Bobcat baseball clipped in semifinals


PORTSMOUTH 13 - Plymouth 3


June 11, 2009
RINDGE — The Plymouth Regional High School baseball team saw its season come to an end Wednesday night, dropping a semifinal contest to Portsmouth, 13-3.

The Bobcats (14-5) played error-free ball, but couldn't find a way around the undefeated Clippers, who bounced back from a near upset in the quarterfinals to continue their dominance over Class I.

Portsmouth went on the attack right off, picking up two runs on a double in the first. Plymouth flashed solid defense when the Clippers got too ambitious and tried to get a triple out of the hit, getting a perfect relay from Colin Hay in centerfield to Rich Manzi who turned and fired to Underwood at third in time for the out. Defense wouldn't stop Portsmouth in the second however, as the Clippers rallied for seven runs to take a 9-0 lead.

Plymouth struck back in the top of the third. Hay reached on a catcher's interference, then received company on the base paths when Underwood walked and Kevin Reisert singled to left, loading the bases. Manzi followed with a ground out to third, though Hay would score on the process, and while an error on a grounder by Bladecki brought home Underwood to make it 9-2.

Portsmouth added runs in the third and fourth, putting Plymouth on the brink as they came up in the fifth, down 13-2. Underwood, Reisert and Manzi drew consecutive walks to load the bases, setting the stage for Bladecki, who tagged a single through the hole at short to score Underwood. Still ten runs down by the third out though, Plymouth's run came to an end as Portsmouth clinched the victory.

Casey Barney started on the hill and threw two innings for Plymouth. Kyle McAuliffe, Travis Cook and John Bowman also took on mound duties in relief. Reisert, Manzi, Bladecki and Wes Cushing had Plymouth's four hits at the plate, while Underwood reached twice on walks and scored both times.

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