Worcester, MA— The Worcester Bravehearts were unable to maintain a three-run third-inning lead, losing 9-7 to the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.
After Martha’s Vineyard took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Bravehearts answered with a run of their own, starting with a leadoff single by John Thrasher. Once Thrasher reached first, he advanced to second thanks to a Chris Rinaldi walk. Thrasher then proceeded to steal third. On a pickoff attempt to try to get Rinaldi out at first, Thrasher went home to score, while Rinaldi reached second.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the second, Worcester put up four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Alex Gionis doubled home Dustin Harris, who had reached first on a walk. Mariano Ricciardi then brought Gionis home on a single. The rally was capped off by Rinaldi’s two-run home run, a blast into left field.
By the time they came to bat in the sixth, however, the Bravehearts found themselves in an 8-5 hole. Luke Hartman got the Sharks started in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double. A Kai Nelson single advanced Hartman to third. Matt Chamberlain’s single, compounded by a Michael Dellicarri error, drove both Hartman and Nelson home, putting Martha’s Vineyard up 7-5. Jackson Raper extended the Sharks’ lead with a double of his own, which scored Chamberlain.
The Sharks did not look back. In the bottom of the ninth, however, Worcester threatened with two runs to make it 9-7. That, however, would be all the Bravehearts had, as the comeback wound up falling short.
The Sharks’ Devon Dimascio picked up the win, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings, while Kendall Pomeroy took the loss for the Bravehearts, giving up three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
With the loss, the Bravehearts drop to 5-5, while the Sharks move to 8-1 with their win. The Bravehearts conclude their three-game homestand with a 6:30 matchup against the Brockton Rox at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.