Sports highlights

Sports highlights

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The 2013 Martha's Vineyard 13 Year Old Babe Ruth All Star team. Back Row Left to Right: Assistant Coach Ernie Chaves, Jack Sayre, Mitchell Chaves, Mercer Kelly, Aidan Aliberti, Curtis Fournier, John Morris, Head Coach David Smith. Front Row Left to Right Tabor Caron, Sam Bresnick, Elias Fhagen-Smith, Theo Gallagher, Graham Lewis, Nick Fiore.

Sharks attack on diamond

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League piled up 31 runs Sunday and Monday nights in back-to-back home wins over the Pittsfield Suns and Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.

The Sharks had 13 hits Monday at the Tank in a 13-2 win over the Dawgs. Donnie Cimino of Wesleyan hit a home run, while Nick Sanford and Dylan Tice knocked in three runs each. Vineyarder Tad Gold doubled and Brett Holmgren had two RBIs. Pitcher Bob Carbaugh improved to 8-0, allowing seven hits, striking out eight, and walking one in eight innings of work. The big right-hander from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has a stingy 2.07 ERA and holds the FCBL record for consecutive wins to start a season.

Sunday night, the Sharks racked up 28 hits and put out the Pittsfield Suns 18-3. Shortstop Dylan Tice hit his second grand slam in three days, finishing with four hits and five RBIs. Nick Campero was 3 for 6 with a double and 4 RBIs. Brett Holmgren (5 for 6, 2 RBIs), Ryan Siegel (3 for 4, 2 RBIs), and Chris Miller (3 for 6, 2 RBIs) also figured prominently in the Sharks offensive frenzy. Matt Timoney of Harvard fanned five and allowed three hits through seven innings to pick up the win, improving to 3-3.

July 25 in the second annual FCBL All Star Game played at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, the Massachusetts All Stars, coached by Sharks manager Mike Miller, blanked the New England All Stars, 2-0. Sharks pitcher Trevor Breton, from Western New England University, struck out two in a 1-2-3 first inning. Nik Campero, playing at third base, helped turn a double play in the eighth.

As the regular season winds down, the Sharks, 28-14 heading into Wednesday night’s game in Brockton, are battling two-time defending champion Nashua (28-15 through Tuesday) neck and neck at the top of the FCBL standings. The teams meet at the Tank Tuesday night, August 6 at 6:45 pm. The Sharks also host Brockton Thursday at 6:45 pm, Wachusett in a twi-night double-header Sunday (4 pm and 6:45 pm), and Brockton again on Wednesday at 6:45 pm.

The Scoops 5K

The Vineyard Scoops 5K tour of Edgartown gets underway Sunday at 8:45 am at the Farm Institute in Katama. Admission for the run/walk around Katama is $20 pre-race and $25 on race day for adults and $10 pre-race and $15 on race-day for children 12 years old and under. The Scoops 5K will be preceeded by a half-kilometer fun run for children eight and under. Admission is $5.

For more information, contact Kathy O’ Sullivan at 508-627-2598 or roadraces@yahoo.com.

USTA tournament deadline

Vineyard Youth Tennis will host a USTA-sanctioned tournament, August 10–11. The entry deadline is midnight on August 4. Divisions offered are boys and girls 12 and under and 14 and under. Registration is at www.usta.org/tennislink. The tournament ID is 450414713.

In other VYT tennis news, students Kelly Klaren and Lizzie Williamson defeated Anne Williamson and Natalie Krauthamer, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Farm Neck 7.0 ladies title last weekend.

In a professional exhibition held July 25 in front of more than 100 spectators, former top pro Ryler DeHeart and Michael Halisky lost to Matt Browne and Tyler Owens 7-5, 6-3.

MV 3-1 at Summer Heat tourney

The Martha’s Vineyard 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars played last weekend in the Sports Academy Summer Heat 13 and Under Tournament at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Hinsdale. The Vineyard finished the tourney with a 3-1 record, placing fifth out of 10 teams hailing from across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Maine. The Vineyard ended the summer season with an 8-8 record.

Holmes Hole sailing

Light air and threatening radar produced a light turnout and easy low scores for the Holmes Hole fleet on Sunday.

The morning race completed course #1 twice around the Vineyard Haven harbor buoys in reverse,but just barely. The wind was WSW at what could charitably be called 5 mph.

The second time around, dying winds and a building adverse current made the choice of sailing in the sound or in the harbor a critical decision.

In division A, Steve Besse and his J-120 Apres were on the mooring in a corrected time of 1:30:42, 30 minutes ahead of Roger Becker and his C&C 24 Gloria. Commodore Dan Culkin was first in Division B in a leisurely 2:14:27 over Beck Colson in Silhouette.

The afternoon race, with a different group attending, was shortened to only one leg to Nun 4 at West Chop. The wind was just enough to get back to the harbor.Gloria took first in 55:07 over Phil Hale in Wicked in the A Division.

In the B, John Stout guided Isabella to the win in a corrected time of 1:03:55. Dan Culkin (1:06:33) was second.

The next Holmes Hole race is Thursday at 6 pm at buoy 6 in Vineyard Haven Harbor.

VFA soccer

The Sand Bar and Grill completed the Vineyard Football Association 10-game regular season Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Atlantic Football Club. SBG (8-2, 24 points) held a two-point lead at the top of the table heading into the final night of play Wednesday night when second-place Coop de Ville (22 points) played third-place Island Star (20 points) at Veterans Park. A Coop victory would clinch the regular season title and a spot in the Gilbert-Hammond Cup Final, played in late August.

Thursday, the VFA moves on to the group stage playoff round. Group A will comprise the first, fourth, and fifth place sides, while Group B includes the teams seeded second, third, and sixth.

MVSHL hockey

In games played at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena Tuesday night, Blue beat Gold, 3-1, and the league-leading Black team edged Red, 6-5.

The Reds’ Tyson Araujo is in a class by himself on the stat sheet, with 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points through four games. Sam Shannon of the Blacks is second with five goals and five assists for 10 points. Netminder Cathal Robinson continues to lead the league with a 3.00 goals against average.