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The team has set the Island Softball League on fire, and holds a perfect record going into July.

Blazers pitcher Ben Brittle puts some backspin on an offering to the Gustaves. – Photos by Ralph Stewart

The Blazers closed out June by topping the Island Softball League standings with a perfect 8-0 record, following a 17-3 win over the Gustaves Monday night at Veterans Park in Vineyard Haven. The game was close through the first three innings, but the Blazers led throughout.

Gustaves third baseman Pat Curry reaches for a grounder. – Ralph Stewart
Gustaves third baseman Pat Curry reaches for a grounder. – Ralph Stewart

Josh Cotterell got the Blazers off to a hot start with a leadoff double. John Van Putten followed with an RBI single up the middle. Billy Panek made it 2-0 with a single to right field. Gustaves shortstop Michael Montanile helped stop further damage with a leaping grab on a line drive.

After the Gustaves (named for an African species of crocodile) went quietly in the first, the Blazers added a third run on a Josh Cotterell sac fly to lead 3-0, heading into the bottom of the second.

Luke Sudarsky put the Crocs on the board by singling to center, scoring Tyler Johnson.

The third inning was uneventful, but the Blazers seized control of the game with seven runs in the fourth. Josh Cotterell hit a two-RBI double to get things started. Billy Panek batted in two more runs with a single to right. Lamar Mories knocked in John Van Putten, and Michael O’Brien batted in the final run, giving the Blazers a 10-1 lead.

Gustaves pitcher Matt Montanile chalked up an RBI single to get a run back for the Crocs, but the Blazers stayed in command, tacking on seven more runs in the fifth and seventh innings. Lamar Moreis tripled, while Billy Panek and Michael O’Brien singled to lead the way in the Blazers’ fifth. Tom Corr scored the final Gustaves run in the bottom of the sixth on an errant throw. The Blazers put an exclamation point on their win with four runs as Matt Rivers tripled, Billy Panek singled, and Lamar Moreis rounded the bases on a double and two-base error.

With the Blazers win in the books, the Brewhas and Highlanders were next to take the field Monday night.

The Brewhas took charge from the outset, scoring eight runs in the first inning and holding on for a 15-9 win.

Tim Millerick keyed the Brewhas fast start by crushing a three-run homer to left center. Jordan Hoehn and Kevin Hatt knocked in two RBIs apiece, while Matt Gebo stroked an RBI single. An Amos Cavallo sac fly put the Highlanders in a 9-0 hole after two.

The Highlanders got on the board with two in the third. Eric Soikkeli led off with a home run, and Ryan Rossi added an RBI.

The Brewhas restored the nine-run lead in the bottom half of the third, thanks to two RBIs from Ronnie Miske. The damage would have been worse if not for Jeremy Scheffer’s laser throw to Russell Hodson, putting out Miske at third.

Feeding off the big defensive play, the Highlanders answered with two runs. Eric Soikkeli batted in Jeremy Scheffer, and Ryan Kurth singled to score Russell Hodson.

The teams put up four runs apiece in their next at-bats. Ronnie Miske, Jordan Hoehn, and Matt Gebo paced the Brewhas in the bottom half of the fifth. The Highlanders responded in the sixth as Johnny “Mazz” Mazza jacked a three-run homer and Ryan Kurth scored on a fielder’s choice.

Trailing 15-8, the Highlanders needed a big seventh inning, but scored only once on a Jeremy Scheffer single to right. Matt Gebo of the Brewhas followed with the catch of the game, making a dazzling running grab against the fence in right center.

The final game of the evening was over quickly. The Whitecaps rolled to 20-0 lead after three innings and downed Team South Beach 21-6 in six innings. The win was welcome relief for the ‘Caps, who lost a 16-15 thriller to the defending champion Hurricanes on June 25.

Luke Bettencourt had the big stick, launching two towering home runs, a two-run shot to left in the first, and a three-run dinger to dead center in a 13-run ‘Caps third. Lucas Brewer had a two-run homer on the night. Evan Sosa and Zach Coutinho had two RBIs each; Matt Sanderson had one.

Alex Poole cleared the bases to key a four-run fifth as Team South Beach staved off the mercy rule and forced a sixth inning. Rob Andrews and Nick Costello had an RBI apiece for T.S.B.

Island Softball League standings through June 30: Blazers 8-0; Hurricanes 6-1; Highlanders 5-3; Brewhas 4-3; Whitecaps 3-4; Floaters 2-4; Shockers 2-5; Gustaves 1-5; Team South Beach 1-6.

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It was opening day Tuesday night at Veterans Park.

Emily Turney gets a high-five from Carol Bailey and a smile from Julie Pringle after hitting a three-run home run. –Photos by Ralph Stewart

Women’s Softball League opened its 11th season Tuesday night at Veterans Park in Vineyard Haven. All six teams were in action on a cool, misty, overcast night.

The evening began with the Rug Sox playing the Shady Ladies on the main field, while the Snaps met the Creamers on Field B, near Causeway Road.

Jenna Zechner of the Mama's Girls follows through on a big swing.
Jenna Zechner of the Mama’s Girls follows through on a big swing.

The Sox and Shadies played two innings of scoreless ball, but the Rug Sox blew the game open with seven runs in the third to win 13-0 in five innings. Nine Sox batters singled in the decisive third. Kathryn Clark, Kris Henricksen, Carol Bailey, Julie Pringle, Emily Turney, Jen Ingraham, and Jess Sonia all earned RBIs. Elizabeth Clark added another RBI in the fourth, scoring Wink Cron. Emily Turney keyed the Sox fifth with a three-run blast that landed well into the outfield of the ongoing Snaps-Creamers game. Sam Cron completed the scoring with a two-run single.

The Shadies highlights both came on defense, as center fielder Harriet Broun made two leaping grabs to rob Kris Henricksen.

With the Rug Sox victorious, the Creamers and Snaps played out a tight contest in the rapidly fading light. In the end, Emily Cooney knocked in a pair of runs, while Amanda Parker, Alleyne Hughes, and Julie Rodenbaugh all went 2 for 2 on the night to lift the Creamers to a 4-2 win over the 2014 runners-up.

Sue Stephenson and Alleyne Hughes.
Sue Stephenson and Alleyne Hughes.

The defending league champion Mama’s Girls and four-time champion Honeys closed out the night under the lights. The Mamas look to be strong contenders again after downing the Honeys 13-3 in five innings. The Mamas scored four runs in the first inning. Emily and Sara Williston both singled, setting the table for Jenna Zechner, who blasted a three-run homer to right. Jamie Forend singled to score Danielle Pappas for the fourth run.

Jillian “Chief” Sedlier knocked in two more Mamas runs in the second inning before Darcie Lee Hanaway and Martha Scheffer crossed the plate for the Honeys to make the score 6-2 entering the third. The champs put the game away with six runs in the fifth. Jillian Sedlier, Emily Williston, Jenna Zechner, and Caroline Davey all got hits before Danielle Pappas provided the coup de grace with a two-run homer.

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The Blazers’ bats were hot at a tripleheader Monday night.

Lamar Moreis of the Blazers uncorks a big swing. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

The second week of men’s summer softball began Monday night with an Island Softball League tripleheader at Veterans Park in Vineyard Haven. Six teams were in action, while the defending-champion Hurricanes, the Floaters and the Shockers had the night off.

The first game of the evening was over in a hurry as the Blazers scorched league newbies Team South Beach 29-3 in five innings. Josh Cotterell, Matt Rivers, and Billy Panek paced the Blazers to a 4-0 lead after the first inning. The second inning got much, much worse for the beachcombers, who unofficially go by the name of “the Stepdads.” With the first two Blazers aboard, Matt Rivers crushed a titanic home run well over the center field fence, halfway onto the adjoining soccer pitch. Lamar Moreis added a two-run shot. When the damage was done, each player in the lineup had a hit and the Blazers led 16-0. South Beach got on the board in the bottom half of the second with a pair of RBI singles, courtesy of Trenton Brown and Shane Schofield. The Blazers chalked up two more round-trippers on the night. Matt Rivers hit a two-run shot to dead center and Lamar Moreis legged-out a long single into an inside-the-park home run.

Luke Bettencourt slugs a three-run homer for the Whitecaps. – Photo by Ralph Stewart
Luke Bettencourt slugs a three-run homer for the Whitecaps. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

The middle game was an entertaining contest between the Gustaves (named for a man-eating African crocodile) and the Brewhas. The kelly-green-clad Gustaves were down 8-1 early, but rallied for a 15-10 win. The Brewhas wasted little time in swinging for the fences, putting up five runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Ronnie Miske singled. Weston Halkyard then went yard with a towering two-run homer. Matt Gebo followed with a single, and cleanup slugger Ben Ford belted a two-run dinger of his own. Tim Millerick capped the Brewhas’ hot start with a solo shot.

The lead grew to 8-1 in the second inning, as Matt Gebo, Tim Millerick, and Shawn Reed crossed the plate. The Gustaves started to make a game of it in the third. Michael Montanile keyed a four-run rally with a two-RBI single. He added two more RBIs on a double in the fifth to tie the game at 9-9. Brian Welty singled to put the Green Team on top for the first time, and Brian Montambault knocked in two more runs to give the Gustaves a 12-9 lead after five.

The Montaniles — Matt the elder, Michael, and Matt the younger (two RBI) — along with Marc Natichioni (one RBI) all reached base as the Gustaves posted three more runs in the sixth frame. Ronnie Miske started the Brewhas’ seventh with a solo shot that proved to be his team’s last gasp.

The tripleheader came to a close as the Highlanders and Whitecaps clashed in a spirited slugfest. Luke Bettencourt clouted a massive three-run homer as the ‘Caps took an early lead, but the Highlanders, last season’s runners-up, woke up their bats and won 18-15.

The Highlanders’ John Mazza, “Johnny Mazz,” had the web gem of the night. He made a sparkling grab and flipped the ball back to shortstop Kyle Crossland, who fired to Jeremy Scheffer at first to complete the double play.

 

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Martha’s Vineyard improved to 12-3 record on the season.

Russell Shapiro and Miles Jordi hiking out. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team picked up a pair of wins Saturday on Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs, improving to 12-3 on the season. The Vineyarders swept the best-of-five series over Nauset and Lincoln-Sudbury on a picture-perfect Saturday morning. Winds were out of the E/NE at 8 to 10 knots, with gusts reaching 12 knots.

“It was a perfect team racing breeze,” Vineyard Coach Andrew Burr said. “We couldn’t ask for a better day. The winds were shifty but not too shifty.”

Miles Jordi/Russell Shapiro, Zana Van Rooyen/Elizabeth O’Brien, and Charlie Morano/Maddy Moore were the skipper/crew combinations for the three Vineyard boats.

The Vineyard jayvee sailors also were in action on Saturday, taking four of six races from a strong Tabor Academy team.

Currently, the Vineyard sailors are ranked fifth in New England, putting the team in a good position to compete in a second consecutive New England Team Racing Championships (Mark Trophy) on May 16 and 17 at Hyannis Yacht Club.

This weekend, the Vineyarders will sail in the Women’s New England Championships (Herreshoff Trophy). The qualifying races are Saturday at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne. The finals will be held Sunday at M.I.T.

Vineyarders impress

Sunday, the Vineyard sailors made a guest appearance at the Connecticut Fleet Racing Championships, held at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London.

Martha’s Vineyard placed sixth in a 20-team field.

The highlight belonged to Miles Jordi and Ellie Reagan, who won the ‘B’ Division title. In ‘A’ Division, Coach Burr rotated skippers and crew for the 10 races. Mary Morano and Zach Bresnick started. Lucas Dutton then skippered with Mary Morano, followed by Emily Moore and Zach Bresnick. Elizabeth O’Brien also saw action on crew.

From Little League to the Sharks, to every high school sport.

Little League opening ceremony, 2014. — Ralph Stewart

We’ve organized these by sport, and listed all home events by date. For more detailed information, and for away games, check the websites listed with each sport. Please comment with any additions.

High School Varsity Sports

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) miaa.net

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School mvrhs.org

For updated schedules: miaa.net/schools/public/MartOa

For additional information: Vineyarders Sports Page on Facebook

*Eastern Athletic Conference games in bold

Baseball

*All home games at Vineyard Baseball Park

Monday, April 20

MVRHS vs. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 13

MVRHS vs Coyle and Cassidy, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs Bourne, 3:15 pm


Boys Lacrosse
(all games at Dan McCarthy Field)

Friday, April 17

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 pm

Tuesday, April 28

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Thursday, May 7

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3 pm

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 3 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Fairhaven, 3 pm

Thursday, May 28

MVRHS vs Dennis-Yarmouth, 3 pm

Girls Lacrosse (all games at Dan McCarthy Field)

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 1 pm

Tuesday, May 12

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs Falmouth, 4 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 3 pm

Friday, May 22

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Monday, May 25

MVRHS vs. Norton, 11:30 am

Girls and Boys Outdoor Track and Field (home dual meets and post-season)

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3 pm

Sunday, May 17

Division 4 Relays @ Bellingham High School

Wednesday, May 20

Eastern Athletic Conference Meet @ Bishop Feehan (Attleboro)

Sunday, May 31

Division 4 Meet @ Norwell High School

Saturday, June 6

MIAA All-State Meet @ Fitchburg State University

Softball

Thursday, April 30

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 4

MVRHS vs. Madison Park Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 6

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 4 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 18

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bourne, 3:15 pm

Boys Tennis

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3 pm

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 3 pm

Wednesday, May 13

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Girls Tennis

Friday, April 17

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3 pm

Tuesday, April 28

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3 pm

Wednesday, May 6

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3 pm

Thursday, May 7

MVRHS vs. Barnstable, 3 pm

Saturday, May 9

MVRHS vs. Nauset Regional, 1 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 4 pm

Saturday, May 23

MVRHS vs. Pope John Paul II, 12:30 pm

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Varsity Sailing

For full schedule:

sailmv.org/programs/marthas-vineyard-regional-high-school-varsity-sailing-team/

New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) nessa.hssailing.org/

(home meets and qualifiers plus Herreschoff, Mark Trophy, Trek Trophy)

Saturday, April 25

O’Day qualifiers @ Tabor Academy (Marion); arrival between 8:30-8:45 am

Sunday, April 26

O’Day finals @ St. George’s (Newport, R.I.); top three finish needed from qualifiers.

Thursday, April 30

Chatham @ MVRHS

Saturday, May 9

Herreschoff Trophy (Women’s New England Championship) Site to be determined; (Vineyard must first qualify)

Monday, May 11

Sandwich @ MVRHS

Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16

Women’s New England Championships @ Nantucket; 3 pm arrival (overnight)

Saturday, May 16

Mark Trophy (New England Team Racing Championship) @ Hyannis Yacht Club

Trek Trophy @ SailMaine, Portland, Maine

Sunday, May 17

Mark Trophy (New England Team Racing Championship) @ Hyannis Yacht Club

Trek Trophy @ SailMaine, Portland, Maine

Saturday, May 30

(Tentative) Cape and Islands Fleet and Team Races @ Barnstable/Dennis-Yarmouth

JUNIOR VARSITY SPORTS (home games)

Eastern Athletic Conference games in bold.

Baseball

Monday, April 20

MVRHS vs. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, April 29

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 13

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 3:15 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs. Bourne, 3:15 pm

Boys Lacrosse

Friday, April 17

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 4:30 pm

Tuesday, April 28

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 7

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 4:30 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Fairhaven, 4:30 pm

Girls Lacrosse

Tuesday, May 12

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 4:30 pm

Tuesday, May 19

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 4:30 pm

Friday, May 22

MVRHS vs. Coyle and Cassidy, 4:30 pm

Softball

Thursday, April 30

MVRHS vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 4

MVRHS vs. Madison Park Vocational Tech, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 6

MVRHS vs. Somerset Berkley, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 11

MVRHS vs. Falmouth, 4 pm

Thursday, May 14

MVRHS vs. Bishop Stang, 3:15 pm

Monday, May 18

MVRHS vs. Dennis-Yarmouth, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, May 20

MVRHS vs. Bourne, 3:15 pm

YOUTH SPORTS

MARTHA’S VINEYARD YOUTH SOCCER

mvsoccer.org

South Coast Soccer League Spring Schedule 2015

southcoastsoccer.org

Home matches (all played at Veterans Park, Vineyard Haven)

MV United Under-18 Women (Division 1)

Saturday, April 18, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Wareham

Sunday, May 3, 3:15 pm

MV United vs. Westport United

Sunday, May 31, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Seekonk

Sunday, June 7, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Yarmouth Dennis

MV United Under-15 Girls (Division 1)

Sunday, April 26, 10 am

MV United vs. Wareham

Sunday, May 3, 1:30 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Sunday, May 31, 10 am

MV United vs. Mariner

MV United Under-12 Girls (Division 1)

Saturday, April 25, 1:30 pm

MV United vs. Seekonk

Saturday, May 9, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Barnstable (Team 1)

Saturday, May 30, 10:15 am

MV United vs. Mashpee

Saturday, June 13, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

MV United Under-18 Men (Division 1, defending state champions)

Saturday, April 18, 4 pm

MV United vs. Taunton

Sunday, April 26, 1:45 pm

MV United vs. Mashpee

Sunday, May 10, 4 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Sunday, May 31, 4:30 pm

MV United vs. Fall River

MV United Under-16 Boys (Division 1)

Sunday, April 26, 12 pm

MV United vs. Nantucket

Sunday, May 17, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Westport United

Sunday, May 31, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Taunton

Sunday, June 14, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

MV United Under-13 Boys (Division 1)

Saturday, April 25, 3 pm

MV United vs. Dighton-Rehoboth Strikers

Saturday, May 16, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Sandwich

Saturday, May 30, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Mariner

Saturday, June 13, 10 am

MV United vs. Fall River

MV United Under-12 Boys (Division 1)

Saturday, April 25, 11 am

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Saturday, May 9, 2:35 pm

MV United vs. Swansea Somerset

Saturday, May 30, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Fall River

Saturday, June 13, 2:45 pm

MV United vs. Westport United

MV United Under-10 Boys (Division 2)

Sunday, April 26, 10:45 am

MV United vs. Yarmouth Dennis

Sunday, May 31, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Falmouth

Sunday, June 7, 12:15 pm

MV United vs. Dartmouth FC

Sunday, June 14, 12:30 pm

MV United vs. Nantucket

MARTHA’S VINEYARD YOUTH LACROSSE

Home matches (all played at MVRHS)

MV Under-15 Girls, MV Under-13 Girls

Starting times

U-15 Girls: 12 pm; U-13 Girls: 1:15 pm

Sunday, April 19

Sunday, April 26

Sunday, May 10

Sunday, June 7

MV Under-15 Boys, MV Under-13 Boys, MV Under-11 Boys

Starting times

U-15 Boys: 12 pm; U-13 Boys: 1:30 pm; U-11 Boys: 3 pm

Sunday, April 19

MV vs. Barnstable

Sunday, May 3

MV vs. Kingston

Sunday, May 17

MV vs. Scituate

Sunday, May 31

MV vs. Raynham

MARTHA’S VINEYARD LITTLE LEAGUE

Major League Schedule

All games at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs

mvlittleleague.org

Monday, April 27

Cubs @ Red Sox, 5 pm

Tuesday, April 28

A’s @ Pirates, 5 pm

Wednesday, April 29

Cubs @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, May 2

Cardinals @ Pirates, 12 pm

A’s @ Red Sox, 2 pm

Red Sox @ Cubs, 4 pm

Monday, May 4

Red Sox @ Pirates, 5 pm

Tuesday, May 5

Cubs @ A’s, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 6

Red Sox @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, May 9

Pirates @ Red Sox, 12 pm

A’s @ Cubs, 2 pm

Cardinals @ A’s, 4 pm

Monday, May 11

Cardinals @ Red Sox, 5pm

Tuesday, May 12

Pirates @ Cubs, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 13

Red Sox @ A’s, 5 pm

Saturday, May 16

Cubs @ Red Sox, 12 pm

Cardinals @ Pirates, 2 pm

A’s @ Cardinals, 4 pm

Monday, May 18

Cubs @ Pirates, 5 pm

Tuesday, May 19

Pirates @ A’s, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 20

Cardinals @ Cubs, 5 pm

Monday, May 25

Cardinals @ A’s, 5 pm

Tuesday, May 26

Red Sox @ Pirates, 5 pm

Wednesday, May 27

Cubs @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, May 30

Red Sox @ Cardinals, 12 pm

A’s @ Cubs, 2 pm

Cubs @ Pirates, 4 pm

Monday, June 1

Cubs @ A’s, 5 pm

Tuesday, June 2

Pirates @ Cardinals

Wednesday, June 3

A’s @ Red Sox

Saturday, June 6

A’s @ Cardinals, 12 pm

Pirates @ Cubs, 2 pm

Pirates @ Red Sox, 4 pm

Monday, June 8

Pirates @ A’s, 5 pm

Tuesday, June 9

Red Sox @ Cubs, 5 pm

Wednesday, June 10

Pirates @ Cardinals, 5 pm

Saturday, June 13

A’s @ Pirates, 12 pm

Cardinals @ Red Sox, 2 pm

Cardinals @ Cubs, 4 pm

End of Regular Season

Monday, June 15

Playoffs begin

Saturday, June 20 @ Veira Park, Oak Bluffs. (Times TBD)

Major and Minor League Championship games

MARTHA’S VINEYARD BABE RUTH BASEBALL

Gateway League

Schedules pending; games played from late-April to June

Teams: Martha’s Vineyard Purple (varsity); Martha’s Vineyard Gray (junior varsity); Martha’s Vineyard Black (junior varsity)

leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=gatewaybaberuth

MARTIAL ARTS

Blitz Fitness

Saturday, April 18, 9 am

Annual Island tournament at the Oak Bluffs School. Belt ceremony prior to tournament.

Facebook: Blitz Fitness

ADULT SUMMER SOFTBALL
Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Softball League

Teams: Mama’s Girls (defending champions), Creamers, Honeys, Rug Sox, Shady Ladies, Snaps

2015 schedule to be determined

Games are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from mid-June to late-August.

Tuesday games at Veterans Park, Vineyard Haven

Field A, 6 pm, 7:30 pm

Field B, 6 pm

Thursday games

Field B, Veterans Park, 6 pm

West Tisbury School (likely), 6 pm

For player registration or more infornation, call commissioners Jen Ingraham at 508-560-0868 or Sam Burns at 561-596-5594.

Facebook: MVwomens softball

Island Softball League (ISL) June 2015 schedule

Teams: Hurricanes (defending champions), Blazers, Brewhas, Gustav, Highlanders, Sons of Pitches, Whitecaps, Wildcats

Season runs from June 1 to late-August

All games at Veterans Park, Vineyard Haven, Field A

Monday June 1

Gustav @ Whitecaps, 6 pm

Shockers @ Floaters, 7:15 pm

Highlanders @ Hurricanes, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 3

Brewhas @ Highlanders, 6 pm

Whitecaps @ Wildcats, 7:15 pm

Gustav @ Blazers, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 4

Hurricanes @ Floaters, 6 pm

Blazers @ Brewhas, 7:15 pm

Wildcats @ Shockers, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 8

Blazers @ Wildcats, 6 pm

Brewhas @ Gustav, 7:15 pm

Highlanders @ Whitecaps, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 10

Floaters @ Gustav, 6 pm

Hurricanes @ Blazers, 7:15 pm

Shockers @ Brewhas, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 11

Whitecaps @ Shockers, 6 pm

Floaters @ Highlanders, 7:15 pm

Wildcats @ Hurricanes, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 15

Gustav @ Shockers, 6 pm

Blazers @ Highlanders, 7:15 pm

Brewhas @ Floaters, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 17

Highlanders @ Wildcats, 6 pm

Shockers @ Hurricanes, 7:15 pm

Whitecaps @ Blazers, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 18

Whitecaps @ Brewhas, 6 pm

Wildcats @ Floaters, 7:15 pm

Hurricanes @ Gustav, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 22

Hurricanes @ Brewhas, 6 pm

Gustav @ Wildcats, 7:15 pm

Blazers @ Floaters, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 24

Floaters @ Whitecaps, 6 pm

Shockers @ Blazers, 7:15 pm

Highlanders @ Gustav, 8:30 pm

Thursday, June 25

Shockers @ Highlanders, 6 pm

Whitecaps @ Hurricanes, 7:15 pm

Brewhas @ Wildcats, 8:30 pm

Monday, June 29

Blazers @ Gustav, 6 pm

Highlanders @ Brewhas, 7:15 pm

Wildcats @ Whitecaps, 8:30 pm

For more information, contact league commissioners Dan Sharkovitz at 508-560-6427 or Ray Tattersall at 508-560-1749

COLLEGIATE WOODEN BAT SUMMER BASEBALL

Martha’s Vineyard Sharks

mvsharks.com

Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)

thefuturesleague.com

Season runs from early June to mid-August. All home games at Vineyard Baseball Park “The Shark Tank” in Oak Bluffs.

Sharks home schedule June 2015:

Home/season opener: Thursday, June 4 at 7 pm vs North Shore (Lynn) Navigators

Sunday, June 7 vs. Brockton Rox, 6 pm

Tuesday, June 9 vs. Bristol (Conn.) Blues, 7 pm

Friday, June 12 vs. Nashua (N.H.) Silver Knights, 7 pm

Saturday, June 13 vs. Wachusett (Leominster) Dirt Dawgs, 7 pm

Tuesday, June 16 vs. Pittsfield Suns, 7 pm

Thursday, June 18 vs. Seacoast (Portsmouth, N.H.) Mavericks, 7 pm

Saturday, June 20 vs. Worcester Bravehearts, 7 pm

Wednesday, June 24 vs. Torrington (Conn.) Titans, 7 pm

Thursday, June 25 vs. North Shore Navigators, 7 pm

Friday, June 26 vs. Worcester Bravehearts, 7 pm

Saturday, June 27 vs. Seacoast Mavericks, 7 pm

FISHING

mvrodandgunclub.com

Saturday, May 9

Annual Kids Trout Derby, Duarte’s Pond, West Tisbury, 5:30-9 am

Saturday, May 30 (evening) to Sunday, May 31 (morning)

Annual Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch and Release tournament

HOLMES HOLE SAILING

holmeshole.org

Sunday, June 14

Tune-Up race, 12 pm

Thursday, June 18

Evening race, 6 pm

Sunday, June 21

Vineyard Sound race, 12 pm

Starting June 28, two races each Sunday (morning and afternoon); plus Thursday evenings.

RUNNING

Sunday, May 24, 10:30 am

22nd Annual Oak Bluffs Memorial Day 5K run and walk, benefiting Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.

TENNIS

Airport Fitness and Tennis

airportfitnessmv.com/tennis

508-696-8000

Vineyard Youth Tennis

vineyardyouthtennis.org

508-693-7762
GOLF

Edgartown Golf Club

edgartowngolfclub.com

508-627-5343

Farm Neck Golf Club

www.farmneck.net

508-693-3560

Mink Meadows Golf Club

www.minkmeadowsgc.com

508-693-0600

Vineyard Golf Club

www.vineyardgolf.com

508-627-8930

GYMNASTICS

Island Gymnastics Training School

508-693-8358

Facebook: Island Gymnastics on Martha’s Vineyard

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The deciding goal came in the last two minutes of the game Saturday at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School field.

Wayman Harrison eludes a Whaler at mid-field. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

Spencer Schofield scored with two minutes remaining in regulation to cap a three-goal rally as Martha’s Vineyard overturned a 6-4 deficit and beat the Nantucket Whalers, 7-6, Saturday at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.

With the big win over their arch-rivals, the Vineyarders improved to 2-1.

Trailing 4-2 midway through the third quarter, Nantucket scored four unanswered goals to put the

Spencer Schofield tries to escape the clutches of two Nantucket defenders late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 7-6 Vineyard win.
Spencer Schofield tries to escape the clutches of two Nantucket defenders late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 7-6 Vineyard win.

Vineyarders on the ropes with under five minutes to play.

Ben Clark started the Vineyard comeback with his second goal of the game, cutting the margin to 6-5. Mike Morris ripped a shot through goal-mouth traffic to tie the score with three minutes left and Spencer Schofield followed up in short order with the game-winner.

Greg McCarron locks sticks with a Nantucket foe. Photo by Ralph Stewart.
Greg McCarron locks sticks with a Nantucket foe. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

The Vineyarders protected the precious lead, chewing up the remaining clock with stellar work behind the Whaler net.

Ben Clark scored two goals and won six loose balls. Greg McCarron had two goals and an assist to go with five loose balls won. Spencer Schofield scored twice, while Mike Morris finished with a goal and an assist. Austin Chandler chalked up two assists and Jack Garrett had one.

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Team Purple wins House Mite event.

The Travel Mites, Liam Conley, Jackson Burgoyne, Michael Perry, Chase Toomey, Izzie Blake, Jonah Saunier, Savannah Meader, Frankie Paciello, Cal D'Arcy, Nathan Averill, Luke Silvia and Cole Lambert, as well as coaches Ben Retmier and Jack D'Arcy. – Photo courtesy of Heather Quinn

Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey’s youngest players had their first opportunity to participate in tournament play last weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena in the 27th annual Red Kennedy Tournament.

The Travel Mites faced off with the Tri-County Saints (Mansfield), the Minuteman Lady Flames (Marlborough), and the Greater Providence Bears in full-ice action. The Vineyard team’s tenacious play carried them into the championship game Sunday morning. In the final, MV persevered throughout, but lost to Tri-County 3-2 in sudden-death overtime.

Meanwhile, the Vineyard’s four House Mite teams played fast-paced and spirited cross-ice games throughout the weekend. Team Purple ultimately came out victorious.

 

 

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MVRHS track and field athletes dominate the top positions on a chilly day in Oak Bluffs.

Race winner Patrick Best leads the way by a stride at the start. – Photo by Ralph Stewart
Mr. Best topped the field with eight seconds to spare.
Mr. Best topped the field with eight seconds to spare.

Patrick Best of Vineyard Haven was first to the finish line Sunday morning in a brisk and breezy 17th annual Ocean View St. Patrick’s Dayish 5K Run and Walk in Oak Bluffs. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sophomore clocked in at 19:54, eight seconds clear of race runner-up and MVRHS track teammate Daniel Gaines of Edgartown.

MVRHS freshman runner Rose Engler of Oak Bluffs was the women’s winner and finished ninth overall with a time of 22:43.

Women's winner Rose Engler was all smiles at the finish line.
Women’s winner Rose Engler was all smiles at the finish line.

Nearly 100 hardy souls braved temperatures in the low 30’s and a stiff breeze to navigate the East Chop 5K course. Proceeds from the race benefited the MVRHS track and field and cross-country teams.

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Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls varsity coach Maureen Hill of Edgartown was chosen last week for induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Ms. Hill received the honor based on a stellar record of achievement as a player at Winthrop High School and Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. She is a hall of famer at both schools. The induction ceremony for the Class of 2015 is scheduled for August 8 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Ms. Hill first learned of the news via telephone, and said she was shocked. “I was in disbelief,” she said. “I asked them if they had the right person.”

The Vineyard coach will join some impressive company in the hall, including Celtics great Bob Cousy, UConn’s Jim Calhoun and Rebecca Lobo, Kathy Delaney-Smith of Harvard, Togo Palazzi of Holy Cross, and Providence College star Ernie DiGregorio.

Ms. Hill first starred at Winthrop High School, becoming the first girl to score 1,000 points. She scored 45 points in one game versus Marblehead, and helped lead the Vikings to an Eastern Mass. Division Two title and a 23-1 record. She was subsequently named All-Scholastic Player of the Year by the Boston Globe.

At Lafayette, Ms. Hill holds several school records, including most points: 1,813 (career) and 626 (season); scoring average: 15.8 (career) and 20.9 (season); field goals: 690 (career) and 232 (season); and free throws: 433 (career) and 162 (season).

Earlier this month, Ms. Hill completed her first year as Martha’s Vineyard varsity girls head coach, leading the Vineyarders to an 18-5 record and the MIAA Division Three South Sectional semifinals. Her previous coaching experience included eight seasons of Vineyard girls travel basketball and five seasons as head coach of the MVRHS girls junior varsity team.

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Juniors and seniors teamed up, and Spain reigned in an Island-style Davis Cup.

Molly Pogue readies for a forehand volley as her partner Bruce Merrill stands ready. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

Tennis players young and old paired off Sunday in a brace of new events at Airport Fitness and Tennis (AFT) in West Tisbury.

A junior/senior event, matched the hard serves and biting topspin of five talented 12-year-olds with the finesse and craft of five players ages 60 to 80. The junior players included club regulars Molly, Paige, and Spencer Pogue, Hannah Rabasca, and Max Soll, a Minnesota resident who takes lessons at AFT when he’s in town. Leo McHugh, Bruce Merrill, Steve Pogue, Chuck Scott, and Bruce Llewellyn served it up for the seniors.

Each senior took a junior partner and played the other teams in a round-robin format. Each match proved to be well balanced and competitive, with Bruce Merrill summing up the tourney as “most enjoyable, and something we should repeat.” The club plans to hold another junior/senior event in the near future.

Tony Omer chases down a shallow shot and scoops the ball back across the net. – Photo by Ralph Stewart
Tony Omer chases down a shallow shot and scoops the ball back across the net. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

At the conclusion of the opening round of matches, Hannah Rabasca stayed on and joined seven adult players in an AFT version of the international Davis Cup, pitting Team Spain against Team Switzerland. Club owner Connie McHugh coached the Swiss team, comprising Lucia Hayman, Hannah Rabasca, Gavin Franklin, and Tony Omer. AFT pro Sean Pease coached “Spaniards” Mary Breslauer, Penny Franklin, Darren Belisle, and Paul Ulyatt. The teams competed in women’s, men’s, and mixed doubles.

Spain reigned on the day, winning 4-0. Mary Breslauer and Penny Franklin prevailed over Lucia Hayman and Hannah Rabasca in women’s doubles, 8-1. Spain took a 2-0 lead as Darren Belisle and Paul Ulyatt defeated Gavin Franklin and Tony Omer 9-4.

The teams played two tight matches in mixed doubles. Tony Omer and Hannah Rabasca used an effective serve-and-volley game, but fell to Paul Ulyatt and Penny Franklin. Darren Belisle and Mary Breslauer closed out the tourney with a win over Lucia Hayman and Gavin Franklin.