Little league season gets underway

Bryce Nightlinger throws the first pitch of the 2013 season to Isaac Richards. Scotty Lively is the catcher. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Little League Majors season got underway Monday at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs with a rematch of last year’s title game between the Cubs and the Pirates.

The Cubs came into the opening day game as the defending champs, but the Bucs left Veira Park with a 12-1 win under their belts.

Jack Sierputoski was a virtual one-man wrecking crew for the Pirates. The Bucs ace pitched a four-hitter, had three of his team’s six hits, and scored three runs. Riley Amaral also keyed the Pirate offense with two extra-base hits.

For the Cubbies, catcher Scotty Lively hit a triple to score Summer Cardoza, while Keaton Aliberti and Max Potter got hits in their first Major League at bats.

The most telling statistic of the day may well have been walks. Jack Sierputoski gave up only one while the young Cubs pitching staff, rookies all, gave out 10.

The teams meet again on Saturday at noon to start off the “official” opening day of play for all leagues.

Little League parade

The 4th annual Martha’s Vineyard Little League Parade gets underway Saturday at 10:30 am in front of the Oak Bluffs police station. Players and coaches from all 22 teams, T-Ball, Farm League, Minors and Majors, will march down Circuit Avenue and proceed to Veira Park.

Opening ceremonies will commence at 11 am, followed by the Cubs/Pirates game at noon. Veira Park will host a full slate of Major League games throughout the day. Every one of the 22 teams will be in action at venues across the Island.