In its first game back after vacation, the Mashpee High School baseball team found itself facing its toughest job of the year thus far. Not only did the Falcons have to square off against the team that may be the best one on Cape Cod, but also against its ace.
Right-hander Dillon Ryan was as good as advertised, as were his Blue Knights. Ryan allowed just one base runner and carried a no-hitter through three innings before Kyle Puchol broke that, slicing a single to left field that hugged the third base line. That was the last hit of the day for the Falcons until the seventh when Jared Barr and Zach Rogers led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Barr would be erased at second, trying to steal, and Ryan fanned the last two batters of the game to finish off his masterpiece.
Ryan, whose fastball seemed to gain steam as it crossed home plate, was masterful. He allowed three hits, one walk and one hit batter. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out at least one batter in every inning and finished with 11.
Jagger Bryant was solid on the hill for the Falcons, but took the loss. Sandwich touched him up for a pair of runs in the first. After retiring the first two men of the inning, Tyler Wudyka singled to left and then scored on a double by Kevin Carrera. A Josh Kutcher hit made it 2-0 in the top of the first.
The game remained a tight pitcher's duel into the fifth. A tiring Bryant ran into trouble the third time through the Sandwich order and got a dose of bad luck as well. After a one-out single by Mike Petit and a walk to Wudyka, an error allowed a run to score. Another runner came in on a fielder's choice to make it 4-0 after five.
Sandwich tacked on two more in the seventh. The top of the order gave reliever Willie Baker trouble as they strung four singles in a row together and scored twice.