Men's softball season ends Best 2 of 3 playoffs begin
The summer men's softball season ran its course Monday at Veterans Park as six teams completed their schedule. In a clash of front-runners, the Hurricanes defeated the Brewhas, 9-6. The Brewhas started on the right foot when leadoff batter John Van Putten's drive cleared the fence in center field. The 'Canes answered with a single run of their own.
The 'Canes scored twice on four hits in the top of the second and four in the third when Adam Golding homered with two aboard.
The Brewhas edged closer with two in the bottom of the third and another in the fourth. John Custer cleared the fence in the third.
Each team would add two more runs to make the final count Hurricanes 9, Brewhas 6.
More than the game was at stake. The win gave the 'Canes the top seed in the playoffs with a 13-3 record. The Brewhas are second at 12-4.
Idle Monday, the Wildcats occupy third place with an 11-5 record.
Monday's second game ended after five innings by invoking the mercy rule. Highlanders 21, Boilers 0. Ryan Kurth and Ben Gunn hit home runs.
Game three was an abbreviated triumph for the Treds over the Land Sharks 17-5. The Treds batted around in the first inning, scoring eight runs, and never looked back.
The win created a three-team traffic jam. The 4th place Treds, 5th Highlanders and 6th Land Sharks all ended the season with the same 10-6 record. (Tie breaking was accomplished by taking into account head-to-head results.)
With a 3-13 record, the Riptide finished 7th; at 2-14 the Stampede is 8th. The Boilers (1-15) ended the season in 9th place and are left out of the playoffs:
Wednesday's games were: Stampede at 'Canes, Riptide at Brewhas, and Land Sharks at Wildcats.
On Thursday the Canes visit the Stampede, the Riptide is home to the Brewhas and the Highlanders are at the Treds.
Next Monday the Wildcats mix it up with he Land Sharks and the Treds will go against the Highlanders. The third game of the evening will be announced.
Travel team's escapade
The Martha's Vineyard under-9 travel baseball team played their final tournament of the summer at Plymouth last weekend.
They drew a tough Sandwich team for their first game and found themselves trailing 8-1 into the sixth. The Islanders mounted a rally with hits by Cameron Maciel, Jeff Cimeno, Nick Fiore, and Sam Bresnick that reduced the deficit to two, 8-6. With the potential tying run on second base the rally ran out of gas. Final score: Sandwich 8, Martha's Vineyard 6.
Their second game was with Middleboro. Jeff Cimeno dominated the contest from the mound and Martha's Vineyard bats stroked a passel of hits. Jacob Cardoza, Aksel and Nianoa Cooperrider, and Mitchell Chaves all drove in a pair of runs and Martha's Vineyard claimed the win, 9-1.
The Vineyarders needed a win versus Falmouth on Sunday to advance to the semifinals. Trailing 3-0 with two outs in the fourth, Martha's Vineyard accepted two walks. Then Cameron Maciel's double drove in two. After Chris Mayhew singled, Mitchell Chaves's base hit tied the score.
Nianoa Cooperrider relieved his brother Aksel on the mound and closed the door on Falmouth. In the bottom of the sixth Jonas Lukowitz walked to lead off. Maciel singled to center moving Lukowitz to second. Jonas proceeded to steal third and, moments later, stole home with the winning run.
In the semifinals the Islanders faced Sandwich again. They played well but lost, 5-0. The team was complimented by tourney officials for its high level of play and even higher level of sportsmanship.
The team had a 9-4 season, highlighted by winning the Bourne tournament and reaching the semis at South Plymouth.
Cristina at HNIB
The 14th annual Girls Summer Showcase, still called Hockey Night in Boston although this year's tournament is being held at the Valley Forum, Haverhill, features six teams of outstanding female ice hockey players including the Vineyard's own Cristina Wiley, now a senior at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
Cristina has played with the Cape Cod Sharks and is a member of the Massachusetts team. The other five teams in the tourney are called New England, Northeast, Minnesota, Mid Atlantic and Mid East.
Minnesota is the defending champion squad.
Each Saturday morning, beginning at 9 am, the Bridge Club of Martha's Vineyard convenes at the Tisbury senior center.
Winners at North-South last Saturday were Rosemary Taylor and Rosalie Cohen. Cheryl Neal and Dorothy Arnold were runners up. Gloria Manning and Stanley Segal were third.
Sitting East-West, Charity Randolph and Gerry Jones led scorers, pursued hotly by Ann Brown and Bill Levine, second, Maggie Gasnick and Brenda Davenport, third.
Meet the coaches
Meet the coaches night at the high school is Tuesday, August 12. Coaches of fall sports... Soccer, football, cross-country, field hockey, golf, cheerleading - they'll all be there in the Performing Arts Center to meet and greet you and answer your questions, beginning at 7 pm.
Getting it straight
The Times erred in reporting the Farm Neck Club's Women's Championship. Anne Lemenager did indeed defeat Helen Green in a preliminary round, but in the championship round Ms. Green took the lead on the 17 th hole and held on to win the club title, one up.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Women's softball nears playoffs
In end-of-season games on Tuesday, the Honeys squeezed by the Swingers, 5-4. The Swingers scored early and after two and a half innings led 3-0. The Honeys scored their first run in the bottom of the third and added three more in the fourth. Both teams added a run in the sixth and the Honey's claimed, 5-4.
The Toppers were overmatched, as are most teams facing the Creamers, and the game was halted by the league's mercy rule with the Creamers up 23-0. A big hit in the Creamers' 10-run fourth was Julie Perry's bases-loaded triple.
Overmatched but not over-cheered. The Toppers maintained a good-natured fervid rooting section until the very end.
Also Tuesday, the Late Fees' late rally overtook the Shady Ladies, 9-8.
Riley Dobel, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School '08, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School lacrosse high scorer and his coach, John Stabile, traveled this summer with The Fighting Clams, an all-star team of some of the best high school and prep school players in Eastern New England. The team played four weekends in Poultney, Vt., Philadelphia, Pa., Princeton, N.J. and Baltimore, Md.
According to coach Stabile. "Riley was outstanding as a player and I got to coach some great kids."
Riley will attend Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., in the fall.
Varsity football coach Donald Herman announces some dates for high school football players.
Sunday, August 10, 6 pm, lift-a-thon in the high school weight room. All players should attend.
Monday, August 11, 6 pm, equipment issued to seniors and juniors.
Tuesday, August 12, 6 pm, equipment issued to sophomores and freshmen.
Make-up day for issuing equipment is Thursday, August 14, at 6 pm.
Practice begins Monday, August 18, at 5:30 pm.
All players must have a valid physical and all school debts must be cleared before a student may begin practice.
Ten-year-old Connor Downing of Edgartown won all of his matches at the Tennis Hall of Fame courts in Newport, Rhode Island, last Friday, July 25, raising his USTA ranking to fifth in New England for boys aged 10 or younger.
Connor trains at the Vineyard Youth Tennis courts in Oak Bluffs.
How to go, Connor!
Summer soccer's second season.
Group A standings
Team W L T Pts Gf Ga Gd
Atlantic FC 2 1 0 6 5 1 4
Monto Orthos 1 1 0 3 3 4 -3
Sports Haven 1 2 0 3 3 4 -1
Group B standings
Coop DeVille 2 0 1 4 5 3 2
Shirley's HW 1 1 1 4 6 7 -1
MV Celtics 3 1 2 3 4 5 -1
The ninth Madeiros
The ninth annual Richie Madeiros softball tournament is this weekend beginning at 8 am. Saturday and finishing about 3:30 pm, Sunday at Tisbury's Veterans Memorial Park. Tourney director Ray Tattersall has enlisted ten teams to compete, five from the Island and five from off Island.
Richie, the very popular shellfish constable of Oak Bluffs, drowned in a tragic accident off East Chop. Proceeds from the annual tournament go to the Richie Madeiros Children's Fund.
Jeremy wins again
Jeremy Alley Tarter, an Oak Bluffs seventh-grader, competed in the Needham Youth Championship track meet on Saturday and earned two gold medals for his efforts. Jeremy produced the best time for the 1,500-meter race, 4:53, and the 800 meters, 2:13 in his age group. Due to a mix up Jeremy ran the 800 with the 15 and 16-year-old runners instead of the 11 and 12-year-old group. He came in third among the older runners, but his time was the best for his 11-12 age group.