Sandwich American Legion Post 188 (7-2-1) picked up its fifth win in a row Wednesday night, june 25, as the team pulled out a tight one, 7-6, at Rockland under the lights.
Will Crowther got the start for Post 188 and went five and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked three. Joe Oriola came in in relief in the sixth and finished the final one and third frames, giving up two runs on two hits.
“The lights were tough,” coach KJ Kozens said. “Both times they scored our outfielders lost the ball in the lights.”
Sandwich’s big inning came in the second as Danny O’Kane led off with a triple and scored on a base hit by Coleman Finton. Post 188 then went on to score four more times. Rockland Post 147 tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, but in the top of the seventh, with two outs, Johnny Stanton doubled and Colin Russell followed with a double, driving in Stanton with what proved to be the game winner. Russell finished the night two for three with three RBI and Stanton was two for four with two runs scored.
Post 188 got some solid defense from Stanton in center field and Nick Couhig in left field; both players came up with big run-saving catches.
Post 188 will face District 10 leader Barnstable today at 5:45 PM at Lowell Park in Cotuit. Saturday Sandwich heads for Wareham for a 7 PM game at Spillane Field. Sunday Post 188 will host Wareham beginning at 5 PM.
Sandwich 1 - Middleborough 0
Nick Couhig turned in his second complete game victory of the season Monday afternoon as he led Post 188 to a 1-0 victory over visiting Middleborough Post 64. Couhig was throwing hard and his off-speed stuff was bringing the Post 64 hitters to their knees. The 15-year-old Falmouth High School right-hander appeared to be throwing in the low 80s as he struck out nine Middleborough batters and retired the side in order in five of the seven innings he pitched.
“He is mature beyond his years,” coach Kozens said of Couhig. “For a 15-year-old to go out there and shut them down shows a lot of resilience, especially when we weren’t hitting. You have to be proud of the way he battled.”
Couhig surrendered just four hits and did not allow a walk.
Middleborough managed to get a base runner into scoring position once. In the second inning a one-out double into deep center field and a stolen base posed the greatest threat to score by Post 64. Couhig then struck out the next two Middleborough batters.
Sandwich was struggling at the plate as they managed just seven hits against Post 64 pitching.
The top four batters in the order for Post 188 did not register a hit, but the bottom of the order came through as Danny O’Kane, batting eighth, went three for three and Finn Swenson, hitting fifth, went two for three.
Scoreless entering the bottom of the seventh, the bottom of the order went back to work. Mike Couhig came off the bench and pinch hit in the sixth spot and hit a sky-high single into right field. Zach Bannon pinch hit in the seventh spot, drawing a walk. Luke Chevalier went to second to run for Mike Couhig. O’Kane singled into center field to load the bases with one out for the number nine hitter, Brady Doherty. Doherty’s favorite pitch is the first one and Monday night he swung at the first pitch and drilled a single into center field, scoring Chevalier with the winning run.
“I’m proud of the entire team,” the coach said. “They were hitting the ball hard, but right at guys. They stayed focused as a team and got the job done as a team in that last inning.”
Sandwich 3 - Hawkeye 1
Hawkeye entered Sunday’s game at Fenton Field undefeated at 7-0. They left at 7-1 after a 3-1 loss to Post 188.
Luke Chevalier went the distance for Sandwich allowing one run on three hits, while striking out six and walking just three.
Post 188 broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI double by Emmit Kelliher that scored Mike Couhig, who was off on contact, all the way from first.
In the top of the sixth Johnny Stanton chased down a double in right field and then turned and fired a bullet to Finn Swenson at the plate, cutting down a Hawkeye runner.
Sandwich took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Brady Doherty singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Joe Oriola. Oriola then gave Sandwich a 3-0 lead when he scored on a Johnny Stanton double.
Hawkeye made it exciting in the top of the seventh and showed a lot of fight as they battled back. Chevalier buckled down and the battle was on as Hawkeye put runners on first and second with no outs. A sliding catch in right field by Stanton almost turned into a double play, as his throw nearly caught the runner trying to get back to first. Hawkeye scored their lone run of the game and then Chevalier got the second out on an outfield fly ball.
He then forced an infield ground ball with the bases loaded that Brady Doherty gobbled at second base for the final out.
Sandwich 8 - Hingham 0
McGregor Nickerson tied Hingham in knots last Friday night as the Post 188 right-hander went the distance, shutting down Post 120 by a score of 8-0.
“We are getting good pitching right now,” Kozens said. “We need those quality starts and our starters have been doing a great job.”
Nick Couhig and Collin Russell led Post 188 at the plate as both finished the day two for four. Russell scored twice and Couhig added a run. Drew Boli was one for three with a double, a run scored and an RBI and Emmit
Kelliher finished one for two with two RBI.