Men's Softball League
Last Wednesday was an evening of softball firsts at Tisbury's Veterans Park. It was the first loss of he season for the Brewhas, who bowed to the Land Sharks, 10-4. The Brewhas posted single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. The Sharks were never headed. They scored one in the top of the second, three in the third, three more in the fifth and seventh, an inning that featured a rare inside-the-park home run by Kyle Crossland. John Van Putten homered for the Brewhas, a solo job in the fifth.
It was also the night that the league's newest team, the Stampede, won a game, their first, defeating the Boilers 9-6. According to Stampede captain and Martha's Vineyard Regional High School softball coach Josh Burgoyne, the play of the game was Lucas Landers's throw to the plate from center field, cutting down a would-be scorer.
In the third game of the triple-header the Hurricanes, who led 1-0 through four innings, scored 2 in the fifth, 3 in the sixth and 7 in the seventh to claim a 13-2 win over the Treds. Adam Golding, who is making a bid to be the league's top home run slugger, cleared the fence in the fifth. He also stroked an RBI triple as did Bill Jackson. Game three was interrupted by a rain delay.
In the early game Monday, the Treds scored 16 times in the second inning, more than they needed to defeat the winless Riptide in a mercy rule shortened game, 21-5.
The second game Monday was a defensive gem between the Wildcats and the Highlanders. The Cats were hitless in five of the seven innings. The Highlanders were hitless in four. The Cats scored nine of their 11 runs in the third inning. The Highlanders got six of their eight runs via three-run homers by Jeremy Scheffer and Ryan Kurth.
The third game was 28-6 runaway win for the Hurricanes over the Boilers. Pat Mahoney homered twice for the Boilers. Bill Jackson, Adam Golding, Matt Goethals, Chris Wiggins, and James Holenko homered for the 'Canes. The latter was an inside the park job in the Canes eight-run second. They scored six more in the fourth and 13 in the fifth. The 'Canes turned three double plays in the first three innings.
Tournament of Champions
Three Martha's Vineyard Youth Soccer (MVYS) teams qualified for the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) at Citizens Bank Fields, Progin Park, in Lancaster last weekend.
The Martha's Vineyard Under 11 Boys Division 1 team, already South Coast League Champions and playing in the Under 12 Division at Lancaster, beat Sharon 3-1 Friday morning and topped Halifax 4-1 in the afternoon. Saturday morning the Islanders got by Amherst, 3-1, thereby winning the preliminary round and advancing to the semi-finals, "the final four."
Saturday the Martha's Vineyard U-11s beat Tyngsboro, 2-1 and reached the finals where they lost to Cambridge, 7-0.
The team began soccer training indoors at the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club in January with coaches Esteban Aranzabe and Matt Poole and compiled a 14-1-0 record, finishing second best in the U-12 group and may justly claim, unofficially, to be the best U-11 team in the state.
The MVYS Under-15 Boys team ended their season of scheduled games at 6-2-0, then beat Sandwich and New Bedford in the South Coast Soccer League playoffs to earn a berth at the MTOC. They tied Leicester, 2-2, defeated Westboro, 3-0, and lost to eventual tourney champs, Medfield, 2-1. Playing in the U-16 Division, the Islanders gained valuable MTOC experience that will no doubt serve them in good stead next year.
Three times South Coast League champions and last year's MTOC champs, the Martha's Vineyard Under-18 boys lost their first tournament game to Bridgewater, the eventual MTOC Champions, 3-2. The Vineyarders went on to defeat Nashoba, 2-0, and Quabbin, 2-1. They were in the top four of a dozen teams based on win/loss points but did not advance based on goal differentials. The Martha's Vineyard U-18 Boys ended League play with a 10-0-0 record and were 2-1-0 at the MTOC.
Congratulations to the exceptional Vineyard Youth soccer teams and their coaches who compiled a 35-4-1 combined record and produced two league champions in the 21-club South Coast Soccer League.
The travel team program (24 off-Island games, 24 at home) is the most advanced part of the Friends of Vineyard Soccer/Martha's Vineyard Youth Soccer program, a nonprofit effort. FOVS/MVYS gratefully receives donations toward the expense of the travel program, which serves some 100 Island youngsters. See www.mvsoccer.org to learn more.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
All of the Tuesday night games at Veterans Park were shortened to five innings by the league's mercy rule: a ten-run lead after five innings is enough to declare a winner. the Creamers downed the late Fees 15-5. Tricia Jendrick, Julie Perry, and Laurie Rezendes all homered for the Creamers.
The league's only undefeated team, the Snaps, piled up 22 runs to the Swingers one before the game reached the end of the fifth inning.
The late game under the lights was declared over with the Honeys up 11-1 over the Shady Ladies.
Friday produced little to report as the Creamers - Swingers game was postponed and the Shady Ladies forfeited to the Snaps. One game was played; the Late Fees topped the Toppers, 9-6.
Women's League Standings
G W L Snaps 5 5 0 Creamers 6 4 1 Honeys 5 3 2 Late Fees 5 2 3 Shady Ladies 6 2 4 Swingers 5 1 4 Toppers 5 1 4
In Martha's Vineyard Summer Soccer League action at Veterans Park, Tuesday, Sports Haven shut out Monto's Orthopedic, 1-0 on a goal by Zach Sylvia. In the twin bill, Martha's Vineyard Celtics and Shirley's Hardware played to a 1-1 tie. Charles DeWitt scored for Shirley's, Erly Pinheiro for the Celts.
Last Thursday Coop DeVille doused Atlantic, 2-0, with goals by Kenny MacDonald and Garry Metters.
On Wednesday John Walsh's goal for Sports Haven was enough to claim a 1-0 win over Coop deVille. Shirley's Hardware and Monto's Orthopedic played to a 1-1 tie. With goals by Hans Broscheit and Ben Tabeh.
G W L T Pf Pa Sports Haven 3 2 1 0 2 1 Shirley's Hardw'r 3 1 0 2 4 3 Coop deVille 2 1 1 0 2 1 Atlantic 2 1 1 0 3 4 Martha's Vineyard Celtics 3 1 1 1 3 3 Monto's Ortho 3 0 2 1 3 5