Plymouth bests Martha’s Vineyard All Stars in district final

Jack Sayre pitches against Plymouth while shortstop Mitchell Chaves looks on. — Photo courtesy of David Smith

The Martha’s Vineyard Babe Ruth 13-year-old All Stars took on Plymouth Saturday in Wareham for the district 7 championship, hoping to avenge an earlier round loss that threw the Islanders into the losers bracket.

Unfortunately, Plymouth was too strong and won, 7-0. On the plus side, the locals were the first team to keep Plymouth from winning via the slaughter rule. The Vineyard trailed by only 2-0 through four innings and 3-0 after five. Jack Sayre pitched well, allowing two runs on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Plymouth held the Vineyard offense to a pair of hits: Jack Sayre doubled, and Theo Gallagher singled.

The 13’s reached the finals by defeating Sandwich 6-5 on Friday. John Morris chipped in with an RBI groundout and scored the go-ahead run on a Graham Lewis grounder, followed by a Sandwich throwing error. Starting pitcher Elias Fhagen-Smith kept the Vineyard in the game with a solid four and a third innings. Jack Sayre shut the door with two and two thirds innings of scoreless relief. Mitchell Chaves had a double, two singles, and two RBI. Jack Sayre and Sam Bresnick each had two hits, while Elias Fhagen-Smith and Theo Gallagher had one.

M.V. plays in the Mansfield Tournament July 13-14, competing against the hosts, Walpole, Sandwich, Wrentham, Attleboro, and Sakonett, R.I.