Last Thursday, the unbeaten, once tied, Oak Bluffs school baseball team visited Tisbury for a game at Veterans Park. The Blazers scored six runs in the top of the first inning and added two more in the second. Meanwhile, pitcher Kevin Galligan was keeping Tisbury off the scoreboard.
In the top of the third, O.B. scored again on a booming triple by Ben Ciciora, But in the bottom of the inning, Tisbury rallied for seven runs making the score after three, 9-7. The big blow was a bases-loaded double by T.J. Gervin. Cory Perrotta replaced Galligan on the mound. Then, with bases loaded, two outs, and Gervin coming to the plate, Ben Ciciora was called to the mound from center field and fired a third strike past T.J.
In the fourth and final inning, O.B. added two more to its lead on a bases-loaded double by Cole Bilodeau. Pitcher Ciciora closed out the inning and the game.
West Tisbury and Edgartown engaged in a close struggle won by the Eagles, 10-9. WesTiz tied its first two games with Tisbury and Oak Bluffs and stands at 0-1-2. Edgartown scored 10 times in the first inning and handed Oak Bluffs its first defeat.
The West Tisbury girls lost their softball game to Edgartown, Tuesday, by the unlikely score of 48-3. The boys baseball team also lost to Edgartown, 12-9.
Little East honors
For the third time, Kelsey MacDonald, a senior at Plymouth State, was named Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year.
Her sister, Taylor, a freshman at Eastern Connecticut State, was chosen league Rookie of the Year.
Troubles at the 4th
In the Boston Globe's colorful 167-page "Golfing New England" is a photo of NHL all-star Cam Neely playing his favorite hole, the par-3 fourth at Farm Neck. "It's a hole that can make or break your front nine," he says and adds, "Anything left is trouble, long is gone, and right is either unplayable or out of bounds. If you are short, chances are you are in a bunker, and don't expect to run it up either."
"It tends to be soft down there," adds Mike Zoll, head pro, "so you've got to find the green" which, incidentally, slopes to the right.
With all its other troubles, there is the hazard of a spectacular view of Sengekontacket Pond backed by Nantucket Sound to take your mind off business.
Youth Tennis winners
Stuart Hersh defeated Win Grimm to win his first segment of the A Division Balle de March Grand Prix at Vineyard Youth Tennis, Friday, April 29. Stuart defeated three other players to reach the finals.
Julia Cooper won the B Division Grand Prix. The final masters tournament will be held in June with four players qualifying.
The bounding main
The M.V. sailing team lost to visiting Dartmouth, May 2, in light and shifty winds, 3-1. The team's varsity skippers are Chris Edwards, Stavros Viglas, and Conor Lodge, with crews Chesley Wiseman, Emily Reich, and Christian Walter. The Vineyard junior varsity, led by Julie Pringle and Solvig Sayre, won their match, 2-1.
Friday, at Duxbury, the Vineyarders lost 3-0.
Saturday, Bishop Stang hove into the Lagoon and left with a 3-1 win. Lincoln-Sudbury was next and was shut out by the Vineyard, 3-0.
Up & Coming
Official opening of the new baseball field at MVRHS will be tomorrow, Friday, at 3:30 pm.... The 10th annual MVRHS boys tennis team round robin tournament takes place at the Edgartown Yacht Club courts, Saturday, May 19, from 2 to 5 pm. with gourmet hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. Rain date Sunday, the 20th. Entry fee $50, a benefit for the boys tennis program at the school.... Sunday, May 27, is the day for the 14th annual Memorial Day 5K road race with a one-mile kids fun run at the Wesley Hotel, Oak Bluffs.... A Casino Cruise benefiting the MV Travel Soccer program will cast off 7:30 pm, aboard the New England Fast Ferry, Friday, June 1. Tickets at fast ferry terminals and Sports Haven: $60. Call Phil Dwane, 508-642-1389 to learn more.... the MV Youth Hockey Golf Tournament is at Edgartown Golf Club, Saturday, June 2. Morning and afternoon shotgun starts. Silent auction. $75 per player. Four-player teams, scramble format, one mulligan. Players are sought. Call 508-627-5343 to sign up.... MV Women's Softball League (17 and up) will begin its third season June 12. Call Sara to learn more: 508-560-0484.