Martha’s Vineyard softballers win three, stay in playoff hunt

Hailee McCarthy sent the ball deep for her first of two home runs against Randolph. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School softball team won three straight and now finds themselves in position to earn a berth in the MIAA tournament. M.V. needs to win two of their next five games to qualify, although they will face some challenging opponents, including Coyle Cassidy and Bourne.

Following a 13-0 blowout loss to Somerville last Thursday, the Islanders bounced back Saturday and won both ends of a double-header against Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School.

The Vineyarders won the first game, 12-0, behind starter Haliee McCarthy and won the second, 14-2, behind starter Emily Cimeno. The Vineyarders followed up winning the double-header with a 17-0 thumping of Randolph on Monday.

McCarthy started the Monday game and went the distance, striking out nine. She was also strong at the plate, going 3 for 3 with two inside-the-park home runs and a triple. “You can’t ask for much more than that — she had a fantastic game,” Coach Donald Herman said.

Miranda Tokarz also went 3-for-4 in the win.

Coach Herman said he liked what he was seeing from his team. “We’ve made some improvements and I think we have put ourselves in a position to make it to the state tournament, but there are still some things we need to work on,” he said. “Overall, I think this team has made some progress over the course of the season.”

Also this week junior center fielder Kendall Robinson was named to the EAC All-Star Team.