Sports Highlights


Men’s softball update

There were four games in the MV Men’s Softball League, Monday evening.

The first game, at Manter’s Memorial Field, was a 26-10 Mercy Rule pummeling of the previously undefeated Hurricanes by the twice-beaten Brewhas.

The Brewhas used up their full quota of home runs sending five drives over the fence by Carl Kallinch (2), Kevin Hatt (2) and John Van Putten.

The Brewhas jumped off to an 11-3 lead in the first and grew that to 17-4 in the third. The ‘Canes outscored their opponents in the fourth, 6-3, but that was it. When the Brewhas added six in the fifth, then held the Canes scoreless, the game was called.

The Hurricanes’ loss means that every team in the league has tasted defeat. The Brewhas are 5-2.

At Tisbury’s Veterans War Memorial Park the Highlanders got by the Land Sharks, 8-4 in the first game of a triple-header. The Highlanders improved to 5-2 on the season. The Land Sharks fell to 1-5

The second game was a 21-4 humbling of the Treds by the Stampede. Three of the Treds four runs were driven in by Richie Roy’s bases-loaded triple in the second inning making the score 4-3. But it was all downhill for the Treds (1-5) after that. The Stampede scored eight runs in the sixth.

The nightcap contest featured a 12-run sixth by the Wildcats, capped by a bases-loaded home run by Sullivan, enough to activate the game-ending mercy rule, dropping the Catboat Killers to 1-5 on the year as the Wildcats improved to 4-3.

Busy Niantic

Oak Bluffs’ Niantic Park has a brand new look and is a beehive of sports activities.

The basketball court seems never to be deserted. Besides the make-up games and players practicing three pointers, there are organized teams competing for bragging rights in several leagues. The Men’s Summer League has eight teams. The Boys NCAA League has six teams. There is a girls’ league of three teams.

Mike Joyce, basketball coach at MVRHS is the Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis of the basketball program.

Niantic’s tennis courts have been renewed and resurfaced and appear downright inviting to this non-tennis player. Much of the work was done by people donating time and/or material. Goodales installed the concrete walks. Hinckley’s contributed signage including a community message board, for instance.

The US Tennis Association came through with a grant of $6,000. New divider nets are hung.

Graham Karlan from Darien, Conn. is the Niantic tennis pro. A student at Rhodes College in Memphis, Graham is prepared to conduct clinics ($15 per hour) and give lessons (starting at $60). $75 buys membership, $50 for residents of Oak Bluffs.

Niantic has a USTA Women’s League team eager to play other teams.

Karon Wojtkielo is director of tennis and is the person most likely to have the answers to whatever questions there may be. Reach her at

Fees make Sox pay

Tuesday, at Veterans Memorial Park, Tisbury, the Shady Ladies won by forfeit when the Phoenix were unable to field a complete team.

Also Tuesday the Late Fees came from behind in the final innings to overtake the Rug Sox and post their second win of the season.

After six innings the Sox led 8-5. After seven innings (a full game) the score was tied, 11-11. The Sox loaded the bases in the top of the eighth but could not push a run across the plate. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth Carol Bailey drove in the winning run.


At the Bridge Club of Martha’s Vineyard tables — seven, count ’em seven — Carol Whitmarsh and Deidre Ling had the high score at North–South, followed by (2) Linda and Donald Shapiro and (3) Jim Kaplan and Ann Brown.

Sitting East—West, top scores were by Susan Goodridge and Betty Dixon. Claudia Bowser and Frances Finney were second, Tillie Foster and Emily Robertson third.

The club meets every Saturday morning at the Tisbury Council on Aging.

All Stars

In the Boston Globe’s list of All Star girls lacrosse players in the Maritime Conference are: Kate Cecilo, Molly Fischer, Madison Hughes, and Haley Pierce.

Today, July 8, the Falmouth Commodores are home to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League in a game played on the high school diamond at 1:00 pm.

This is the third year that two CCBL teams have played for the John and Dorothy Connors Memorial Cup.


Today, at 1:00 pm, the Falmouth Commodores are home to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks at the MVRHS baseball field. Both teams are members of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Correcting the list

Last week’s published roster of the Under-15 MV travel soccer team that came so close to winning it all at the Mass. Tournament of Champions, but finished second in the state, failed to include Kyle Joba-Woodruff, Vitor Mouzinho (who scored a goal), Justin Smith, Arthur Castro and Rafael Ortiz.

Holmes Holers

The A Division winner of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association 11.5-mile race last Sunday was Bob Jewett in the Soling Andiamo II in the elapsed time of 2:28, corrected to 2:24:55.

Second was Phil Hale in his Soling, Wicked, followed by (3) Michael Loberg in Masquerade, (4) Kathy Logue in Rocinante III, (5) Andy Berry in Isobar. (6) Stephen Besse in Apres, (7) Geoff Gibson in Latonka, (8) Ed Cerullo in Undine, (9) Jerry Goodale in Stormalong, and (10) Irving Gates in King Kiwi.

The B Division winner was Alan Wilson in High Tide followed by Tom and Laurie Welch in Eastaway and (3) Rebecca Colson in Silhouette.

Fourteen boats posted for Thursday’s race won by Dan Pesch in Sparrow. Bo Van Riper was second in Tyche. Then came (3) Kathy Logue in Rocinante III, (4) Bob Jewett in Andiamo II, (5) Roger Becker in Gloria, (6) Dan Culkin in Magic Time, (7) Jerry Goodale in Stormalong, (8) Phil Hale in Wicked, (9) Mike Loberg in Masquerade, (10) Mathew Thomas in Grasshopper, (11) Mo Flam in Lumia, (12) Mary Warrall in Second Wind, (13) Stephen Besse in Apres and (14) David Lott in Avanti.

Summer racing continues tonight at 6:00 pm and there will be two harbor races on Sunday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

New members and guest boats are welcome and encouraged. Call Diana Hartmann, 508-693-4592 if interested.