Following the Clark-Haddad Post 188 baseball team’s win against Hanover, head coach Brian Tomasini wanted his team to do a better job of scoring runs early.
“We’ve talked about scoring runs early because in so many games we added runs late,” he said.
The message was received—loud and clear. Sandwich shutout Rockland Post 147, 15-0, in the first game of a double header on Wednesday, July 10, and followed that up with a 12-0 shellacking in the nightcap. Both games featured six-run second innings in what were routs from the jump. And, in typical Post 188 fashion, the lineup pounced on relief pitching adding a plethora of runs late in the game.
“It’s a tough lineup to keep down for the entire game,” Tomasini said. “We’ve pretty much done that all season long.”
Sandwich 11, Hanover 3
After a Fourth of July layoff the Post 188 baseball team saw its three pitchers battle while yet another late-inning offensive surge provided some much-needed separation as they remained perfect on the season.
Traveling to Pembroke to meet Post 143, Sandwich plated eight runs in the final two innings to pull away from the hosts, 11-3, on Tuesday, July 9.
“There was a period of time where we were joking that we wanted a day off because we were at a ball field almost every day,” Tomasini said. “But at the same time we didn’t want to get off the field, because we were playing so well.”
Nick Heyer (Sandwich) went the first 2.1 innings before Max Roman (Falmouth) worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the third inning to keep Post 188’s lead at a run, 3-2. Roman pitched 1.2 innings, including a scoreless bottom of the fourth. From there on it was the Joe Dorman (St. John Paul II) show. The big right-hander closed the game out for the final three innings, striking out five before giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Post 188 scored a run in each of the first three innings before being shut down in the fourth and fifth innings. Then, in the top of the sixth, Ben Smith (Bourne) produced a pinch-hit, RBI-single to drive in Mike Petit (Sandwich), who led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Zach Landry (Sandwich) singled home two more runs to give the visitors a 6-2 advantage.
An inning later, in the top of the seventh, Aaron Cole (St. John Paul II) and Tyler Wudyka (Sandwich) each churned out two-RBI base hits while Smith, who reached on a walk, later scored on a wild pitch.
Sandwich 8, Hanover 0
The senior Post 188 squad has had no trouble handling Hanover Post 149 this season. Following their 8-0 shellacking of the South Shore collective team on Monday, July 8, Sandwich has outscored them 18-0 in two games during the American Legion season.
Cole pitched six innings of two-hit baseball and recorded seven strikeouts in the win. Even better was the efficient 75 pitches thrown in the process.
With Cole cruising on the mound, the Post 188 lineup was able to get to work during the later innings of the game. Already holding a 1-0 lead, Sandwich added two runs in the top of the fourth on a Roman RBI groundout that score Wudyka, followed by Alex Sorenti-Burns (Bourne) scoring on a misplayed ball off the bat of Nate Coleman (Sandwich).
An inning later, Post 188 doubled its lead by adding three more runs before tacking two more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth.
Sorenti-Burns and Wudyka each had a double while Wudyka, Roman and John Tropea (Sandwich) all drove in runs. Nick Cavossa (Falmouth) needed just six pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning to close out the win.
Despite the large number of lopsided scores, it’s the team’s commitment for perfection that has helped Post 188 remain, well, perfect on the season. Tomasini has stressed pounding the strike zone to his pitching staff and to have faith in the defense behind them to make outs once the ball is put in play. Offensively, he’d like to see his team be better at situational bunting.
“It’s a good point in the season to be able to fine-tune these small things and refocus before the playoffs,” he said. “It’s good to have things to work on and still be winning ball games.”
Post 188 (16-0, 32 points) travels to Eldredge Park in Orleans today Friday, July 12,to meet Post 308 at 7 PM.