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

Hailee McCarthy sent the ball deep for her first of two home runs against Randolph.

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.