Senior Babe Ruth Season Gets Underway

Nick Carpenter of Mashpee, slides back safely into first base for the Sandwich Senior Babe Ruth team during a game this week at Sandwich High School.DAN CROWLEY/ENTERPRISE - Nick Carpenter of Mashpee, slides back safely into first base for the Sandwich Senior Babe Ruth team during a game this week at Sandwich High School.

After winning their season opener on Monday, June 9, over Sandwich 2, the Sandwich 1 Senior Babe Ruth team faced Barnstable on Tuesday  losing a closely fought battle by a score of 5-4.

Dan Crowley got the start for Sandwich 1 and ran into trouble in the top of the first. Back-to-back singles and a two-base error gave visiting Barnstable an early two-run lead.

Crowley settled down and retired the side in order in the second and third. Sandwich tried to create some scoring chances in the second, but had two runners thrown out at second trying to steal.

Barnstable increased its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth, but Sandwich answered in the bottom of the frame with three runs to cut the lead to one. Christian Harold led off the fourth with a single into centerfield. Ryan McNally walked and then Pat Tierney ripped a triple into the right centerfield gap scoring both base runners. Jacob Golden then drove in Tierney with the third Sandwich run.

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Barnstable pulled ahead 5-3 in the fifth with the help of a couple of Sandwich errors. In the bottom of the sixth Golden reached on an error, went to third on a base hit by Kris Carpenter and scored on a ground out by Cam Yadisernia. Sandwich threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Chris Jones led off with a base hit. Dan Thiesing moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt, but when the runner tried to score from second on a base hit into centerfield by Matt Dahl, he was thrown out at the plate.
Dahl and Thiesing each had two hits for Sandwich.

Crowley went three and two-thirds innings for Sandwich, allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked two. Vinny Petracca got the final out of the fourth and finished the game, surrendering one run on two hits. He struck out three, all of them in the sixth inning with the bases loaded.

Golden scattered three hits over five innings of work Monday afternoon as the Sandwich Senior Babe Ruth season got underway. Golden struck out seven and walked just one in picking up the first win of the year for Sandwich 1, as they defeated Sandwich 2 by a score of 14-2.

Sandwich 1, the visiting team, scored in the top of the first when with two outs Harold reached on an error, took second on the throw, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a second wild pitch. Sandwich 2 answered in the bottom of the frame when Jack Salters reached on a dropped third strike, took second on a wild pitch, went to third on a ground out by Jack DeCoste and then scored on a ground out by Curtis Bridge.

Sandwich 1 added a second run in the top of the second when Carpenter led off with a single into centerfield and stole second. He took third on a flyout by Yadisernia and scored on a base hit by Jones.

Golden cruised in the bottom of the second, striking out the side. Sandwich 2 starter Mike DeCoste faced four batters in the third, walking one.

Sandwich 1 took over in the fourth scoring five times. Salters took over on the mound for DeCoste in the fifth and struggled. With runners on first and third with two outs, Sandwich 2 went to Julian Molina, who needed just one pitch to get out of the inning. But the damage had been done.

Tierney finished the day two-for-three with a walk for Sandwich 1. He had a two-run triple in the fourth inning, scored two runs and drove in three. Golden was two-for-three at the plate, Carpenter went two-for-two and McNally finished the day two-for-four with two runs scored.

Salters scored both runs for Sandwich 2. He had a leadoff double to open the fourth and scored on a base hit into right field by Colin Deal. Jason Shell had a fifth inning two-out single for Sandwich 2 and worked his way around to third base, but was stranded.

Sandwich 2 is home again on Tuesday, June 17, when they will host Y-D at 5:30 PM at Fenton Field. Sandwich 1 returns to Fenton Field Wednesday, June 18,  for a 5:30 game with the Dugout Dawgs.

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