Bringing them home

Timely hitting continues to be key for Sharks


The Sharks lineup has continued to produce a lot of late defeating Middleburg 8-0 on the road on April 4 and then coming home to beat St. Augustine 9-5 on April 6.

They have scored six or more runs in each of their 10 wins this season, which proves that when the offense is rolling, the Sharks are a hard team to beat.

It did not take long for the Sharks to grab control against the Broncos, as they jumped out to the lead with three early runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Six different Sharks had a hit in the contest, led by two hits apiece from senior Ethan Yesensky and juniors Dominic Masto and Parker Gunnell.

Yesensky hit his fourth home run of the season and had a double as he drove in two of the Sharks’ eight runs on the night.

Matt Hoag took care of business on the mound en route to striking out 13 Bronco batters and walked none while allowing just five hits thanks to a precision shutout performance.

With the win, Hoag improved to a record of 3-3 with a 1.35 era on the season.

The Sharks were able to light up the scoreboard first in their victory over the Yellow Jackets as well but found themselves in a back-and-forth game before a six-run sixth inning proved enough to put the game out of reach.

Masto was at it again at the plate for the second time in three nights, this time leading the Sharks with two singles and a trio of runs batted in.

Braden Kessel, Jack Ottesen and Austin O’Hara each had two hits apiece, including a double for O’Hara, his second in as many games.

Timely hitting was key in the game for the Sharks, whose eight hits matched that of the Yellow Jackets, but they were able to convert those baserunners into runs on the scoreboard.

It is one thing to get hits, but it is another thing entirely to make those hits count and to limit the number of runners left in scoring position.

Timely hitting like that has made the Sharks a very dangerous team of late and they will continue to be that moving forward if they continue to see the ball well and make the best of their opportunities at the plate.

Senior Eric Anderson got the win for the Sharks with three innings of relief where he allowed no earned runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking four.

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