There’s a logjam at the top of the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Softball League standings as the regular season enters the homestretch. A bushel of games were played in the past week to account for what has been a rain-soaked season.
The Mama’s Girls and Creamers are tied at 7-3 with the Snaps at 7-4. The Rug Sox are 4-7 and the Wild Pitches are 1-9.
The Mamas and Rug Sox split a pair of games played Monday and Tuesday at Veterans Park. The Mamas rallied from behind with a 12-run fifth inning to pull away for a 14-6 win in the first tilt, while the Red Sox got even with an 11-4 win in the return. The Mamas carried a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning and looked primed for a two-game sweep, but the Sox roared back with six runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to stun the defending league champs.
Emily Turney led off the fifth with a double, with Marisa Estrella, Kya Maloney, Lizzie Andrews, Elizabeth Clark, and Jess Sonia adding singles to put the Sox up 8-4. In the sixth, Katherine Clark, Turney, and Summer Cardoza did the damage in a two-out rally, with a single, double, and single respectively.
The Creamers, who started the week at 4-3, charged to the top with three wins in seven days. In a makeup game played on July 24, Anne Sullivan hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie as Team Cream rallied to beat the Rug Sox, 9-4. Lindsay Kleeman, Sullivan, Kelly Bowse, and Sarah Strem each had multiple hits for the Creamers, and Lizzie Andrews was 2 for 3 for the Rug Sox. Winning pitcher Alleyne Hughes struck out three Sox and walked just one, while allowing seven hits.
The following night at the high school varsity field, the Creamers ran away from the Wild Pitches, 15-3. Again, Anne Sullivan was the catalyst, driving in five runs on a single, double, and triple. Kat deBettencourt drilled a homer to left in the third inning, while Veronika Buckley and Lindsay Kleeman joined Sullivan with multiple hits. Megan Buchanan went 2 for 2 for the Wild Pitches.
The Creamers made it three in a row after popping the Snaps, 9-4, on Tuesday night at Veterans Park. Anne Sullivan, Kendall Robinson, Veronika Buckley, Kat deBettencourt, and Sam Burns had two hits apiece to pace the Creamers’ balanced attack. Kelly Marolf hit a home run for the Snaps. Hailee McCarthy and Jackie Millard had a pair of hits, as did Darcie Hanaway, who made the catch of the night, with a diving grab in left to end the second inning.
The Snaps, it must be said, could be excused for the loss to the Creamers, having played part of one game and all of a second earlier in the evening.
The Snaps began the night by completing the final inning of a wild 24-18 win in a game suspended from earlier this season. What an inning it was for Team Green. Haille McCarthy and Kelly Marolf each hit grand slams as the Snaps batted around, and scored 11 runs to rally from a 15-13 deficit.
In the second game, the Snaps prevailed, 7-3. Darcie Hanaway had two hits and scored two runs, while sisters Kurstin Moore and Jackie Millard scored on a Chrissy DeOliveira triple in the third inning.
The ladies are back in action on Thursday night. The Mama’s and Creamers battle for sole possession of first place at Veterans Park Field B, and the Rug Sox meet the Wild Pitches at the high school. Both games start at 6:15 pm.