What went wrong for the Mashpee High School baseball team yesterday, April 17, in Hull?
“We showed up at the park,” coach Dan Patenaude said, half-jokingly.
The Falcons took one on the chin at Hull High yesterday afternoon. The Pirates scored runs in each inning and won a mercy rule-shortened ballgame, 16-1. The loss drops the Falcons record to 1-6 overall, and 0-5 in the South Shore League.
Sophomore Jason Demers pitched much better than the final score would indicate. Demers took one for the team, with MHS playing again this morning at 10 AM at Upper Cape Tech, and saved the bullpen by working into the fifth inning. He was tagged for all 16 runs in his first varsity start, only one of which was an earned run. The Mashpee defense had a very bad game, committing numerous errors that extended innings for the Pirates. Hull got three in the bottom of the first, followed by two in the second, four in the third, three in the fourth and four more in the fifth. “He had no support in the field. He pitched okay,” Patenaude said. “He was probably a little bit nervous, but he did okay.”
Mashpee’s only run came in the second inning, at the time making it a 3-1 ballgame. Jordan Pinhack drove in Tyler Towsey with a sharp hit to plate the run for MHS. Towsey finished the game with two hits for the Falcons.
On Tuesday, April 15, the day started with a bad omen when a strong wind gust came through during the Falcons’ pregame workout and blew the batting cage from home plate all the way to the pitcher’s mound. Thankfully no players or coaches were in the path of the cage, but the Falcons were run over by Abington when the game started. On a day with wicked wind and intermittent downpours, the Green Wave washed away the Falcons by a 15-11 score.
Poor defense was the biggest issue for Mashpee. Starter Danny Crowley gave up 10 runs over the first three innings, but only four of those were earned. MHS trailed by a 10-1 count, but did make it interesting, rallying back to within three, at 10-7, but once again mistakes were costly. Abington kept pushing ahead and held off the Falcons. Mashpee never got its last trip to the plate, though. After getting through the top of the seventh unscathed, the skies opened up and the game could not be completed. The game reverted back to the sixth inning for the final, which did not change the scoreboard, but did cost MHS one last chance to come back.
Offensively, Towsey led the Falcons with three hits in the game. Two hits each were knocked by Nick and Kris Carpenter, Ari Purdy and John Giatrellis.