The Sandwich 1 Babe Ruth team hosted Barnstable at Fenton Field on Tuesday, July 15, and in a gritty performance came up short by a score of 5-4.
Sandwich (8-6) had a fight on its hands for seven innings as it tangled with first place Barnstable (11-1). Cam Yadisernia got the start and went five innings, surrendering two runs on five hits. Both Barnstable runs came in the top of the first, after which Yadisernia settled down allowing just two hits over the next four innings.
Trailing 2-0, Sandwich put together a big fifth inning led by Vinny Petracca, who slammed a triple off the right field fence, scoring Jacob Golden and Dan Thiesing, who had each walked and Tyler Moffa, who singled to load the bases for Petracca. Chris Jones then hit an infield single, scoring Petracca for a 4-2 Sandwich lead.
Petracca took over on the mound in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and no outs controversy struck when the Barnstable runner on third broke on the pitch for home. Petracca’s pitch was a strike and catcher Ryan McNally was on the plate applying the tag before the runner slid into home. However, the runner was called safe.
Sandwich still held a 4-3 lead, but the momentum had shifted in Barnstable’s favor.
Golden took over on the mound in the top of the seventh. The first two Barnstable hitters had singles and the leadoff man managed to score when he didn’t stop at third on the second single into right field and raced home. A Sandwich error allowed the next run to score.
Petracca gave up one run on one hit in his inning of work in the sixth. Golden, who took the loss, allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits. Barnstable stranded 11 base runners.
Chris Jones finished the afternoon two for three with a walk. Pat Tierney was two for two with a walk. Offensively, three base running errors that turned into outs hurt Sandwich. Defensively, Kris Carpenter threw out five runners from his third base position and Golden made a couple of good plays at shortstop, while McNally did a nice job behind the plate handling all three Sandwich pitchers.