Brewhas and Hurricanes slug it out
Hurricanes win game one
The Hurricanes blew away the Brewhas in the first of the best of three games Men's Softball League finals, last Wednesday, at Veterans Park, 16-8.
The Brewhas scored twice in the top of the first inning when John Custer's single drove in the Hatt brothers, Kevin and Eric. An unassisted double play by shortstop Bill Jackson put an end to the hijinks.
In their half of the first, the 'Canes crossed the plate five times. Harry Holmes led off with a triple and after James Holenko grounded out to short, Bill Jackson, Don MacFarlane and Adam Golding all singled and Jordan Hoehn cleared the bases with a home run over the fence in right field.
The Brewhas added two in the top of the third. Dan Sharkovitz reached on an error. John Van Putten singled up the middle. K. Hatt walked loading the bases. E. Hatt's fly out to left center drove in the Shark. Karl Kallinich's hot grounder made it into left field, driving in Van Putten. Custer hit into a 5-3 double play. Canes 5, Brewhas 4.
Golding led off the Canes third and reached second base on an error. Hoehn walked. Pete McDowell reached on an error and Golding scored. The Canes were up, 6-4.
The Brewhas took the lead, 8-6, in the top of the fourth.
Justin Athearn and Jeff Mercier singled. Mike Lane walked, loading the bases, and Van Putten singled, scoring Athearn. K. Hatt singled, driving in Mercier. E. Hatt doubled, scoring Van Putten and K. Hatt.
The 'Canes took back the lead with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Holenko, Jackson, MacFarlane, Rebello, Golding, Hoehn, and Regan all hit safely, chasing each other around the base paths.
In the top of the fifth Athearn and Lane singled but Bizzarro hit into 1-6-4 double play, the 'Canes third DP of the game.
In the bottom half, hits by Holenko, MacFarlane and Rebello set the table for Adam Golding's home run over the fence in left center, capping the scoring with the Hurricanes up, 16-8.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
The second game was almost a shutout.
Neither team scored in the first inning.
The Brewhas posted four in the second. Tim Andrews walked. Both Kallinich and Custer singled loading the bases. Athearn's bouncer was misplayed and Andrews scored. Mercier hit into a 4-6 fielder's choice driving in Kallinich. E. Hatt's single scored Custer and Van Putten drove in Mercier.
Kallinich's solo shot in the third made it 5-0.
The Brewhas added four in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Dewey Green homered with K. Hatt on board. Mercier's double scored Andrews and Kallinich. K. Hatt reached on a throwing error and was awarded second base. Green hit a towering home run over the left field fence. Andrews singled to right. Kallinich walked. Custer popped out to right center. Athearn walked. Mercier drove in two with a line drive into right field. Mike Lane, in for Eric Hatt, lined out to third. In the sixth, Green's second round-tripper drove in Kevin Hatt who had doubled to the fence in center.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes were having one of those days when nothing went well and they reached the final inning with nothing of note on the score board.
A shutout was averted when Don MacFarlane singled to left opening the seventh. James Rebello followed with a single up the middle into center field. Adam Golding's screamer bounced off pitcher Kallinich and became a 1-4-6 fielder's choice. Jordan Hoehn lined out to short left, runners holding. Phil Regan's single to right drove in two.
Brewhas 11, Hurricanes 2.
The final game
The third and deciding game was played Monday with the Canes at home.
Van Putten grounded out to third. Kevin Hatt doubled to right. Dewey Green flied out to Regan in right center. Tim Andrews grounded to MacFarlane at first.
In the bottom of the first, Harry Holmes walked. James Holenko doubled. Bill Jackson flied out to right, scoring Holmes and Holenko. After MacFarlane flied out, James Rebello singled through the right side but Adam Golding's screamer was caught by Green at third. 'Canes up, 2-0.
Neither team scored in the second.
The Brewhas posted four in the third. Eric Hatt and John Van Putten doubled, Kevin Hatt singled, and Dewey Green cleared the fence in left.
The Hurricanes responded and then some in the bottom of the fourth, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits. Fourteen batters went to the plate. Eight hit safely. Four hit safely twice. Rebello led off with a single to right. Golding tripled. Regan, Holmes, Holenko, Jackson, and MacFarlane all singled. Rebello, up for the second time, doubled and Golding homered. The 'Canes led 12-4.
The Brewhas took three back in the top of the fifth, when Van Putten led with a single to left. K. Hatt followed with a line drive to right. Green launched a monstrous home run.
The 'Canes scored when Pete McDowell and Matt Goethals singled. McDowell moved to third on Holmes's 4-6 fielder's choice and scored on Holenko's sacrifice fly.
The sixth was the Brewhas turn to howl. They batted around plus three. Eric Hatt's single led a string of singles by Bizzarro, Van Putten, K. Hatt, and Green. Andrews cleared the bases by clearing the fence . Custer singled as did Athearn, and E. Hatt. Bizzarro's hot grounder was mishandled and two more runs crossed the plate. By the time Van Putten flied out to deep center field with the third out, eight runs had crossed the plate.
The Brewhas added one more in the top of the seventh on a Dewey Green home run.
Brewhas 16, Hurricanes 13.
Creamers claim softball crown
The Creamers versus Swingers softball game for the league championship at Veterans Park on Tuesday was a defensive gem in the early innings. The Creamers did not score until the fourth inning, the Swingers not until the sixth.
Tara Warren led off for the Swingers and drew a base on balls from Creamer pitcher Teri Arias. She went to second on Leanne Jackson's single. Lauren Weaver's flair into short left field turned into a fielder's choice when Veronika Van deGeer tossed to Lisa Jendrick at third. Anna Baumhofer hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
In the bottom of the first Lisa Jendrick fouled out. Emily Cooney reached on an error, Lori Rezendes lined out to third. Trisha Jendrick singled. Julie Perry grounded out to third.
K.B. Brown grounded out to short to begin the second. Jackie Panek fanned. Sue Stevenson singled up the middle. Hayley Panek popped out to short.
Creamer Melissa Randall grounded out 6-3. Alleyne Hughes's dribbler went for an infield hit. Liz Dowd hit into a fielder's choice, 6-4, erasing Hughes at second. Van deGeer flied out to Jackson in left.
In the top of the third, Lynda Warren struck out. Beth Foxall and Tara Warren were thrown out by shortstop Jendrick.
The Creamers went down in order. Chick Dowd bounced to third. Tracy Cox lined to short. Teri Arias was thrown out, 6-3.
The Swingers threatened in the fourth with two hits but did not score. Jackson led off with a single but was forced at second by Weaver's fielder's choice, 6-4. Baumhofer beat out an infield squibbler. Brown lined out to left. J. Panek was out short to first.
The Creamers posted two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sasha beat out an infield single, but Lisa Jendrick hit into a 6-3-1 double play. Cooney and Rezendes singled and scored on Trisha Jendrick's flair into right. Perry grounded out, ending the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Stevenson reached on a hit to left. Traci Montieth, in for Jackie Panek, hit into a fielder's choice. Warren and Foxall grounded out.
The Creamers went quietly in the fifth. Randall was thrown out from short. Hughes went down swinging. L. Dowd hit back to the pitcher.
The Swingers took the lead briefly in the sixth. After Warren grounded out, Jackson lined a single to center field. Weaver's ground ball forced Jackson at second. Bonhofer collected her second hit into center field. Brown was walked. With bases loaded, Traci Montieth, in for Jackie Panek, tripled, clearing the bases. Stevenson's fly was chased down by shortstop Jendrick. Swingers 3, Creamers 2.
The Creamers responded with five in the bottom of the sixth. Van deGeer and C. Dowd singled. Cox reached on an error. Arias's bouncer forced Cox but drove in Van deGeer. Sasha grounded out. Jendrick circled the bases after driving the ball into right center. Cooney reached on an error. Rezendes singled, driving in the Creamer's fifth run of the inning. Creamers 7, Swingers 3.
Stephanie Pavao opened the 7th with a single and took second on Warren's ground out. Caroline Derig went down on strikes and, when Tara Warren's line drive was caught by Trish Jendrick at short, the game, the playoffs, and the season were over.
Kara Shemeth won the 11th annual skillet throw at the 147th Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair, Sunday, with a prodigious heave of 58' 6", a new record for the event and a full 14 feet farther than Karena Hammarland's 44' 6" second best toss.
Ninety-two women took their turns at hurling the three-pound, 11-ounce frying pan, called a spider in rural New Hampshire.
Women were divided into five age groups. The largest group in which 39 competed was 46-64 years. Kara was one of 15 in the youngest (18-29) group and Karena was one of 27 in the 30-45 division.
Also surpassing 40' were Ashley Medeiros, 43' 11"; Chick Dowd. 43' 9"; Kris Henricksen, 43' 7"; Wendy Sands, 41' 2"; and Susie Herr, 40' 0".
Best throws in the 65 and older group were by Nancy Cabot and Fran Loftus, both 27' 7".
In the championship round, when first-place finishers in the several age groups contended, Kara prevailed again at 53' 8".
Photos by Susan Safford
Tennis Open at Farm Neck
Last weekend's Tennis Open at Farm Neck, a benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group, was a success from any point of view, including the perfect weather. The opening party Friday was a delight. The junior and adult clinics and Pro-Am Round Robins on Saturday and the completion of tournaments on Sunday were all that could be hoped.
In the mixed doubles final, Joe Lambroza and Vivian Normandeau defeated Adam Bresnick and Laura Schroeder, 6-3, 7-6.
In Women's A doubles, Susan Kimball and Liz Roberts claimed the prize after besting the Ellen Bresnick-Debbie Cooper and the Sally Anderson-Susie Safford pairs.
At Women's B doubles, Tamara Buchwald and Deborah Williams got by Ardell Otten and Lucille Zanghi, 6-0, 4-6. 10-7.
Rodgrigro Fraga and Kent Leonard won a marathon match coming from behind in the preliminary round to beat Joe Lambroza and Jock Cooperrider, 6-7, 6-4, 13-11, then did it again in the finals an hour later versus Paul Adler and Eric Johnson, 3-6, 7-6, 13-11.
In the mixed doubles consolation round, Ken and Pam Monahan beat Edith Blake and Doug Cabral, 6-2.
Lin DeYoung and Doreen Rezendes won at women's B doubles, dropping Gloria Bryant and Lili Cooperrider, 6-0, 6-1.
Doug Cooper and Scott Nicol won their match with John Cunningham and Chris Smith, 6-7, 6-2, 10-5.
And on deck......
Friday to Sunday this weekend, Farm Neck will host the 4th All Island Tennis Championships, benefit of Hospice of Martha's Vineyard Games will be played on the Farm Neck courts and at Vineyard Youth Tennis by the "blinker."
The Rough Division is open to players of all levels for women's singles and doubles, men's singles and doubles, and mixed doubles.
The same categories will be available in the Smooth Division for NTRP 3.5 and lower players.
There will be consolation draws for first match losers.
All players receive an event tee-shirt.
Entry fee is $50 per player for each event. Checks should be payable to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard.