Creamers clinch spot in women’s softball championship

Play either Mama’s Girls or Snaps on Tuesday.

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The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Softball League double-elimination playoffs continued Tuesday night at Veterans Park, with the top-seeded Creamers advancing to the championship by outslugging the Snaps, 13-8, in a winner’s bracket contest. 

Kat deBettencourt blasted a three-run homer to deep left in the fifth inning to put the Creamers up by four runs, and finished with three hits on the night. Anne Sullivan and Zöe Nugent also went yard for Team Cream, while Kendall Robinson was 2 for 3 with two runs scored. 

Kelly Marolf got the Snaps off to a hot start in the top of the first with a three-run homer of her own on a line drive through the grill fog in left field, and Lauren Merry was 2 for 2 with an RBI double in the first and a single in the fifth.

Earlier in the evening, the defending champion Mama’s Girls stayed alive and eliminated the Rug Sox, 4-2. Lauren Williston, Jess Mattis, and Caroline Davey each hit RBI singles, and Jenna Zechner batted in the Mamas’ final run with a sac fly in the fifth inning.

Summer Cardoza and Katherine Clark led the Sox with three hits apiece. Cardoza singled to score Clark in the first inning, and tripled to bring her across the plate in the seventh. 

With the Sox down to their final out, Mamas first baseman Jaime Forend fired home to catcher Hayley Panek, who applied the tag on Cardoza to end the game.

Monday night at the high school, the Rug Sox eliminated the Wild Pitches, 10-8. Miranda Tokarz delivered the key hit with a double in a five-run fifth inning to put the Sox ahead to stay. 

The playoffs continue Thursday night at Veterans Park Field B (Causeway Road) as the Mama’s Girls and Snaps meet for the fifth time this season in an elimination game at 6:15 pm. The winner plays the Creamers on Tuesday night at Veterans Park Field A, also at 6:15. The Creamers are 2-0 in the tournament, and need one more win to claim their third title, while the Snaps or Mamas would need to beat the Creamers twice to win the championship.