Two Vineyard teams are off to 3-0 starts after the first week of play, with boys' tennis and softball both unbeaten as they enter their first Eastern Athletic Conference games of the year.
The young tennis team, with just one senior on the roster, rolled to its first two victories, sweeping visiting Norton last Wednesday and following it up with another 5-0 win over Fairhaven on Friday. Varsity newcomers Conner Downing, Max Hammond, Zak Danz, James Kelliher and David Webster picked up their first--and second--varsity wins.
After the relatively straightforward wins last week, the team traveled to Sandwich Monday to go 4-1 over the Blue Knights. Danz and doubles partner Dunovan Belisle picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win, a score matched by second doubles team Kelliher and Webster. Senior captain Patrick McCarthy took the lone loss to Sandwich's number one player, while Downing, playing in the number two spot, went 6-3, 6-4.
Hammond, though he dropped the first set to Sandwich's number three player, went 6-0 in the next set and won the tiebreaker 10-8 to seal the match.
The team begins league play Wednesday at 3 p.m. with a home match against Bishop Stang.
League play also begins Wednesday for the softball team, who are hoping to break their 1-39 streak in the EAC as they travel to Stang.
The Vineyarders had a week of competition before entering play in the always-challenging league.
Building on an 11-run first inning and a grand slam by junior Mariah Duarte, the softball team defeated visiting O'Bryant 23-11 in five innings in the team's home opener last Thursday. Sophomore Jessica Sonia earned her first varsity win on the mound. Sonia also earned a win on Saturday during a double header against Randolph. Senior Sarah Strem picked up her first varsity win in the first contest against Randolph, allowing just two runs in five innings. The Vineyard won 14-2.
Sophomore Alistair Rizza leads the team in batting average. Rizza has knocked in two doubles and a triple, and is 10-for 12. Sophomore Emily Turney is 6-for-8, and senior captain Miranda Tokarza is 8-for-11 with three doubles. Sophomore Jess Sauter has five doubles on the season and is 8-for-12.
In picture, senior captain Patrick McCarthy serves against Fairhaven last Friday.