Sports highlights

Play ball! Sharks open on Tuesday

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, the local entry in the wooden bat Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will open their home season against the Brockton Rox on Tuesday at 6 pm. Home games are played at Vineyard Baseball Park on the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School campus.

The Sharks open their third season on Thursday in Leominster against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. M.V. hits the road for three more games, against the two-time defending champion Nashua Silver Knights, the Seacoast Mavericks, and the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, before returning to the Island.

Fans will see two big changes in 2013. The team has installed nearly 300 stadium-style seats, direct from Camden Yards in Baltimore, behind home plate. Night baseball also comes to the Island this summer. Lights are being installed at Vineyard Baseball Park this week. With the exception of the first two home games, on June 11 and 12 (6 pm) and games July 19 and August 7 (11 am), starting times this season will be at 6:45 pm. The June 11 home opener is Little League night. Players coming to the ballpark wearing their team jersey and cap get in free. The June 12 game against Old Orchard Beach will feature a mascot race.

Two Vineyarders are on the Sharks roster this summer. Tad Gold of Vineyard Haven, is back for a third consecutive season, while MVRHS graduating senior Jack Roberts of Edgartown is making his Sharks debut in the nine-team collegiate summer league. Pitcher Mike Molta of Nantucket is also on the team this summer.

Martha’s Vineyard has a new head coach this season, Mike Miller, with assistants Ryan Morris and Anthony Corona. The Sharks finished in sixth place last year with a record of 26-27.

The Sharks will play 27 home games in the 54-game schedule between June 6 and August 8. Reserved seats, if available, are $10 per game. Bleacher seats are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and over) and $4 for children (12 and under). Reserved seat season tickets are $150 per season with an up-front payment of $300 good for two seasons, plus a third season free. Bleacher season tickets are $100 per season for adults and $50 for children (12 and under).

For more information, visit mvsharks.com or call 508-687-9705.

Maggie Riseborough makes All NE meet

The MVRHS girls and boys track teams competed Saturday at Westfield State University in the MIAA state finals. Maggie Riseborough placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 38′ 4.75″, qualifying for a second consecutive year to the elite All New England High School Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Saturday, June 8, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Shavanae Anderson finished 14th in the triple jump with a leap of 33′ 6.25″. On the boys side, the Vineyard 4 x 800-meter relay team of Michael Schroeder, Kyle Joba-Woodruff, Isaiah Maynard, and Jeremy Alley-Tarter placed 20th with a time of 8:27.17.

Youth soccer

The MV United teams enjoyed a successful weekend on the pitch in South Coast Soccer League play.

The boys Under-11 Purple and Black teams each defeated Nantucket last weekend at Veterans Park. The Purple prevailed 7-2 on Saturday. Morgan Estrella notched the hat trick with support from goalkeeper Colby Zarba, who provided accurate long kicks. Joshua Dix and Ben Taylor each tallied twice. The Black team followed up with a 4-1 win on Sunday. Nicholas DePaula scored two goals. Ramon Dos Santos and Joshua Sampaio had a goal apiece.

The U-18 boys blanked host Sandwich, 8-0. Martin Aranzabe and Ryan Uva netted two goals apiece. Gordon Moore, Lee Faraca, Vincent Carlomagno, and Justin Smith had the other Vineyard goals. The U-13 boys drew, 1-1, at Westport. The U-15 girls doubled up host Swansea, 4-2. The U-13 girls played twice and came away with two draws; 2-2 away to Norton on Saturday and 1-1 at home against Sandwich on Sunday.

VFA sign-up

Registration for the upcoming Vineyard Football Association coed adult soccer summer season is underway. The league begins its 22nd season on Tuesday, June 25.

Matches will be played at 5:30 and 6:45 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Veterans Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven. All players must register to be drafted onto a team by June 20. Player registration forms and additional information are available at Sports Haven at 5 Beach Street, Vineyard Haven or call 508-696-0456. For more information about the VFA summer soccer league, check vineyardfa.com

Little League

Saturday’s results:

Tigers 11, Cubs 1

Four Tigers pitchers combined to hold the Cubbies to three hits. Baylee Francis had the hot bat for the Tigers, going three for three with four RBIs. Hollis Kelly anchored the Tiger defense by triggering two 4-3 double plays. Max Potter had the Cubs’ RBI, scoring Peter Gillis, who singled and stole two bases.

Red Sox 9, Pirates 5

Cardinals 9, A’s 8

Babe Ruth baseball

Lower Cape Black handed the Vineyard Angels their first loss of the season Saturday, 12-9. Curtis Fournier had three hits and Nick Fiore had two to lead the Halos. Sunday, the Angels traveled to the Cape and bounced back by sweeping a doubleheader from Barnstable Green and Barnstable Navy, 11-6 and 14-1.

Nick Fiore was 4 for 5 with four walks, reaching base in eight of nine at bats over the two games. Aidan Aliberti had five hits, including two doubles. Graham Lewis and Curtis Fournier each had four hits. Sam Bresnick added three hits of his own. Matteus Scheffer and Mercer Kelly were the winning pitchers. The Angels are 11-1 on the season.

Saturday, the Brewers edged visiting Lower Cape Black, 6-4. Cody Caseau threw five strong innings to earn the win. Dillon “Clutch” McAndrews paced the Brew Crew with two hits and two RBIs.

Blitz Fitness fundraiser

Blitz Fitness of West Tisbury presents the 4th annual School Tournament Fundraiser to be held Saturday at the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club at 44 Robinson Road in Edgartown from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event will include Kata, Weapons, and Fighting divisions. For more information, call 508-693-3211.

Tennis for Haiti

The annual Early Bird Doubles tennis tournament to benefit the Fish Farm for Haiti Project will be held June 21-23 at Farm Neck in Oak Bluffs. The tournament is open to players of all ages. All entry fees go directly to the Martha’s Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project.

Three divisions include men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles. The A division is open to all players, B division to players with a combined NTRP rating up to 7.5 and C division to players with a combined rating up to 6.0.

Players are guaranteed at least two matches per event entered. First-match losers will be placed into consolation draws. Entry Fee is $50 per player for each event entered, payable to the Fish Farm for Haiti Project.

Entries must be submitted www.TennisMV.com by June 17th at 6 pm. Start times and draws will be posted online the evening of June 19th.

For more information go to www.TennisMV.com, or call Mas Kimball, 508-560-6111 or Mike Johns, 508-693-9728.

VTC summer programs

The Vineyard Tennis Center, at the airport, announced the Vineyard Tennis Escape, a summer tennis program of morning clinics. Children’s and pee-wee lessons are also being offered again this summer. Cardio tennis will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 am.

For program details and schedules, call tennis pros Connie and Andrew McHugh and Susan Waldrop at 508-696-8000.

Up Islanders win School Spirit Challenge

The Up Island Schools won their third consecutive school spirit challenge with an undefeated 3-0 record. Captain Liz Roberts did a great job matching all the players up to the appropriate levels. Players competing for the team included Kat Roberts, Zak Danz, Kelly Klaren, Morgan Estrella, Cary More Straton, Chris Ferry, Jack Lionette, Evan Sauter, and Camille Prata.