Men's and women's summer softball begins
Photo by Ralph Stewart
The summer softball season began Monday at Tisbury's Veterans War Memorial Park as the reigning champion Highlanders took on the Blazers.
Both teams were loaded with power hitters, and since the new post holes for the outfield fence had not yet been dug, there was no limit to home runs hit, nor to how far an outfielder could go chasing a long drive.
The softball behaved like a baseball. More than a dozen drives would easily have cleared the fence had there been one, but only four per team would have been counted.
Usually the fielding at short and third is what impresses fans in the stands, but Monday it was the speed and agility of outfielders turning their backs to homeplate, running full tilt and catching a would-be home run over their shoulders.
Despite the talent shown in the outfield, there was no lack of circuit blasts in the game. For the Blazers, Trevor McCarthy had one, Matt Rivers' blow was a grand slam, and Bill Panek homered twice. Russell Hodson, Casey Elliston and Dan Merry had four baggers for the Highlanders.
The Blazers, up first, posted five runs in the first and added four more in the second. The Highlanders responded with four in the first and seven in the second. The score was tied at 14 late in the game but when the final out was made, the Highlanders were up by five, 20-15,
Game two postponed
The second scheduled game between the S.O.P. (Sons of Pitchers) and the Wildcats was postponed as players and fans quickly dispersed to watch the Bruins vs. Canucks in game six of the Stanley Cup playoffs won by Boston, 5-2. There was a seventh and final playoff game in Vancouver, Wednesday. Go Bruins !
Wednesday games were postponed due to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Thursday, the Hurricanes enter the fray versus the Blazers and the Treds go against the Killers.
Softballers spurn the weather
It was too cold, too windy and too wet for the Titans – Sharks game at the Vineyard Baseball Park, but not for six women's softball teams, all members of the Vineyard Summer League, to show up at Tisbury's Veterans Park Tuesday and launch the women's summer softball season.
The first game pitted the Shady Ladies. last year's champion squad, against the Creamers, the team they had to beat to earn the title.
It was the first game of the season but it was the game of the year.
It took fourteen innings but the Ladies had the last laugh when Crystal Walker drove in Griffin Hughes with the tie breaking run to claim, 4-3. It wasn't only a long game (and a cold, windy, wet game) but a more than impressive display of fielding in the outfield and the infield. Not that the offense was wanting, but the pitchers threw strikes, few walked and the fielders handled bouncers, line drives, and long balls with aplomb.
In the other early game at the Park, the late Fees overcame a four run deficit to pull off a win over the Rug Sox, 8-7.
The late game, made extra late by the marathon Ladies vs. Creamers game, was a win for the Snaps over the Honeys, 12-7.
Tonight the Snaps play the Creamers and the Late Fees go against the Honeys. Both games begin a 6:15 at Veterans Park and the West Tisbury School.