Puchol Slides In

Mashpee junior Kyle Puchol kicks up a cloud of dust as he slides safely into second base against Hull High School.

Mashpee High School and Upper Cape Tech have had a propensity for playing exciting baseball games over the past few years. The Falcons love them, because they seem to win them all in dramatic fashion.

Yesterday, MHS (11-6) added another memorable victory to the history books by rallying for two in the top of the seventh to complete a comeback 5-4 win.

Jared Barr singled home Colton Colleran to tie the score, and an RBI groundout from Shawn Clifford plated Kyle Puchol in the top of the seventh to give MHS its first lead since going up 1-0 in the top of the first. Upper Cape answered with three in its half. Mashpee chipped away to tie it at 3-3 with single runs in the third and fifth, but the Rams pushed ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI groundout.

Jagger Bryant pitched well in the latter innings and finished strong. After giving up the go-ahead run in the fifth he got out of a jam, stranding two. He gave up one more hit after that and got the side in order to end the contest.

Puchol went 3-for-4 to lead the Falcons. He had two singles, a triple and and an RBI, and scored a run.

With the school year nearing its completion, each game for tournament-hopeful teams takes on more and more significance. Two teams needing to get work done to earn their spots in the state tournament met at Mashpee High School on Monday, May 20, and it was the red-hot home team that got the job done.

Mashpee won its fourth game in a row and in doing so punched its ticket to the 2019 MIAA Division 4 south tournament. The Falcons picked up win No. 10 against the Hull Pirates, besting the visitors by a 9-2 score.

The loss was a rough one for the Pirates. Needing to sweep their final two games to get into the postseason, they were eliminated from the postseason with the loss.

Mashpee figured it was going to have its hands full with the Pirates. Hull strolled out to the mound its ace, Max Iorio, who led the South Shore League in earned run average for the season. He did not leave town with that intact, as the Falcons strung together five base hits in the bottom of the first inning alone to turn an early 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead.

All nine men in the Mashpee order came to the dish in the first inning as Kyle Puchol led off with a double and then came around to score on an RBI single from Willie Baker. Jared Barr then followed with a hit.

Baker scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1, giving the Falcons the lead for good. After a strikeout, Nick Storey came to the plate and the senior had his first quality plate appearance in a day where he’d have four. Storey drove an RBI single, starting a 3-for-3 day that included three runs batted in and two runs scored. Storey later scored on a single from Peter Gonzalez that capped the big frame.

With the lead in hand, 8th-grader Colton Colleran, who has pitched well beyond his young age this season, went about confounding the Pirates for the complete-game win.

Hull had a chance to rough up Colleran early on, but could not capitalize. Iorio slammed a solo home run with one out in the first and then two of the next three batters singled. After that the youngster found his groove and set down 10 of the next 12 batters he faced.

Hull scored one in the fifth, but that was just window dressing on an otherwise difficult afternoon against the sidewinding Falcon. Colleran finished the game allowing nine hits, and one walk with six strikeouts.

MHS scored single runs in the third and fifth innings and put the game out of reach with three in the sixth.

Storey had the biggest offensive day for Mashpee, but he was not alone. Puchol, Baker, and Jared Barr each had two hits. MHS pounded out 13 hits overall.

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