Boston High School: Cody Pasic



BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – It seemed like an add-on to a rout, but Kyle Leslie’s early third-period goal — the Braintree forward’s second of the game — was an important one.

But, at the time, its significance wasn’t lost on Wamps head coach Dave Fasano either.

“Looking back on it, I had said that’s probably the one that’s going to get us over the hump.”

Braintree carried a 4-1 lead into the third period of Sunday’s Division 1 South sectional championship game against Barnstable at Gallo Ice Arena.

That’s when Leslie tipped in his second of the game, collecting a loose puck played from the point by defenseman Kevin Howard. After a furious comeback of three straight goals, including two on the power play, the Red Raiders made for a dramatic finish, but fell short in a 5-4 final.

The Wamps advance to their first state Division 1 final, after having played in three sectional championship games in the last decade. They will face the winner of Monday’s North final between Reading and Wilmington.

Braintree (16-5-3) sought to push the issue, playing an aggressive forecheck throughout. It yielded immediate benefits, as the Wamps ran out to a 2-0 lead by the 7:43 mark of the first on goals by Gino LaRossa and Brian Gallagher. Leslie (2 G, 1 A) potted his first goal of the game before the period was out, with a helper from Gallagher, and Braintree took a 3-0 lead to the room.

The Red Raiders (15-6-3) broke up Nick Anson’s shutout bid at 1:32 of the second on a Cody Pasic (1 G, 1 A) wrist shot. However, the Wamps reestablished their three-goal cushion at 8:11 on a Nick Ward goal, with Gallagher (1G, 2A) on the primary assist.

“The thing we talked about after the third period was that we couldn’t go into a shell,” Fasano said. “Barnstable, all year long and if you saw the last three tournament games they’ve played … they don’t quit. They’re going to come at us, but we can’t go into a shell.

“Even when we were up three, we knew that Barnstable was going to throw everything at us because they’ve never quit all year long.”

Braintree seemed to put the game out of reach 32 seconds into the third. Howard lobbed a wrister over the diving shot-blocking attempt of a Barnstable forward. With the puck in the slot, Leslie adjusted and beat Red Raiders back up goaltender Jake Kaczynski short side.

Then the Red Raiders came alive. Mike McDonough set off a chain reaction of three straight Barnstable goals at 2:48, before scoring back-to-back power-play goals 11:21 and 12:24. Chris Fowler’s slapper got the Red Raiders within two, before setting up Cam Curtin’s tally on the man-advantage with the goaltender pulled.

“I thought we played extremely well for two periods, but our start killed us," Red Raiders head coach Scott Nickerson said. "We just ran out of time. They did a lot of things well against us. It would have been a remarkable comeback had we finished it off.”

Tough call: Nickerson elected to pull senior starting goaltender Kevin Huska to start the second period, after allowing three first-period goals, in favor of Kaczynski, a junior.

“Kevin Huska’s been our backbone for two years,” Nickerson said. “At that point, I felt like after giving up three, it was time to make a change. It’s a tough decision to pull a senior in his last game. But it was something we had to do.”

The move seemed to give Barnstable an immediate boost. After Pasic’s goal, on the other end of the sheet, Kaczynski kicked out a Gallagher shot from point blank range.

The incumbent to take Huska’s spot next season, Kaczynski battled to keep the Red Raiders in the game, which was also a swan song for one of the state’s more talented netminders in the last two years.

“To his credit, I’ve never been around who’s so positive and so uplifting after he comes out,” Nickerson said of Huska. “When Kaczynski made that save, you could hear Kevin pounding on the boards with his hand, trying to keep everybody going.”

Net gain?: Aside from having to refocus after its play-in game loss to Catholic Memorial, Braintree also had to face the South sectional tournament without the services of one of its top defensemen, junior Sean Casey, who was injured in the preliminary round game.

With that, Fasano has shortened his bench to five defenseman.

But even down a man, and an attempted third-period comeback aside, the Wamps defensive corps has been a major driving force behind their Garden push.

“That was a huge loss, he’s so good,” senior captain Joe Harrington said of Casey. “But our defenseman, no discredit to our forwards, we’ve been great defensively all year. John Elworthy’s really stepped in, Erik MacDonald’s given us good minutes, and [James] Flaherty and Howard have been doing it for a few years now. We just know it’s another day at the office for us.”

D1 South: Barnstable 5, Norwood 4 (OT)

March, 6, 2014
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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – For the second night in a row, the Barnstable faithful had to endure an overtime finish.

But unlike the girls squad that fell on Tuesday night, the Red Raiders boys’ hockey team came through in the overtime period, with Kyle Rood notching the game-winner with 36.5 seconds remaining and leading No. 6 Barnstable to a 5-4, come-from-behind win over No. 7 Norwood in the Division 1 South semifinals.

Barnstable will play top-seeded Braintree in the Div. 1 South finals on Sunday (1:45 p.m.) at Gallo.

“This team is a hell of a lot better than we gave them credit for at the beginning of the year,” Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson said. “They don’t quit, they don’t panic, and they get a little excited sometimes and take penalties but that goes both way.”

After a Barnstable hand pass put the face off back in their own end, the Red Raiders cleared their zone. With the icing call waved off, Donnie Brodd chased down the puck and fed the puck to an open Kyle Rood who went far-post, ending the marathon event.

“I was kind of chilling on the weak side wing. Donnie Brodd, great hockey player won the battle took them deep down around the net and I was wide open in front of the net and I tapped it in,” Rood said over his overtime winner.

It was only fitting that the first line of the Red Raiders would put an end to the game.

In the three games Barnstable has played in this postseason, they have been the heart and soul of the squad and Wednesday night was no different as they accounted for four of the five goals.

However, the Red Raiders were once again plagued by their own penalties. Heading into the second period, Barnstable held a 1-0 lead but penalties let the Mustangs right back in it.

John Galvin tied the game at 6:56 of the second period and four minutes later Mark Powers put Norwood on top with a power play goal.

With momentum clearly swinging over to the Mustangs side, Brodd took it upon himself to tie the game nine seconds later with a wrist shot over Denny Drummey’s shoulder.

Adding insult to injury after their penalty-plagued period, the Red Raiders allowed the Mustangs to get the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds left in the second period on a breakaway goal from Jack Sheehan.

Barnstable came out on the offensive to begin the third, tallying the first five shots on net, but it was Norwood that struck first.

Midway through the third, Sheehan struck again when he collected his own rebound and went around Red Raider goalie Kevin Huska to put Norwood on top, 4-2.

“I thought typical of the way we have been playing, we played very well in the first period and we were taken off our game in the second period by taking penalties and it changed our whole momentum,” said Nickerson.

With their season staring down a two-goal deficit, the quick-strike Raiders responded again, this time 11 seconds later when Cody Pasic jammed a loose puck home from the doorstep.

Three minutes later, Barnstable completed the comeback when Max Lambert took control of a failed clear attempt and rifled off a shot from the right dot to tie the game at four.

“At this stage anybody can beat anybody and I thought we were in trouble but we fought back and we were able to win,” said Nickerson.

D1 South: Barnstable 4, Milton 3

March, 1, 2014
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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Notice to the remainder of Division 1: When Barnstable's first line is clicking, watch out.

No. 3 Milton found that out in the first period of Saturday's Div. 1 South quarterfinal with the Red Raiders when Mike McDonough and Donnie Brodd each scored two goals. Cody Pasic also added assists on all four goals as Barnstable held on for a 4-3 win.

“That first period was the best we’ve ever played and the best I’ve seen a high school play,” said Brodd. “I’ve known Cody since I was about six years old with baseball and hockey we know each other real well and we know where the other is so it works out real well.”

Donnie Brodd had the first two goals for No. 6 Barnstable at 7:35 and 9:06 of the first period, while McDonough had a power-play goal 27 seconds later and again at the 13:42 mark.

“We’ve got five or six kids that are very good and when they are on the ice they control the whole game, Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson said. “The last few games our first line has been dominate and five-on-five, they play exceptionally well.”

Despite four Barnstable goals in the first period, Milton got a boost from Jack Halloran right before the end of the period.

With 2.3 seconds left, Halloran went streaking down the left wing, and sent a wrister past Barnstable goaltender Kevin Huska inside the far post.

The Red Raiders offense sputtered in the second and third periods, mainly due to penalties. Barnstable outshot the Wildcats 15-6 in the opening stanza, but over the final 30 minutes, it was Milton that owned the advantage. Four Barnstable power plays gave the Wildcats a 16-11 shot advantage to end the game.

“I think penalties hurt us not in the fact we gave up power play goals but the fact it took away from our momentum,” Nickerson said. “On five-on-five, we dominated but when you have to kill three penalties in a row with you top guy killing penalties, it starts to slow things downs.”

On their fourth and final power play, the Wildcats’ special teams unit broke through. At 2:01 of the third period, Owen Bligh took a shot from right wing that Huska made the initial stop. The puck popped straight up into the air, landed behind Huska and crawled past the goal line to bring the Wildcats within one.

“I credit my senior and the captains for taking change and going down fighting and leaving everything on the ice,” Milton coach Paul Noonan said.

Milton got the first eight shots on net to open the third, but Huska rose to the occasion, keeping the Red Raiders on top. His two biggest saves came with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game when Connor Richard scooped the puck up behind the net and attempted the wraparound.

“I think [Huska] played well enough to win us a game but I think it was a team win,” said Nickerson. “But when needed to he made the saves.”

Onto the semifinals: With the win, the Red Raiders are two wins away from hauling in the Div. 1 South hardware and moving onto the T.D. Garden. They will match up with No. 7 Norwood, who knocked off No. 2 Archbishop Williams on Saturday night.

But whoever Barnstable is playing, Nickerson feels confident in his team that they can take on anyone.

“I honestly feel that we’ve had better teams in the past but I don’t think we’ve had teams playing as well as this team is right now or in a situation that is lined up as well to win a state tournament.”

Recap: No. 25 Barnstable 4, No. 24 Falmouth 1

February, 9, 2014
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HYANNIS, Mass. – During the pregame ceremonies at Kennedy Ice Arena last night, it was the Barnstable High School seniors that were celebrated. After the game, it was a junior that had provided the biggest reasons for Raiders Nation to cheer.

Barnstable junior forward Cody Pasic had one of his best games of the season to help spearhead a victory for No. 25 Barnstable (10-3-3) over their rivals from Falmouth (10-5-1). Pasic scored the only goal of the first two periods, and added two more in the third stanza as the Raiders beat the 24th-ranked Clippers 4-1 before a packed house. Senior Kyle Rood assisted on all three Pasic lamp-lighters and junior defenseman Mike McDonough added an empty-netter as time expired.

The victory runs Barnstable's current undefeated streak to nine straight games. Since a 2-0 loss at Falmouth last month, BHS has gone 7-0-2. Falmouth had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Raiders head coach Scott Nickerson said that the squad ribbed their sniper, who now has 17 goals on the season, that his performance wasn't as good as it could have been.

“We were giving him a hard time, thinking that he could have had a few more, because he missed a few,” Nickerson said. “But how do you complain about that?”

No one on the Barnstable side was complaining when Pasic got the first one of the game, just seconds after Falmouth was cited for having too many men on the ice midway through the middle period. On the draw after the penalty, Rood won the puck back to his right and Pasic let into a slap shot through traffic that beat the Clippers' Jake Beaton down low to make it a 1-0 game.

Pasic struck again, even though he wasn't trying to, at 2:46 of the third. The winger was attempting to fling a pass to the far side, from the blue line, for a cutting teammate. The puck changed direction off of a Falmouth skate and knuckled by Beaton to the near post to double the Raiders' advantage.

That one fortunate hop in the home team's favor, and a couple of bad ones that went against the visitors, loomed large at the end of the night.

“(Falmouth) hit a couple of pipes. We got some breaks. Our second goal, the goalie was sliding it over and it hit a (skate) and got deflected and went the other way,” Nickerson said.

Falmouth head coach Paul Moore agreed. “We didn't get the breaks tonight, and I think they got one on their second goal, that was a pass going across the middle and it hit Cam (Tobey's) foot and redirected. Jake was playing the pass.”

Falmouth cut into the lead four minutes later on a pretty shot by Marc Rocheleau off a faceoff, on a play that was very similar to the Raiders' first goal. Freshman center Patrick Coyne won a faceoff back to Rocheleau, who ripped a hard slap shot to the upper far side.

Barnstable keeper Kevin Huska never saw that one, but he saw the other 22 Falmouth shots on net, and stopped them all. His biggest save of the night came with 4:50 left in regulation as the senior flashed his left leg pad to halt a laser off of Cam Tobey's stick from the slot. Seconds later Rocheleau had a solid bid to tie the contests, but his shot from the right point hit the post.

Nickerson was very pleased with the play of his keeper. “He's a good goaltender. That's why we play him in the big games. He wins the big games. He does a good job.”

Pasic struck for the third time 70 seconds later, icing the game while completing his hat trick. Rood stole the puck away from the Falmouth defense in the right wing corner and flung a shot on from a tough angle. Beaton stopped that one, but Pasic was camped on the crease and muscled in the rebound for the back-breaker.

Nickerson said that the win further legitimizes something he feels strongly about -- that his his team deserves to be in consideration for the Super 8.

Should the Red Raiders continue to win like they have, his club will certainly have to be a part of the conversation.

“A lot of our games have been against strong competition," Nickerson said. "I feel really good about what where we're at … I think we're better than people give us credit for. I know that there's a Super 8 Watch List and I was disappointed that we weren't on it. Maybe our last two wins will get us on it. It certainly should, based on what I see there. I assume we were on the bubble, and we won two games against two pretty good teams."

Moore, who is on the selection committee, has firsthand knowledge of just how tough the Red Raiders are, and is a believer that Barnstable's case is getting better and better.

“That's a good team. They probably play one of the best public school high school schedules. They're battle tested and they keep coming at you.”

Recap: No. 8 Springfield Cathedral 9, No. 19 Barnstable 3

December, 29, 2013
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HYANNIS, Mass. – The Panthers may be a young team, but the message they sent this weekend should have any team that crosses their path a little worried.

Barnstable coach Scott Nickerson might have summed up Saturday night’s game against No. 8 Springfield Cathedral the best.

“We were outmanned, they just did everything well. They’ve got some of the best players I’ve seen in the last 10 years.”

The Panthers followed up Friday night’s six-goal game by hanging nine goals on their second ranked opponent in as many games to capture the Cape Cod Freeze Out championship.

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Phil Garceau for ESPNBoston.comSpringfield Cathedral winger Peter Crinella was one of three Panthers with multigoal games in a rout of No. 19 Barnstable at the Cape Cod Freeze Out.
Sophomore Johnny Leonard paced the offense with a hat trick and D.J. Petruzzelli chipped in with two goals and a pair of assists in the win. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.

Leonard scored two of his goals in the first period as the Panthers took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Leonard scored his first of the night was he got behind the Red Raiders blue liners and was fed a perfectly timed pass Matt Cieboter. All alone on the breakaway, Leonard made a quick move to beat Kevin Huska and gave Cathedral the lead just 69 seconds into the game.

Freshman Riley Prattson added a goal midway through the first and Leonard was set up for a power play goal from Perruzzelli in the closing minutes of the period to put the finishing touch on an all-Panther first period.

“Always when you can score early and get a lead you’re always better off. It’s a tough game and playing from behind is hard,” said Cathedral coach Brian Foley.

Barnstable was at risk of being run out of their own building, but 20 seconds into the second period Cam Curtin got a hold of the puck and took it up the left side and rifled a shot past John Liquori.

Peter Crinella and Pertuzzelli scored a minute and a part from each other to give the Panthers a 5-1 lead and Crinella goal with 25 seconds put the visitors up 6-2, but the pesky Red Raiders refused to go away. Cody Pasic got two goals in the final five minutes, including one with seven seconds on the clock giving the Red Raiders a shred of hope to cling onto as they skated back to their locker room for the second break.

“We played a better second period, tying them 3-3 in the period and we go into the locker room trailing, 6-3,” said Nickerson. “If we don’t give up the goal at the end it’s 5-3, and I think it’s a different story.”

But Springfield Cathedral put an end to any thought of a Barnstable comeback, scoring two quick goals to open the third. Leonard scored his hat trick goal with 3:05 on the clock to end the high scoring affair.

“At the end of the second they took the momentum away so it was important to come out in the third and score the three goals to win the game,” said Foley. “I thought the next goal in the third was going to be huge. If they made it 6-4 we are on our heels.”

No inexperience here: Cathedral is skating one of the youngest teams in the state. The only senior on their team is their goaltender, John Liquori. The Panthers have five juniors in first-liners Crinella and Petruzzelli, second line right winger Zach Prattson and their second defensive pairing of Cieboter and Bryce Peritz.

That leaves 15 skaters and two goalies between eighth grade and sophomores. But don’t let that fool you. They need be considered amongst the most explosive teams in the state. Six goals against No. 22 Braintree and nine goals against No. 19 Barnstable with Kevin Huska in net.

“We are really young so obviously its work in process,” said Foley of his team so far. “Its nice we’re scoring a lot more goals than we have in the past, but we are allowing more goals than we had in the past so we need to work on team defense but we are making strides and improving.”

With such a young team, the hot question on everyone’s mind is how they will react come tournament time in February. While the season is still young, Foley isn’t worried about that quiet yet, “Its very strange but credit to those kids. They are a talented group of kids and as long as they keep working and improving, age won’t be an issue as the season goes on.”

A learning experience: Nickerson didn’t sugar coat his loss after the game and gave credit where credit was due.

“We reacted slow. At this point in the season I don’t think we could beat them one out of 20 times but down the road, who knows. It’s a good learning experience.”

Barnstable had gotten off to a solid start this season, but Saturday’s game should be a wake up call to the Red Raiders. If they want to be the best they have to beat the best and Cathedral reminded them just how far they are.

But the season is still early on and there are things that the Raiders did well that can be built upon. How they reacted when they were down after the first period is a good starting point.

“We attempted to make a game out of it but at this point in the season we aren’t ready for that type of competition,” said Nickerson. “Its good for us, it shows us where we stand and where we need to be but also a reminder that we aren’t a super eight team.”

Power-play dominance: The Red Raiders were sent to the penalty box four times and the Panthers did their best to make them pay for every mistake that made.

Four penalties translated into three power play goals for the Panthers.

Barnstable needed to play a perfect game when they were at ever strength to win the game, never mind when they were outmanned on the ice.

Recap: No. 16 Duxbury 2, Barnstable 2

December, 18, 2013
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KINGSTON, Mass. – Even in his mind, Duxbury head coach John Blake knew his team was toast.

“I thought it was over,” he said.

After both teams took their timeouts, the Dragons assembled around the faceoff circle with 5.3 seconds to play and down a goal in Wednesday evening’s non-league tilt against Barnstable at The Bog. They executed their plan with senior captain Trevor O’Brien winning the draw back to Tyler Powers at the point.

However, Powers wasn’t able to get the puck to settle and the shot didn’t quite come through. It was about that time Blake was about to put his team’s opener in the loss column.

But there was O’Brien. He coolly collected the loose puck and found an opening on the short side to beat the Red Raiders’ nearly impenetrable goaltender, Kevin Huska (23 saves). There was then 1.2 seconds remaining and a lot of incredulous-looking faces around the rink – including the one behind the Dragons’ bench.

Duxbury escaped with a point and a 2-2 tie.

“That why you have to play to the final whistle,” Blake said.

And it was those minor victories that helped Duxbury (0-0-1) get even.

“There were a little bit better on every one-on-one battle, I told my coaching staff, I thought that was the difference,” Barnstable head coach Scott Nickerson said. “And it showed itself in the end.”

After a scoreless first period, the Dragons asserted their will down low on the cycle through the second. Duxbury dominated the territorial play and was rewarded with the first goal of the game at 7:14, with senior captain Nick Marrocco sliding a back-hander past Huska from the top of the crease. O’Brien and Shawn Errasti picked up the assists.

Yet, Barnstable (2-0-1) showed resiliency, striking back before the period was out. Junior defenseman Michael McDonough stepped into the play to tie it with 26 seconds remaining in the second.

The Red Raiders also transferred the momentum into the third, scoring on its first shot on goal of the period. Junior winger Cody Pasic scored his fourth goal in three games at 3:50 of the third.

Despite peppering Huska with 11 shots during the final 14-plus minutes, the Dragons were unable to find the equalizer.

Ultimately, they just wanted it a little more in the end.

“Everybody just has to bear down, get their guy, win the faceoff and get it to the net,” O’Brien said of the game-tying push. “It’s all mental toughness at that point.”

He continued, “When you have a little letdown when they score, it’s hard to pick the boys back up. But once you do, we started rolling, controlling the play and we were all over them.”

The onslaught: Duxbury could have widened its lead in the second, when the Dragons had four of their five power-play opportunities.

But, while they weren’t able to cash in, the Dragons continued pushing the issue while working the puck down low and set up the cycle below the dots.

“We feel that our strength is our speed and skill up front, and our top nine forwards are very skilled,” Blake said. “We want to really keep that puck down low, really work it down low. We feel like we have an advantage over most teams with our forwards going against their defensemen.”

The answer: Again, as the Red Raiders came to rely upon him last season, Huska was the backbone to their hopes on Wednesday.

Barnstable’s blue-line corps isn’t too deep, as Nickerson conceded after last year’s roster turnover, but the Red Raiders’ top three of Donnie Brodd, Chris Fowler and McDonough is steady and rugged.

But the group thrives when the senior netminder is on point.

“He’s a competitor,” Nickerson said of Huska. “He’s a goalie with a big heart and he does whatever he has to do to stop the puck. When you have that, the team becomes more competitive. When you have a backstop like that, you’re in every game, or at least you should be.”

Filling the void: For Barnstable, dealing with the graduation of an All-State caliber player in Max Willman and the defection of last year’s top-scorer Connor Fries to prep school has left the offense a little thin.

However, the Red Raiders are averaging five goals a game in the early going, spurred on by a host of forwards who’ve already exceed their production from last season.

Take Pasic for example. In his sophomore season last year, Pasic had just one point. Through three games of the 2013-14 campaign, he already has eight.

Senior Cam Curtin also has five points thus far after scratching the score sheet just once last year.

“It’s not an excuse, but we’re young, and we’re learning,” Nickerson said.

D1 South Baseball: Walpole 8, Barnstable 4

June, 4, 2013
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WALPOLE, Mass. -– As far as Walpole coach Bill Tompkins is concerned the longer the game and the tougher the opposition the better.

Tompkins’ philosophy was underscored Tuesday when the top-seeded Rebels twice rallied for an 8-4 victory over No. 8 seed Barnstable in an MIAA Division 1 South quarterfinal game.

“You know I’m an advocate of nine innings,” Tompkins said after the Rebels (19-3) came from behind for the second consecutive tournament game. “We play nine innings in the Bay State League and I think that’s a huge factor for us –- a real huge factor for us.

“We’re also a Division 2 club. We play Division 1 clubs all the time, nine innings. That’s why I like to pop up and play (D-I teams). We can compete against these teams.”

Besides the fact his team “competed,” Tompkins paid the Red Raiders (13-7) a great deal of respect.

“That’s the best team we’ve played this year,” he said. “I was really impressed with that team. They ran, they were good hitters and they played good defense. That pitcher (Dan Holzman) was real tough. We knew he had thrown before and he was tough.

“We felt that if we could keep it close and work him into the late innings he might get tired or slow down a little bit. We also noticed he had more trouble throwing strikes from the stretch than he did from the windup. Our kids are battlers and they’re nine-innings tested. We know it’s a long ballgame and we can come back. We did it before and we did it today.”

Red Raiders strike first: Barnstable nipped Walpole starter Tom Farrow for a first-inning run on consecutive singles by Dan Walsh, Dylan Morris and Terrence Muchia.

The Red Raiders scored twice in the fourth –- the highlight being Cody Pasic’s booming triple.

But Barnstable got one run back in the fourth on Boston College-bound John Adams triple and Cam Hanley’s groundout.

The Rebels tied it in the fifth on Ian Fair’s double, Mike Rando’s single and Bobby Ivatts single. But Barnstable took what proved to be its last lead in the seventh on Chris Fowler’s double, a wild pitch and Walsh’s single off reliever and eventual winner Nick Cordopatri.

Walpole exploded for five runs in the seventh on four hits, one walk, one error and a hit batter.

Ian Fair, who reached on a single, scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

Then Hanley delivered the key hit, a two-run single that produced a 6-4 lead.

“(Hanley) had the key hit but our lineup up and down produced today,” Tompkins said. “Rando had three hits. Bobby Ivatts, who’s been in a little bit of a slump, got a big hit. Obviously, Adams is a hitter. Fair got three hits near the bottom of the order.

“I thought Tommy Farrow kept us in the ballgame (he worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits replete with zero walks and five strikeouts). He’s a battler. He mixes his speed. He’s not overpowering.”

Confidence not lacking: Barnstable coach Joe DeMartino expressed the opinion that from pitch one to pitch last, his team never was out of contention.

“We held our confidence the whole game,” DeMartino said. “There were a couple plays that allowed them to score a few runs in one inning. But you couldn’t feel it on our bench.

“We were confident. We had every thought in the world that we were going to win this ballgame. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way but you must give the guys credit for having that type of attitude.”

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