Martha’s Vineyard misses out on baseball playoffs

Vineyard starter Oscar Hansen fires one to the plate against Bourne Monday at MVRHS. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Coming into the final week of the regular season, Martha’s Vineyard had a 7-9 record and had to win the final two games to make the MIAA state baseball tournament for a second consecutive season. They did not. Worse yet, the Vineyard’s island rivals, the Nantucket Whalers, knocked the Purple and White out of post-season contention with a 7-3 win Sunday at Vineyard Baseball Park.

Nantucket pitcher Will Ferreira struck out 12 Vineyarders and doubled in a four-run fifth inning as the Whalers built a 7-1 lead. Jack Slayton hit a two-run double in the sixth for M.V.

The Vineyarders closed out the season at home Monday with a 4-3 loss to Bourne. The hosts got in a 4-0 hole after three innings and couldn’t complete the comeback. Oscar Hansen pitched a complete game for the Vineyarders, scattering five hits and striking out five. He also had an RBI single.