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From onboard the Morgan, headed for Vineyard Haven. — Doug Cabral
The Charles W. Morgan sailing en route to Newport on June 15, 2014. The whaleship departed Newport Wednesday morning, bound for Martha's Vineyard.
The Charles W. Morgan sailing en route to Newport on June 15, 2014.
The whaleship departed Newport Wednesday morning, bound for Martha’s Vineyard.

The Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship of the 19th century American fleet, departed Fort Adams, off Newport, Rhode Island, Wednesday morning, bound for the Vineyard. The ship is including a stop in Vineyard Haven this week as part of her 38th voyage. This will be her first-ever stop at Martha’s Vineyard. Islanders will be able to view the ship on her way to the Island, as well as tour the ship after arrival, beginning Saturday, June 21.

The view of Fort Adams, off Newport, Rhode Island, from on board the Charles W. Morgan.
The view of Fort Adams, off Newport, Rhode Island, from on board the Charles W. Morgan.

She is expected to arrive in Tisbury Wharf Wednesday late afternoon/evening, where she will be greeted by sailboats flying pennants. See a route map here.

The earliest post to catch a glimpse of the Morgan on her way to the Vineyard will be Gay Head. As the ship draws nearer, she can be viewed all the way along the North Shore from points such as Menemsha Hills Reservation, Lambert’s Cove Beach, and Makonikey. Eventually, the ship will come into view from West Chop, Eastville Beach, and the Vineyard Haven jetty as she arrives in Vineyard Haven Harbor.

You can follow a live progression of the Morgan’s 38th voyage at mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage/chart/.

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Sharks pitcher Kyle Brenner of Brandeis gets ready to deal to the plate Tuesday vs. Old Orchard Beach. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, the local franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, started the defense of their 2013 championship with three wins and two losses in the first week of play. They also had three players drafted, two current and one former, by Major League Baseball over the weekend.

Austin DeCarr follows through with a big kick.
Austin DeCarr follows through with a big kick.

Right-handed pitcher Austin DeCarr (Clemson) started and won the season opener June 4 before being drafted with the 91st overall pick by the New York Yankees on June 6. The following day, shortstop Will Toffey (Vanderbilt), brother of Sharks coach John Toffey, went to the Yanks in the 23rd round, while the Baltimore Orioles picked Vineyarder and former Sharks player Tad Gold in the 35th round.

The Major League Draft news was the major highlight in a busy week of FCBL play.

Tuesday at the Shark Tank in Oak Bluffs, the Sharks moved over .500 with a 5-4 win over the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide. The Sharks won the game in the bottom of the ninth after a Rahiem Cooper error in left field allowed Brian Campbell to score from third base. Campbell led off the ninth with a double. Kevin Foley then singled, advancing Campbell to third and setting up the winning run.

Jack Roberts dives safely back to first Saturday vs. Brockton.
Jack Roberts dives safely back to first Saturday vs. Brockton.

The Tide scored the first two runs of the ballgame. Sharks second baseman Jack Roberts, a 2013 MVRHS graduate who now plays at Williams College, put the hosts on the board with a deep sac fly to right, scoring Jack Cloud.

The Sharks took a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Brian Campbell earned an RBI walk and Will Toffey scored for the go-ahead run. In the sixth, Jon Mayer doubled and Toffey brought him home with a double of his own to make it 4-2.

Sharks closer Matt Calamoneri earned the win. Kyle Brenner threw a four stellar shutout innings of long relief for starter Garrison Banas, allowing two hits, with three Ks and three walks. Matt Binder pitched the eighth, conceding one run, striking out two and walking one.

Catcher Jon Mayer was 4 for 5 on the night and Matt Lavanchy went 3 for 3. Will Toffey and Brian Campbell each were 2 for 4 and Jack Cloud was 2 for 3.

Sharks shortstop Will Toffey was drafted Saturday by the New York Yankees in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Sharks shortstop Will Toffey was drafted Saturday by the New York Yankees in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball draft.

Sunday, the Sharks traveled to Lynn, pounding out 17 hits in a 15-6 win over the North Shore Navigators. Jack Roberts was 3 for 5 with four RBIs. Tim Bickford also knocked in four runs and went 2 for 3. Kyle Pheland was the winning pitcher.

Friday and Saturday, the Sharks suffered consecutive losses to the Nashua Silver Knights (12-9) and Brockton Rox (9-1).

The Sharks raised their 2013 championship flag on June 4, then went out and chomped the North Shore Navigators, 11-1, in the season opener before 800 fans on a misty Wednesday night at the Shark Tank in Oak Bluffs.

Austin DeCarr got the start and earned the win. The 6’ 3” 215-pound hard-throwing right hander from Foxboro pitched four strong innings, allowing one hit, striking out seven, and walking three.

DeCarr’s teammates took out their wooden bats and gave him plenty of runs to work with.

Sharky, the Sharks mascot, races with Tommy Reynolds and loses a shoe prior to the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night at The Tank.
Sharky, the Sharks mascot, races with Tommy Reynolds and loses a shoe prior to the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night at The Tank.

The Sharks broke the game open with six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the third to take a 7-1 lead. Second baseman Jack Roberts, a 2013 MVRHS graduate attending Williams College led off with a single. Ryan Kelly and Rich Baerga then singled to load the bases. Tim Bickford singled to score Roberts and Kelly. The next three Sharks all doubled. John Mayer knocked in Baerga and Bickford; Steve Buckley Jr. scored Mayer; and Brendan Cox doubled in Buckley Jr.

The locals put the game away in the fifth after Buckley Jr. crushed a three-run homer to deep center and Ryan Kelly batted in Brendan Cox.

The Sharks are back at The Tank Friday night at 7 pm to take on the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.

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Let the hunt begin. Oak Bluffs Library hunt was Saturday at 11 am. More than 250 kids participated. — Photo by Angelina Godbout
Fin Tiernan and his dad John Tiernan.
Fin Tiernan and his dad John Tiernan.

Saturday kicked off Martha’s Vineyard’s brief but energetic egg-hunting season, with lots to be found at the Oak Bluffs Library, where 250 kids and their parents wandered the stacks and filled their baskets.

Eggs for Sunday's hunt.
Eggs for Sunday’s hunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Vineyard Gardens, staff  busily filled eggs (to help the Easter bunny of course) for Sunday’s hunt there.

 

 

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Jessica Sonia deals to the plate in Thursday's opening day win over O' Bryant of Boston. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard varsity softball team is off to a 3-0 start after the first week of play. The Purple swept a doubleheader, 14-2 and 13-6, Saturday at Randolph. In the opener, Sarah Strem pitched a complete game with 7 K’s to earn her first varsity win. Jessica Sonia went the distance in game two, striking out 10. Julia Sauter hit three doubles on the day and has five in the first three games. Alistair Rizza had the other big bat for M.V. and is 10 for 12 at the plate this season.

Cana Courtney hits a single during an eight-run third inning.
Cana Courtney hits a single during an eight-run third inning.

Vineyard coach Donald Herman is pleased with his team’s solid start at the plate but hopes for continued growth with his young pitching staff. “I’m encouraged by the way we’re swinging the bat,” he said. “Coming up, we’ll be seeing some much tougher pitching. The quicker our pitching improves, the more competitive we’ll become as a team because this game is so pitcher-dominated. Also, lowering the number of walks will also increase our chance of being competitive.”

The Vineyarders played at Bishop Stang Wednesday, host Bishop Feehan Friday, travel to Cambridge Rindge and Latin Saturday, and play Falmouth Monday in Oak Bluffs.

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Huxley Nadler, a Boston Terrier owned by Times correspondant Holly Nadler, has several coats he wears in winter. This plaid one is nicely complemented by a Christmasy scarf. — Photo by Jamie Stringfellow

We had a lively discussion in the newsroom about the journalistic ethics of running photographs of dogs forced to dress for the holidays (or, for that matter, of dressing up animals to amuse ourselves to start with — photographed and published or not).

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But it turned out that most of us had at one point or another dressed our dogs up for Christmas and, in fact, many other events. One staffer even admitted decking out his (now-deceased) rabbit out in attire appropriate for a Florida State (playoff) game. Really. The only members of The Times crew who didn’t trick their animals into donning festive togs were most of the cat owners and one editor whose pug “refused to dress up, because he’s afraid to be made fun of by the mastiff in the house.”

But because we remain committed to checking with experts before we go running stories (or photographs of animals in antlers they weren’t born with), we consulted our resident critter consultant, The Dogfather.

Here’s what he said.

Dear Times staff,

My Doberman, Michelle — besides being a big sister to my three kids — was an active search dog who found two people alive, and some not. Thanks to my daughters, she never left the house without all her feet fully adorned with nail polish. Once, during a search for a missing person in Pennsylvania, a reporter exclaimed, “Your dog’s feet are bleeding.” Michelle made it onto local TV that night as the SAR (search and rescue) Doberman with nail polish. When one of my girls said, “Michelle, your nails need to be done.” Michelle would immediately lie down with her legs stretched out. She loved the attention it brought her.

Most dog owners know that dogs love attention. I’ve taught all my dogs tricks, and I remember a lady once saying, “I think it’s awful having a dog do tricks. They’re not circus clowns.”

Boy, was she wrong. Michelle loved it when I said, “This town’s not big enough for the two of us.” Then I’d draw my hand like a gun and say “Bang.” And she dropped dead like a stone and wouldn’t get up until I said, “The dog catcher’s coming.” Or when I told Mikey, another SAR Doberman, to shake. Instead of giving me a paw he would shake his head back and forth. All my dogs loved the attention, laughter and praise they garnered through tricks. Same with dressing them up as long as they’re not too uncomfortable, and you laugh with them, not at them. Half the fun for them is the attention they get while being taught the tricks, and trying on all the different outfits.

Merry Christmas,

The Dogfather

So without further ado, Fleas Navidad!

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Got a photo of your pet dressed up, for any event? Please send it to: onisland@mvtimes.com

We also welcome photos of any good dog/pet, costumed or not. Please include the pet’s name and town.