Orr Escapes Jam To Earn Save As Falmouth Baseball Stops Sandwich 4-3
By: Rich Maclone, April 26, 2013
Things got dicey late in the game, but the Falmouth High School baseball team was able to pull out a close one on the road at Sandwich on Wednesday. FHS nearly let a four-run lead disappear late in the game, but held on for a 4-3 victory against the Blue Knights.
FHS is now 4-4 overall, and 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast League.
“It got scary there for a minute,” Head Coach Tom Kelliher said.
Sandwich rallied to plate single runs in the fifth and sixth to cut the Clippers’ lead in half. In the seventh, disaster was averted, but it wasn’t easy.
Starter Ryan Johnson ran out of gas in the final frame. After a strong outing, which saw him allow just one earned run over six-plus innings, with seven strikeouts and four hits, Johnson gave up a leadoff hit to the first batter of the seventh. Kelliher went to the bullpen and called upon Jamison Orr to get the final three outs of the game, and Orr came through with the save, but not before things got even more interesting.
Orr hit the first batter he faced, then came back to fan the next one, for the first out of the frame. The next hitter hit a ball to second, which Adam Thackston initially mishandled, but got a bit lucky when the runner over-slid second and was tagged out by Jack O’Rourke for the second out of the frame. Nick Kennedy, who had pitched a strong game for the Knights, kept the inning, and hope, alive for SHS by rifling a single to drive in a run for the home team to make it 4-3.
Orr kept battling, though. He ran the count full against the last hitter of the day. With both runners off on the pitch, Orr threw a nasty slider that was foul tipped into the glove of catcher Zack Zaino, who held onto the ball to secure the final out of the game and put FHS over the top.
“That was a big, big pitch,” Kelliher said.
Falmouth owed most of its offensive production to the hitting of third baseman Trevor Theroux. The senior went 3-for-3 in the game for FHS, scored two runs and scored another. Theroux singled in the second inning, and scored on a hit by sophomore first baseman Mike Couhig. In the fourth, FHS pushed three runs across. O’Rourke led off with a single and then Andrew McGill reached on an error. Ryan Johnson walked with two down, to load the bases, and then a run scored on a passed ball. Theroux followed with a two-run single to center that made it 4-0 at the time.
FHS is back in action tomorrow, at home, at 5 PM. The Clippers look to settle a score against streaking Nauset (7-1). NHS eliminated FHS from the state tournament a year ago in come-from-behind fashion, winning on a walk-off homer.