John Thomas pitched six-plus innings for the win against Laconia on April 20. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 23, 2012PLYMOUTH — After a series of close games that saw them come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard, the Plymouth baseball boys finally broke through in the win column with a 12-6 win over Laconia on Friday, April 20.
"The guys have been hanging in there and we kept telling them it was going to come," assistant coach Mike Boyle said. "They were ready to play and their hard work is starting to pay off."
Plymouth starter John Thomas found himself in a bit of trouble in the top of the first inning, as the first batter reached on an error and stole second. After Collin Sullivan made a nice grab on a pop up in shallow center, Thomas got a strike out for the second out. However, he hit the next batter with a pitch and a double steal put two runners in scoring position. The Bobcat hurler settled down and struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.
The Bobcats didn't exactly come out on fire at the plate, as the first two batters struck out against Laconia's lefty starter. But with two outs, they made stuff happen.
Thomas started the rally with a walk and Matt Bownes was hit by a pitch. Jake Buford followed with a base hit to load the bases and a Nick Reisert base hit drove both runners home for a 2-0 lead.
The Sachems put up one run in the second and another in the third to tie the game and it remained tied until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Bobcats came alive at the plate again.
Will Horan led off with a base hit and Karac Shamberger and Silas Murray earned back-to-back walks, forcing the Laconia starter from the game.
One out later, Bownes beat out an infield hit to plate a run and Buford followed with a base hit to drive in two more runs. Reisert reached on an error and a Corbin Boucher base hit plated two more runs for a 7-2 lead.
The Sachems bounced back in the top of the sixth, as they took advantage of three two-out base hits and an error to push across two runs and cut the lead to 7-4.
However, Plymouth came back strong in the bottom of the inning, as Horan was hit by a pitch and Chuckie Bohrman took over on the bases. A Shamberger hit and a Murray walk loaded the bases and Thomas drew a walk to push across a run. One out later, Buford lined a base hit for a 10-4 lead and Boucher lined another base hit to push across two more runs for a 12-4 lead before the inning ended.
Thomas gave up a hit and two walks to load the bases in the seventh and Boyle made the move to Chase Wyman. A sacrifice fly scored one run and after a groundout to first, a base hit cut the lead to 12-6. However, Wyman struck out the final batter of the game to seal the first win of the season for the Bobcats.
"We've been in some close games and we've come out a little short," Boyle said. "But we have a god baseball team and it's going to come."
The Bobcat coach said he was pleased to see the team fight back from adversity on more than one occasion against the Sachems.
"We had some quality at bats and produced with runners on base," Boyle said. "And John did a great job on the hill."
The Bobcats are at home against Bishop Brady on Monday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. and will visit Bedford at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126