The Hurricanes completed a two-game sweep of the Highlanders to win the men’s softball title, Thursday, Aug. 25, at Veterans Park in Tisbury.
The win atoned for the ‘Canes defeat in the finals to the Highlanders last season.
A sprinkling of rain raised questions about the possibility of a postponement of the second playoff game, Thursday evening, but the precipitation never amounted to much and it was clear sailing from the second inning on.
The ‘Canes had won game one Wednesday, 7-2.
The Hurricanes lost no time in making their intentions known. Three ringing base hits in the first inning gave them a two-run lead — until the bottom of the inning, that is.
The Highlanders responded with four runs on three hits and as many walks taking a 4-2 lead.
The ‘Canes tied the score in the top of the second but the Highlanders posted five in their half, three riding home on Joe Merry’s home run, and it was 9-4, Highlanders.
In the top of the third the ‘Canes blasted three long balls that went for triples. Those salvos, plus bases on balls, produced eight runs and the Hurricanes were ahead. As it turned out, they were ahead to stay.
The Highlanders failed to dent the plate in the third and fourth. The ‘Canes added one to their hoard in the fifth and the Highlanders responded with two in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams scored twice in the sixth, the ‘Canes on a home run by Matt Goethals, and the score stood at 15-13 with one inning remaining.
The hopeful Highlanders could see light at the end of the tunnel, but it was dimmed and then doused by an abundance of Hurricane runs in the top of the seventh, seven in all.
The Highlanders went quietly and in order in the bottom of the inning.
With Irene plowing up the coast and headed our way, the Hurricanes claimed the game, the series, and the title, 22-13.
The teams began the championship series Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Veterans Park.
The ‘Canes banged out 17 hits, nine for extra bases, to the Highlanders eight hits, including two doubles.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 5-0 lead and were never threatened.