Highlanders and Brewhas meet in men’s softball final

Jerry Kroup of the Wildcats got a face full of dirt in an unsuccessful attempt to beat Highlander Jeremy Scheffer to first base. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Men’s Softball League will have a new champ this summer. The Brewhas summoned up the winning form of years past to make a triumphant return to the finals by sweeping the two-time defending champion Hurricanes, while the top-seeded Highlanders simply overpowered the Wildcats, outscoring the “Goodtime Charlies” 36-8 over two games.

The final, which began Wednesday night and continues with game two tonight (August 22) at Veterans Park at 7 pm is a classic matchup, pitting the wily, veteran Brewhas against the young, talented, and deep Highlanders.

The semifinal round came to a close Monday night at Veterans Park, The Wildcats gave a much better account of themselves than in the series opener, but the Highlanders had too much balance and firepower. The Highlanders jumped out to an early 5-1 lead but the ‘Cats slowly chipped away at the margin, closing to within 5-4 after Anthony Piland stroked a homer to deep right-center. The Highlanders busted out the bats in the top of the fifth. John Mazza belted a three-run homer to key a six-run inning. The Highlanders sewed up the series with a barrage of singles in the seventh, scoring nine runs en route to a 19-7 win.

In the other semifinal, completed on August 14, the Brewhas added an 11-7 victory in game two to an explosive 25-13 win in the series opener to end the Hurricanes’ dreams of a threepeat.