Martha's Vineyard Sharks well represented at FCBL All Star game
Photo by Ralph Stewart
The Martha's Vineyard Sharks currently have seven players on the 25-man Massachusetts team roster for the second annual Futures Collegiate Baseball League All Star game to be played Thursday night at Waconah Park in Pittsfield. The format pits the five Bay State franchises (the Sharks, Brockton Rox, North Shore Navigators, Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, and host Pittsfield Suns) against the New England team comprised of the Nashua (N.H.) Silver Knights, Old Orchard Beach (Maine) Raging Tide, Seacoast (N.H.) Mavericks, and Torrington (Conn.) Titans.
Pitchers Bob Carbaugh (Seton Hill), Trevor Breton (Western New England), and Matt Calamoneri (Scranton); infielders Nick Sell (Seton Hill), Dylan Tice (Indiana University of Penn.) and Nik Campero (UMass); plus outfielder Ryan Siegel (Mercyhurst) will represent the Sharks. An eighth Shark, pitcher Kyle Brenner (Brandeis), may be selected by fan vote as the 25th player. Sharks manager Mike Miller will coach the Massachusetts squad.
Heading into Wednesday night's home game against Wachusett, Ryan Siegel was leading the league with a .385 batting average. Trevor Breton, who was the starting pitcher in the Sharks' fog-shortened 4-3 win over Nashua Monday night, led the FCBL in ERA at 1.43.
The six-inning victory over Nashua at the foggy Tank put the Sharks a half game up in first place at 25-13. The Silver Knights carried a 3-1 lead into the sixth, but the Sharks rallied for three runs in the bottom half before the fog rolled in. Ryan Siegel hit a two-run double, scoring Tad Gold and Dylan Tice. Nik Campero then singled into the murky fog in right field to score Siegel for what proved to be the game-winning run.
Trevor Breton pitched the first five innings, allowing seven hits, fanning five, and walking two. Jon Dunn of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., came on in the sixth to strike out two batters and pick up the win.
Saturday night, the Sharks outslugged Pittsfield 13-10. The highlight of the night belonged to Vineyarder Tad Gold, who slugged a grand slam in the fifth inning.
Following the All Star game, the Sharks are back at the Tank for a four-game home stand, Friday through Monday against North Shore, Torrington, Pittsfield, and Wachusett. All games are 6:45 pm starts.
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