What started well didn’t end that way for the Falmouth High School baseball team today April 24, 2014 at home against Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. FHS built a six-run lead over the first three innings and looked well on their way to riding freshman Nick Couhig’s debut as a starting pitcher to their first Atlantic Coast League win of the year.
The Dolphins had other plans, though. D-Y battled back to score three times in both the sixth and seventh innings, scoring eight unanswered runs, for the come-from-behind win.
FHS was one out away from victory in the top of the seventh. Right-hander Ryan Johnson, who was pitching for the first time since getting hit by a line drive in the hand a few days ago, struck out the leadoff man in the inning, but then issued a pair of walks. A passed ball allowed the tying run to get to third, but then Johnson struck out the next hitter for the second out, before walking the bases loaded.
With nowhere to put D-Y leadoff hitter Drew Tardiff, and one out away from an FHS win, a Johnson pitch ran in on the hitter and hit him in the ribs, forcing in the tying run. The next hitter, Taylor Laidner, roped a single to center to score two more, giving D-Y two more, and an 8-6 lead.
FHS had been rolling early. Couhig gave up a single to the first man he faced, and then did not allow another runner until the fourth, when D-Y got its first two of the game. Couhig lasted into the sixth, before being lifted for reliever Ryan Tavares. He was charged with four runs (three earned), struck out six and allowed four hits.
The Clippers plated three in the first, two in the second and another run in the third to build their 6-0 lead. Johnson doubled in the game’s first run, then Mike Couhig lifted a long sacrifice fly for the second before Nick Couhig singled in Johnson in the first. In the second, Jordan Jensen walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a double steal. Nick Perito was hit by a pitch and scored on a Sam Newman single. Jensen added an RBI single in the third to make it 6-0.
D-Y came back to get two in the fourth, one of which was unearned. They closed to within one run with a three-run sixth inning, but left the bases loaded as Johnson escaped the jam.
On Tuesday, the Clippers faced a dominant pitcher, who had a memorable day. Right-handed Dan Southerland of Dartmouth High School, twirled a gem against FHS in a 9-1 win by the Indians.
Southerland went the distance for his club, surrendering just a pair of hits to Ryan Johnson in the game. The rest of the Falmouth order combined to reach base just one time, on a walk. Southerland struck out eight batters and picked up the win for his club.
“He was really good, and we struggled at the plate,” FHS head coach Tom Kelliher said.
The Indians’ bats came alive when it mattered most. DHS hitter had clutch two-out, run-scoring hits in the first, second and third innings. Each of those frames saw Dartmouth score two runs, all with two down, as they built a 6-0 lead and never looked back.
In the first inning, with two away, Jackson White drove a two-run double to the gap against Falmouth starter Mike Couhig. In the second inning, with two down, Connor Tavares stroked a two-run triple that made it a 4-0 game. In the third, with two away again, it was Dave Thomas that served up the big hit, singling in a pair for the visiting team.
Falmouth got its run in the fourth inning. Johnson led off the inning with a double to the gap in left center. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Couhig to straight away center field.