Trailing by a 3-0 score in the fifth inning, the Sandwich Junior Legion squad rallied late to post an impressive comeback victory against Weymouth to improve to 3-1 overall on the season.
Sean Fancher finished off the big rally for Sandwich with a two-run hit late in the game that broke a 4-4 tie and gave his team the lead for good. Silas Abrams worked two excellent innings of relief and had an RBI hit. Cross Sierra smoked three hits and a walk and scored twice.
Liam Howell started and went three strong innings. Mitchell Norkevicius worked through some control issues to wiggle out of a jam but reached his pitch count. Abrams handled the next two innings, and Mikey Matta saved the game for Sandwich, working around two walks to get out of a big jam and close out the game.
Weymouth got its first run with a hit, a balk and a couple of wild pitches and plated its second run in the fourth with a double, a single and a passed ball.
Sandwich rallied back as Josh Turcotte and Sierra put up singles, and then a soft grounder to short by Finn Lewis moved the runners along. Abrams singled in Turcotte, and then Howell knocked Sierra in. Fancher followed with a walk, and Chris Maseda brought Abrams in with two-out hit.
Weymouth regained the lead thanks to a single and then a failed pick-off that resulted in an overthrow that let the run score.
That set the stage for a great rally in the bottom of the sixth that saw Sandwich take the lead. Owen Beaton started it off by getting hit by a pitch, and then Turcotte drove the ball hard up middle. Sierra walked to load the bases, and a high chop by Finn Lewis brought home the tying run. Fancher then smashed a hit to left that provided the go-ahead and insurance runs.
Upper Cape 18, Weymouth 4
For the second game in a row, Sandwich put up a ton of runs and beat up on an overmatched opponent. With an 18-4 win over Weymouth on Sunday, July 12, the boys improved to 2-1, getting above .500 for the first time this year.
Leo Neville in his pitching debut earned his first win of the season on the mound. The Vineyard resident overcame a slow start to get it together and twirl his team into the winner’s circle.
Sierra and Chris Maseda kept focus to wiggle out of the jams that they got into later in the game. Maseda added a great play defensively from the mound, as he slapped down a hard grounder, regained his balance and, with a strong pivot by shortstop Brady Campbell, started the game-ending double play.
Excellent first starts by youngsters Ben Conlon and Turcotte helped the cause. Conlon caught whole game and scored three runs, while Turcotte had a hit and played solidly at second base.
Matta had two hits, including a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning that broke game open for good. Fancher had three hits and drove in two, while Norkevicius had two runs driven in and scored three.