Sharks back to back NECBL Southern Division champs

The Sharks celebrate a run against Bristol on July 28. — Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks won their second consecutive New England Collegiate Baseball League regular season Southern Division title, holding off the Valley Blue Sox of Holyoke by one game, with a 24-17-1 record. The Sox lost 5-2 at home to the Mystic Schooners on Monday night in their final regular season game. 

The Sharks had a tough final weekend, losing two and tying one, but beat the Blue Sox, 8-1, in Oak Bluffs last Friday to claim the crucial win. 

Michael Brown homered to lead-off the second inning and Hadyn McGeary followed suit in the third. Tommy Seidl and Grant Norris each tripled, while Matt Woods and A. J. Shaver added a double apiece. Starting pitcher Jackson Nezuh conceded two hits over five innings and struck out 10 to get the win. Drew Mead pitched three innings of strong relief, striking out two and outfielder Brad Grenkoski fanned two more Sox in the ninth. 

Since joining the NECBL from the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in 2019, the Sharks have been Southern Division regular season champions in both seasons and went to the league finals in 2019.

This season’s Southern Division race was tight, with the top five teams separated by just 2.5 games.

As division champs, the Sharks earned a bye for the opening night of the playoffs on Tuesday and will host the lowest seeded team on Wednesday night at the Shark Tank, weather permitting, starting at 7 pm. 


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