July 1, 2013


June26, 2013


Marshfield Post 88 at Rockland Post 147 Raiders


Thanks to the diligence of the Rockland Parks Department, the beautiful Rockland Stadium was up to par, even after a rain shower with less than an hour to go before the first pitch, and Post 147 was able to get their game in against Marshfield.   The Post 147 Raiders would fall to Marshfield 5-2 Marshfield would get an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning,  when their  Second Baseman, Nick Pomella would score on a wild pitch after singling, stealing second, and reaching third when his brother Mark, playing Short Stop, would single as well. Post 147 would trail 1-0 until Nate Littman would lead off in the sixth inning with a single, and score on a double by starter Bryan Dwyer (2ip, 3h,1r,2Ks,1bb,WP).

Matt Whalen would pitch four innings of relief, and held Post 88 to no runs on two hits, with one strike out and one walk, after Dwyer pitched 2 full innings with a strict pitch count.   Marshfield would put on a two out rally in the top of the seventh, adding four runs on four hits and a walk with the bases loaded off Nate Littman, who would be charged with the loss, ( 1-1).  Post 147 would try to put on their own rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Jonathan Turner, “JT”, second base, and Andrew Frazer, left field, would both single, and Nate Littman would hit a long RBI single, that would end the game on a close play, trying to reach second.  His aggressiveness as an athlete is greatly admired, and will never be second guessed, as we all recognize the spark he provides for this team, game after game. Rockland was out hit, but Nate Littman went 3 for 4, once again showing his versatility, playing short stop, third base, and pitching in relief in this game. Andrew Frazer, would go 2 for 3 with a double, and Bryan Dwyer also added a double.  JT and Matt Nicholson would both add a stolen base.     Reported by DAVE”Z”






June 30, 2013


Brockton Post 35 at Rockland Post 147 Raiders


The Rockland American Legion Post 147 Raiders displayed a 100% team effort, coming up with the key plays in all aspects of the game to hold off the formidable 2nd place Brockton Post 35 with a 7-6 victory. Starter Ryan Brown, (Archbishop Williams), earned his third win on the season with no losses, in five innings. It was a great night for baseball under the lights at the impeccably maintained Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium.  What had been a hot, humid, and overcast day, would turn out to be a perfect evening for baseball, especially with Rockland holding on to pick up an important  win, putting Post 147 back at .500 with a 4-4 record on the season. Post 147 would strike in the first inning, jumping out to a 2-0 lead with  catcher Nate Littman, and short stop Bryan Dwyer both from Abington, scoring.  The Post 147 Raiders would continue to build on their lead, and never trail, by showing patience at the plate, getting key hits, ten for the contest. Tyler Peraksilis, (Abington), and Andrew Frazer, (Rockland), would each go 2 for 4 at the plate both driving in a run, and Frazer added a stolen base and scored what would be the winning run in the fifthinning.  Brown would also help his cause, with a single and 3 RBIs on the evening.  Third basemen Matt Whalen went 1 for 2 plus a walk, and drove in Frazer for the seventh run, while also displaying some great leather at the “Hot Corner”, including the play of the game that  would end Brockton’s hopes and the game. Whalen fielded a “nubber” off the grass, which would be an infield single for an RBI, by the Post 35 short stop, Billy Francis. Turning to catch the runner rounding third base, Whalen alertly threw a quick strike to the short stop, Dwyer, who had wisely covered third base,  picking off what could have been the game tying run for Brockton Post 35. In the few years that I have been a fan of the very competitive American Legion Baseball League,  the Rockland versus Brockton games have always been some of  the most exciting, and while Post 147 held onto a 7-1 lead through five innings,  you knew that Post 35 would not go down without a fight.  It was a fight typical of what Brockton is famous for, “i.e.”, Marciano, as they put up 4 runs in the top of sixth inning, with Rockland pitcher Ryan Brown being relieved by the ever willing to “do what it takes” 1st baseman, Tyler Peraksilis, who would pick up two strike outs around a walk,  and getting charged with 2 of the 4 Brockton runs before giving way to Matt Nicholson who would earn the save against the tenacious Post 35 lineup. Nicholson picked up a critical strike out to end the Brockton sixth inning, as well as two more key strike outs against the second and third Post 35 batters in the seventh, before Whalen’s alert play to end the game.                    Reported by Dave “Z”                                

 ROCKLAND =  7