After a delayed start to the season due to Sandwich baseball’s run through the Division 3 South Sectional playoffs, the Clark-Haddad Post 188 team has won all three of its games to start off the summer season.
Facing Wareham Post 220 in a rematch of last year’s District 10 championship final, Post 188 cruised to a 6-0 road win at Spillane Field on Wednesday, June 19.
The visiting team was anchored by lefty starter Ben Smith’s (Bourne) complete game two-hitter. In the seven-inning performance, Smith struck out four batters, making quick work of the best the South Coast has to offer.
Smith was aided by the balanced lineup of his 188 squad, led by Tyler Wudyka (Sandwich). The soon-to-be Saint Anselm stud blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and finished the game going 1-for-2 with two RBI and two walks—one of which was intentional.
Later in the first inning, Alex Sorenti-Burns (Bourne) drove in John Tropea (Sandwich) with an RBI single to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage before the hosts could step to the plate. Tropea scored Wudyka on a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead.
An inning later, in the top of the fourth, Mike Petit (Sandwich) drove in two with a deep shot to left field, chasing Post 220 starter Erik Zine (Wareham) after allowing the deep double. Petit finished the game with two RBI and two hits to go with a stolen base.
To go with his dominating performance on the bump, Smith added a 1-for-3 performance, scoring two runs from the lead-off spot. Sorenti-Burns, Smith’s battery mate with Bourne during the spring, went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI.
Sandwich 7, East Bridgewater 5
Post 188 used a five-run bottom of the fourth inning, and added a run in each of the next two innings, to comeback on East Bridgewater Post 91 at Fenton Field on Monday, June 17.
Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, Post 188 sent eight batters to plate, starting with Nick Heyer (Sandwich, Saint Anselm) working a lead-off walk. After Tropea reached via an error, Cam Scheuer (Sandwich) and Zach Rodgers (Mashpee) produced back-to-back hits to drive in the two. They would later come around to score on an misplayed ball off the bat of Smith and a single from Chris Perito (Falmouth) to take a one-run lead, 5-4.
Heyer then doubled in Petit, who led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk, to take a two-run lead on the visitors, 6-4. After East Bridgewater answered with a run in the top of the sixth, 6-5, Sandwich gave the game its final score when James Cahoon (Bourne) came on to pinch hit and drove in Perito, who reached base with a one-out single and stole second.
Max Roman (Falmouth) got the start for Post 188, lasting four innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits while striking out two. Nick Cavossa (Falmouth) came on for two innings of relief work, allowing one unearned run on one hit. Wudyka worked a perfect seventh inning to pick up the save for the 188 club.
Sandwich 8, Hingham 4
The Post 188 team opened their season on Sunday, June 16, by scoring two runs in four different innings.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first against Hingham Post 120, Sandwich sent seven batters to the plate in the bottom half of the frame, scoring two of them to reset the game, 2-2.
An inning later, in the bottom of the second Sandwich struck again, this time sending six batters to the plate. Trailing 4-2 after Hingham scored twice in the top of the second, Smith and Scheuer came around to score on a misplayed ball by the third baseman off the bat of Perito to knot the game up at four apiece.
In the bottom of the third, after Heyer worked a scoreless top of the third, Post 188 broke the 4-4 tie after sending eight batters to plate with Scheuer and Sorenti-Burns scoring the go-ahead runs. Following a scoreless fourth inning, Wudyka drove in both Smith and Perito, who each stole a base to get into scoring position, with a single to left field to give the game the final score of 8-4.
Heyer went three innings while giving up four runs on three hits. He gave way to Tropea, who pitched the next three innings and allowed two hits to pick up the win. Joe Dorman (St. John Paul II) pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two, to earn the save.
Post 188 (3-0, 6 points) hosts Bridgewater Post 203 (4-3, 8 points) at Fenton Field today, Friday, June 21, at 5:45 PM.