Updated 5 pm, Monday
The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School softball team lost to the Bishop Feehan Shamrocks Thursday afternoon in Oak Bluffs.
The Vineyarders came into the contest with eight wins, one short of the nine necessary to clinch.
After three innings Thursday afternoon, the Vineyarders led 4-3, nearly halfway to a stunning upset. Then, lightning struck, literally. With bolts flickering in the sky, the game was delayed for 45 minutes. When play resumed, the Shamrocks stole the Vineyard’s thunder with 11 runs in the top of the fourth inning and won going away, 20-8.
Hailee McCarthy, the Vineyard pitcher, belted a two-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the fourth and Kendall Robinson was 3 for 4 on the day.
The Vineyard record stands at 8-7; 8-0 in non-league contests and 0-7 in the merciless EAC, one of the toughest leagues in the state.
The girls have a shot at clinching a post-season berth at Somerset Berkley this week.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified stated that a win would propel the girls to the state tournament. The team needs 10 wins, not 9 as reported, to clinch a playoff berth.