Sports highlights


Quest for Williamsport

The Martha’s Vineyard Little League 12-year-old all-stars continued on their quest to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Monday, at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs, the Vineyard rallied from a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the fourth inning to defeat Middleboro, 6-5.

The Vineyard squad is the only undefeated team in a postseason double-elimination district tournament and will travel to Middleboro on Wednesday, July 11, for the finals.

The Vineyard staged the comeback on seven consecutive hits. Jack Sayre’s third home run in as many games and Taber Caron’s two-out two-run single were the biggest hits.

Although Middleboro scored two runs in the sixth and had runners on second and third and one out, the Vineyard hung on for the win. Sayre pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and one walk.

The Islanders started on the road to Williamsport, with two games last week.

Friday, in East Bridgewater, under a sweltering sun, the Vineyard won, 8-3. Pitcher Aidan Aliberti allowed two hits over five innings as the Vineyard bats banged away. Jack Sayre blasted a home run and drove in three runs. Mitchell Chaves hit an RBI double

Wednesday at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs, the Vineyard doubled up Sandwich, 6-3. Jack Sayre and Liam Weiland combined to hold the visitors to three runs, while seven different Vineyarders collected hits.

Sayre slugged a two-run homer and Curtis Fournier added two hits for M.V.

Sharks blank Dirt Dawgs

Ryan Brockett of St. Mary’s College threw eight innings of no-hit ball to lead the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks to a 3-0 win over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Monday night at Vineyard Baseball Park. Brockett struck out 10 to earn his first win of the season in four starts.

Ryan Morris came on in relief to pitch the ninth inning. The right-hander from Presbyterian University got the save, but Dirt Dawg Ysander Figueroa doubled with two outs to break up the Sharks’ no-hit bid.

Nick Lancisi singled and doubled with an RBI. Apolinar De La Cruz had an RBI double in the sixth and Pat Quinn singled to drive in Nick Sanford in the eighth.

Vineyarder Tad Gold continues to lead the team in batting with a .333 average.

Sunday night’s home game against the North Shore Navigators was suspended due to weather, with the Sharks up 6-3. The contest will be completed either on Friday or Monday.

Saturday, the Sharks hosted the British Olympic team and won, 5-2.

The previous night, against the Brockton Rox, the Sharks honored the undefeated state champion MVRHS boys tennis team in a pre-game ceremony. The Rox won the game 11-7.

The Sharks are currently 7-9 and in seventh place in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League Standings.

M.V. hosts a double-header with the Torrington Titans today at 3 pm.

Summer ice

Girls high school summer hockey will be held every Sunday from July 15 through August 26 at 5 pm. Play is open to all high school girls grades 8-12. Alumni are also welcome.

The cost is $75 for the seven sessions or $12 per session. Applications can be downloaded at, picked up at MV Arena or at the first session. Checks are payable to MV Arena.

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its Thursday Evening series of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a 6 pm race on June 28. It was a warm evening with a fresh southwest wind of 15 knots. Sixteen boats posted for the start at red nun 6 outside the breakwater. Finishing first was Dan Pesch in the Gannon and Benjamin sloop, Sparrow. In second was Alex Pardo in a Sonar. In third was Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong. Fourth was Bow Van riper in Tyche, fifth was Mo Flam in Penelope.

Racing continued with a Sound Race on July 1. Thirteen boats came to the line for the 12 noon start. It was a warm afternoon with a light southwest wind that built to 15 knots as the race developed.

In the A division, finishing first was Mo Flam in the Alerion 28, Penelope. In second was Jerry Goodale in the Pearson 31, Stormalong. In third was Irving Gates in the Sabre 38, King Kiwi. Fourth was Mike Loberg in Masquerade.

In the B division, first was Rebecca Colson in the Nonsuch, Silhouette. In second were John and Lisa Stout in the Gannon and Benjamin sloop, Isabella. Third was Dan Culkin in the Vineyard Vixen, Magic Time. Fourth were Tom and Laurie Welch in Eastaway.The season continues with an evening race at 6 pm on July 5 and two Harbor Races on July 8, at 10 am and 2 pm. New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at or Contact Kathy Logue at 693-7074.

Making waves

The Cape and Islands Under-12 AAU basketball team, the Cape Cod Waves, recently competed at the US Junior National Championships in Hershey, Penn. The Waves bowed out in the quarterfinals and placed eighth out of 42 teams in its division.

Erin Hill of Edgartown was named to the pool’s all-star team. In her pool were two teams from Virginia, and one each from Maryland, Connecticut, and Long Island.