Martha’s Vineyard Sharks lose to Nashua in home opener

Sharks second baseman Nick Sanford made a fine backhand grab. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the wooden bat Futures Collegiate Baseball League opened their 2012 home schedule with an 8-4 loss to last year’s champs, the Nashua Silver Knights, on Saturday at Vineyard Baseball Park in Oak Bluffs.

Ryan Brockett of St. Mary’s College got the start for the Sharks. He pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, with three strikeouts and two walks. Reliever Matt Hegarty took the loss.

Vineyarder Tad Gold, who was 1 for 4 with a run scored, leads the team in batting after three games with a .462 average.

The Sharks opened the 2012 season with road victories over the Seacoast Mavericks and the Brockton Rox.

M.V. beat the Mavs, 8-3, on June 7 in Newington, N.H. Tad Gold went 4 for 5 with a double and three singles to lead the Sharks’ attack.

Starting pitcher Dan Weigel got the start and worked until the fifth inning. The Sharks bullpen took over and put the game away as relievers Corey Laliberte, who got the win, and Mike Bradstreet combined to throw four and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball.

Friday, the Sharks blanked the Rox, 3-0. Matt Doyle of Harvard came on in relief of starter Conner McMahon and earned the win, striking out two and yielding two hits in four innings of work. Joey Arena of C.W. Post got the save. Apolinar de la Cruz of Wheaton College had two RBIs and shortstop Nick Sanford of UMass Amherst batted in one.

The Sharks host Nashua on Saturday and Seacoast on Sunday. Both games start at 5 pm.

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