By Nick Abate
Saturday, marked the end of yet another successful season for the Sharks under Head Coach Eric Brown, as the Sharks end with a very impressive regular season on an eight game winning streak. The Sharks have a lot to be proud of this season, but team expectations are a lot more than just dominating the regular season.
In a four game series against the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the Sharks dominated the first double header posting a combined 21 runs and just allowing one. Kristopher Killackey took the mound in game one, which brought him to an impressive 7-0 record emerging as the Sharks ace in their strong rotation. Killackey pitched yet another gem, with only allowing one hit and 9 strikeouts, to lead the Sharks to a 21-1 victory. Vincent Negri also dominate in Friday’s game, which earned him his fourth win of the season on only allowing five hits and allowing no runs. Saturday was the same case when Rob Sciarrotta took the mound with a dominating performance, pitching a full seven innings and tallying 12 strikeouts and only 2 hits, in an 11-0 win for the Sharks.
“Our pitching gives us a bunch of confidence throughout the game. Guys like Kris and Rob have been strong all year long, and that calms the offense when there are guys on the mound that can dominate the game like they do” says outfielder Joe Deland.
The Sharks offense was indeed firing on all cylinders this weekend and Deland was one of many to thank because of it. Deland was crushing the ball this weekend, notched 10 hits and four RBI in just 13 at bats. “I have really felt good about my game all season, and I feel that is just a testament to how hard I’ve worked in the offseason and during the season. As the leadoff guy in our lineup, I try to play with a lot of energy to get the rest of the team going. I try to give our team a lift offensively and feel it’s my responsibility” said Deland.
Nick VanOlen is another lethal weapon in the Sharks high powered offense. In seven at bats within the series, VanOlen had three hits and four RBI which contributed to a sweep over Manhattan Community College. VanOlen has been the heart and soul of the Sharks offense all season long, leading the team in every statistical category posting a .482 batting average, seven home runs, and 33 RBI on the season.
“He has been the guy all season that has made big plays when the team has needed and also has been one of our best players offensively all season long. Opposing pitchers know that if they don’t bring their A game he’ll exploit them along with the other guys in our lineup who have hit well all year” said Deland.
The Sharks finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record in the conference and look to carry that momentum into the post season. “Our goal is the same every year, we want to make a push towards the series we look to do that every season. We came close last year but we still have that bitter taste in our mouths and a chips on our shoulders and look to make a run to win it all” said Deland.