Sam Newman singled, Ryan Johnson was hit by a pitch and Mike Couhig doubled as the Falmouth Clippers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning Friday afternoon at Fenton Field in Sandwich. But the first batter Couhig faced in the bottom of the inning, Sandwich’s Johnny Stanton, hit the ball out of the park. Three Blue Knight hits followed as Sandwich plated two of their own, tying the game at 2-2.
Behind a solid pitching performance on the mound by Sandwich’s Riley Sorenson, who struck out 10 and walked just one, the Knights continued to pound the ball as they topped Falmouth 11-4.
Sorenson appeared to get stronger as the game progressed, holding FHS to five hits, only three after surrendering the two in the first inning. Meanwhile, Sandwich drove Couhig from the mound in the fourth as they pounded out 14 hits. Newman took over on the hill for Falmouth and finished the game.
Both teams plated another run in the second and then the Knights took the lead for good in the third when Jon Cassista singled and came around to score on a base hit by Dan Perry. Sandwich then added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, with Sorenson, Christian Harold and Matt Dahl all scoring.
In the fifth inning Sandwich got to FHS relief pitcher Sam Newman for four runs on three hits and three walks. After striking out the first man he faced in the fifth, Newman surrendered a base hit to Sandwich’s Dan Perry. He then walked Brady Doherty. Dahl followed with a single on the first pitch he saw. Stanton walked, but with two outs, another base hit and a walk gave the Knights an 11-3 lead.
The Clippers got one back in the top of the seventh when, with one out, Jack O’Rourke reached on an error and scored on a double by Newman. Newman finished the day 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
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Stanton was 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored for the Knights. Sorenson, the winning pitcher, was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Harold had two hits and scored a run for SHS. Joe Sullivan, Doherty and Dahl each finished with two hits, with Dahl and Doherty each scoring twice.