Plymouth legion takes tough loss in season opener


by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier
June 19, 2017
MANCHESTER — Just three days after the high school baseball season ended, the Plymouth Durand-Haley Post 66 Rangers senior legion team is already back on the field. On Tuesday, June 13, Plymouth traveled to Gill Stadium in Manchester to take on Manchester Post 79, where they took a heartbreaking 13-10 loss in their season opener.

"We played well enough at times to get a win but ultimately, Post 79 had some very timely hitting towards the end of the game to come back and win. Cole Donovan started on the mound and was great through five innings when we made the switch due to pitch count. Other individual performances were Brody Fillion going three for five with two singles, a triple and five RBIs and Owen Brickley was also three for five with three runs scored," explained Plymouth coach Mike Boyle.

After two scoreless innings, Plymouth took an early 3-2 lead after three innings as Fillion roped a triple to right center field, which scored two and he would come around to score off passed ball.

Durand-Haley continued to put up runs as they extended their lead to 5-2 in the fourth inning off a fielder's choice and back to back singles from Owen Brickley and Garrett Demas before heading into the fifth inning.

Manchester earned a run back in the bottom of the fifth bringing the score to 5-3 but back came Durand Haley with a run in the top of the sixth off back to back singles from Brickley and Fillion to take a 6-3 advantage going into the seventh inning.

In the seventh, Durand-Haley took a huge 9-3 lead as they put up three runs with Fillion coming up big with a two-RBI single but Manchester wouldn't go away. Post 79 responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to bring the score to 9-7, then in the eighth inning, Durand-Haley tallied just one run, extending their lead to 10-7 but only momentarily as Manchester erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 13-10 lead, ultimately earning Post 79 the victory.

Manchester was led by Danny Goldner with four hits and two RBIs while Plymouth was led by Fillion with three hits and five RBIs.

Manchester Post 79 improves to a record of 1-0 on the season while Plymouth Post 66 falls to a record of 0-1. The Rangers will play again on Thursday, June 22, as they take on Manchester once again, this time being at home at Plymouth State University. Game time is posted for 5 p.m.

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