The Martha’s Vineyard Little League summer travel baseball program is in full swing and All-Star teams at five different levels (ages 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 years old) have been participating in tournament play.
Last weekend the 8s team took their first-ever road trip, traveling to Bourne to face some of the largest (and most successful) baseball programs in the state. After knocking off South Boston, 9-7, in the opener, the Vineyard came up just short against perennial powerhouses Mansfield and Braintree. Playing three games in one day, the youngest travel team showed a great deal of composure.
The 9s squad visited Nantucket, and while they dropped a pair of one-run games, the effort and attention was sharp, and they hope to build on that as they travel to South Plymouth today, July 22.
The 10s traveled to the Freetown “Mini Fenway” tournament, and while they just missed the semifinals, a big extra inning win against Rochester served notice that the Vineyard was ready to compete this weekend in, of all places, the Rochester tournament.
The 11s put together an impressive run at the Rehoboth Summer Slam, going 3-0 in the preliminary round and dispatching Tiverton (R.I.) in the semifinals before falling to host Rehoboth in a tightly contested final. Aiming to reach the top, the 11s will compete in Bourne this weekend.
Monument Beach field in Bourne was also the scene of Martha’s Vineyard Little League’s first tournament win of the summer, as the 12-year-old team shook off a tough loss in the Little League World Series tournament to dominate the field in winning the Bourne tournament for the third time in four years. Next for the 12s is a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., where they will compete in the weeklong All Star Village tournament against teams from across the country.