A fourth-inning rally by the Mashpee High School baseball team gave the Falcons a chance, but they could not dig all the way out of the hole that they’d created for themselves. Unearned runs early in the game proved costly as Mashpee dropped an 8-5 decision to the visiting Middleboro Sachems on May 9.
Already trailing 2-0, after some big hits from the heart of the visitors lineup in the first inning, the Falcons had run of poor play in the third. MHS committed three straight errors to open the inning, leading to a four-run Middleboro frame.
Mashpee (6-6) came back in the fourth to score five runs and make it close. Hits by Nick Storey and Matt Ziehl helped load the bases and Colton Colleran, Willie Baker and Kyle Puchol all drove home runs as MHS pulled within 6-5.
Middleboro added single runs in the fifth and sixth.
“We just made too many mistakes. You can’t have that kind of inning and beat good teams,” coach Dan Patenaude said.
The Falcons lost to East Bridgewater by a 7-0 score on Monday, May 6. The Falcons were not without their chances against the Vikings as they put base runners on base in each inning of the game. MHS simply could not come up with a key hit when they needed it most.
In the first the Falcons had runners at second and third with two outs after a walk to Kyle Puchol and a double by Jared Barr. They walked away empty handed. That started a string that saw East Bridgewater wiggle out of jams all game long.
EB pitching did do a good job of keeping the MHS bats silent. Starting pitcher Joe Eisenmann went the distance and held the Falcons to just five hits for the game. Nick Storey had two of those knocks for the Falcons, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
The Vikings scored the only runs they’d eventually need in the bottom of the second inning. An error with one out put a man aboard for the home team and then starting pitcher Jagger Bryant plunked a batter to put two aboard. A double gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead.
Mashpee hung around until late in the game. The Vikings didn’t up their lead to three until the fourth. In the fifth they strung together a single and a double and were aided by an error as they went up by a 5-0 count. The Vikes then got two more in the sixth to account for the final tally.