Boys varsity baseball squeak into playoffs, awarded ninth seed

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The seniors and their parents posed after throwing out the ceremonial first pitches. From left: Coach Gary Simmons, Henry Gallagher, Tina Miller, Steve Gallagher, Jack Slayton, Heather Slayton, John Roberts, Tim Roberts, Liz Roberts, Steve Mussell, Mike Mussell, and Robin Mussell. — Photo by Michael Cummo

On Friday, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School baseball team faced a must-win game away against Triton in order to make the playoffs. The team won the game 2-1, behind a stellar pitching performance from senior Tim Roberts, and were rewarded with the ninth seed in the MIAA South Division 3 bracket.

On Saturday, the team will play eighth seed Norton. If they are victorious, the Vineyarders will then take on top-seed Fairhaven.

Last Thursday, the day before their must-win game against Triton, the boys celebrated senior day before taking on Bourne at home. A parent of each of the four soon-to-graduate seniors threw out a first pitch to his or her son. Even though a few of the ceremonial pitches went wide of their mark, smiles were ubiquitous.

The game against Bourne, however, provided little to smile about. Bourne jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, and stretched the lead to 8-2 after four innings. Vineyard pitcher Jacob Cardoza was replaced by Aidan Aliberti, and the Vineyard offense remained quiet.

The last time the boys baseball team qualified for the playoffs was four years ago, when the now-seniors were freshman.

Speaking about his seniors, Coach Gary Simmons said, “They have been a huge part of the team. They have played a lot, in big roles, and helped get us to the playoffs.”