: Replay of last season’s championship round against two-time champs Nashua Silver Knights.
June 7th Saturday: Championship Ring Night and Tad Gold (TG3) Appreciation Night.
All games this season will be @ 7:00 PM.