Friday, April 13, 2012
Recap: No. 6 Walpole 9, No. 20 Wellesley 4
By Tom Layman
WALPOLE, Mass. — The offensive output might have been impressive for Walpole on Friday, but head coach Bill Tompkins thinks there can be more.
The Rebels smacked 10 hits and used a balanced offensive attack to take out Wellesley, 9-4, in the wide open alleys of the Bird Middle School. Walpole has now gone 3-0 this week and is a perfect 5-0 on the season as it scooped up an early Bay State Conference Herget division battle.
“We scored nine runs today, but I still feel this team offensively can still break out even more,” said Tompkins. “We manufactured a few and got a couple stolen bases, moved over and got an error or two. I’m pleased with it. It’s a good week. They are in a our division, so it was a good win today.”
Boston College commit Johnny Adams highlights the top of the Rebels order, but they have plenty of pop in the middle to slug with anyone in or out of the Bay State.
Cam Hanley showed off that power with a long triple to right field to help pace a two-run bottom of the fifth inning to help answer a three-run outburst by Wellesley to get back in the game, 5-3. Hanley singled and walked twice to go with his loud triple to reach base four times and Dan King followed Hanley up with a 2-for-4 showing with four RBI.
“We knew three, four and five could hit,” said Wellesley head coach Rob Kane. “They’ve demonstrated that they can hit this year and they’ve done it in the past. It’s unfortunate that we got into that hole right in the beginning.”
Steady Day For Donnelly: While the Rebels were taking out the Wellesley starter in the first inning, Kyle Donnelly was going about his business in a consistent fashion without his better arsenal of pitches.
Donnelly scattered four hits and only gave up three runs, all earned, as he worked his way through five innings.
“I just tried to go out there throw some strikes. I didn’t have my best stuff today, but I got the job down. I was just trying to pick some spots and get them to swing the bats. I know I’ve got a good defense behind me.”
Donnelly isn’t going to throw the ball by hitters on a consistent basis, but he was able to keep the ball down in the zone, as Wellesley only hit four singles off him on the afternoon.
“He’s more of a control pitcher as far as hitting spots,” said Tompkins. “He’s not overpowering. He pitched a complete game and didn’t walk anyone. Today he walked four batters, so he didn’t quite have his control today, but he got enough, he did the job and we were looking for five solid innings out of him.”
Tough Outs For Wellesley: Every time the Raiders tried to make a run, their own doing on the base paths thwarted them.
Brian McMahon hit a single to left with a man on, but John Picking’s aggressiveness didn’t pay off as he was thrown out trying to get to third base to end the fifth inning. In the top of the eighth inning Picking was again picked off by the catcher King to erase the lead runner at second.
“We are going to be aggressive whenver we do get on the bases,” said Kane. “In that particular position the baserunner has to know better then to make the first or third out at third base. The ball is in front of him...It was just being a little too aggressive.”