Little Leaguers play on
The 12 years and under Martha's Vineyard Little League all-stars will not be going to Williamsport, Pa. The Island team, coached by Mike Mussell and Bob Moore, was eliminated from the world series tournament last weekend by Sandwich, the same team that was last year's 11-year-old state champions.
Sandwich jumped off to a 6-0 lead with home runs in the first and second innings. Martha's Vineyard pitcher Oscar Hansen shut out Sandwich over the next four innings as the Islanders made a run at the off Islanders.
In the fourth, Tyson Araujo walked. Tony Canha hit a ground rule double. Zoli Clark bunted for a base hit. Mike Mussell singled and Eli Berlow cleared the bases with a home run to bring the score to 6-4, the final.
The Sandwich defense hardened and there was no scoring in the 5th or 6th innings.
This weekend the team is at Bourne. Islanders may get a chance to see their all-stars playing Nantucket here July 22.
The 11 and under team coached by John Roberts played in the Bourne tournament last weekend. The Islanders lost their four games, but they competed without giving up and showed constant good sportsmanship. Coach Roberts had nothing but praise for his team.
Scores: South Plymouth, 11-7; Harwich, 8-6; Bourne, 9-4; Mashpee, 18-1.
The Bourne tourney was their first taste of competition and Coach Roberts expects a good showing at the Rehoboth tourney July 19-20.
The 11 and under roster: Nate Backus, Kyle Dostal, Yannick Gonsalves, Aaron Lowe, David Macias, Matthew Marchand, Austin Morley, Charlie Parkhurst, Tim Roberts, Matt Stone, Alexander Vukota, and Andrew Jacobs-Walsh
The 10 and under team, coached by Jamie McNeely and Mike Michalski, came in third with a 1-1-1 record at the Carver tournament. The Islanders beat Carver, lost to Wareham, and tied Kingston.
The roster: Tucker McNeely, Curtis Farrell, Mason Jeffers, Greg McCarron, Morgan Michalski, Jack Slayton, Emily Turney, Emerson Mahoney, Ryan Uva, Nate D'Angelo, Silas Berlin, and Pete Engley.
Curtis, Morgan, and Tucker handled the pitching and gave up three earned runs.
The 9 and under team is coached by Kris Lukowitz and Woody Araujo. The roster: Bryan Araujo, Sam Bresnick, Jacob Cardoza, Mitchell Chaves, Jeffrey Cimeno, Aksel Cooperrider, Nainoa Cooperrider, Nick Fiore, Jonas Lukowitz, Cameron Maciel, Chris Mayhew, Nicholas Vukota.
The Martha's Vineyard Senior Babe Ruth team squeezed by Lower Cape at Orleans, Wednesday, 3-2, on three base hits.
Steve McKenna had one of them and scored. Billy Johnson's base hit drove in a run. Ben Ciciora collected the third hit and scored. Scott Merritt also scored.
In relief, Zach Coutinho pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball .
The Islanders lowered the boom on Dennis Yarmouth, Tuesday at D/Y, 11-1. Pitcher Ryan Brennan went five innings, striking out two and giving up the single D/Y run.
Kendall Chaves had a great day at the plate, driving in five runs, going 3-for-3, and stealing home.
Zach Coutinho was 1-for-1 and walked three times, stealing four bases. Taza Verycrusse was 1-for-2 and the one was a triple. Both Will Devanski and Evan Sosa drove in runs.
The Senior Babe Ruth team has a double-header with Sandwich Saturday. Games start at noon and 2:30 pm.
In Summer Soccer League action last Wednesday, Monto Orthopedics edged Coop de Ville, 2-1 on goals by Davey Campbell and a penalty kick by Piotr Kornalski. Cesar DaSilva scored the Coop de Ville goal.
In Thursday's late game the Atlantic Football Club downed the Martha's Vineyard Celtics, 2-1. Felipe and Antulio Neto scored for Atlantic. Charles DeWitt had the Celt's goal.
Wednesday's scores : Atlantic, 2, Sports Haven, 0; Coop de Ville, 1, Shirley's Hardware, 0.
Soccer League Standings
Team won lost tied gf ga Atlantic F 4 1 0 10 7 Monto Ortho 2 2 1 8 7 Coop deVille 2 2 0 4 3 Sports Haven 2 2 0 6 7 Shirley's HW 1 2 2 6 7 Martha's Vineyard Celtics 1 3 1 5 8
Bay State games
According to communications received at The Times, two Vineyarders are registered to participate in the 2008 Bay State Summer Games. Andrew McHugh, 17, of Edgartown will compete in tennis and 17-year-old Mark Reppert of Vineyard Haven in basketball. Both are seniors at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
The Holmes Hole Sailing Association's Thursday evening race in a 10-knot southwest wind began at red nun 6 outside Vineyard Haven Harbor with six boats competing.
The fleet sailed a triangular course from red nun 6 to green can 23A at East Chop to red nun 4 at West Chop and back to the finish line. The first leg was a run downwind, the second a reach on the port tack. The homeward leg was a beat to windward.
Finishing first was Bob Jewett in Andiamo II, a Soling. Dan Culkin was second in Magic Time, followed by (3) Jerry Goodale in Stormalong, (4) Roger Becker in Gloria, (5) Bow Van Riper in Tyche and (6) Frank Sutula in Magic Twanger.
Nine boats posted for the Sunday morning race. The race committee called for the fleet to sail twice around the triangular course in a light and variable wind, so light that the race committee shortened the race, halting it after one lap.
Winner in the B Division was Bow Van Riper in Tyche. Second was Alan Wilson in the Marshall catboat High Tide.
First in the A Division was Brian Roberts in Starfish. Then came (2) Roger Becker in Gloria, (3) Jerry Goodale in Stormalong, (4) John Amabile in Solitude, and (5) Mike Loberg in Masquerade. Mischief and Rocinante III retired in the light air.
Wind picked up a bit for the afternoon race to 5 knots from the east. The same triangular course was assigned to the 11 boats reporting to red nun 6. At red can 23 skippers found a raging current that made rounding the mark very difficult. After rounding the mark the fleet limped downwind to finish in the dying wind.
The race committee again shortened the race to one lap.
Phil Hale in Mischief was first in the A Division. Roger Becker was second with Gloria. John Amabile was third in Solitude. Then came (4) Jerry Goodale, (5) Mike Loberg, (6) Frank Satula.
In the B Division, Charley Felder was first in the sloop Aerie. Dan Culkin in Magic Time was second. David Lott in Avanti was third, Bow Van Riper in Tyche was fourth. High Tide retired in the light air.
The summer races continue Thursdays at 6 pm.
New members are encouraged and guest boats are welcome. Call Diane Hartmann, 693-4592 to learn more.
The Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club offers a skeet shooting program to club members and vacationers on July 13 and 27 and August 10 and 17.
The program involves shooting two rounds of skeet, followed by a cookout for shooters and their guests. A small fee is charged for participation in the contest and the cookout. Last Sunday, John Montes and Bill Damora led a field of 17 skeet shooters.
The Martha's Vineyard R&G Club is reached via 3rd Street off the Vineyard Haven - Edgartown Road. At the end of 3rd Street turn right, and then take the first left to the club.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Snaps rule the roost
Tuesday evening at Veterans Park the Snaps retained their undefeated status in the Women's Softball League by shutting out the Shady Ladies in a mercy rule shortened game, 16-0. The handwriting on the wall appeared early as Liane Dixon's run producing triple was followed by Ryann Gold's home run in the first inning. The Dixon-Gold combo is the most potent 1-2 punch in the league.
Also Tuesday, the Honeys topped the Toppers, 6-1 and the Late Fees defeated the Swingers, 11-2.
The Creamers took on the Swingers Wednesday in a make-up game.