Sports highlights


Women’s softball

The defending champion Honeys, perennial powers the Snaps, and the expansion Mama’s Girls are all 7-2, tied at the top of the standings following Tuesday’s action at Veterans Park. Funny thing is, the Honeys have beaten the Girls twice, the Snaps have beaten the Honeys twice, and Mama’s girls are 2 for 2 over the Snaps.

Tuesday night, the Honeys beat the Mama’s Girls 6-4. The Honeys rode a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning before the Girls posted three runs. The champs scored twice in the bottom half of the fifth and held on for the win.

The Snaps, meanwhile, rallied to beat the Creamers, 8-6. Team Green closed out the win with a 5-3 double play between Ryann Gold and Kaylea Moore. Teri Arias tripled for the Creamers (3-5).

In the final contest of the evening, the Rug Sox (3-6) outslugged the Shady Ladies 27-17. Miranda Tokarz went 4 for 5 and belted a home run for the Sox.

Men’s softball

The Monday night tripleheader at Veterans Park was marked by a series of routs. The night began with the Brewhas beating the Treds 25-10 in six innings. John Van Putten, Mike Valenti, Derek Chrebet, Gary Kovack, and Olsen Houghton all homered for the Brewhas. In the second game of the night, the Wildcats clawed league newcomers Gustav, 32-17. In the nightcap, Kyle Crossland and Ryan Kurth homered as the Highlanders rolled over the Sons of Pitches 28-4.

VFA soccer

Sandbar and Grille downed Sports Haven, 4-1, to open a Tuesday night twinbill at Veterans Park. Erly Pinheiro (2), Johnnatans Coste, and Wesley DeOliveira scored for the winners. Jerome Lloyd had the Sports Haven goal.

Top of the table Coop de Ville blanked Island Copper 4-0 in the second match. Adeildo Bargline notched the hat trick for the Coop, while Paulo Miranda scored once.

VFA standings (W-L-T): 1. Coop de Ville 7-0-1, 22 points; 2. Sand Bar and Grill 6-2-0, 18; 3. Island Star 4-1-2, 14; 4. Sports Haven 1-5-2, 5; 5. Island Copper 1-5-1, 4; 6. Atlantic Football Club 0-6-0, 0.

MVSHL hockey

In Martha’s Vineyard Summer Hockey League play July 18, Team Black improved to 2-0 with a 5-2 win over the Blues. In the nightcap, the Reds got in the win column with a 9-2 romp over Team Gold.

Red teamer Tyson Araujo leads the league with 12 points on eight goals and four assists, followed by Alexander Vukota of the Blacks, who has four goals and three assists for seven points. With MVSHL goalies rotating among the Black, Red, Blue, and Gold teams, Cathal Robinson is the league’s stingiest netminder with a 2.66 goals against average through three games.

Lizzie raises a racquet in Yarmouth

Lizzie Williamson of Edgartown won the girls 14 & under tournament at the Mid Cape Racquet Club in Yarmouth last weekend. She won all four sets by scores of 6-0, 7-5, 6-0, 6-0. Lizzie trains at Vineyard Youth Tennis where she is a member of the Tournament Team.

Tennis Camp Bound

Zak Danz, Kelly Klaren, and Kiric Hallahan will be attending the Nike Tennis Camp in Amherst his week. All three children play on the Vineyard Youth Tennis Tournament Team. Kelly is attending camp courtesy of VYT as the recipient of the Pros Award. Determination, attendance, love for the game and good sportsmanship are part of the criteria necessary to win the award.

Holmes Hole sailing

Holmes Hole racers made a significant run at the team title during last weekend’s Around the Island Race hosted by the Edgartown Yacht Club. Sixty-two boats came to the line in eight divisions in windy SW conditions that produced gusts up to 30 mph and stubborn waves that pounded the smaller boats.

The Holmes Holers posted two seconds and one first place finish, but the New Bedford Yacht Club team edged out the locals with two firsts and a second. Andy Berry placed second in the Class 7 PHRF N/S C division.

Frank Sutula gave the HHSA hopes of a team win by capturing first place on his Hanse 355 Soma Holiday in 5:57:08, the fastest corrected time by a Holmes Hole boat in the Class 5 PHRF C division. Soma Holiday was one of four boats that completed the island circumference in under six hours.

Holmes Holer Steve Besse guided his J-120 Apres to a second-place finish in the Class 2 PHRF A division in 6:14:19. The time was just 157 seconds behind the first-place WICKED 2.0 from New Bedford Yacht Club and spelled the difference in the New Bedford win.

On July 18, the HHSA held its regular Thursday evening race with 14 boats at the line. Winds were light out of the East Southeast yet all but three boats finished the harbor course in under an hour.

Roger Becker took first place in a corrected time of 41:14. Mo Flam on Penelope was second, followed by Dan Pesch in Remedy.

Rounding out the top four finishers was Commodore Dan Culkin aboard Magic Time which came in at 44:03 and was the first B division boat across the finish line at buoy 6.