Sophomore Colton Colleran flirted with the history books on Tuesday, June 8. The right-handed starting pitcher took a perfect game into the fourth inning and a no-hitter into the sixth against East Bridgewater High School in Mashpee. Colleran wasn’t able to secure a no-no, but he did pitch his team to a big 5-1 win in the first round of the South Shore League postseason tournament.
The win propelled the Falcons into the semifinals of the SSL tourney, with a game held last night in Middleboro against the top-seeded Sachems. Mashpee, which is now 9-4, was the fourth-seeded team in the SSL tournament.
Colleran retired the first 11 batters he faced in the game before issuing a two-out walk in the fourth. He then got the next man to pop out to Willie Baker in center field to end that inning. After a 1-2-3 fifth, East Bridgewater ended Colleran’s no-hit hopes with one away in the sixth inning when the Vikings’ number nine hitter lined a gap shot to left-center for a double. The next batter reached on an error and with two outs a single ended the shutout bid as EB secured an unearned run.
The Vikings kept the game somewhat interesting in the seventh inning as they were able to get the potential tying run into the on-deck circle. A leadoff single and a two-out walk gave the Vikings a glimmer of hope, but a hard shot right back up the middle was snagged out of the air by Colleran to end the game as he finished with a three-hitter. He also walked two and struck out four.
All of the support that the pitcher needed in the game was provided by the Mashpee bats in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs in the inning the Falcons were able to get six straight men on base to end that shutout bid and put a crooked number on the scoreboard.
It all started with two away when Sean Fancher singled to end a great run by EB’s Ray McNaught, who had given up just one hit to that point, a second-inning single to Willie Baker. Sean Fancher singled to keep the inning alive, and that seemed to rattle the Vikings’ starter some, as he then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Fancher to take second. The runner then stole third. Jagger Bryant kept the inning alive by earning a walk.
That brought Baker back up to the plate and the Falcons’ dangerous center fielder laced another single, this time driving in one to put his team up 1-0. Next was Jared Barr and the starting third baseman laced a two-run single that made it 3-0. Nathan Ware kept the party going with another RBI single for a 4-0 lead, and then Robert Sanborn doubled him home to make it 5-0.
Baker paced the MHS offense by going 3-for-3 at the plate. Ware was the only other hitter with more than one knock, going 2-for-3 in the game.