Sharks host Nashua Thursday night in game two of FCBL finals

Sharks catcher Chris Miller (right) celebrates his fourth-inning home run with starting pitcher and Seton Hill University teammate Bob Carbaugh. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks host the Nashua Silver Knights Thursday, August 15 at the Tank in Oak Bluffs in game two of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League championship series. The opening pitch is set for 7:05 pm.

The local franchise in the summer college wooden bat league has had a memorable third season. After clinching the regular season title last Friday, the top-seeded Sharks swept the Old Orchard Beach (Maine) Raging Tide two games to none in the league semifinals to advance to the best of three league championship round against the two-time defending champions from the Granite State. The Silver Knights swept the Brockton Rox two games to none in the other semifinal series.

The championship series got underway last night at Holman Stadium in Nashua. The Sharks finished the regular season in first place at 35-18, one game ahead of Nashua at 34-19, and they held a 5-1 edge in the season series. As the regular season champs, Martha’s Vineyard could have hosted the series opener but opted instead to host game two and a decisive game three (if necessary) on Friday, time to be announced.

Monday night at the Ball Park in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, the Sharks eliminated the Raging Tide with a 7-3 win in game two of the semifinals.

Davidson Peguero of Fisher College in Boston went 3 for 4 with two singles, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI. Starting pitcher John Cook of Amherst College earned the win, allowing four hits, with two strikeouts and two walks in eight innings of work.

Sharks host, win first playoff game

The Sharks hosted their first ever FCBL playoff game Sunday night in front of 700 fans at the Tank and held off the Raging Tide, 4-3, in game one of the best of three semifinal series.

Catcher Chris Miller from Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Penn.) singled in the second inning and homered in the fourth for three RBIs as the Sharks built a 4-0 lead through four innings.

Sharks starter Bob Carbaugh (Seton Hill) was masterful through six innings, but the Tide roared back with a Fran Whitten home run in the seventh, along with four straight hits and two runs in the eighth. Carbaugh got two big outs and gave way to Matt Calamoneri of Scranton University, who ended the Tide’s threat by forcing a pop up for the final out of the inning. In the ninth, Calamoneri put the Tide down 1-2-3 on a grounder and two strikeouts to earn the save.

Sharks win multiple honors

The Sharks cleaned up in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) awards, announced prior to Sunday night’s opening pitch. Right fielder Ryan Siegel of Mercyhurst finished as the FCBL batting champion with a .364 average. Shortstop Dylan Tice of Indiana University of Pennsylvania was named league MVP and outstanding defensive player. Bob Carbaugh, 8-0 with a 1.84 ERA during the regular season, was named as the FCBL’s top pitcher. Sharks manager Mike Miller took home coach of the year honors after guiding the Sharks to the regular season title with a 35-18 record.