Post 188 Knocks Off Plymouth, Sandwich Opens Tournament
By: DAN CROWLEY, July 18, 2014
Brady Doherty led off the bottom of the first with a triple and the rest of the American Legion Post 188 bats sprang to life as Sandwich (14-4-2) picked up a big 9-3 victory over Plymouth Post 40.
Danny O’Kane got the start and picked up the win in three-plus innings of work. O’Kane allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out three.
Doherty scored on a groundout by Kevin Marsh to give Post 188 a quick one-run lead. In the bottom of the second Sandwich added three more runs. Nick Couhig led off with a ball hit into left field that the Plymouth left fielder misplayed, leaving Couhig standing at second. Mike Couhig followed with a double deep into left that scored Nick Couhig. Coleman Finton walked and Emmit Kelliher laid down a perfect bunt, advancing both runners. Doherty then stepped into the batter’s box and drilled the ball into center field, scoring both Mike Couhig and Finton and giving Post 188 a 4-0 lead.
Plymouth got a run back in the top of the third, but Sandwich pounded the ball in the bottom of the inning scoring five times, led by a three-run home run off the bat of Mike Couhig, who turned on a fastball and drilled it 15 feet over the 325-foot right field fence mark. Luke Chevalier and Nick Couhig, who had each singled, scored on the Mike Couhig blast.
Post 188 kept going as Finton singled, followed by Kelliher, who reached on an error. Marsh then drove a double into left, scoring both Finton and Kelliher and putting Post 188 up 9-1.
O’Kane loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, before turning the ball over to Joe Oriola. Post 40 scored on a sacrifice fly, but Oriola got out of the jam with no further damage.
Plymouth added a run in the top of the fifth, but Oriola shut them down in the sixth.
Chevalier stepped to the plate to open the bottom of the sixth when the game was called because of darkness.
“It was nice to see us come out and be aggressive,” coach KJ Kozens said. “It was one of the first times all season that we played a full game as a team. That is a good sign of what we can do in the playoffs.”
Mike Couhig finished the game two for three with a double and a home run. He scored twice and knocked in four runs. Doherty was two for three with a triple and a run scored and two RBI. Marsh was two for three with a walk and three RBI.
Post 188 stood tied for the third-seed spot with Hawkeye prior to Wednesday’s rainout. The District 10 playoffs begin July 18 at 5:30 PM at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth. If they remain in the third spot or fall to fourth in the event of a makeup and loss of Wednesday’s game against Duxbury Post 223, they will begin postseason play at home against the fifth- or sixth-seed, which could be Brockton Post 35 or Marshfield Post 88. Makeup games, if played, could change the standings.
Sandwich 2 - Pembroke 1
Post 188 knocked out eight hits against Pembroke Post 143 Sunday, July 13, but managed to convert that into just two runs in a 2-1 victory.
Will Crowther got the start and went six innings, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out four. Nick Couhig took over in the seventh, picking up the save.
Sandwich scored first when Collin Russell led off the fourth inning with a double into center field. He came around to score on a double into center by Finn Swenson. Post 188 added a second run in the fifth when Kevin Marsh reached on a fielder’s choice and later came around to score on a base hit by Russell.
Post 143 picked up a run in the top of the sixth. After a failed squeeze play at the plate, with the runner from third tagged out by Swenson, Pembroke had a runner reach on an error, steal third and score on a base hit.
Russell finished the afternoon two for three with a run scored and one RBI. Swenson and Luke Chevalier also finished the day two for three.