Even with some of their top players not yet available because they’ve been tied up with high school games, the Sandwich Post 188 junior team has gotten off to a blazing fast start to the season. With reinforcements on the way this weekend, the undefeated (4-0) squad should only get stronger.

Nico Gagnon and Johnny Nunes combined on a shutout win by 188 as they beat Plymouth by an 8-0 score on Wednesday, June 12. Gagnon allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven in the game. Nunes tossed three perfect frames to finish it up, striking out four. Nunes also played a big role in the team’s offensive punch with a 2-for-3 day.

Post 188 scored two in the first and two more in the second to get a comfortable lead that they did not relinquish. A two-out single by Jonah Schlezinger scored Nunes to get things going and then Zack Landry followed with another RBI to make it 2-0. Nunes and Max McDonald each had run-scoring hits in the second and 188 was on its way to a win.

The 188 junior squad dominated Orleans last Saturday, June 8. Liam Howell worked the first three innings on the mound in a lopsided 11-1 win by the junior squad.

The team ran crazy on the bases, stealing 11 bags in the game. That pressure on the Orleans’ defense played a big role for the team, posting an eight-run second inning that pushed them to a comfortable advantage.

After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, 188 batted around and sent 13 hitters to the plate in the second as they blew the game open. Jonah Schlezinger’s single began the rally and then walks to Brady Campbell and Matt Prete loaded them up. A triple from Andrew DeBettencourt cleared the bases and made it a 3-0 game. Two batters later McDonald crushed a two-run double to make it 5-0 in favor of 188. Howell later had a run-scoring single as did Tyler Schultz. Schlezinger, who had started the rally, capped it with a run-scoring ground ball.

McDonald had two hits in the game. DeBettencourt and Nunes each scored twice in the game.

A day earlier, Post 188 won its second game of the young season with an 11-3 shellacking of Hingham in Sandwich’s Fenton Field. Hingham staked itself to a 2-0 lead early in the game, but 188 answered with five in the bottom half of the frame and closed the game out by scoring two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Sam Cavossa doubled twice and led the offense with three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Nunes and McDonald each had two hits and two runs scored in the win.

Gagnon started the game for the victors. He went four innings, allowing six hits and three runs, one earned, with two strikeouts and four walks. Nunes worked three nearly flawless relief innings. He did not give up a hit, walked one and struck out five.

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