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Girls Youth LaX teams roll

The MV girls Youth Lacrosse Under-15 team has won its first three games of the season beginning with a 12-2 thrashing of Falmouth, and continuing at Weymouth where the Islanders were led by Molly Wallace’s five — count ’em — five goals. Samantha Maltais added two more. Chantal Booker, Emma Yuen, Aubrey Ashmun, and Alex Clark also contributed points to the 12-6 victory. Dartmouth visited on the 18th and were treated to an 8-6 defeat. Molly Wallace had a hat trick and Alice Keenan scored twice, Isabel Smith and Lee Hayman also scored.

MV coaches acknowledged the good works of goalies Kayla Geddis and Sam Hargy.

The Under-13 girls have kept up with their elders, beating Falmouth, 8-2, topping Weymouth 6-3 on goals by Audrey McCarron (2), Belle Dinning (2), Kyle Hatt and Lee Hayman.

The U-13s went right on winning Sunday, beating Dartmouth here, 7-3. Lee Hayman, Kylie Hatt, and Shannon Morris each scored a pair. Belle Dinning also scored.

This Sunday the girls are at Dartmouth.

Boys win, lose

On Sunday, April 18, the Under-13 boys Youth Lacrosse team traveled to Bourne and returned with a 4-1 win under their belts. Greg McCarron scored twice. Austin Chandler, Wyatt Jenkinson, and Robert McLaughlin also scored.

The Under-11 boys team hosted Hanover, Sunday, and lost to the visitors, 9-5.

MV goals were scored by Hunter Ponte, Sam Rollins, Jacob Gunderson, and Donald O’Shaughnessy (2) assisted by Gunderson, Jackson Mahaffey (2), Lucas DeBettencourt, and O’Shaughnessy.

Coach Bruce Mahaffey lauded MV goalie for “gutsy play in the net all afternoon.”

Baseball woes

The MVRHS varsity baseball team entered the Westwood Tournament last week and lost its first game of the tourney to Norwell, 5-3.

Will Stewart was touched for two earned runs in 5 2/3rds innings. He walked three, struck out two. The Clippers scored four runs in the second inning, aided and abetted by two Vineyard errors.

The Vineyarders could muster only one hit, that by Lamar Moreis.

The Islanders played a consolation game with Foxboro Friday and lost, 6-2.

Monday the Vineyarders were at Attleboro losing to Bishop Feehan,

The MV varsity record is 1-9, 0-3 in the EAC.

Little Leaguers to march

This year’s Little League opening ceremonies, Saturday, include a parade of uniformed players up Circuit Avenue to Veira Park accompanied by an Oak Bluffs Police cruiser, four fire trucks (from O.B., Edgartown, Tisbury and West Tisbury), and a band. The parade begins at 9:30 am.

At Veira all the uniformed baseball players (Little League, Minor League, Farm League, Teeball League) will line up on the foul lines for the singing of the National Anthem by two Vineyard young ladies, Sarah Dawson and Emelia Cappelli.

A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Brian Rose. Born and raised in New Bedford, Mr. Rose is a former major league pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. Team pictures will be taken followed by three baseball games. At 11 am the Mets play the Cubs. At 1:30 pm it’s A’s vs. Cardinals, and at 4 pm the Red Sox try to tame the Tigers.

Already open

In fact, the Little League began play on Monday with a meeting of last year’s finalists: the A’s and the Cardinals.

It was a raw, overcast day that felt more like football than baseball.

The two teams, which looked so sharp at the end of the ’09 season, played a less than impressive game with many walks, wild pitches, passed balls, and strike outs.

In short, they looked like a couple of young teams playing their first game after a long lay-off, which, of course, is precisely what they were.

The A’s won, 10-4, accepting 16 bases on balls from Cardinal pitchers Nate D’Angelo, Nianoa Cooperrider and Aksel Cooperrider.

Tuesday it was the Mets vs. Cubs and Wednesday the Tigers took on the Red Sox.

Cutline for above

Aksel Cooperrider applies the tag to a sliding Tristan Araujo at third base in the Cards-A’s game.

Interscholastic ball games

The Junior High baseball and softball teams begin play on Tuesday, May 4, at Vineyard Haven’s Veterans Memorial Park as the Edgartown softball team takes on Tisbury. The next day the same schools play baseball.

All of the interscholastic Junior High games, baseball and softball, will be played at Veterans Park.

The Charter school enters the fray this year to play a full schedule of softball and baseball games versus Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury.

Make up and semifinal games will be played May 25. The finals will be on May 27, weather permitting of course.

Pitch, Hit, Run

The Diamond Club and Vineyard Baseball will host a free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition on Sunday, May 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at the MVRHS “field of dreams” baseball field.

The Pitch, Hit and Run competition is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, without charge, and recognize excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Competitors will be divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10. 11/12, 13/14 (age as of July 17, 2010).

The local winners in each age group may advance to sectional levels of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a registration/waiver prior to competing. Registration begins at 10 am.

For more information call Anthony Piland Sr. at 508-693-

0809 or see http://mlb,mlb,com/mlb/kids/mlb pitch hit run.jsp.

How to go, Pete!

Peter Ferrini, a senior student and lacrosse player at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida, son of Pete and Linda Ferrini of Edgartown, has received the Tartan Award given to a “superior athlete who reaches his highest potential through courage, perseverance and integrity.”

The Boca Raton lacrosse team has a record of 68 wins and three losses and has won the Florida State Championship three years in a row. It is ranked 8th nationally.

Pete will attend St. Mary’s College, Maryland, in the fall.