Martha’s Vineyard wins baseball home opener, 13-2

Vineyard freshman Tim Roberts throws the first pitch in the home opener. He was the winning pitcher. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The warm sun emerged from behind dreary clouds, the dirt was carefully sculpted on the pitcher’s mound, and the grass, well, the grass was almost getting ready to think about maybe turning green.

To a sports fan, green grass is not a necessary harbinger of spring. Baseball is.

So when the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School baseball team ran on to Walter C. Smith field Friday for the home opener, all seemed right.

It got even better, as the Vineyard nine got off to good start against New Testament Christian School of Norton.

Though the Vineyarders gave up a run in the top of the first to the visiting Knights, they scored three in the bottom of the inning, and never looked back.

Sophomore Tim Roberts, the starting pitcher, hit a single to knock in Jack Slayton, and Mike Mussell hit a two-run double to make it 3-1 heading into the second inning.

The Vineyarders added three more in the third inning, three more in the fourth inning, a run in the fifth, and three more in the sixth on their way to a 13-2 rout.

“We’re just trying to get to a point where we play clean games,” head coach Gary Simmons said after the game. “I think they did that today, they played well.”

Tim Roberts struck out eight and allowed just one earned run in three innings of work to earn the win.

Jack Roberts led the offense with two singles, a double, and an RBI in four at-bats.

The Vineyarders are 2 and 0 to begin the season, after beating Bourne 9-7 earlier this week.They play next at Bishop Stang in North Dartmouth, Tuesday, April 9.