Moose Sink Sharks with Statement Win
SANFORD - The Martha's Vineyard Sharks came into today's contest sitting atop the Southern Division with a 19-11 record. By the way the Mainers handled them, nobody would have been able to tell. The hosts dominated at every turn, executing at the highest level in every phase of the game to capture a 7-0 victory.
Though the offense made their presence felt all game long, it was starting pitcher Jake Noviello (Franklin, Mass./Fairfield) who set the tone. Over the course of his seven innings of work, his mastery of the Martha's Vineyard lineup gave the Moose a much-needed lift. He did not allow a single Shark to cross home plate, surrendering three hits without walking a batter while striking out two.
Moose bats gave Noviello run support early and often beginning in their first turn at-bat. Sterling Hayes (San Diego, Calif./Vanderbilt), Drew DeMartino (Pittsfield, Mass./Hartford), and Shane Marshall (Webster, N.Y./Binghamton) each singled to lead off the game, loading the bases with no outs. Although Sharks hurler Izaiya Mestre coaxed a double play, Hayes crossed home plate to put his team on the board.
Nick Howie (Oakville, Ontario, Canada/Eastern Kentucky) doubled the Mainer advantage in the third inning, capping off a two-out rally in the process. Marshall roped a double into the left-field corner, getting in scoring position for Howie to single him in a few pitches later, providing some breathing room in the early goings.
The Moose extended their lead to three in the fifth, this time showcasing their plate discipline to manufacture a run. Howie and Erik Stock (Virginia Beach, Va./UConn) drew walks ahead of Orlando Adams (Atlanta, Ga./Kentucky) who ripped a fastball into left field to plate the senior slugger from second base.
Following the conclusion of Noviello's start, Mainers skipper Cejay Suarez turned to his shutdown reliever in Jacob Parker (Monroe, Ga./Georgia Southern) in the eighth inning for a six-out save. The big right-hander rewarded his manager's faith by easily striking out the side in his first frame, overpowering every Shark he faced with his electric fastball.
Before he returned to the mound to pitch the ninth, the offense roared to life and tallied four runs to pull away late. Stock led off with a double down the right-field line, advancing to third after back-to-back walks from a pair of Wolverines in Jack Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind./Michigan) and Casey Buckley (Long Beach, Calif./Michigan). Hayes's sacrifice fly to deep center sent Stock home, and a DeMartino double one batter later plated Van Remortel. Marshall poured on with a two-run single in quick succession to complete the scoring, increasing the Moose lead to 7-0 in the blink of an eye.
Even with the big cushion, Parker went back to work with the same intensity. Though he allowed a leadoff single to Matt Chamberlain, he remained locked in against the heart of the Sharks order. He retired the next three batters with little resistance to close out the win and send the fans home happy.
The win completes a season sweep over the NECBL's newest franchise, maintaining an undefeated record the Southern Division leaders.
The Moose are back in action again tomorrow at Goodall Park as they look to make it two wins in a row when the North Adams SteepleCats roll into town. You can catch every moment from tomorrow's game starting at 6:30 PM on the Patriot Subaru Sanford Mainers Radio Network powered by the NECBL Broadcast Network. Until then, stay up to date on all things Mainers by visiting sanfordmainers.com as well as following the team on social media.
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