Martha’s Vineyard beats O’ Bryant, one win from softball playoffs

Martha's Vineyard second baseman Megan Buchanan makes the tag on an O' Bryant runner Monday at MVRHS. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard varsity softball team moved one step closer to a third consecutive MIAA state tournament appearance with a 17-2 non-league win over John O’Bryant on Senior Day Monday afternoon in Oak Bluffs.

The Vineyarders improved to 9-7, one win away from clinching a playoff spot.

“Not only are we trying to qualify, but we’re trying to increase our seeding,” coach Donald Herman said. Obviously, the more games you can win, the higher your seed will be. We’re trying to play for a home game in the first round.”

The Purple pounded out 17 hits in Monday’s win. Emily Turney had three doubles and three RBI’s. Shelby Lavin was 3 for 4 with a triple and a double, while Megan Buchanan went 3 for 3 and doubled twice. Kendall Robinson and Mariah Duarte were each 2 for 3.

The Vineyarders had their first chance to clinch a tourney berth Tuesday at Eastern Athletic Conference rival Somerset Berkley but lost 5-1. Miranda Tokarz drove in Shelby Lavin on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth to make it 3-1 but the Raiders scored two in the bottom half to close out the win.

The Vineyarders get a second chance to make the playoffs on Thursday at Falmouth.