The Vineyarders improved to 5-10 with a 21-9 six-inning win over John O’ Bryant on May 12 in Boston.
Mariah Duarte was 3 for 4 with seven RBIs, hitting a grand slam in the second inning as the Purple shook off an early 6-1 deficit. Emily Turney was 2 for 3 with a triple and Sarah Strem doubled.
The Vineyarders led by just one in the top of the sixth before piling on 13 more runs. M.V. secured the mercy rule shortened win with a game-ending double play. Emily Turney threw to Amanda Fielding for the out at first. With the O’ Bryant runner heading home, Fielding then fired a strike to catcher Miranda Tokarz at the plate for the final out.
Vineyard pitcher Jessica Sonia had an unusual set of stats, allowing one hit and no earned runs, with three strikeouts and 13 walks.
The Vineyarders host Coyle Cassidy on Friday (3:15 pm) and Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Sunday (12:30). Senior day at MVRHS is Thursday, May 22 (3:15 pm) against Bourne.
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.
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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