After reaching the American Legion state tournament championship final, the Post 188 junior baseball team had the tall task of sweeping a doubleheader against a very talented Lynn Post 291 team on Wednesday, July 31, at Fino Field in Milford.
The junior team nearly pulled off the upset, scoring a 6-5 win to hand Lynn its first loss of the double-elimination tournament and force a second championship final.
Following Sam Cavossa’s RBI double in the second inning to give Post 188 three runs in the game, Lynn knotted the game at three apiece in the top of the third. But Cavossa helped put his team out in front for good, jumping on the first pitch he saw and slapping a two-RBI double in the fourth inning.
Johnny Nunes and Max McDonald along with Cavossa contributed to Post 188’s three-run second inning with RBI base hits. Liam Howell earned the win on the mound, going 6.2 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out three. Colton Colleran provided the relief with a third of an inning to finish out the game in the seventh.
Sandwich churned out 14 hits with McDonald, Nunes, Colleran, Cavossa and Jared Barr all having multi-hit afternoons.
In the twilight game of the championship double header, however, Post 188 simply didn’t have enough arms to keep the Lynn bats down for the entirety of the game.
Post 188 went up 9-3 at one point, but Lynn Post 291 scored six unanswered runs to capture a 10-9 win.
Although they would’ve liked to capture the American Legion Massachusetts championship, the season isn’t over for Sandwich. They will compete in the American Legion regional tournament next weekend in Concord, New Hampshire.
Juniors Knock Off Wareham Post 220
Having played five times against one another in the last 18 days, it’s safe to assume the Sandwich Post 188 and Wareham Post 220 junior teams are sick of seeing one another. After Post 188 baseball swept the District 10 tournament finale against Post 220, the two teams met in the American Legion state tournament on Sunday, July 28, at Fino Field in Milford.
Sandwich hung on for a 7-4 win, despite a late push from Wareham, to knock out the Post 220 team and advance further in the state tournament.
Howell picked up the win for Post 188, throwing 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball, scattering four hits and striking out one. Colleran came on in relief of Howell and pitched 2.2 innings to finish out the game despite allowing four runs. Aaron James and Nathaniel Couto had the big run-producing hits against Colleran in the seventh inning for Post 220.
But the offense had built up a lead big enough to absorb that late-inning surge from Wareham. The lineup produced seven hits in the game and got to Wareham starter Thomas Coucci. They tagged him for four earned runs on three hits. Nico Gagnon and Willie Baker each had multi-hit afternoons for Post 188, accounting for the majority of the team’s hits.
During the regular season, the two teams were neck-and-neck for the top spot in the District 10 standings. They split two regular season games, with each team winning by a score of 8-7. Wareham Post 220 put Sandwich in a tough spot early in the District 10 playoffs, handing them a loss in the double-elimination tournament. But the junior 188 squad answered in a big way, handing Wareham two straight losses in the District 10 championship series. In five games this season, Sandwich Post 188 won the majority of them, 3-2.