The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks finished their terrific regular season with a 13-1 win over the North Shore Navigators Sunday night at the Shark Tank in Oak Bluffs. The Sharks enter the playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed after a 34-20 season, and will take on the Pittsfield Suns (25-30) in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday night.
The Sunday-night game began on a high note. Legendary actor and seasonal Chilmark resident Bill Murray threw out the first pitch. Once the game began, the Sharks bats wasted no time getting hot. Kevin Brice kicked off the second inning with a single, followed by a Ricky Surum walk, and from there it was all Sharks.
Donovan Casey hit an RBI single after wild pitches advanced the runners. A Jack Roberts RBI single made it 2-0, followed by a Brian Campbell RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. Three more Sharks runs were scored on a wild pitch, then a subsequent throwing error by the catcher, making it 6-0 after two innings.
The Sharks were on cruise control for the rest of the game. In the sixth inning, Brian Campbell hit another single, this time scoring two runners, and the Sharks added several more runs, thanks to several wild pitches. Martha’s Vineyard tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning, courtesy of a Adam Dulsky double and a Guy Davidson fielder’s choice.
Sharks starting pitcher Dylan Dennis picked up the win for his five strong innings of work, giving up five hits and striking out five while lowering his ERA to 3.06. Brian Campbell continues to lead the league in batting average, ending the season with an eye-raising .373.