Vineyard girls softball team falls to Falmouth in slugfest, 10-8

The loss drops the Vineyarders to 3-3 overall, 0-3 in league play.

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Amanda McKenzie sprints across first. — Sam Moore

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls softball team could not hold off the hard-hitting Falmouth Clippers at home on Monday, losing 10 to 8 in an exciting, back-and-forth non-league contest. The loss drops the Vineyarders to 3-3 overall, 0-3 in league play. Falmouth improved to 5-4 on the season.

The Vineyarders did some offensive damage of their own, most of it late in the game. Trailing 6-3, they sent eight girls to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four runs and taking a 7-6 lead. The key hit was Amanda McKenzie’s two out, bases loaded single that drove in two runs.

In the top of the sixth, only a stellar defensive play by the Vineyarders kept Falmouth from re-taking the lead. With two out and two on, a line double to right center scored one run, with another Clipper rounding third and heading for home. A perfectly executed relay cut the run down at home, keeping things deadlocked at 7-7.  

The seesaw battle continued as MV pushed across a run in their half of the sixth. But the one-run lead did not hold up. In the top of the seventh, Falmouth loaded the bases with nobody out. MV pitcher Jessica Sonia bore down, striking out the next batter, but a bloop single and a defensive miscue cleared the bases. It was 10-8 Falmouth, and that’s how it stayed.

For the Vineyarders, senior Emily Turney led the way with two doubles, two walks and four runs scored. Julia Sauter, Samantha Robinson and Cana Courtney added two hits apiece. Falmouth pitcher Kathleen Desmond was instrumental in the win, striking out eight and driving in three runs on as many hits.

This was the first of three consecutive games for MV. Next up will be league opponents Somerset and Bishop Feehan, both games on the road.