Martha’s Vineyard baseball beats Bourne with late single

Emerson Mahoney (left) and Mitchell Chaves celebrate after the final out. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Mike Mussell drove in Silas Berlin with a single down the left-field line in the bottom of the sixth inning as Martha’s Vineyard shutout Bourne, 1-0, Friday at Vineyard Baseball Park.

Berlin singled, then stole second and third base, before crossing the plate with the winning run.

Vineyard starter Tim Roberts pitched a complete game to earn the win, conceding just three hits, striking out four, and walking none. The Canalmen went down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh on a pop-up to second, a line-out to second, and a fly ball to center.

The Vineyarders (3-4) had four hits in the game and avenged a 3-2 opening day defeat April 2 at Bourne.

“It’s nice to get one of those; we haven’t gotten one in a while,” Vineyard coach Gary Simmons said after his team’s first win in four games. “The kids played well, pitched well, played good defense — that’s what it takes. We hit a little bit. It was nice to use the advantage of our team speed.”

Jayvees beat Bourne in nail-biter

The Vineyard jayvee baseball team avenged a 15-run defeat two weeks ago by beating Bourne, 5-4 Friday, in Oak Bluffs. Elias Fhagen-Smith pitched five strong innings, giving up three hits for two runs and striking out seven batters. Aidan Aliberti closed out the win, pitching the last two innings, giving up two runs while striking out three, including the last two batters with the tying run at third and go-ahead run at second base in the seventh inning. Aliberti also chipped in with two hits. James Sashin had a hit and two RBIs.

The jayvees also defeated Blackstone Valley, 8-3, on April 14 and Bishop Stang, 8-6, on April 9.