American Legion Post 188 has not fielded a junior team for long, but future teams already have quite a bit to live up to. The junior 188 squad recently wrapped up a memorable season by finishing third at the Northeast Regional Finals after finishing second in Massachusetts a week earlier. The week prior to that the team won the District 10 championship.
The squad that featured some of the best up-and-coming high school players from the Upper Cape completed the year with a 24-5 overall record. Four of the team’s five losses were by just one run.
The team did everything very well throughout the year. In 29 games the team plated a total of 254 runs. Defensively they allowed just 105 runs.
The team finished off the season with a 6-4 win against Post 75 of Maine in the third place game at the regional.
The game was tied at 3-3 heading to the sixth inning before Maine pulled ahead with a run in the top of the inning. Post 188 rallied back to plate three in the bottom half of the inning to post the win. With two away Willie Baker tied the game up with a home run. The inning continued with Nico Gagnon reaching on an error and then Brady Campbell broke the with an RBI single, putting his team ahead 5-4. Jared Barr drove in Campbell to give the team some breathing room.
Gagnon was credited with the victory on the mound. He tossed three innings of relief, allowing one hit and one run.
Dover (NH) eliminated Post 188 from the regional title picture with a victory in 10 innings, 4-3. In a game that went deep into extra innings, it was a bit of bad luck that cost the local boys. A ball hit high into the air was lost in the lights and fell for a leadoff hit. Another hit and a walk loaded the bases before a single to right field ended the game and sent Dover to the championship game.
Sandwich had held a 2-0 lead, but Dover rallied with a run in the third and two in the fourth to go up by one. In the sixth Post 188 tied the score as Baker walked, went to second on a bunt by Barr and scored on a two-out single by Colton Colleran to left.
Post 188 had a chance with two outs in the ninth to get the lead. With two out Campell singled and then Jonah Schlezinger walked, but the next batter grounded out to third to end that threat. In the 10th they also put two men, as Baker and Barr singled consecutively, but Dover got out of the jam with a strikeout.
Earlier in the tournament Post 188 upended Tri-County by a score of 4-0 as Liam Howell threw a shutout. Howell scattered seven hits and did not walk a batter in the game.
Johnny Nunes and Gagnon each had multiple hits for 188, with Nunes collecting three in the game.