Vineyard boys baseball team defeats Bourne at home, 4-1

MV played again on Wednesday at home and beat conference rival Coyle and Cassidy, 5-1.

Elias Fhagen-Smith slides home to give the Vineyarders a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. Photo by Ralph Stewart.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School boys baseball team earned an impressive 4-1 win over a strong Bourne squad at Vineyard Baseball Park on Monday. Starting pitcher James Sashin was masterful over six innings and got the win, allowing one unearned run on only two hits.

On Wednesday at home Jacob Cardoza pitched and hit MV to its second EAC league win defeating Coyle Cassidy 5-1 and improving MV overall to 7-2 and 2-0 in the EAC. Cardoza gutted through 5 innings pitched without his best stuff but still limited Coyle to 5 hits and 1 unearned run. Though MV made a couple of errors including one in the first leading to Coyle’s only run, the defense came up big a number of times to keep Coyle off the scoreboard including a second inning 6-4-3 double play and picking a runner off 3rd in the 6th.  At the plate Cardoza had 4 hits, including 2 triples and 2 singles.  He got things started immediately in the bottom of the first with his first triple and scored on a Jonas Lukowitz double. Lukowitz scored on an RBI single by Aidan Aliberti.  MV added a run in the 3rd on a one out single by Elias Fhagen-Smith who came around and scored on a wild pitch.  Then in the 5th MV scored 2 insurance runs on a single by Mitchell Chaves which along with a Coyle throwing error allowed both Emerson Mahoney, who had walked, and Chris Mayhew, who had singled, to score.

With the win, MV improved to 6 and 2 on the season (1 and 0 in the conference), while Bourne dropped to 5 and 2. 

Monday win
MV coach Gary Simmons was pleased with the win and is optimistic about the team. “We’re playing good defense and getting good efforts from our starters,” he said. “We have players on this team who can do multiple things defensively. They are athletic and fast. It’s a really great group of kids who work hard and are fun to be around.”

This was a fast-moving game, thanks to the fine work of both hurlers. Sashin was dominant, mixing speeds effectively to keep the Bourne hitters off balance and relying on his defense to make plays. Right fielder Aidan Alberti typified the strong Vineyard defense, making a sliding backhand catch in the fourth inning with one out and a runner on base.

Bourne’s Kylar Macoratti was also in command, striking out three and allowing only four hits during his six innings. He did not, however, have the benefit of strong defensive support. In the second inning, Chris Mayhew and Elias Fhagen-Smith reached on infield errors, then pulled a double steal to put runners at second and third. Mitchell Chaves’ groundout plated Mayhew, and a wild pitch brought Flagen-Smith home.

After the Canalmen cut the lead to 2-1 in the third, MV’s offense responded an inning later with two well-earned runs. Fhagen-Smith led with a single and was sent to third on Emerson Mahoney’s ringing double to the fence in left-center. Chaves then picked up his second RBI with an infield grounder, Mahoney advancing to third. MV Coach Gary

Simmons, wanting more of a cushion, didn’t hesitate. On the first pitch to Sam Bresnick, Mahoney broke for home. The suicide squeeze was on. Cool and calm, sophomore Bresnick squared and dropped a perfect bunt down the first base line. The 4-1 lead held up the rest of the way, and Chris Mayhew pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the save.