The Martha’s Vineyard varsity baseball and softball teams each won three out of four games to stay in playoff contention during a busy week on the school diamonds.
Heading into the final three weeks of the regular season, each team has an identical 6-6 record overall and is 0-4 in the tough Eastern Athletic Conference. The teams need to win three more games to get into the state tournament.
The Vineyarders reeled off three consecutive non-league wins after an 8-1 loss Friday to EAC rival Somerset Berkley. The Purple conceded four runs in the first inning to the powerful Lady Raiders but shook off the post spring vacation rust to play well the rest of the way.
Coach Donald Herman’s team then ran roughshod through the next two teams. The Vineyarders swept a home doubleheader from South Shore Christian Academy of Weymouth on Saturday by counts of 13-1 and 16-4.
Hailee McCarthy was the winning pitcher in both games and batted a combined 5 for 8 with three RBIs. Kendall Robinson (3 for 4), Emily Turney (2 for 3), and Miranda Tokarz (2 for 2 with a triple) also excelled in the first game. Emily Cimeno (3 for 4, 2 RBIs), Mariah Duarte (2 for 3, 2 RBIs), and Robinson (3 for 4) keyed the Vineyard offense in game two.
The Vineyarders kept the momentum rolling with a 23-1 mercy shortened win Tuesday over visiting Madison Park of Boston. Emily Cimeno pitched a one hitter, striking out six and walking two in earning her first win.
Mariah Duarte was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs; Kendall Robinson was 3 for 4 and Micheli Lynn had a double and a triple.
The Vineyarders play Friday at home in an EAC game against Coyle Cassidy.
The Vineyarders survived the grind of playing four games in three days by winning three of four, but the success came at a cost. Starting shortstop Jack Roberts dislocated his shoulder in a 9-4 win at Nantucket on Sunday and joined teammates Emerson Mahoney and Mike Mussell on the injured list.
Coach Gary Simmons had to stretch his pitching staff to the limit.
Monday, during a 16-0 loss to EAC power Bishop Feehan, the Vineyard coach ran out of fresh arms and sent a cart to retrieve freshman pitcher Nate D’ Angelo from the jayvee game already in progress in order to relieve varsity starter Oscar Hansen. David Macias then left the varsity game to take D’ Angelo’s place in the jayvee game.
“Our kids are fighters, they played right to the last out,” coach Simmons said. “I still had kids trying to scratch out hits and score runs. They stayed aggressive even when it was 16-0.”
The previous day at Nantucket, Tim Roberts threw the Vineyarders’ first complete game of the season, allowing three earned runs, striking out seven, and walking three to sink the Whalers.
The Vineyarders took charge early with three runs in the first and three more in the third. Andrew Wiley led M.V. by going 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Tim Roberts added a double and an RBI.
Saturday at MVRHS, the Vineyarders twice rallied from six runs down to sweep a twinbill from South Shore Christian Academy, 15-8 and 15-9.
Brendan Meseda was key in both games, batting 3 for 5 in each, while racking up five RBIs, a triple, seven runs scored, and six steals. Oscar Hansen was 3 for 5 in game one with a double, four RBIs, three runs, and two steals. Jack Roberts added a double and three steals.
Tucker McNeely helped the Vineyard comeback with 5 and 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
In game two, Jack Roberts was 3 for 4 with a triple, three RBIs and three steals. Andrew Wiley doubled with three RBIs and a steal. The Vineyard defense turned a triple play in the fourth inning.
The Vineyarders play again Friday in Taunton at league rival Coyle Cassidy.