Well met at the park
In Men's Softball League games at Veterans Park Monday the early game pitted the Highlanders against the Wildcats, two teams that are deep in talent but subject to unexplained streaks both hot and cold.
The Highlanders started on the warm side, scoring three runs in the first (all driven in by a Ryan Kurth home run) and added three more in the second inning, then adding two more in both the third and fourth. Then they shut down and were shut out in the final three innings.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats couldn't buy a run in the first two innings, but posted three in the third on a fence-clearer by Jeff Nader (longest ball hitter in the recent home run derby), then climbed back into their shell, putting up goose eggs in the fourth and fifth.
The 'Cats scored two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh, the three all riding home on another Jeff Nader home run. But the Cats' rally fell short and the Highlanders claimed, 10-8.
Monday's second game, Stampede vs. Riptide, promised to be a "fair fight" and did not disappoint. The Stampede led 2-0 after one, trailed 5-2 after two. Daron Stobie drove in three with a home run for the Tide.
The Stampede regained the advantage with four in the third and another in the fifth, while keeping the Riptide from scoring until the fifth when the Tide added five more to lead 10-7 after five, 13-8 after six.
In the final innings the Stampede made a run at the lead but fell short. Final score: Riptide 13, Stampede 11.
According to League Commissioners Sharkovitz and Tattersall, the washed out Thursday, July 24 games: Hurricanes vs. Brewhas, Highlanders vs. Boilers, Landsharks vs. Treds, will be played on Monday, August 4.
Soccer plays on
The Vineyard Football Association, a coed adult soccer league, has reached its second half, when the six teams are divided into two divisions. The teams in each division will play each other twice.
Group A is composed of Atlantic Football Club, which completed the first half with the best win-loss record, with Monto Orthopedics and Sports Haven which were 4th and 5th in the first half standings.
Group B has Shirley's Hardware and Coop DeVille, the 2nd and 3rd teams with the Martha's Vineyard Celtics, the 6th in the first half.
The first game in Group A, Tuesday, was a 1-0 win for Atlantic over Sports Haven. The game's only goal was by Dan Xavier.
In Group B, Shirley's Hardware topped the Martha's Vineyard Celtics, 2-1 on goals by Lucas Brewer and Erly Pinheiro. Pat Ralston scored for the Celts on a penalty kick.
Wednesday it was Monto vs. Atlantic and Coop De Ville vs. Shirley's.
Thursday's games are Sports Haven vs. Monto and the Celtics versus Coop DeVille.
Next Tuesday Sports Haven tackles Atlantic and The Celts play Shirley's.
All the action begins at 5:30 pm at Veterans Memorial Park behind the Fire Station in Vineyard Haven.
Women's Softball League
The Late Fees were handed a tough assignment.
They faced the Creamers on Friday, then drew the Snaps to play, Tuesday. (The Creamers and Snaps are tied at the top of the league standings, both having lost just one game and that to each other.)
Friday, the Fees stayed with the Creamers in the early going. After three innings they trailed by just one run, 3-2. But the Creamers stepped up the pace, scored four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth while holding the Fees to a single run.
Final count: Creamers 11, Late Fees 3.
Tuesday, The Fees jumped off on the right foot in their game with the Snaps scoring five runs in the first and adding single runs in the second and third. The Late Fees led after three, 7-4. But that was it. The Fees would add just one more run in fifth inning while the Snaps piled it on with 3 in the fourth, 4 in the fifth, 5 in the sixth. Final score Snaps 16, Late Fees 8.
Also Friday, the Shady Ladies forfeited to the Toppers. On Tuesday, the Swingers beat the Toppers in a laugher, 13-2, and the Creamers shut out the Shady Ladies, 13-0.
"They shall run and not be weary"
Ocean Eversley, 50, of Oak Bluffs, has an irrepressible love of running, both sprints and long distance. "I love the challenge of the endurance workouts and the adrenaline rush during the speed workouts." Competing as a master (at least 30 years old) in the Outdoor Masters New England Championships at Springfield College last weekend, she competed in three events and came home bedecked with three gold medals. She won at 1500 meters, at 800 meters and at 200 meters.
Running is not a new passion for Ocean. She was an outstanding athlete at Clarkstown North high school in New York and set school records in the 60, 100, 200, 400 meter races and in the long jump. Later, she would be the first captain of the women's track team at Boston University.
Seven years ago, because of a severe back injury, she was told she would never run again. For six years she accepted her lot. But last year she began training again taking the ferry and bus to Boston to work out with the Liberty Track team coached by Dr. Cathy Utzschneider and by Ocean's brother, Richard Tarter of Oak Bluffs. In late March she did well enough at 60 and 200 meters in an Indoor meet at Northeastern University's Reggie Lewis Center to achieve All American Masters status in the events.
In late May Ocean ran the Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K and finished second in her gender/age group. She told The Times, "running on the beach, through the woods, on all the beautiful scenic roads and on the high school track gives me a lot of different terrains to incorporate in my workouts." She also said that she cross-trains at the Mansion House pool doing aqua runs.
Ocean looks forward to the Chilmark Road Race after which she will compete in the North American & World Track and Field meet in Florida.
Ocean is featured in the All American Spotlight in the first magazine edition of National Masters News.