The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

The Vineyard boys’ baseball team sweated a bit as they eliminated Sturgis Charter School West 6-0 at the Sharks baseball field on Thursday.

The game started defensively, scoreless in the first two innings. Then, late in the third inning, senior Atlas Zack took a walk from Sturgis and managed to steal second and third base. A sacrifice in right field put the Vineyard on the board 1-0.

Finn Lewis is in charge. — Mark Al

The team never looked back, continuing to rack up runs as Nico Arroyo held Sturgis scoreless at home plate.

The team wraps up the regular season Saturday with an away game against Nantucket, then it’s on to the playoffs.

“We just have to keep playing as a team and doing the little things right and keep working like we say,” coach Crossland said after the game.

Team captain Nick Cranston agreed.

“We’re out there every day doing the job,” Cranston said. “We had a game on Saturday, it’s our last regular season game, so hopefully it goes well, and we carry that energy into the playoffs. It’s the best team I’ve played for, the best people and the most talented kids I’ve played with. I think we could go all the way, honestly.

Seniors. — Mark Alan Lovewell

Prior to the match, the team celebrated its seniors with a ceremony which included parents accompanying their players onto the pitch.

Coach Kyle Crossland congratulated the graduating seniors and told the crowd where each player was heading after graduation.

Team leader Kaio Pereira will study finance at the University of Rhode Island; Finn Lewis will study business at Dennison University; Silas Abrams will study engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Atlas Zack will study biology at the Collège de la Sainte-Croix; Matt Moore will take a sabbatical in the fall; Ben Mulvey will study information technology at Colorado State University; Hardy Eville will attend Yale University; Tristan Scott will study environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Nico Arroyo will study computer engineering at the University of Rhode Island; and Nick Cranston will study biology at Tulane University.

The seniors and their parents were honored before the game. — Mark Alan Lovewell

“I made up for all the home games and most of the away games too,” said Pinto Abrams, father of Silas. “They did well. They got a few big wins against tough teams, and then they got some big wins against less tough teams.

The team is now awaiting the playoff schedule and the announcement of its first opponent.

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