Boys and Girls of Summer

Tuesday night was the first home baseball game of the season for the Sharks and kids from all the little league teams around the Island were invited to take part in the festivities. Teenagers to tee-ballers as tall as a Shark’s backpocket came dressed in their uniforms with gloves at the ready. The competition on the field was first rate. So, too, were the scrambles for foul ball souvenirs.

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits at Sharks Home Opener

The skies opened in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks home opener against the Brockton Rox Tuesday night, suspending play with the score tied 2-2. The game will be continued at a later date when the Rox next visit the Vineyard Baseball Park on June 28.

Wanted: Host Families for Sharks (the Kind that Field Grounders and Hit Line Drives)

When the weather begins to turn warm, Doris Clark begins her search.

For the past two summers, Mrs. Clark has been the host families coordinator for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks baseball team, which competes in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a summer wooden bat league for college athletes. Most of the players on the team have never been to the Vineyard before, and most need a place to call home base while they travel to and from games across New England.

Baseball at Night, Sharks See the Light

The future of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks is looking bright — and a lot more comfortable, too.

When the Sharks, who play in the wooden-bat Futures Collegiate Baseball League, begin their third season in June, they will do so at a much-improved home field, situated at the regional high school.

Sharks Baseball Returns

Spring training is in full swing in Florida, but on the Island summer baseball preparations are also underway. The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks collegiate summer baseball league has announced its roster for the 2013 season, with some familiar faces and a brand new bullpen.

For the third year in a row Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School graduate Tad Gold will take to center field. He will be joined by current regional high school senior Jack Roberts.

New Sharks Coach

Mike Miller, former assistant coach for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, has been named head coach for next season. Mr. Miller takes over for Ernie May, who is working to add a new baseball team to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The Sharks have been part of the Futures League since its inception in 2011.

Mr. Miller’s shoes will be filled by two former Sharks: catcher Anthony Corona and closer Ryan Morris will both be assistant coaches for the 2013 team.

Breaks Went Against Sharks, But Season Had Its Highlights

On Tuesday afternoon, Vineyard Field was quiet; a breeze tinged with fall kicked up some dust next to the batting cages. The bounce houses were deflated, the food stands empty and there were just two people on the field, tossing a ball back and forth.

Martha’s Vineyard Sharks general manager Jerry Murphy loaded a tub of purple-and-black gear into his car before a meeting with some of this summer’s host families. He’d just put in another order for merchandise; the summer supply was sold out and still in demand.

Sharks Back With Bite for Second Season

Welcome back, wooden bats. The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are back for their second season as the Island’s representative in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The league, also in its second season, has added five more teams to its ranks since its inception.