By Zach Letson – Media Operations Assistant
Newport (12-8) dropped a pair of tight games to Martha’s Vineyard (12-9) in Wednesday’s doubleheader at Cardines Field, falling 11-7 in nine innings in game one, and 2-0 in game two. It was the first ever games played between the Gulls and Sharks.
In a wild back-and-forth game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Martha’s Vineyard scored four times in the ninth to pick up an 11-7 win over Newport.
The Sharks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning after drawing four walks in the inning and cashing in on a single from shortstop Nander de Sedas.
After Martha’s Vineyard extended the lead to three in the top half of the sixth, the Gulls broke through and responded with a pair of runs in the home half, thanks to an RBI single from Brett Vosik, and a run-scoring groundout from Justyn-Henry Malloy, making it a 3-2 game.
With the Gulls down to their final strike of the game in the seventh, Chris Hamilton laced an RBI single that drove in Scott Holzwasser and tied the game at three.
After Newport sent the game into extras, the Sharks strung together multiple big hits to jump out to a 7-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning.
The Gulls promptly responded to the Sharks’ four-run eighth with a remarkable four-run frame of their own. Malloy started the comeback with a leadoff home run cutting the deficit to 7-5, and Holzwasser knotted the game at seven with a two-out RBI single.
After Martha’s Vineyard struck for four more runs in the top of the ninth, Newport brought the tying run to the plate but was unable to make a third comeback, and the Sharks sealed the game one win.
In Game two of the doubleheader, the two teams continued to prove that they were evenly matched. In a game that was deadlocked at 0-0 through six innings, a pair of seventh inning runs from the Sharks proved to be the difference in a 2-0 loss for the Gulls.
Dillon Brown got the start in Game 2 for the Newport, and dominated Sharks hitters throughout the night. The Cal State Fullerton pitcher tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and only four Martha’s Vineyard hitters to reach base.
The Sharks countered with a pitching trio of Oliver McCarthy, Angelo Tonas, and Thomas Spinelli that kept the Gulls scoreless throughout the night, who stranded 11 runners on base throughout the night.
Newport nearly broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when Hayden Jones picked up the second Gulls hit of the night. Ryan Toohers tried to score on the single, but a throw from Sharks left fielder Collin Shapiro was on target andToohers was tagged out at home plate.
Martha’s Vineyard hit their only home run of the doubleheader and finally broke through first in game 2 when Sharks third baseman Jackson Raper hit a ball high over the right field fence to give Martha’s Vineyard a 1-0 lead.
Newport is back in action when they play host to the Sanford Mainers (8-13) for the first time in the 2019 season on Irish Heritage Night, Friday at Cardines Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 pm.