Sports highlights


Vineyard athletes in Special Olympics Friday

More than 20 Vineyard athletes, eight from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, nine from the Bridge Program at the Edgartown School, and grammar school students with special needs from other Island schools, will be competing Friday at the annual South Section Cape Cod School Day Games, held this year at Dennis-Yarmouth High School in South Yarmouth.

Held for the past five years at Mashpee High School, the event is the largest Special Olympics competition in the region.

The Vineyard contingent will board the 7 am ferry out of Vineyard Haven, arriving at D-Y for the opening ceremonies at 9:15. The Vineyarders are scheduled back on the 1:15 pm boat from Woods Hole.

Youth soccer

In South Coast Soccer League play last weekend, host Mashpee handed the MV United Under-18 boys their first loss of the season, 2-0. The teams both have five wins and a draw, but Mashpee owns the tiebreaker and first place at present with a plus 21 goal difference to the Vineyard’s plus 11.

The United U-11 boys Division 1 Purple team knocked first place Norton from the ranks of the unbeaten, 2-1. Morgan Estrella set up Ben Taylor for the first Vineyard goal. Moushe Oliveira scored the match-winner by finishing off some quality passing from Morgan Estrella and Joshua Dix.

The United U-11 boys Division 2 Black team defeated visiting Seekonk 3-1 Sunday at Veterans Park Joshua Sampaio, Ramon Dos Santos, and Ty Mathew put the ball in the onion bag for the Vineyard.

The Vineyard U-13 boys won at Fall River, 3-2, and the U-15 girls bested Barnstable at Veterans Park, 3-2.

The MV United Mass. Premier League (MAPLE) U-14 boys lost the season finale to visiting Crusaders of Plymouth, 2-0.

Little League

The Red Sox and Tigers continue to show the way three weeks into the Major League season. The teams split a rain-postponed twin bill on May 16. The Sox took the opener, 8-1, and the Tigers clawed back to claim the followup, 3-2.

Monday’s result:

Tigers 5, Cubs 3

Michael Habekost was the winning pitcher and Hunter Cleary had three hits, two for extra bases, as the Tigers beat the Cubs. Bryce Nightlinger pitched well in five innings of work for the Cubs, while Summer Cardoza reached base three time and scored twice.

Saturday’s results:

Tigers 10, Cardinals 0

Tigers starter Matt Morris earned the complete game four-inning shutout. Michael Habekost had three hits and four RBIs. Baylee Francis was rock solid in the Tiger outfield. Jackie Pizzano singled for the Redbirds.

A’s 9-13, Pirates 8-4

The Athletics picked up their first wins of the season with a sweep of the Bucs in a Saturday doubleheader at Veira Park.

In game one, Hoffie Hearn hit a walk-off single to right as the A’s rallied to win, 9-8. Owen Porterfield and Ben Peters started off the bottom of the sixth with two singles. Porterfield was 4 for 4 in the game with a single, double, and triple. Cam Moore also had a double for the A’s. Colby Balboni pitched a complete game to earn his first major league win. Harold Lawry doubled for the Bucs.

The A’s dominated game two from the outset, posting six runs in the first inning, en route to a 13-4 win. Mikey Cosgrave hit a three-run triple in the top of the second to make it 9-0. He also assisted on a double play with Avery Villegas in the fourth.

Owen Porterfield was 3 for 3 for the A’s and Chris Peters pitched five and half solid innings to get his first Major League win. Owen Bresnick and Riley Amaral had key hits in a three-run second for the Pirates.

Red Sox 11, Cubs 1

The first-place Sox had too much for the Cubbies. The brothers Regan quieted the Cubs bats. Jared struck out six and gave up two hits in three innings of work. Jeremy took over in the fourth and pitched no-hit ball with six K’s. Willson Slayton had a three RBI double for the Sox. Scotty Lively had an RBI double for the Cubs and third baseman Summer Cardoza made two stellar put-outs to first.

Babe Ruth baseball

In Varsity Division play, the Astros split a doubleheader with Barnstable Sunday at Vineyard Baseball Park. The ‘Stros took game one, 12-10. Aksel Cooperrider pitched five innings, giving up four runs to get the win. Emerson Mahoney had a double, a triple, and four RBI. Jack Slayton was the catalyst, hustling out two infield singles in two-out rallies.

Barnstable won the second game, 17-6. Jeffrey Cimeno and Jonas Lukowitz each went 2 for 3. The Astros are 3-3 on the young season.

The Angels and White Sox both played in Babe Ruth Division games.

The Halos (8-0) traveled to the Cape and swept a double-header, beating Dennis-Yarmouth, 13-2, and Lower Cape, 12-2. In game one, Mercer Kelly hurled a gem, throwing five strong shutout innings to earn the win. Wilson Redfield had a great game with his glove and his bat. Aiden Aliberti was the winner in game two and hit 7 for 8 over both games. Elijah Wade had two hits, including a deep ground-rule double in the win over Lower Cape.

The White Sox beat Mashpee, 19-13, in the first game of a Sunday double-header but lost to Barnstable Navy 4-2 in the second contest. The Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opener and rode the pitching of Colby Scarsella to get the win. Lucas Debettencourt reached base five times, scoring four runs, with three RBIs. Ben Tillman was 3 for 3, with two runs scored, while Nick Bishoff got on base four times and scored twice.

In the loss to Barnstable, Cody Chalifoux overcame a tough first inning and pitched a complete game. He also added two hits.

Holmes Hole sailing season begins

Mo Flam, First Officer of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association, announced that the summer sailing schedule will begin with a pre-season harbor race Sunday, May 26, at 1 pm in Vineyard Haven.

The race marks the first time in the association’s history that racing has started in May. The spring schedule joins the newly added Fall Racing Series to make 2013 the longest continuously run stretch of competitive sailing available on Martha’s Vineyard (May to October).

The regular sailing season has been divided into June/July and August/September sessions, enabling boats on the Island for part of the season to compete for prizes.