Vineyarders get first baseball win in 12-inning thriller

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Martha’s Vineyard and St. John Paul II of Hyannis played a game for the ages Tuesday afternoon at Vineyard Baseball Park in Oak Bluffs.

With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th inning, Jack Murray led off with a single and moved to third following a passed ball. Theo Gallagher stroked a grounder to short and the ensuing throw went astray, scoring Murray and setting off a jubilant celebration for the Vineyarders, who won for the first time this season. The Lions suffered their first defeat and fell to 4-1.

Senior captain Sam Bresnick pitched 10 stellar innings in his first varsity start, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out 12, and walking one. Sam’s act was hard to follow, but Jeremy Regan stepped up on the hill and threw two scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

The Lions scored both runs in the second inning, and held a 2-1 lead until the home half of the seventh, when Sam Cranston tied the game with an RBI single. Cranston finished 2 for 5 in the game, and Jack Murray was 3 for 6.

“It’s just nice to get the first win out of the way,” Vineyard Coach Gary Simmons said after the epic win. “The kids played great. We used everybody on the bench. It was a full team win, so it was a lot of fun to watch the way these guys play. They compete. Our kids compete every inning.”