Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Recap: No. 14 Coyle-Cassidy 11, Fairhaven 5
By Mike Scandura
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. -– Just how potent is Coyle-Cassidy’s offense?
This potent: In Tuesday’s 11-5 non-league victory over Fairhaven, the Warriors (16-3) strafed three Fairhaven pitchers for 19 hits; four Warriors had at least two hits; and seven Warriors had at least one RBI.
As far as center fielder Robby Robinson is concerned, being aggressive at the plate has been the team’s modus operandi all season.
"We try to come out strong every game," said Robinson, who doubled twice, singled and plated three runs. "We bounced back from a loss last week. I think that (loss) really fueled us to do better.
"Especially at away games, we like to be aggressive."
The Warriors, who’re ranked 14th in this week’s ESPNBOSTON.com’s poll, were so “aggressive” that they hung seven runs on the board over the first two innings which put the Blue Devils (15-7-1) in a hole that was too deep to climb out of.
But the story within the story regarding Coyle’s record is the fact the team is 10-0 in road games.
"I think we play with a lot of fire on the road," said Robinson. "We try to come to the other team’s field and take advantage of it and come out strong."
The Warriors came out so strong that they scored three runs in the first and four in the second.
Hunter Klugh and Robinson led the game with doubles and Ryan Kowalski followed with an RBI single.
Then, in the second, one run scored on an error, two on Mac Curran’s double and one on John Monahan’s single.
In retrospect that was more than enough run support for starter Donny May, who worked the first five innings and allowed five hits, three unearned runs and two walks replete with five strikeouts.
"We trust Donny on the hill," said Robinson. "If we can get him a lead of any kind, we trust him to hold it."
What made Coyle’s victory somewhat ironic is that Fairhaven prevailed, 3-1, in the teams’ first game in early April.
"It was our second game of the season and we were discovering who was playing different positions and kind of working out the bugs," said coach Ken Lalli. "They took advantage of a couple of mistakes we made. But this time around we were prepared for them.
"They’re well-drilled. The Baldwin kid (infielder Ryan Baldwin) is very good and they have a couple of other players who didn’t play as well as they did the first game. And we’re playing better as a team right now."
The Warriors are playing so well that, after they clinched the EAC championship, they set their sights on obtaining the highest seed possible for the upcoming MIAA Eastern Mass. Division 3 Tournament.
"We’re trying for the number one seed because we got it last year," said Lalli. "It gives us more options because it will give us an extra day’s rest. We have graduation coming and, actually, we may be able to get a couple of home games out of it which is really important.
"We’re really trying to get that number one seed."
The Warriors didn’t stop trying to score after bolting to that early 7-0 lead.
They added three more runs in the fifth, one on Ryan Peck’s single and two on Robinson’s second double.
Coyle added its final run in the sixth on Kyle Simmons double and Alec Turner’s single.
"We’ve been hitting the ball really well this year because we’re more patient at the plate," said Lalli. "We’re making the pitcher work harder and seeing more pitches and are able to be more disciplined at the plate.
"When we’re able to wear down teams, their pitchers are worn down by the fourth or fifth inning which is when we’re able to get most of our runs."
Obviously, the Warriors got most of their runs this day in the early going.
Fairhaven, meanwhile, managed just one hit off May during the first three innings but clipped him for three unearned runs in the fourth –- with Baldwin and Tyler Perreira sandwiching RBI singles around a suicide-squeeze bunt by Eamonn Andrade.
But Lalli wasn’t about to pick nits over the fact his team scored early rather than mid-way through the game.