Wait 'til next year
The Island Little League season came to a belated close, Saturday, as some 11-year-old Little Leaguers challenged some 12-year-olds to a game at Veira Park, Oak Bluffs.
It was a good game, replete with memorable plays in the field and at the plate: a home run, double plays, pickoffs, close plays at home, effective pitching, and tight fielding. But the older boys (and girl) were just that much more practiced than their young challengers and walked off the field with a 7-1 win.
The 12s scored a run in each of the first three innings.
When the 11-year-old team pushed a run across the plate in the top of the fourth, their elders responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
That was it. Neither team scored after that.
The 11-year-old team: Tristan Araujo, Jacob Cardoza, Aksel Cooperrider, Nianoa Cooperrider, Joe Davies, Jonas Lukowitz, Cameron Maciel. Chris Mayhew, and Cooper Rogers, was coached by Kris Lukowitz, Woody Araujo, Paul Cardoza and Jonathan Mayhew.
The 12-year-olds: Greg McCarron, Emily Turney, Jack Slayton, Tucker McNeeley, Mason Jeffers, Andrew Wiley, Kevin Cleary, Emerson Mahoney, Silas Berlin, Nate D'Angelo, Isaac Higgins and Morgan Michalski were coached by Mike Michalski, Peter Jeffers, Jamie McNeeley, and Bob Moore.