The Vineyard Gray have moved on to the semifinals in the Gateway League playoffs after beating the Gateway Pirates 6-5 on Friday and 12-0 on Tuesday at the Shark Tank.
A best-of-three series with the Wareham Cubs is scheduled to begin this Thursday, July 2.
In the Friday game, the Vineyard fell behind 5-1 in the fourth inning, yet four runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth allowed the Vineyard to come out on top. Pitcher Jack Sierputoski limited a talented Pirate offense to just two hits over seven innings pitched. Harold Lawry hit a long triple in the fourth to lead the offensive comeback.
Game two was expected to be much the same, with the Pirates starting their 15-year-old ace on the mound. The Vineyard’s patient yet aggressive approach at the plate led to early offense and a high pitch count for the fireballer. The Vineyard scored two in the first and three in the third inning, which would be more than enough for Vineyard hurler Jake Howell. Howell limited the Pirate offense to just four hits and one walk over his complete-game victory. The Vineyard offense greeted each of the Pirates’ next two pitchers with decisive hits throughout the batting order (Jeremy Regan, Jake Howell, Harold Lawry, Hunter Cleary, Jack Sierputoski, Nick Bischoff, Benny Binder, Jared Regan, Colby Balboni, Mike O’Brien, and Summer Cardoza) to stretch their run total to an unexpected 12. It was a complete team victory.