The Bulls won the first game of the RCBL finals, Monday, at the Boys & Girls Club, defeating the Lakers, 77-60.
The outcome was predictable before referee Pete Lambos tossed up the ball. Nine Bulls reported for duty but only five Celtics were available.
At the end of the first period the Bulls were up by 10, 22-12. At the half the score was 45-21. The Lakers actually outscored the Bulls in the second half but could not get closer than 14, that after scoring 16 unanswered points, including four three-pointers early in the third quarter.
Five Bulls finished the game in double digits: Clark Agnew (14), Dale Rogers (13), Eric Adams (12), Kris Lukowitz (11) and Sam Berlow (10). Ryan Murtha added nine more.
Laker Jeff LaBell had the game high 24 points and John Healy contributed 12. Both had four treys.
Rebounding by Karl Kallinich (17), Chris Wiggins (16) and Julius Middleton (13) saved the Lakers from a worse drubbing.
The second game of the best two of three series will be played at the Boys & Girls Club, Monday at 6:15.
One up, two down
The Martha's Vineyard varsity softball team scored ten runs in support of pitcher Martha Scheffer who held Pembroke to four runs, all unearned, here, Saturday.
Loudest blow of all was Lauren Williston’s three-run base clearer down the right field line. Cayla Morris went 4-for-5. Julie Perry, Emma Frizzell, and Taylor Perrotta all hit safely twice.
Coach Burgoyne’s team lost its game at Nantucket, Wednesday, 3-2, despite Scheffer’s 11 Ks in six innings. She walked none and allowed just four hits, but one was a three-run homer by Jessica Guevara. Nantucket’s Olivia Hull was touched for six hits and walked four but got the win. She had nine Ks.
Monday, at South Yarmouth, D/Y defeated the Islanders, 9-6 in a game featuring the long ball. Martha's Vineyard had homers by Cayla Morris and Julie Perry. D/Y’s came off the bats of Katherine Marvullo and Brianna Isaacs.
The girls junior varsity softball team has scored an unlikely 103 runs, winning its first five games of the season with Sandwich, Nantucket, Sturgis, Pembroke, and Dennis/Yarmouth. Opponents have been held to 17 runs by pitchers Olivia Higham (3-0) and Caroline Davey (2-0).
The team’s coach is Donald Herman.
The Mariners, a men’s "A" hockey team listing seven Vineyarders, won the Spring Fling Cape Cup tournament April 4-6 at Dennis.
The Mariners defeated Milton, 3-0; the Plymouth Hunters, 4-2, and the Cape Cod Jets of Dennisport, 5-3. The Mariners last won the tourney in 2004.
Vineyard Mariners include Billy Jackson, Mike Jackson, Joe Merry, Steve McCormack, Mike Snowden, Andrew Phillips, and Matt Goethals.
Nantucket’s nine came to call, Wednesday, and flew home on the short end of an 11-3 count.
Zach Coutinho went the distance for the Vineyard, fanning seven and scattering five hits. Zach helped his own cause with 3-for-4 hitting and driving in four runs. Nick Billingham picked up two hits, Tad Gold drove in 3 runs with 3 hits.
The next day the Islanders topped Pembroke, 4-1, at Pembroke, Fireballer Ben Ciciora allowed just two Titan hits in six plus innings. Nick Billingham earned a save getting the Titans to hit into a double play. Zach Coutinho had two hits and an RBI. Billy Johnson hit safely and drove in a run.
Monday, the Islanders were edged by D/Y here, 7-6. Pitcher Zach Coutinho gave the Vineyard 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but the Dolphins hung on to win.
Both Coutinho and Jwann Johnson had two hits.
Martha's Vineyard is 2-2 on the young season.
Cena in piedi
The Boys Lacrosse Boosters Club will serve an Italian Night Buffet in the high school cafeteria Monday, April 14, at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children.