Plymouth bests Martha’s Vineyard All Stars in district final

Jack Sayre pitches against Plymouth while shortstop Mitchell Chaves looks on.
Photo courtesy of David Smith

Jack Sayre pitches against Plymouth while shortstop Mitchell Chaves looks on.

The Martha’s Vineyard Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars took on Plymouth Saturday in Wareham for the district 7 championship, hoping to avenge an earlier round loss that threw the Islanders into the losers bracket.

Unfortunately, Plymouth was too strong and won, 7-0. On the plus side, the locals were the first team to keep Plymouth from winning via the slaughter rule. The Vineyard trailed by only 2-0 through four innings and 3-0 after five. Jack Sayre pitched well, allowing two runs on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Plymouth held the Vineyard offense to a pair of hits: Jack Sayre doubled, and Theo Gallagher singled.

The 13′s reached the finals by defeating Sandwich 6-5 on Friday. John Morris chipped in with an RBI groundout and scored the go-ahead run on a Graham Lewis grounder, followed by a Sandwich throwing error. Starting pitcher Elias Fhagen-Smith kept the Vineyard in the game with a solid four and a third innings. Jack Sayre shut the door with two and two thirds innings of scoreless relief. Mitchell Chaves had a double, two singles, and two RBI. Jack Sayre and Sam Bresnick each had two hits, while Elias Fhagen-Smith and Theo Gallagher had one.

M.V. plays in the Mansfield Tournament July 13-14, competing against the hosts, Walpole, Sandwich, Wrentham, Attleboro, and Sakonett, R.I.