Softball playoffs in full swing
Photo by Ralph Stewart
The men's and women's softball playoffs have both reached their respective homestretches. The men began best-of-three semi-final series last night in Vineyard Haven, with the top-seeded Canes playing the Wildcats and the Brewhas taking on the defending champion Highlanders.
Monday, at Veterans Park, Tisbury, the women's league final was set. The Honeys, sponsored by the Wharf Restaurant, were creamed, quite literally, by the Mocha Mott Creamers, 6-0.
The Creamers' win moves them into the final championship showdown round with the Long & Meehan Snaps, scheduled for Tuesday night at Veterans Park. The Snaps, unbeaten in the double-elimination playoffs, need to win once. The Creamers, once defeated, will have to beat the Snaps twice to win the title, something they did during the regular season — once by forfeit, the other, an 8-7 win.
The first game gets underway at 6:15pm. If the Creamers win, the second game will start immediately afterwards.
The Honey's, with the best win-loss record in the Women's Softball League's summer season, were not so much beaten by the Creamers as they stumbled over their own errors, all the more surprising as the Honeys are one of the better defensive teams in the league.
In each of the Creamers three run-producing innings, the Honeys committed multiple miscues.
Two errors in the first inning gave the Creamers a 2-0 lead. Two more errors in the fourth opened the door for three more Creamer runs. One more run in the top of the seventh was preceded by yet two more Honey mistakes.
Not that the Creamers play was without fault, but their errors did not lead to any Honey runs.
Creamers halt Rug Sox
The Creamers reached Tuesday's game with the Honeys, by ending the Rug Sox win streak at one with a 9-4 victory at the West Tisbury school field, Thursday.
Busy night at Veterans Park
Last Thursday, the men and women shared the playoff stage at War Veterans Memorial Park, Tisbury. The Women played on field B, affectionately known as the "Swamp," while the men played under the lights on their regularly scheduled Field A.
The first game pitted the two women's teams that had achieved the best win/loss records during the season past beginning in June. The Honeys were number one. The Snaps were right behind in second place. Both had earned a bye in the opening round of post season play.
The Snaps posted the first run in the top of the second inning. The Honeys answered and then some with five runs in the bottom of the third. Neither scored in the fourth and both crossed the plate once in the fifth. The sixth inning was scoreless and things looked rather bleak for the Snaps with only one inning left to deal with a two-run deficit.
But they didn't attain their exalted rank by giving up or giving in. Instead, they opened the seventh with two base hits and pushed the tying runs across the plate with some daring base-running following yet another base hit.
The Honeys went in order in the bottom of the seventh and the game went to exra innings.
In the top of the ninth inning the Snaps collected four hits and scored the winning runs to claim, 6-4.
Wildcats vs. SOP
The 7:30 game was the decider in the men's three game series between the Sons of Pitches and the Wildcats who had split the opening pair.
SOP scored first, denting the plate three times in the second and twice more in the third to go up, 5-0.
In the bottom of the third the Wildcats circled the bases four times to draw within one. They then continued their assault with three runs in the fourth, and another in the fifth.
But the Sons of Pitches were not folding any tents. They scored a run in the fifth and two more in the eighth, tying the score.
SOP went in order in the top of the seventh inning. The first two 'Cats drew bases on balls but the Pitches turned a neat 1-5-4 double play, dousing a promising flame.
In the top of the ninth, the SOP led off with a double. Then with one out, a screamer to short center was snagged by Chuck Sullivan, who fired a strike to catcher Nelson Dickson, who applied the tag for the 6-2 double play.
The Wildcats opened their half of the inning with a single, abetted by an SOP error. Two ground outs were followed by a game winning single. Wildcats 9, Sons of Pitches 8.
The annual Richie Madeiras Memorial Softball Tournament, produced by Ray Tattersall, will be held at the Tisbury War Veterans Memorial Park, Saturday and Sunday, August 27, 28.
Participating teams include the Canes, Wildcats-SOP, Blazers and teams from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Falmouth, Bridgewater and Hyannis.
The tournament benefits the non-profit, You've Got A Friend.