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Plymouth baseball climbing the summer rankings

by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

Garrett Demas threw strong through six innings for the Plymouth Rangers on Tuesday afternoon. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
July 03, 2017
PLYMOUTH — After back to back losses started the summer season for the Plymouth Durand-Haley Rangers, Plymouth has been perfect ever since, winning four straight games with their biggest victory coming on Tuesday, June 27, as they defeated undefeated Lebanon Post 22 by a score of 7-6. Plymouth now improves to a record of 4-2 on the season and currently sits in fourth place in the District A standings with 10 games left to play in the season.

"We got a great start on the mound by Garrett Demas and in relief, Andy Coulombe kept us in the game to set up Cam Hoyt for the save," explained Plymouth coach Mike Boyle. "Our guys are doing a great job right now at handling adversity and sticking with it. We blew a 6-1 lead in the top of the sixth, letting Lebanon tie it up, but the guys just kept fighting to take back the lead and they hung on for the win."

It was Lebanon who struck first in the top of the second inning as Henry Day drew a walk, stole second, and came around to score off an error by Plymouth, giving Lebanon an early 1-0 lead.

Plymouth responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the second as Demas drew a walk and was moved to second off another walk to Nick Qualey. A single by Tony Velez loaded the bases and Demas would come around to score off an error by Lebanon, knotting the score up at 1-1 heading into the third inning.

A scoreless third brought the game into the fourth inning where the Ranger defense recorded three straight outs, bringing up the Plymouth bats quickly where they took a 2-1 advantage. Brian Olmstead reached first off a walk and was brought around to score off back to back singles from Kyle Nelson and Devlin Costa, bringing the game into the fifth inning with the Rangers up one.

Another scoreless inning by Lebanon opened the door for Plymouth to do some damage on the offensive end and they did just that, erupting for four runs off three hits, a walk, and an error. Owen Brickley, Demas, and Colby Moore all recorded hits in the inning while Brody Fillion drew the walk and Olmstead scored two off a Lebanon error, giving Plymouth a 6-1 lead going into the sixth inning.

In the top of the sixth, Lebanon took advantage of three walks and an error while recording three hits to knot the score back up at 6-6 as they scored five runs in the inning. Lebanon's Trey Parker, Andrew Hadlock, and Caleb Broughton all had singles in the inning while Cedric Elkough, Will Smith and Seanon May drew walks.

The game remained tied at 6-6 as the Lebanon defense held Plymouth scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking the game into the seventh where the Rangers tallied the game winning run.

An early walk to Lebanon's Parker and a sacrifice bunt to move Parker to second put a runner in scoring position with just one out in the top of the seventh, but Plymouth battled back to close out the inning with back to back ground outs, keeping Lebanon off the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the seventh, Plymouth tallied a run to take a 7-6 lead as Moore started the inning off with a single, was moved to second off a sacrifice bunt from Velez, moved to third off a passed ball and came around to score off an RBI single by Patrick Malm.

Coloumbe, after reliving Demas on the hill in the sixth inning, finished the eighth inning strong for Plymouth, holding Lebanon scoreless while Hoyt came in in the top of the ninth to close out the game for the Rangers, recording three straight strikeouts to help earn Plymouth the 7-6 victory.

The Rangers were led by Qualey with two hits and two RBIs while Lebanon was led by Broughton with two hits and two RBIs.

Plymouth improves to a record of 4-2 on the season while Lebanon falls to a record of 6-1. The Rangers will play again on Thursday, July 6, as they have a rematch with Lebanon at Lebanon High School. Game time is posted for 5:15 p.m.

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