Post 188 Baseball vs East Bridgewater - June 16, 2019

The Sandwich Post 188 American Legion baseball team features slick-fielding defenders, ball-thumping batters and dominant pitching as they’ve opened the season undefeated.

With a 4-0 win against Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, the Sandwich Post 188 American Legion senior team stayed atop the Zone 10 standings and undefeated on the year. Post 188 improved to 6-0 overall with its win as Nick Heyer and Joe Dorman combined on a three-hitter.

Heyer was strong over the first five frames. He allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out four over his shutout innings. Dorman then slammed the door with two hitless innings. He walked one and struck out four, including the side in the seventh to finish the game off.

Sandwich scored all four of its runs in the third. The bottom of the order got things started as Nate Coleman and Zach Landry led the innings off with singles. Ben Smith then got on before an RBI hit from Cam Scheuer and another from Tyler Wudyka. A two-run single from Mike Petit made it a four-run game.

Wudyka and Petit each had two hits in the game.

The senior team put a hurting on their rivals from Barnstable Post 206, on Monday, June 24. With a nine-run sixth inning the 188 club broke a 2-2 tie and took an 11-2 decision to remain undefeated on the season.

Post 188 had held a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third innings before Barnstable evened it with a pair in the fourth. The score stayed that way until the potent Post 188 offense caught fire in the sixth and batted around, sending 13 men to the plate during the outburst.

John Tropea had three hits in the game and started the big sixth with a single. He scored the go-ahead run. Barnstable’s pitching staff walked four and hit a batter during the big outburst, while 188 got some run-scoring hits from Nick Heyer, Zack Rogers, and Tropea.

Bad weather limited the Post 188 junior team’s schedule this week, but it did not keep them from remaining undefeated. On Saturday, June 22, they put a walloping on Hingham junior Post 120, winning by an 16-1 score. The offensive explosion was just another big outing for a team that improved to 8-0 on the season. They won their previous game last Thursday, June 20, by forfeit as the Whitman team has folded for the season.

In the win against Hingham, Sandwich trailed 1-0 after one and then went to work. Willie Baker had his first of two RBI-doubles in the game to tie the score in the bottom of the first, knocking home Max McDonald, who had singled with two down.

A four-run second inning put 188 on top to stay. Nico Gagnon and Liam Howell singled in succession to start the inning before Hingham got the next man. A strikeout, fielder’s choice, a few wild pitches and a Jonny Nunes single brought four across the plate to make it 5-1. In the fourth, things got truly out of hand. Sandwich sent eight straight batters to the plate in a row during the inning without recording an out and scored nine in the frame overall.

McDonald led the offense with a 4-for-4 day and an RBI. Nunes, Baker, Gagnon, and Howell all had two hits. Gagnon earned the win from the mound.

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