Sandwich Post 188 Baseball vs. Hanover Post 149 - June 29, 2019

Sandwich Post 188 has come out of the gates of the 2019 season swinging hard as the team won its first 12 games of the American Legion campaign.

Twelve games. Twelve wins.

No matter the team that has stood in front of them, the Sandwich Post 188 baseball team has ended the meeting with a victory. After having to postpone the first few games of the season as the Sandwich Blue Knights baseball team made its run to the Division 3 South Sectional semifinals, the reigning District 10 champions have lapped the competition.

Visiting Whitman Post 22 on Tuesday, July 2, the Sandwich senior squad scored a 5-1 win behind the pitching performance of Max Roman (Falmouth). The Clipper right-hander allowed one run on three hits and recorded three strikeouts over the first four innings. He gave way to Jacob Lapp (Sandwich), who closed out the game by scattering three hits in three innings while punching out five.

Nate Coleman (Sandwich), Tyler Wudyka (Sandwich) and Nick Cavossa (Falmouth) had RBI hits for Post 188, with Coleman plating two and scoring a run and Cavossa clubbing a double.

Sandwich Downs Brockton

In back-to-back games Sandwich easily handled Brockton Post 35 in a home-and-home series on Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1.

Ben Smith (Bourne) threw a four-hit shutout in Brockton to help Post 188 score a 6-0 win in the first meeting. Then, a day later, John Tropea (Sandwich) pitched 188 to a 4-3 win at Fenton Field.

Smith struck out seven in the complete-game effort while going 1-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. His battery mate, catcher Alex Sorenti-Burns (Bourne) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double while Cam Scheuer (Sandwich) also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Wudyka had a hit in his only official at-bat, walking three other times. Zach Landry (Mashpee) went 1-for-4 with a double and he swiped a bag as Nick Heyer (Sandwich) produced a pinch-hit RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning.

In the second game Wudyka once again led the charge offensively, tallying four hits and three RBI. Both Smith and Scheuer had two hits for the home team. Tropea went five innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits while recording five punch outs. Heyer worked a scoreless sixth before Joe Dorman (St. John Paul II) struck out two in the seventh.

Sorenti-Burns threw out the Brockton lead-off runner attempting to steal second base after drawing a walk.

Sandwich 10, Hanover 0

Hosting Post 149 on Saturday, June 29 at Fenton Field, the Post 188 senior club needed only five innings to get the win. Sandwich scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a two-run, off-the-wall double by Wudyka to invoke the Slaughter Rule.

“It was great to see Tyler getting ahead of hitters, throwing a ton of strikes,” Sandwich Post 188 head coach Brian Tomasini said. “He only threw 44 pitches through five innings. We’ve been doing that a lot recently. Aaron [Cole] threw just 66 pitches in the last game.”

Wudyka went 3-for-4 including a two-run home run to centerfield and a walk to go with two runs scored and four RBI. He also picked up the win on the hill, going all five innings, allowing two hits and four strikeouts.

Smith had a two-RBI single with the bases loaded two batters before Wudyka in bottom of the fifth. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Rogers had a bases-loaded single ahead of Smith to drive home the first run of the inning.

Tropea had an RBI triple as part of Sandwich’s three-run first inning. Two innings later, in the top of the third, he drove in Wudyka with an RBI double to finish his day with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.

With the win, Post 188 extended its scoreless innings streak to 21. In that span, they have outscored their opponents 25-0.

A healthy balance of offense, pitching and depth typically are the pillars of a dominant team. Sandwich bears all three in excess; getting contributions from everyone in the lineup and boasting a pitching staff made up local aces.

“All of our pitchers are throwing a lot of strikes and that keeps our defense, which is great, in the game to make plays,” Tomasini said. “We’re in a good spot right now. Everyone in lineup is producing and it feels like it’s a different guy stepping up on a nightly basis.”

But perhaps their best trait is continuity. More than half of the team from last year’s District 10 championship squad have returned in 2019. To Tomasini, that familiarity has been the difference in jumping out of the gates so fast.

“All these guys know each other from last year and it’s been a great group to coach this season, which makes everything easier,” he said. “It makes coming to the field fun.”

Sandwich 9, Hingham 0

Led by dominant pitching, the Post 188 senior team scored a shutout road win against Hingham Post 120 on Friday, June 28.

Aaron Cole (St. John Paul II) threw six innings of two-hit baseball with six strikeouts to earn the win. He gave way to his high school classmate, Joseph Dorman, who continued to slam the door shut on opponents late in games. He pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

To compliment Sandwich’s stellar pitching performance, the lineup also put on a show as highlighted by seven-run second inning. Post 188 sent 11 batters to plate including Tropea, who cleared the bases with a three-RBI triple. He finished the game 2-for-4. Sorenti-Burns and Mike Petit (Sandwich) also had two hits and two runs scored each.

Already up 7-0, the 188 duo padded the 188 team’s lead by adding two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Petit led off the inning with a single and scored on an RBI double from Sorenti-Burns, who scored on a ball put in play by Coleman.

Sandwich Post 188 (12-0, 24 points) is off until Monday,July 8 when they travel to meet Hanover Post 149 at Hanover High School at 5:45 PM. The junior legion team is off to an equally hot start, jumping out to a perfect 12-0 record. Both teams sit atop the District 10 standings.

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