No matter how many times they do it, the Mashpee High School baseball team never gets tired of winning championships. They added yet another South Shore League Tobin Division crown—their third in a row—to the program’s impressive résumé on May 24 with a 5-2 home win over visiting Hull High School.
Throughout the course of the Falcons’ 14-3 regular season, a calling card for this year’s team has been quality starting pitching. Freddy Hanna added another strong start to the list by grinding out six strong innings before turning things over to Zach Landry in the seventh to lock down the save.
Mashpee did all its offensive damage early on in the game. The team opened up with two runs in the first and added another—the eventual game-winner—in the second inning. In the third they tacked on two more. Hull scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Willie Baker was the lone Mashpee hitter to secure more than one hit. Baker went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and two runs batted in during the game. The Falcons had six hits as a team.
MHS got the ball rolling in the first as Kyle Puchol reached on an error and took second. Michael Fraser then singled in Puchol and stole second. Fraser and Hanna each moved ahead a base on a double steal and then Baker lifted a long fly to center that brought Fraser around with the game’s second Mashpee run.
In the second inning, Jared Barr rolled a single through the infield and then stole second. He came around to score with two outs when Puchol roped a shot into the left-center field gap for a double. The speedy Puchol was gunned down at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple to end the inning.
Mashpee built the lead to five in the third as Landry walked with one down and then Hanna singled. The pair pulled off a double steal to get to second and third. Baker pulled a single to left to make it 4-0 and then Hanna scored on an interesting play with Jack Richmond at the plate. With Hanna at second, the Mashpee senior first baseman faked putting down a sacrifice bunt as Hanna broke to steal third. The fake bunt brought the third baseman charging in to field the ball, but the shortstop failed to cover the vacated bag on the corner. That proved problematic for Hull as the catcher instinctively tried to gun out Hanna and threw the ball into left field, which brought Hanna around.
Hull scratched out a couple of runs against Hanna to make it closer, but the senior got through six. Over six innings he allowed just three hits and four walks, three over his last two innings of work. The senior struck out five and hit a batter as he earned the win. Landry blew away the Pirates in the seventh, striking out the side. He caught the first man looking and then got the next two swinging.
Two days earlier, against Abington, Mashpee scored a 14-3 blowout win against the Green Wave. Michael Fraser picked up the victory on the mound and helped himself by going 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, a triple, three runs scored and three runs batted in to lead the 17-hit Mashpee attack. Landry and Richmond had three hits in the game and Bryce Eaton collected a pair.