Hurricanes repeat as Martha's Vineyard men's softball champs

The championship series between two of the league's old guard was one of the finest and most competitive in recent memory.

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James Holenko high steps into home, scoring the 'Canes first run as Ben Ford fields the ball. – Photo by Ralph Stewart — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Hurricanes stormed to their fourth men’s Island Softball League title in five years, edging the Brewhas 4-3 Thursday night at Veterans Park in the decisive third game of the best-of-three championship series.

‘Canes shortstop Billy Jackson batted in a crucial insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the defending champs a 4-2 lead.

The insurance came in handy. Ben Ford crushed a solo homer deep to right in the top of the seventh to draw the Brewhas to within one but they would get no closer. ‘Canes pitcher Harrison Holmes closed out the game by snagging a comebacker and tossing to first.

The game was a defensive gem throughout and the Hurricanes executed the key play as Harrison Holmes, Billy Jackson, and James Rebello turned a 1-6-3 double play to end the Brewhas’ fifth inning.

James Holenko was 2 for 2 with a walk and two runs scored for the Hurricanes. Ronnie Miske tripled for the Brewhas.

The championship series between two of the league’s old guard was one of the finest and most competitive in recent memory. The ‘Canes took the opener 14-10 on August 16, while the Brewhas fought back with a 16-11 win two days later.

The Brewhas still lead the ISL with 11 titles but the ‘Canes are closing the gap with seven of their own.