The Brewhas and Hurricanes, the two oldest teams in the men’s Island Softball League, played out the latest installment of a three-decade-old rivalry, Monday night at Veterans Park in Vineyard Haven. The Brewhas have won 11 league titles, while the four-time defending champion ’Canes have established a dynasty by winning six of the past seven crowns.
In a game marked by sharp defense, big hits were few, but the Brewhas had the most in a 6-2 win.
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Joel Rebello stroked a leadoff double, and Keith Crossland ripped another two-bagger to bring Rebello home.
The Brewhas responded quickly in the top half of the second. Noah Stobie clubbed a homer to right-center, Amos Carvalho tripled, and David Macias added an RBI with a bloop single to center for a 2-1 lead.
Cody Pachico put the Brewhas up 4-1 in the fifth with a two-run homer to left. Harrison Holmes got one back for the ’Canes in the bottom half with an infield single up the middle, scoring Pat Rolston, but the Brewhas loaded the bases in the sixth and put the game away with two insurance runs. Tim Millerick drove the ball deep to left-center and Jonas Lukowitz made a fine running grab for the out, but Miles McCreary and Matt Gebo scored after the catch to provide the final margin for the Brewhas.
Both teams made several web gems in the contest, perhaps none better than Brewhas third baseman Matt Gebo leaping to snare a laser at the hot corner off the bat of ’Canes shortstop Billy Jackson in the second inning. Hurricanes Jackson, Joel Rebello, and James Holenko turned a slick 6-4-3 double play in the same inning.
With one week remaining in the regular season, the Highlanders have a 1½-game lead at the top of the standings at 12-1, with the Blazers, 21-8 winners over the Floaters on Monday night, holding down second at 11-3. The Brewhas are third at 9-5, with the ’Canes a half-game back at 8-5, followed by the Whitecaps (7-5), Misfits (3-10), Mermen (2-12), and Floaters (1-12).