Clippers Hold On For Baseball Win

Falmouth shortstop Sam Newman fields a ground ball in a recent game.GENE M. MARCHAND/ENTERPRISE - Falmouth shortstop Sam Newman fields a ground ball in a recent game.

Marshfield High School is without a home field this year for baseball, and is playing “home games” at road fields. On Monday, the Rams “hosted” Falmouth at Guv Fuller Field, with Falmouth batting first. That allowed the Rams to have a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Falmouth senior Ryan Johnson wasn’t about to allow his team to lose another heart-breaker on their home field.

Johnson gave a strong effort as he went the distance, striking out 12 Marshfield batters in the game. He enjoyed the lead the whole way, as the Clippers scored two runs in the top of the first and second innings, giving their ace a chance to have some wiggle room. Marshfield made it close, pulling to within a run twice in the game, but Johnson got through with the win intact as he got out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve a 5-4 victory.

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FHS took the lead in the top of the first as Sam Newman connected for a one-out double and then came around on an RBI single by Johnson. Mike Couhig followed with a two-bagger that plated Johnson. In the second, third baseman Jordan Jensen led off the frame with a single and scored on Ryan Tavares’ RBI single. Tavares later scored on another hit by Johnson that gave the Clippers a 4-0 cushion.

Marshfield’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth. The Rams collected back-to-back walks to start the inning and then got a run on a single. Two came in when the Clippers committed a costly error, which made it a 4-3 game.

FHS got one back in the fifth. Mike Couhig singled to right to start the inning, with Nick Perito pinch-running for him. Kyle Hogan then smacked a single up the middle to plate Perito and make it 5-3. Jensen followed with a sharp single to right, but a nice throw by the Rams cut down Hogan at third before a strikeout ended the inning.

MHS made it a one-run game in the sixth, making a walk work for them, with a stolen base, a passed ball and a groundout driving in their fourth run of the day. In the seventh, Johnson walked the lead-off hitter, but the Clippers picked him off at second as the runner stole the bag, but over-slid the base. Jack O’Rourke applied the tag for the first out of the frame. Johnson then got a pop out and a strikeout to end the game and give FHS its fourth win of the season.

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