Sports highlights

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Men’s softball

The Treds and the Highlanders were the teams on the rise in the past week. Both teams posted two wins to jump in the standings.

The Treds started the season with five losses but have risen from the depths with a three-game winning streak. The Green and Gold knocked off both league leaders, beating the Wildcats 11-6 on Monday and the Hurricanes, 20-9, on July 5.

The Highlanders blanked the Sons of Pitches, 15-0, Monday night and edged the Brewhas, 11-9, on July 5.

Monday at Veterans Park, the ‘Canes stopped a two game skid by blasting the Blazers, 16-1.

July 5, the ‘Cats doubled up the SOP’s, 14-7.

In Wednesday night’s late games, the ‘Cats and ‘Canes met in a first place showdown, the SOP’s played the Blazers, and the Brewhas took on the Treds.

The standings following Monday’s action: Hurricanes (6-2), Wildcats (6-2), Highlanders (5-3), Brewhas (4-3), Treds (3-5), SOP (2-6), Blazers (1-6).

Run to the Rink

The Martha’s Vineyard Arena will be holding the second annual “Run to the Rink” 5K road race this Saturday, July, at 9am.

Registration is on Friday, July 13, from 3-6pm or on July 14 from 7-8:15am in the Arena lobby. The cost is $20 before July 14 and $25 on the day of registration.

There are divisions for male & females of all ages and walkers are welcome. A reminder to all drivers to watch for the runners. For more information or to volunteer, please email marthasvineyardarena@gmail.com or call 774-521-9870.

Tennis clinic and exhibition at VYT

David Macpherson, the coach of the Bryan brothers, the number one doubles team in the world, will conduct a clinic for Vineyard Youth Tennis tournament level players on July 20, from 4-6 pm.

Sat, July 21, as part of VYT’s 10 year anniversary celebration, Mr. Macpherson will teach an adult clinic from 9:30-11:30am. The event is sold out but from 12-1 pm there will be professional tennis exhibition featuring Macpherson and VYT Head Pro Michael Halisky against college players Max Empley (former Merrimack College player) and Matt Browne (enrolling at Furman College in the fall).

A kids carnival will follow the match. The event is open to all children who have an interest in tennis. Clowns, magicians and face painters will roam the grounds. On the court, tennis games, drills, and prizes will be available for the children. Free hot dogs will be served.

Holmes Hole sailing

The Holmes Hole Sailing Association continued its Thursday Evening series of handicap sailboat racing from Vineyard Haven Harbor with a 6:00 p.m. race on, July 5.

On a warm summer evening with a light northeast wind, seventeen boats posted for the start at red nun 6 outside of the Vineyard Haven breakwater.

Finishing first was a guest Sonar, Spring, skippered by 14 year old Peter Wagner. In second was Stephen Besse in the J 120, Apres. In third was Bridge Pierce in the Colgate 26, Mighty B. Fourth was Bob Jewett in Andiamo II, fifth was Mike Loberg in Masquerade.

The summer racing series continued with two Harbor Races on July 8.

The first race was scheduled for 10am on a warm morning with light and variable winds. Fifteen boats posted for the start. Unfortunately, the wind died right after the start and the race was abandoned after a one and a half hour drift.

Fifteen boats also posted for the 2pm start. This time, the wind cooperated, just barely.

Finishing first in the A division was Bob Jewett in the Soling, Andiamo II. In second was Stephen Besse in the J-120, Apres. In third was Roger Becker in the C&C 24, Gloria. Fourth was Mo Flam in Penelope.

In the B division, first was Bow Van Riper in the Vineyard 15, Tyche. Second was Rebecca Colson in the Nonsuch, Silhouette. Third was Dan Culkin in the Vineyard Vixen, Magic Time. Fourth was David Lott in Avanti.

The season continues with night races at 6pm on July 12 and July 19 and the Chappy Rendezvous on July 22 at 10am. New members are actively encouraged, as are guest boats. Join on the web at HolmesHole.org or Contact Kathy Logue at 693-7074.

Correction

In the July 5 issue of the Times on page 27, the contact phone number for the Vineyard Streetball Classic was incorrectly listed. The correct phone number is (508) 687-0418. Tournament administrator Omar Daniel can also be contacted at omar@vineyardstreetballclassic.com

To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to Vineyard Streetball Classic, P.O. Box 579, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Sharks roundup

At the halfway point in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League season, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are 11-12, and sit in sixth place, eight games out of first.

Tuesday night at Vineyard Baseball Park, the Sharks downed the league leading and defending champion Nashua Silver Knights, 5-2.

University of Rhode Island junior Mike Bradstreet tossed another gem for the Sharks to improve to 4-0 this summer, with a stingy 1.31 ERA. The right-hander threw eight innings, scattered six hits, struck out six, and walked none.

Ryan Morris, of Presbyterian University, came on in the ninth and earned his third save.

Eric Jensen of Wheaton College and Eric Brenk of Wofford both went 2 for 4 and scored a run.

The Sharks play in Pittsfield this evening and travel to Leominster on Friday to take on the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, before returning home for weekend games against the North Shore Navigators and Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide. Both home games are 5pm starts.