Mashpee Baseball Team Keeps Hope Alive With Win
By: RICH MACLONE, May 16, 2014
So you’re saying there’s a chance.
The Mashpee High School baseball team kept its chance of qualifying for the MIAA state tournament alive with a 10-6 win in its final home game of the season Thursday, May 15. Mashpee improved to 8-11 overall, with three games left to go, starting with a trip to Carver High on Monday, May 19.
The Falcons got a huge game from Curtis Bridge, who paced the team’s offensive attack by going three for three with a double, a triple and five runs batted in. Kris Carpenter also had a pair of hits, with a double and triple and John Giatrelis had two hits, two stolen bases and an amazing play defensively in the field at third.
MHS clung to a one-run lead late in the game. The Falcons got a great start from Eddie Childs, who went five and two-thirds, but he ran into a jam with two away in the sixth and his team up just 6-5. Nick Carpenter came in to get the team out of the jam.
Mashpee then exploded for four in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open. Ari Purdy started it with a bunt single. He stole second and went to third when Giatrelis singled. Purdy scored on a wild pitch, and then Giatrelis did as well. Tyler Towsey and Shay Souza both singled before Bridge smoked his triple to chase in two.
Hull rallied to score one in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough to change the outcome.
On Tuesday, May 13, Mashpee’s win streak was snuffed out by East Bridgewater’s Cam Troup, who nearly tossed a no-hitter against the Falcons. EB rode their pitcher’s strong outing to a 2-0 win, improving 13-1 overall on the season, and 11-1 in the South Shore League.
Troup also knocked in one of the Vikings’ runs in their victory. He carried a no-no into the seventh inning before Mashpee finally broke it up. John Giatrelis led off the seventh with a single, but the Falcons could not bring him around or collect any more knocks as they lost a tough one.
Jason Demers pitched well enough to win for Mashpee. He went the distance, scattering six hits while allowing just one earned run. He walked just two over the course of the contest.
Eddie Childs had a big day on the hill and at the plate to help lead the Mashpee High School baseball team to its fourth consecutive victory last Saturday afternoon. For the second time in less than a week, MHS squared off against Bristol-Plymouth, a team they’ve met in the past two MIAA state tournaments, and scored a 4-2 win over the Craftsmen.
Childs worked four strong innings to start the game, and earned the victory. Curtis Bridge pitched the fifth and sixth innings, and did not surrender a run, and Kris Carpenter worked the ninth to pick up the save.
B-P got one in the top of the first, but the Falcons answered with a pair of unearned runs to take the lead. Ari Purdy singled, stole second and scored on an error that came off the bat of John Giatrellis. Later in the inning, Giatrelis scored on a passed ball to give his team a 2-1 lead.
The Craftsman rallied to tie the score with a run in the top of the fourth, but once again the Falcons answered back. Mashpee took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning when Childs, who went two for two at the plate and was also hit by a pitch, delivered an RBI single to make it 3-2.
Mashpee scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Pinhack roped an RBI double deep to left field that plated the fourth run for his team.