After reeling off 11 consecutive wins, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks dropped their third straight in a 7-0 loss to the Sanford Mainers Tuesday night in the Pine Tree State and saw their lead in the Southern Division of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) shrink to one game ahead of the Newport Gulls. The Sharks’ Nick Raposo hit his seventh double of the season, with Matt Chamberlain, Conner Bock, and Rudy Aguilar accounting for the other Vineyard hits on the night.
The Sharks (19-12) took over sole possession of first place for the first time this season on July 10 with a 9-5 win over the Mystic Schooners in Oak Bluffs. M.V. rallied from an early 3-1 deficit and took the lead for good on Matt Chamberlain’s two-run triple in the fourth inning. The Sharks added three more runs in the eighth. Alan Burnsed led-off with a homer to left, Brady Slavens doubled off the wall in centerfield and Nick Oar hit a two-RBI chopper up the middle.
On July 11, Nander De Sedas and Brady Slavens went yard, Anthony Videtto hit a triple and a double, and Alan Burnsed singled and doubled in a 6-3 win over the Newport Gulls at the Tank. Kyle Salley picked up the win with 1.1 innings of shutout relief, striking out two.
The Sharks added another home win last Friday by roaring back from 7-3 down with two runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh to beat the Keene Swamp Bats, 8-7. Nander De Sedas hit another round-tripper and Alan Burnsed added a double. Chris Stefl was the winning pitcher.
The Sharks winning streak came to an end on Saturday night in Danbury, Conn. in a wild 16-11 loss to the Westerners. M.V. had 13 hits, usually enough to win a ball game, but Danbury had 21. Alan Burnsed rang up five RBIs on a home run, double and single; Anthony Videtto doubled and knocked in two runs; Kai Nelson had two RBIs and singled twice; and Nander De Sedas doubled.
After the slugfest in Danbury, the Sharks bats went quiet in a 4-0 loss to the Ocean State Waves back at the Tank on Sunday night. Matt Chamberlain was 3 for 4 at the plate with three singles, Kai Nelson had two hits and Dylan Lutz singled in the fifth inning. Sharks starter Brett Marshall allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two in six innings of work.
As The Times went to press on Wednesday, the Sharks looked to get back on the winning track in Laconia, N.H., against the Winnipesaukee Muskrats. The Sharks host the Vermont Mountaineers on July 18 and the Upper Valley Nighthawks on Friday night. Both games are 7 pm starts.