The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) varsity baseball team opened its home season on Friday, dropping a 3-1 nailbiter to visiting Bishop Feehan in an Eastern Athletic Conference tilt.
Vineyarder starter Jack Sierputoski pitched 6⅔ strong innings, giving up an unearned run in the first inning and another single run in the fourth, and was charged with the final run in the seventh inning. Sierputoski struck out five Shamrocks, walked one, and gave up seven hits in his outing. He was helped by catcher Nick Fiore, who threw out two attempted stolen base attempts.
After the Shamrocks took a 1-0 lead in the first, the Vineyarders had consecutive hits in the bottom of the first but could not score. Shamrocks made it 2-0 in the fourth on a pair of hits, before the Vineyarders closed to 2-1 in the fifth, when a Sam Cranston grounder drove in Jared Regan from third, thanks to a ringing double from Nick Bischoff.
The Vineyarders (0-3) were patient at the plate and played tight defense, led by a did-you-see-that! full-extension diving catch by center fielder Theo Gallagher in the sixth inning, and several times were one hit away from breaking it open, including a seventh-inning opening double from freshman Keaton Aliberti.
Cranston led the Vineyarders with two hits. Sierputoski, Gallagher, Bischoff, and Aliberti had a hit each.
The Vineyarders take on Nantucket on Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 at the Tank in Oak Bluffs.