Women’s softball playoffs begin Thursday


Regular-season play in the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Softball League came to a close with a pair of makeup games Tuesday night at Veterans Park.

In the opener, the Snaps defeated the Rug Sox to earn their fifth consecutive win after the teams completed the final three innings of a suspended game.

In the nightcap, the Creamers scored two runs in the seventh inning to hold off the hard-hitting Mama’s Girls, 12-10.

Lindsay Kleeman and Kendall Robinson hit back-to-back singles and scored the decisive runs. Anne Sullivan scored Robinson on an RBI sac-fly to left.

Kelly Bowse led the way for the Creamers, hitting a double and three singles at the plate, and faking a throw to first base to pull a Mamas runner off the bag to get an out at third.

Sarah Strem, Brae Eddleston, Lindsay Kleeman and Kendall Robinson scored two runs apiece, and Kat DeBettencourt added a double, for the Creamers.

For the Mama’s Girls, Caroline Davey and Jillian Sedlier each hit a pair of doubles and finished 3 for 4. Cana Courtney, Jenna Coutinho, and Jamie Forend also went 3 for 4, and Martha Scheffer hit a double.

Last Thursday, the Snaps scored 15 unanswered runs to overturn an early 6-0 deficit and beat the Creamers, 15-6. The Snaps batted through the order and put up a 10 spot in the second inning to take command.

The league double-elimination playoffs begin on Thursday at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School with the top-seeded Creamers (10-2) taking on the fourth-seeded Rug Sox (2-10). The No. 2 Snaps (7-5) battle the No. 3 Mama’s Girls (5-7) at MVRHS on Tuesday. The losing teams from the first two games meet at the high school on July 29. All games start at 6:15 pm.