Mashpee Baseball Team Runs Winning Streak To Three With 8-6 Victory
By: RICH MACLONE, May 9, 2014
Get into the state tournament, and anything can happen, especially in Division 4. The Mashpee High School baseball team dug itself quite a hole early on, but the Falcons continued to climb out of it Thursday, May 8, with an 8-6 home win over Carver High School. The win was Mashpee’s third in a row, and improved the squad to 6-9 overall on the season, and 3-7 in the South Shore League. The magic number for MHS is five, which is the number of wins they need to get to qualify for the tournament. They have seven contests left in which to do it.
Right-hander Dan Crowley didn’t have his best stuff Thursday, but he kept his team in the game and picked up the win. Crowley worked five and two-third innings, allowing six runs, five of which were earned, with five strikeouts. He surrendered 11 hits and four walks in the game, but came up with some key pitches when he needed them. Nick Carpenter came on in relief to earn the save for the Falcons by getting the last four outs of the game. It was the first save by a Mashpee pitcher this season.
MHS jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first innings, thanks to a sizzling ground-rule triple to right-center by Curtis Bridge that plated two runs. Carver came back to score four times in the top of the third, to go up by a 5-2 score, but Mashpee fired right back and got five in the bottom of the inning to build a 7-5 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ari Purdy (two hits) led off with a double and then scored when a ball off the bat of John Giatrelis was mishandled. Tyler Towsey then walked to put two men aboard, and Shay Souza walked with one down to load up the bases.
Kris Carpenter delivered a big hit, driving in two with a double. Another run scored on a passed ball and Jordan Pinhack drove in the final run with an RBI single.
Each team scored one more run in the game. Carver got one in the top of the sixth, and Mashpee got it right back in the bottom of the frame.
On Wednesday afternoon, May 7, the Falcons went on the road and blew away Bristol-Plymouth, 11-1. The game was close most of the way, but the visitors sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored nine runs. Jason Demers picked up the win on the hill, working five strong innings. Kris Carpenter and James Murphy each worked a shutout inning of relief for the Falcons.
Earlier in the week, on Monday, Mashpee got the winning streak going with a walk-off victory over Monomoy High School, winning 8-7. Monomoy had rallied to score two runs in the top of the seventh, tying the count at 7-7.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Falcons delivered in a big way. With two down, and no one on base, Curtis Bridge started the rally with a single. He was replaced on the bases by pinch-runner James Murphy. Kris Carpenter then walked, to put the winning run at second base and Pinhack came up and drove it in, singling to left. Murphy slid in ahead of the tag to give Mashpee the much-needed win.
The Falcons are back in action Saturday, May 10, at noon against Bristol-Plymouth.