Whitman wins the Madeiras
The visiting team from Whitman emerged the winner of the annual Richie Madeiras Softball Tournament Saturday and Sunday, beating the M & O Roofing team from Rhode Island in the final game, 15-3.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Nine teams competed in the weekend double elimination tourney. Beside the R.I. and Whitman teams, there was a visiting team from Bridgewater and two teams from Falmouth. Vineyard squads were the Highlanders and Wildcats, a team sponsored by Al’s Package Store with an assortment of Brewhas and Hurricanes, and another team recruited by Joe Fontaine.
Off-Islanders were generous in their comments about the well-marked field, the quality of competition, and the quality and availability of food.
For Ray Tattersall and his family, the annual Madeiras tournament is an annual project. This year $3,700 was raised for the Richie Madeiras Children’s Fund.
12 Meters race
The Edgartown Yacht Club hosted a regatta of 12-meter yachts last weekend, with the following results.
In the Vintage class Northern Light skippered by Ernest Jacquet for the EYC defeated Onawa of the VHYC with Chuck Parrish at the tiller.
Four yachts competed in the traditional class. Allen Hanover sailed Columbia to a first-place finish winning three of four races with Nefertiti, American Eagle, and Weatherly .
The two Modern Class yachts were Courageous and Intrepid. Stephen Glascock won three of four races at the helm of Courageous.
The two Grand Prix entries were Hussar and USA, sailed by Edgar Cate and Ralph H. Isham. Husar won three of the four races.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
A boost for the Arena
The annual Martha's Vineyard Arena fundraiser by the Ice Savours, Friday, was a social and financial success. Blessed with good weather, some 200 persons gathered under a large tent at the East Chop Beach Club to dance to the music of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, enjoy hors d’oeuves, and bid on auctioned items both silent and vocal. Howie Sashin was drafted to serve as auctioneer. Sheriff Michael McCormick, former Arena president, presided at the Jeopardy board and Barbara Phillips monitored the silent auction.
Of special interest to some were the hockey sticks presented by former Bruin Tommy Songin, one signed by all of the ‘07-’08 Bruins and another autographed by Ray Bourque.
Bats and balls
Having finished its season of scheduled games, the Women’s Softball League embarked on high–low, single elimination playoffs, Tuesday.
The unbeaten Snaps, in the catbird seat, had a bye.
The Creamers cleared their first hurdle by defeating the Toppers, 14-7. It wasn’t easy. The Creamers scored three times in the bottom of the first inning, then were scoreless in the second, third, and fourth. Meanwhile, the Toppers posted a run in the top of the second and two more to tie, 3-3, in the top of the fifth. That seemed to wake up the Creamers bats, and they scored five in the bottom of the fifth, and six more in the sixth.
The Toppers responded with four in the top of the sixth, but that was as far as the bus could go.
In the other early game, the Honeys had their way with the Shady Ladies winning a mercy-rule-shortened game, 16-3.
The Swingers held on to top the late-surging Late Fees, 8-6. Loudest blow for the Swingers was a two-run homer by Anna Baumhoffer. Trailing 8-1, the Late Fees scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, and when the game ended the potential tying runs were left on base.
The Fees pulled off a rare triple play in the fifth inning: 1 to 3 to 4.
Playoffs continue Tuesday with the Snaps taking on the Swingers and the Creamers mixing it up with the Honeys.