The Athletics and the Mets met in the Martha's Vineyard Little League championship game at Veira Park on Saturday. Both teams won their semi final games - the A's over the Tigers and the Mets shutting out the Dodgers.
Zack Wannamaker started on the mound for the A's, and was touched for four runs by the Mets in the first inning.
The first two Mets, Dave DaSilva and Zoli Clark, drew bases on balls. David Andrews was hit by a pitch, and the bases were loaded with no outs.
Joe Turney took a third called strike. Then Aaron Lowe's line drive scored DaSilva and Clark. Andrews took third and Lowe went to second on the throw. Mike Ducatt grounded out to the pitcher, 1-3, and Andrews came home. Lowe went to third on a wild pitch and scored the Mets fourth run when Kyle Dostal hit up the middle.
Aaron Wilson went down swinging.
In the A's half of the first, Aksel Cooperrider led off with a walk. Mike Mussell followed with a single into left field. Eli Berlow went down swinging. Sean McAndrews walked. With bases loaded, Liam Wesley bounced out 4-3, Cooperrider scoring on the play. Zack Wannamaker walked, reloading the bases, but Kevin Montambault took a third strike, ending the threat. Mets 4, A's 1.
In the top of the second, Morgan Michalski struck out, DaSilva, up for the second time, took a third strike. Clark tripled into deep center and came home with the Mets fifth run on a wild pitch. Andrews walked, stole second, and took third on a passed ball. Turney went down swinging. Mets 5, A's 1.
The A's tied the score in the bottom of the second. Ninoa Cooperrider and Sam Entner walked. Aksel Cooperrider grounded out to first unassisted, the runners moving up. Mike Mussell's drive into left field scored Ninoa. Eli Berlow lined out to first. McAndrews doubled, scoring Entner and Mussell. Liam Wesley followed with another double scoring McAndrews. Wannamaker was out at first base unassisted. Mets 5, A's 5.
In the third, Aaron Lowe singled. Ducott and Dostal went down swinging. Wilson walked. Michelski looked at a third strike. Mets 5, A's 5.
In the A's third inning, N. Cooperrider and Entner reached on errors. After A. Cooperrider bounced back to the pitcher, Mussell, who was 4-for-4 on the day, doubled to right center, scoring N. Cooperrider. Berlow followed with an rbi single to right, Entner scoring. McAndrews lined out to second. Wesley collected his second double, driving in Mussell and Berlow. Wannamaker grounded out to second. Mets 5, A's 10
Neither team scored in the fourth inning, but both did in the fifth. Mike Ducott scored after singling for the Mets. Mike Mussell and Eli Berlow reached and came home on Zack Wannamaker's double for the A's. Mets 6, A's 12.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Aaron Lowe doubled into deep left and came home on Mike Ducott's double to center. But Kyle Dostal hit back to the pitcher for the last out. Final score: Athletics 12, Mets 7.
Rays edge O's in OT
The Minor League's championship game could hardly have been closer. The teams were tied in the sixth (final) inning, 7-7.
The Rays scored one in the first. Chris Mayhew walked and scored on Noah Hoyt's double into left field. The Orioles failed to score in the bottom of the first.
The Rays picked up four more runs in the second, taking advantage of walks and errors. Crossing the plate were Adam Bilodeau, Lucas DeBettencourt, Addison Gieger, and Justin Donohue.
The Orioles responded with four of their own in the bottom of the second. Alec Cobban, Mercer Kelly, Hollis Kelly and Lucas Pinheiro all scored. Rays 5, O's 4.
No runs were scored in the third inning.
The Rays scored twice in the fourth and took a 7-4 lead. Nick Andre walked and stole second. After Chris Mayhew grounded out, Lucas Dutton reached on an infield hit. Grant Santos was out, 4-3. Noah Hoyt doubled driving in Andre and Dutton.
The Orioles failed to score in the fourth and fifth. The Rays were scoreless in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, the Orioles scored three times. Paul Mayhew, Mercer Kelly, Hollis Kelly, and Cathal Robinson walked and Lucas Pinheiro singled, tying the score at seven.
But the Rays were the home team and made quick work of the tie. Nick Andre walked, stole second and third, and jogged home on Chris Mayhew's drive into center field.
Rays 8, Orioles 7.
Swimming for gold
Four members of the Mansion House Masters Swim Team competed in the U.S. Masters Swimming 2008 New England Long Course Meters Championships at the Middlebury College pool, Vermont, June 20-22.
Many top U.S. and Canadian swimmers were entered in the meet, which saw five World Masters, seven U.S. National Masters, four Canadian Masters, and 48 New England Masters records set.
Leading the Martha's Vineyard contingent was Rainy Goodale of Tisbury, who set meet records in her age group in the women's 50-meter and 100-meter breast stroke events . She also finished first in the 50-meter freestyle and second in the 800-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke and 200-meter breaststroke.
Leslie Grimm of Tisbury was the team's iron person. She finished first in her age group in the women's 800-meter freestyle, second in the 1500-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, and 400-meter individual medley events - the most grueling events in the meet. Leslie also was third in the 800-meter freestyle and fourth in the 200-meter freestyle.
Alex Goethals of West Tisbury was second in his age group in the men's 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly. He also placed third in the 800-meter freestyle and fourth in the 200.
Les Cutler of West Tisbury, the team's senior member, was second in the men's 65- to 69-year-old 800-meter and 1500-meter freestyle events. Like Ms. Grimm, he swam the 1500-meter shortly after finishing the 800-meter race. Les also finished third in the 50-meter freestyle and fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in his age group.
The Mansion House four entered the 400-meter individual relay, finishing third in the "aggregated age" group beating the Concord (Mass.) YMCA team by four tenths of a second. Overall, their combined score earned a third place ranking in the New England Small Team division.