Highlanders on top as men’s softball hits homestretch

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With the men’s Island Softball League playoffs set to begin in early August, the Highlanders are on top of the standings at 11-1.

Monday night at Veterans Park, the league leaders met a hot Hurricanes team riding a six-game winning streak and blew out the three-time defending champs, 22-1. With the big win, the Highlanders swept the season series from the ‘Canes, who lost a 9-8 nailbiter in their first meeting on June 26.

In Monday’s earlier game, the Floaters upended the Whitecaps, 21-6.

Last Thursday, the Hurricanes downed the Mermen, 28-5; the Whitecaps topped the Misfits, 29-10; and the Highlanders sank the Floaters,18-2.

July 27 at Veterans Park Field A, the Blazers meet the Mermen at 6:30 pm, the Brewhas play the Gustaves at 7:45, and the Highlanders take on the Misfits at 9.

Monday night, the Gustaves lead off against the Whitecaps at 6:30, the Blazers and Highlanders play at 7:45, and the Brewhas and Floaters meet in the nightcap at 9.

League standings through July 24: Highlanders 11-1; Hurricanes 11-4; Blazers 10-3; Whitecaps 9-5; Brewhas 5-8; Gustaves 5-8; Floaters 5-10; Misfits 4-9; Mermen 1-13.