Sharks slug five homers, down Danbury, 16-5

MV hosts regular season finale at the Tank on Thursday as playoffs loom.

Jackson Raper gets a greeting at the Sharks dugout after scoring against Newport. — Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks scored 12 unanswered runs to break a 3-3 tie and thumped the Danbury Westerners, 16-5, Tuesday night at Rogers Park in Danbury, Conn. Anthony Videtto, Conner Bock, Rudy Aguilar, Josh Spiegel, and Collin Shapiro all went yard, and Alan Burnsed stroked a pair of doubles in the Sharks 12-hit attack. Reliever Angelo Tonas improved to 2-0 on the season by pitching shutout ball in the fifth and sixth innings.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Sharks are a league-best 26-15, 1.5 games ahead of the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League Southern Division standings. 

MV plays a day-night doubleheader in Rhode Island against the Ocean State Waves and Newport on Wednesday before hosting the Mystic Schooners on Thursday night at 7 pm. 

Monday night, the Sharks traveled to Laconia, N.H., for a makeup game with the Winnipesaukee Muskrats, and suffered a 5-4 defeat on a walk-off single by Phil Conti. Jackson Raper hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added an RBI-single in the eighth. Brady Slavens also hit a round-tripper in the fourth, while Nander De Sedas and Alan Burnsed added a double apiece. 

Prior to the All-Star game on Sunday, the Sharks bounced back from an 8-2 home loss to Newport on July 25 with consecutive wins over the Mystic Schooners and Keene Swamp Bats. 

Last Friday at Fitch High School in Groton, Conn., the Sharks raced out to a 12-1 lead, withstood a six-run Mystic rally in the seventh inning, and put the Schooners away with four runs in the ninth to win, 16-7. Alan Burnsed busted out the whoopin’ stick for two homers, Nander De Sedas went yard with a three-run shot, and Jackson Raper finished 3 for 5 with a home run and two singles. Rudy Aguilar added two hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored, Collin Shapiro had a hit and three RBIs, and Brady Slavens chipped in with a double. Starter Izaiye Mestre picked up the win on the hill, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, while striking out six and walking one in six and a third innings.

Saturday, at Alumni Field in Keene, N.H., Anthony Videtto hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Nander De Sedas and Alan Burnsed to lead the Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Swamp Bats. Brady Slavens doubled to lead off the Sharks third inning, and Matt Chamberlain brought him home with an RBI groundout. Vineyard lefty Daniel Hegarty got the start and struck out seven Swamp Bats, while conceding just one run on five hits in six and a third innings. Marc Mendel closed out the seventh and added another K, Kyle Salley came on and pitched a scoreless eighth with one strikeout to pick up the win, and Jackson Vescelus struck out two more ’Bats in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.