Sports highlights


Little League playoffs

The major and minor leagues began the playoffs, counting down to Saturday’s finals at Veira Park.

Tuesday, the Reds upset the top ranked Rays in the minor league semifinals at Nunes Field in Edgartown. The Reds built an early 6-1 lead and held on to win 8-7, with the tying run on third for the Rays. The Reds will play the winner of Wednesday night’s Marlins-Orioles game in the championship game, Saturday at 2pm.

Jack O’Brien drove in what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the fifth and Aiden Smith closed out the Rays with 3 strikeouts. The Rays Andrew Marchand held the Reds’ bats in check in the later innings.

In the majors, the Cubs (14-3) and the Pirates (13-4) earned first round byes. The Cubbies played the fourth seeded Tigers Wednesday evening in the first semifinal. The Tigers defeated the fifth seeded Red Sox, 8-6, on Monday.

The third seeded Athletics downed the sixth seeded Cards, 14-3, on Tuesday and will meet the Bucs today at 5pm in the other semifinal.

The major league championship game is set for Saturday at 11am. An awards ceremony for all leagues will follow the game.

MVLL to host World Series games

Martha’s Vineyard Little League will host a district 7 play-off game on June 26, between the Vineyard 11 year-old travel team and Old Rochester at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs.

On Wednesday June 27, the 12 year-olds begin their pursuit of a berth in the Little League World Series, against the winner of Barnstable/Bridgewater, also at Veira Park. Both games begin at 5pm.

Junior league baseball

With one game remaining in the regular season, which concludes on Sunday, the Astros (14-2-1) locked up second place in the 10-team Babe Ruth division of the Gateway Babe Ruth League and still have a shot at the top spot, heading into the playoffs. The ‘Stros have won six straight, including three games last weekend.

Saturday, Jacob Cardoza, Aksel Cooperrider, and Jeffrey Cimeno combined to no hit the Bourne Rockies, 3-0. Jeffrey also had the games biggest hit, a two RBI single in the 2nd.Sunday, the ‘Stros traveled to Marion and swept a doubleheader.

Game one was a 15-0 whitewash over the Bulldogs. Jonas Lukowitz went 3 for 3 with a walk, four runs scored and three RBI’s. Jeffrey Cimeno and Chris Mayhew combined to pitch the shutout.In the second game against the third place Indians, the Astros jumped out to an early lead and beat the Tribe, 8-2.

Astros starter Aksel Cooperrider went four innings allowing one run. Closer Jacob Cardoza pitched three and conceeded one more.

The pitchers also wielded the biggest bats. Cardoza was 3 for 3 with a walk, four runs and two doubles. Aksel was 3 for 3, with three runs, two RBI’s, and a walk. Tristan Araujo added two hits and two RBI’s.

VYT to host pre-season events

Vineyard Youth Tennis will hold a 12 & under tournament for boys and girls today from 10am-12pm. Also today, VYT will host a 10 & under tournament from 1-3pm.

The 14 & under tournament is tomorrow from 10am-12pm.

Spaces are still available for this weekend’s Parent-Child Tennis Tournament.

Divisions are Mother-Child 12 & 14 and under, as well as Father-Child 12 & 14 and under divisions.

Cost is $30.00 per team and includes a t-shirt. Registration is also ongoing for the popular Vineyard Youth Tennis Summer Program. Call 508 693-7762 for more information.

VFA soccer sign-up

Registration is open for the 21st annual Vineyard Football Association Summer Soccer League. Registration information is at or at Sports Haven located at 5 Beach Street in Vineyard Haven (508) 696-0456. Deadline is Thursday June 21 at 5:00 PM.

Soccer feat

MVRHS graduate Alex Poole was named Player of the Year for 2012 for the Elmira College men’s soccer team at the college’s annual athletic awards banquet on May 22.

Alex, a member of the class of 2013 at Elmira, was team captain for the 2011/2012 season, where the team compiled a 13-3-1 record and lost, 2-1, in the Empire 8 Conference final to Steven’s Tech, for a berth at the NCAA national tournament.

Mr. Poole was also named Elmira College’s Empire 8 Sportsmanship award winner for 2012. Alex is an Elementary Education and English major at Elmira.

Two MVRHS players named to Crusaders

Jack Roberts and Martin Aranzabe, two rising senior players for the MVRHS soccer team have been named to the Mass. Premier Soccer (MPS) U-18 Premier Crusaders Team.

The MPS Premier Team Program is designed for serious and talented soccer players, focusing on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological development of individual players toward achieving excellence in the game.

MPS strive to produce players who can compete at the highest level of College Soccer, the Major League Soccer (MLS), the USA national team, and ultimately the highest level of soccer competition throughout the world.

Holmes Hole Sailing tune-up

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association began its summer season of handicap racing with a tuneup race on Sunday, June 18.

It was a sunny and cool early summer day at the 12 pm start, with a brisk, east northeast wind of 15 knots. Nine boats started at red nun 6 outside the Vineyard Haven Harbor breakwater.

The east-west cross current is always a major strategic factor for the skippers on this 11.5 mile course. Sunday, the current set west during the entire race.

Kathy Logue and Ernie Mendenhall finished first in the Tartan 34, Rocinante III. Second was Mo Flam in the Alerion 28, Penelope. Third was Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong. Fourth was Brian Roberts in Aileen, fifth was Phil Hale in Wicked, sixth was Andy Berry in Isobar, seventh was Dan Culkin in Magic Time, eighth was Roger Becker in Gloria, and ninth was Peter Goodale in Stormalong II.The summer series continues June 21 at 6 pm, and then with two harbor races on June 24, at 10 am and 2 pm. New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at

10th Vineyard Streetball Classic

The 10th annual 3 on 3 Vineyard Streetball Classic will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at Niantic Park in Oak Bluffs.

The Classic tips-off at 10:00am. Team registration will begin at 8Am. Same day sign up is at the registration tent next to the Niantic Park basketball courts.

The goal of the event is to sponsor 10 youth for a week at the Boys & Girls Club summer camp this year.

During the tournament, Irie Bites MV food truck will be serving Jerk chicken, salads, wraps, fried plantains, patties, and more. They will donate 5% of food sales to help support the tournament’s mission for the Boys & Girls Club. There will also be live music and dance performances from TAJ.

For more information or to register or donate online, please visit

Ultimate frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee- pick up games are Mondays and Wednesdays, starting at 5:45 at the TisburyDPW field behind the park and ride. Directions: From the water tower, bear left around tower, field is on the right.