MVRHS sports highlights

Ryan Fisher fires to the plate Saturday against Plymouth South at Vineyard Baseball Park. Second baseman Chris Morris is at left. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Track and Field

The Vineyard freshmen and sophomores competed in the Route 228 Notre Dame Meet in Hingham on Saturday.

Jeremy Alley-Tarter won the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.53.

In the javelin, Joe Turney made his last of three throws count, to place second with a distance of 152′ 3″. Lilly Neville took fifth with a throw of 85′ 1″ — a personal best.

The Vineyard 4 x 400 relay teams also placed. The boys team of Jeremy Alley-Tarter, James Roddy, Thorpe Karabees, and Serogia Bernier finished sixth. The girls quartet of Julia Neville, Lilly Neville, Sabrina Reppert, and Mariah Campbell were eighth.


The softball team won back-to-back laughers on the road this week, beating Chatham 18-1 on Friday before defeating Sturgis 19-1 the next day. Both games ended early because of the slaughter rule that requires games to be called if a team is winning by 12 runs or more after five innings.

With the two wins, the team improved to 3-1 on the season.

Coach Donald Herman said his team is clicking on offense and pitching well, but is still striving to improve on defense. “If we can finish 4-3 in April, or better yet 5-2, I will be very pleased. We’re going to have to win almost all our non-conference games this season to have a winning record, because our conference games in the Eastern Athletic Conference are killers,” he said.

Hailee McCarthy was the starting pitcher in Friday’s win over Chatham, striking out seven with only two walks while giving up no earned runs. Kendall Robinson went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, and two walks, while batting in four runs. Emily Cimeno was 2-for-3 with three walks and two RBIs.

Against Sturgis on Saturday, McCarthy was again the starting pitcher, and she struck out nine while going 3-for-5 at the plate. The Vineyarders also had two-run homers in consecutive innings, the first by Cimeno in the first inning, followed by Shelby Lavin in the second inning.

Cimeno went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Levin went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Robinson went 4-for-4 with two runs batted in. Both Miranda Tokarz and Megan Buchannan went 2-for-4 with a double.

Boys Lacrosse

The boys lacrosse team overcame an early six-goal deficit to tie the game against Arlington Catholic at home on Tuesday before losing 10-9 in overtime in heartbreaking fashion. The Vineyarders came out sluggish, falling behind 6-0 after only one period.

“We thought we had some offensive opportunities early that just weren’t there,” coach Chris Greene said. “We were forcing the ball and made offensive mistakes, which then turned into defensive mistakes. We held the ball for seven minutes straight at one point but could not hit the net.”

Tyler Paulson had three goals in the loss; teammate Nick Costello had four assists and two goals. Huck Burke had a goal, Charlie Everett had a goal and two assists and Denver Maciel had a goal and an assist. With the loss the team fell to 2-5 on the season.

Coach Greene said he sees potential in his team, but his players are still working things out. “It’s a learning process,” he said. “We had a few people just come back from injury, so were trying to find continuity. On defense I don’t have many complaints, but on offense things aren’t working just yet.”

Last Thursday the Vineyarders lost 10-2 to Sandwich, and on Saturday lost 16-5 to Norwell, one of the toughest teams on the schedule.

Boys Tennis

The boys’ tennis team is off to another strong start under Coach Ned Fennessy, as they won two matches this week against Chatham and Coyle-Cassidy to move to 4-0 on the season and give Coach Fennessy his 250th win.

This week, the Vineyarders beat Coyle-Cassidy with ease, led by Kent Leonard who defeated Kevin Dupont at number-one singles (6-2, 4-6, 6-2)

At number-two singles, Patrick McCarthy beat Dave Capella (6-2, 6-1) and at number three-singles Justice Yennie beat Matt Voz (6-1, 6-3). The doubles pairings of Jackson McBride and Natty Schneider won in straight sets, as did the pairing of Justin Smith and Ryan Sawyer.

Against Chatham last Thursday, Leonard beat Devon Walsh at number-one singles (6-1, 6-0), McCarthy won in straight sets against Logan Firmin (6-0, 6-0) and Yennie beat Nick Long (7-5, 6-0). At number one doubles, Schneider and McBride defeated Bruce Aslanian and Robby Ostrer (6-1, 6-0).

The Vineyarders face their toughest challenge at home on Monday when they play Cape Cod Academy, the team that knocked them out of the state tournament the last three years.

Girls tennis

The Vineyard girls won two matches last week to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

Friday, M.V. swept Coyle and Cassidy, 5-0 in Oak Bluffs.

Samantha Potter won in frist singles, 6-1, 6-0, Annie Burton won, 6-2, 6-2, in second singles, and Wendy Wen took the third singles match, 6-1, 6-2. Dylan Brockmeyer and Alyssa Adler, who usually play second and third singles, paired in first doubles, winning 6-0, 6-0. Julia Cooper and Annabelle Hackney also won 6-0, 6-0 in second doubles.

Thursday, M.V. visited Chatham and downed the Blue Devils, 5-0. Samantha Potter, Annie Burton, and Wendy Wen all rolled in singles, 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles, Dylan Brockmeyer and Alyssa Adler won 6-0, 6-1. Annabelle Hackney and Josie Iadicicco won 6-1, 6-1. The junior varsity pair of Lily Bick and Charlotte Potter were also victorious, 6-2.


The baseball team had an up-and-down week, losing 11-3 on the road to Coyle-Cassidy last Wednesday, before bouncing back with a pair of dramatic wins at home Saturday against Plymouth South.

Saturday, against Plymouth South, the Vineyarders first resumed a game postponed on April 4 after 12 innings with the game knotted in a scoreless tie. Jack Roberts pitched in the abbreviated game, and had two scoreless innings.

With two outs in the top of the 12th (the Vineyarders were the visitors) Will Stewart, Chris Morris, and Ryan Fisher all singled. Roberts then drew a walk to force in a run and the Vineyarders held on to win, 1-0.

The Vineyarders then played the Panthers in a second game, this time as the home team. They fell behind 3-0 early and trailed 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh. Fisher started the game and went three innings with two earned runs, before being relieved by Will Stewart.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Vineyarders put two men on with a single and a walk with no outs. Coach Gary Simmons then pinch hit Harry West. The move paid off in spades when West hit a walk-off two run double to give the Vineyarders a thrilling 7-6 win.

Following the game, Coach Simmons said the pair of wins was a spark for his team. “To win two of those kinds of games in one day was really exciting,” he said. “I hope this is something we can build on.”

In the loss to Coyle-Cassidy on April 11, the Warriors exploded for 11 runs in the second inning to erase an early Vineyard lead. On the bright side, Noah Stobie pitched his first varsity game in the later innings and hurled three innings of shutout ball.