Vineyard boys baseball team beats Latin Academy

Tucker McNeely whips a ball from the mound during a game last Wednesday. - Photo by Sam Moore

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys baseball team, fresh off a 6-5 loss to Woburn on Monday, bounced back with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Boston Latin Academy Wednesday afternoon on the first day of the Westwood Tournament in Westwood.

Elias Fhagen-Smith led off the seventh with an infield single, and was replaced on the bases by Emerson Mahoney on a fielder’s choice. Mahoney stole second and went to third on a groundout, setting the stage for Mitchell Chaves, who hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the victory. Jacob Cardoza pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and two walks, and striking out two batters.

The boys play Norwell in the tournament on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, the boys fell to Woburn on Monday, 6-5. It was the first loss in five games.

MV pitchers struggled on the mound, giving up 13 walks. Woburn had only three hits, one of which was a three-run home run in the third inning. After swapping leads back and forth through the first four innings, the game was tied going into the ninth when Woburn took the lead on a walked-in run.

MV had runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, but was unable to bring a run in. Jonas Lukowitz led the Vineyard offense with two hits, a single and double and two runs batted in. Jacob Cardoza and Nainoa Cooperrider both chipped in with two-hit games. Tucker McNeely pitched some strong middle relief, going four scoreless innings and giving up only one hit.

On Saturday, in weather more in keeping with football season than baseball, the Martha’s Vineyard boys beat Norton 6-5 in an afternoon game at home.

Jacob Cardoza threw a 99-pitch complete game victory, giving up nine hits, striking out three, with only one walk, according to Coach David Smith. Cardoza also chipped in with the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning after Norton had tied it up in the top of the sixth. MV scoring started in the first with an RBI single by Jonas Lukowitz and a sacrifice fly by Elias Fhagen-Smith, who had two RBIs for the game. MV scored 3 in the first, and added single runs in the second and fifth innings before Cardoza’s game-winning hit in the sixth. Lukowitz led the MV offense with three hits and an RBI, and scored two runs.

The boys play Bourne on Monday and Coyle and Cassidy next Wednesday, at home both days.