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Kearney, Post 33 shut down Plymouth

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Meredith Post 33's Garrett Kearney tosses a pitch during his team's 7-1 win over Plymouth Post 66 in Junior Legion baseball action at Prescott Park on July 17. Kearney struck out 11 batters in six innings of action to earn the victory. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
July 21, 2014
MEREDITH Behind a strong performance from Garrett Kearney on the mound, the Meredith Griggs-Wyatt Post 33 Junior Legion baseball team got back on the winning track on July 17 at Prescott Park.

Kearney went six innings on the hill, striking out 11 and allowing just one run as Post 33 picked up win number three on the season in a 7-1 victory over visiting Plymouth Post 66 in District A action.

Kearney used strikeouts to weave his way in and out of trouble, as Plymouth stranded 13 runners on base throughout the night. The right-hander struck out the side in the fourth inning, and his final line saw him allow one earned run on four hits and four walks.

Post 33's offense gave Kearney all the support he would need in the bottom of the first inning. Peter Baker walked to lead off, and after stealing second base he scored on an RBI single from Zach Atwell for a quick 1-0 advantage.

Dylan Sheehan singled to move Atwell to third base, and after getting caught in a rundown, Atwell was able to sneak home for a 2-0 lead. Griffin Nyhan walked and Dylan Rowen singled to load the bases, and Sheehan made it 3-0 when he scored on a passed ball.

That lead would hold until the top of the third, as Plymouth managed to push its only run across in the frame. A walk, hit batter and another walk allowed the visitors to load the bases without the benefit of a hit, and Chris Comeau singled home the team's first run of the game to make it 3-1. Kearney would leave the bases loaded however, as he got a strikeout to escape the jam.

Meredith got that run back and more in the bottom of the third. Atwell and Sheehan both drew walks to lead off, and Rowen walked with one out to load the bases. Sean Harrington drove in Atwell when he drew a walk, forcing Plymouth to call on a relief pitcher in a 4-1 ballgame.

Sheehan would eventually make it 5-1 when younger brother Collin Sheehan walked with the bases loaded the fifth free base issued by Post 66 in the inning.

The four run cushion was enough for Kearney, as he stranded the bases loaded in the fourth by getting three strikeouts, and Post 33's offense got back at it in the bottom of the inning. Kearney walked, stole second and scored on an RBI ground out from Atwell to make it 6-1. Dylan Sheehan singled with one out, stole second and third base and scored on a Rowen RBI ground out for the 7-1 advantage.

Kearney struck out two batters in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Dylan Sheehan came on to pitch the seventh, striking out two more in holding on for the 7-1 victory.

Plymouth wound up using four pitchers in the loss, and walks certainly did Post 66 in. The visitors issued a whopping eight free passes while also hitting two batters. Meredith wound up outhitting Plymouth by just a 5-4 margin, but the walks made like very difficult for 66 in the road defeat. It was a big bounce back effort for Post 33, as the squad lost to Plymouth, 8-0, when the teams met at the very beginning of the season.

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