Rain halts Sharks home opener in sixth inning

John Cook of Amherst College threw the first pitch for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks in the home opener Tuesday evening at Vineyard Baseball Park in Oak Bluffs. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks Futures Collegiate Baseball League home opener against the Brockton Rox Tuesday night at Vineyard Baseball Park was halted by rain after six innings with the score tied 2-2. The teams will make up the game as part of a double header on June 29 in Oak Bluffs.

The game started under partly sunny skies in front of a crowd of 550 on Little League Night. All Vineyard Little Leaguers wearing a uniform and cap were admitted for free. With players from all of the Island teams lining the outfield, Scott Lively of the Cubs and Sharks general manager Jerry Murphy threw out the ceremonial first pitches.

Sharks infielder Nick Sell had the hot bat, going 3 for 3, with two doubles and a single. Snell scored Vineyarder Tad Gold in the first and crossed the plate from a Chris Miller single in the fourth. John Cook of Amherst College was the Sharks starting pitcher.