American Legion Baseball season underway

June 12, 2012

Sports

GAME 1 vs. HANOVER

JUNE 10, 2012                                                                                                                                   

Rockland Legion Post 147 = 9

Hanover Legion Post 149  = 3

Opening Day for Legion Baseball began in Rockland this year at Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Rockland Raiders took on the Hanover Indians at 1pm opening the season. Team introductions, the Star Spangled Banner, and thefirst pitch of the season thrown out by Post 147 member Burt Chandler got the game off on the right foot. Post 147 starting pitcher Brody Loughlin held Hanover quiet in the first inning, but Rockland in the bottom of the first was anything but quiet. Chris Amate, the Hanover starter was roughed up in the first, giving up five hits and two earned runs, for the next two innings, then Rockland struck for two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Post 147 Chris Donovan, John Mulready, Sean Roche and Cejay Suarez were the main culprits in the scoring attack for Rockland with a triple  by Roche, and doubles by Donovan and Mulready being the the killing blow to Post 149. Brody Loughlin masterfully silenced the Hanover bats over his five innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. The Post 147 Raiders put together another solid attack in the bottom of the fifth against the Hanover reliever Fisher, scoring four more runs onfour hits. Rockland reliever Chris Donovan pitched the sixth and seventh innings and allowed only one more run to Hanover, while pitching himself out of a bases loaded seventh inning situation.

On The Positive; Rockland Post 147 Raiders totaled 16 hits and 9 runs, while their defense recorded No Errors. Brody Loughlin received the win, John Mulready and Ceejay Suarez went 3 for 4, Chris Donovan went 2 for 3 and Mulready had 4 RBI.

JUNE 11, 2012

GAME 2

ROCKLAND LEGION POST 147 = 8

ORLEANS POST 308 = 5

Rockland American Legion Baseball took it’s first trip to Orleans to battle the newly formed Orleans Post 308 team. Orleans plays at Eldredge Park, one of the Cape Cod League facilities, and were quite at home there, as Rockland found out in the bottom of the first inning. Rockland starter, Sean Roche was touched up early for two runs by the Orleans top half of the order. Roche was shaken, but settled down after his teammates showed they had his back in the top of the second inning. John Mulready lead the charge with a single, followed by an Orleans error, a single by Jonathan Turner, another Post 308 error, a base on balls, a sacrifice fly, and a single  by Matt Nicholson, to put Post 147 in the lead 4 to 2. That was all Roche needed to settle down and become virtually unhitable over the next six innings, allowing only 3 hits in that span, and to notch twelve strike outs for the game. Meanwhile the Rockland Raiders were playing error free baseball for the second game and also padded their lead again in the fifth inning, when Chris Donovan tripled, followed by John Mulready and Brody Loughlin singles, a sacrifice fly by Jon Turner, then singles by Sean Alexander andNate Littman. Post 147 had pushed the score to 8 to 2 giving Roche and themselves plenty of cushion from an Orleans comeback. Post 308 made a charge at the end, as Roche neared his pitch limit, scoring three runs but Rockland held off the rally to win the contest. The Post 308 Orlean fan base has seen many good outings by Cape Cod League teams, but all there were extremely impressed by Sean Roche and the rest of this team of players from the working class towns of Abington and Rockland.

On the Positive; John Mulready continued his torrid hitting going 3 for 4 again, Nate Littman went 2 for 2 and called a great game behind the plate, Post 147 had 10 hits and no errors, and Sean Roche went six and two third innings with 12 K’s and 3 walks.

Reported by Thom Roache