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D2 South Baseball: Hingham 7, Stoughton 4

June, 9, 2013
BROCKTON, Mass. -- Junior John Carlson tossed a complete game, striking out eight and added three first inning RBIs to lead Hingham to a 7-4 win over Stoughton in the Division 2 South Sectional Finals.

“He’s a very unique, can-do kind of guy,” said Hingham head coach Frank Niles. “We knew his pitch count was up but he’s Johnny Carlson and he battled it all the way.”

Carlson got off to a hot start, sitting down Stoughton’s top three in order in the top of the first. The Harbormen saw their two first batters retired but senior first baseman Eddie Bowler reached on a walk. Senior Evan Flanagan followed with a single into left and junior Austin Irvin reached on an error to load the bases.

Up stepped Carlson, and on the first pitch of the at-bat, he stroked one into left center field for a bases-clearing double to give Hingham an early 3-0 lead.

“I just got a pitch middle-in and took a swing at it and it happened,” said Carlson.

Stoughton pulled one back in the top of the second when Stoughton pitcher Mike Gallagher crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice ground out. The Black Knights added another in the top of the third on Jovani Pires’ solo homerun to left and were poised to add more damage, loading the bases with just one out. But Carlson got out of the jam, inducing two straight pop ups.

“I just stay as calm as I can,” said Carlson of when the game wasn’t going his way. “The game gets pretty intense and I just focus on the next batter.”

The Harbormen tacked on four runs in the bottom of the fourth with a big help from Stoughton errors. David Hutchins singled and pinch runner Zach Silva advanced to second on an errant pick off attempt. Silva went to third and Cody Clifford reached first on another error before Luke Ferris singled over the head of shortstop Pat Jackman to bring Silva home. Leadoff hitter Stephan White singled home Clifford to make it 5-2.

“We got some extra chances,” said Niles. “Stoughton’s obviously a good team but they gave us a couple extra chances.”

Another error from Stoughton loaded the bases for Hingham and a single from Evan Flanagan scored two more runs to extend Hingham’s lead to 7-2 through four innings.

“Defensively, we haven’t pulled that in a while,” said Stoughton head coach Mike Armour. “It’s baseball, you’re going to make your errors and unfortunately we made a few more today than we have in the past and it cost us.”

The Black Knights didn’t go down without a fight though, as Pires picked up two more RBIs, this time a double into right field that scored two runs for Stoughton to bring it to 7-4.

With over 110 pitches, Niles made a visit to Carlson, but the junior southpaw stayed in the game.

“I wasn’t going to let him [take me out],” said Carlson.

Carlson retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to end the game, finishing with a strikeout.

Now Hingham will play Division 2 North Champion Masconomet, who defeated Danvers 5-2 in the final earlier today at Lowell's LeLacheur Park.

“We’re ready to go,” Carlson said. “We’ve got some arms rested up and we’ll be back here on Tuesday trying to make it happen.”

D2 South Baseball: Hingham 5, Plymouth North 4

June, 4, 2013
HINGHAM, Mass. -— In arguably Hingham’s biggest spot of the season, senior Cody Clifford stood calm at the plate.

The Harbormen had just tied the game at four and had a runner on third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth against Plymouth North in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

With the Eagles’ infield in to try and cut down the potential go-ahead run, Clifford worked the count full and anticipated a fastball over the heart of the plate, knowing Plymouth North pitcher Kyle Mann couldn’t afford to put another runner on base.

Clifford guessed right and drove Mann’s heater through the infield and into right field to give Hingham its only lead of the game; one it held onto in the top of the seventh as John Carlson set down the Eagles in order to grab a 5-4 victory at Cronin Field.

The fourth-seeded Harbormen will play No. 1 seed Nauset in the semifinals of the Division 2 South Tournament, Thursday night at Adams Field in Quincy.

Fifth-seed Plymouth North took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth after Ryan Moskos willed the Eagles back on top after stealing second, third and finally home to send the Plymouth North dugout into a frenzy. While on third, Moskos capitalized on Carlson being left-handed and going through the windup, allowing him to take a big lead and jolt for the plate as Carlson’s delivery was too slow and Moskos slid ahead of the tag to grab the lead.

But the Hingham bats finally came to life. After Austin Irvin and David Hutchins singled to put runners on the corners with one out, Plymouth North coach Dwayne Follette pulled starter Kenny Drew (5-1/3 innings, five runs, four earned, seven hits) in favor of the freshman Mann.

Mann’s first pitch slipped through his catcher’s legs, scoring the runner from third and allowing Brett Tivnan — who pinch ran for Hutchins at first -— to scamper all the way to third, forcing the infield in, which allowed Clifford’s single to squirt through.

“We’re a pretty good offensive team,” Hingham coach Frank Niles said. “So we kept at it and ran the bases a little bit and I think we thought we could do it, so that’s a big part.”

But had it not been for Carlson, the Harbormen might have been out of this one early. Hingham starter Billy Boynton only lasted a third of an inning after the Eagles bats roped three hits and hit two balls in the hole that Hingham’s second baseman and shortstop couldn’t handle, leading to three unearned runs and an early exit for Boynton.

Carlson came in with the bases loaded and struck out the next two batters to retire the side and hold Plymouth North to just three. Carlson allowed only one run in his 6-2/3 innings of relief, striking out eight while surrendering just three hits and walking three.

“He’s not afraid of anything,” Niles said of Carlson. “He’s a hockey guy and he stood tall today and he got us out of that first inning.”

Carlson, who started the game in left field before replacing Boynton, mixed in his fastball and consistently threw his curveball for strikes, and said his team didn’t do their part to help out Boynton.

“We didn’t support him too much in the field, so I came in and did what I had to do — hit my spots and got the job done,” Carlson said.

The Harbormen used a three-run third to tie the score. Stephan White and Joe Leahy led off the frame with back-to-back singles, and after a double steal put both runners in scoring position, Eddie Bowler drove home White with a groundout to second.

One batter later, Leahy took off from second to try and steal third, and when the throw got past the Eagles third baseman, Leahy raced on home to bring Hingham within one at 3-2. Then, Irvin belted a solo home run over the fence in right field to knot the score at three.

Legion District 10 announces award winners

September, 24, 2012
District 10 American Legion Baseball announced its postseason All-District Team over the weekend, as well as the establishment of postseason awards. Barnstable Post 206 manager Sean Walsh passes along the postseason accolades for what was a successful summer for the district:

MVP - Dylan Morris, Barnstable Post 206
44 hits (team record), .488 BA, .586 OBP, 37 runs, 22 RBI, 22 BB, 14 SB

Pitcher of the Year - Keegan Dellacona, Barnstable Post 206
7-0, 52.2 IP, 70 K, 15 BB, 0.79 ERA

Umpire of the Year - Peter Marciano

Coach of the Year - Sean Walsh, Barnstable Post 206

1st Team All-District Team

Rockland Post 147:
1B - John Mulready
RHP-SS - Brody Loughlin
RHP-SS – Sean Roache

Hingham Post 120:
RHP/3B - Sean Greene
SS - Chuckie Connors
1B - Eddie Bowler

Plymouth Post 40:
RHP -- Alex Rozak
SS -- David Murphy
3B -- Mark Mineo

Marshfield Post 88:
LHP – Kevin Kwedor
SS – Brett Morgan
3B – Mark Pomella

Sandwich Post 188:
3B/RHP – Bobby Bray
OF – Michael Pratt

Kingston Post 387:
RHP - Mike Lundin
SS - Matt Woodman
LHP - Zach Schindler

Bridgewater Post 203:
CF - Mike Muir
1B/DH - Matt Rubino
RHP - Cody Medairos

Orleans Post 308:
RHP-3B-1B - Nick Taber
LHP-1B - Wes Brown
RF - Joey Ogden

Whitman Post 22:
1B - Chris Adams

Brockton Post 35:
3B - George Bradshaw
RF - Joel Woodbridge
LHP - David Tarr

Duxbury Post 223:
C - Brian Hocking

Pembroke Post 143:
P - Luke Nagle

Barnstable Post 206:
CF – Dylan Morris
RHP – Keegan Dellacona
2B – Mark Brodd
DH – Alex Pernick
RHP – George Bent

Hawkeye Athletic Club:
1B - Nicholas Cogliano
RHP - Zac Cooney

Middleboro Post 64:
RF-1B-LHP - Patrick Nicholson

Wareham Post 220:
P - Matt Beatty
SS/3B - Jimmy Gamache
2B/Utility - Billy Peterson