Rockland Legion Baseball Post 147 makes the Playoffs

July 25, 2012

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 JULY 23, 2012

GAME 1 PLAYOFFS

ROCKLAND POST 147 = 5

WAREHAM POST 220 = 6

Rockland Legion Post 147 traveled to Spillane Field in Wareham to play their first playoff game in four years. This team is only the second Rockland Legion team since 2003 to reach the post season. Post 147 went into this post season as the seventh seed with only eleven players available to play the second seed in District 10. Rockland went on the attack in the first inning scoring two runs, when Sean Alexander, John Mulready and Cejay Suarez all singled off Wareham starter Matt Beatty. Wareham countered with three runs in the bottom of the first off Rockland starter Brody Loughlin, who stuggled all night, but went the distance. Loughlin was the victim of three Rockland errors for the night, but managed to kept Post 147 within striking distance. Rockland added a run in the third to tie the game, when John Mulready executed a perfect hit and run play to score Chris Donovan who reached with a walk. An error in the fourth by Rockland, extended the inning and, Wareham pushed across three more runs to take the lead 6 to 3. Post 147 with its never quit attitude, added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, with a combination of hits and walks, by Chris Donovan, John Mulready and Brody Loughlin. Wareham and Matt Beatty shut the door on Rockland in the top of the seventh to secure the win and go up in the best of three series one to nothing. Rockland Played their hearts out, and despite being short  some key players, they did themselves proud, challenging Post 220 every pitch and every step of the way. 

On the Positive ;  Rockland played like the Spartan 300. Post 147 out hit Wareham 8 to 6. John Mulready went 4 for 4 , with 2 RBI at the plate. Brody Loughlin had five strike outs and allowed only four earned runs in the loss. Sean Alexander made a great diving play in the third inning to prevent a run from scoring for Wareham.  ———————————————-Reported by Thom Roache

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JULY 24, 2012

GAME 2 PLAYOFFS

ROCKLAND POST 147 = 2

WAREHAM POST 220 = 1

Rockland Post 147 hosted its first home playoff game in four years, and with only ten diehard players, gave Wareham Post 220 a tough contest. Rockland was down to few options with the limited roster, but wisely chose Ken Turner be its starter in game two. Turner, a very efficient pitcher, kept Rockland in the game for the full seven innings only throwing 94 pitches. Post 147 also flashed the leather, with good defense, to stall the Wareham offense over seven innings. Ian Searles was the Wareham starter, and he was excellent, striking out eleven Rockland batters over seven innings. Wareham Post 220 struck first for a run in the top of the fourth, but Rockland answered back in the bottom of the fourth with a run of their own. Brody Loughlin hit a single, then reached second on a pass ball, and next reached third on a ground out to second by Ken Turner. Loughlin later scored on a pass ball again by Searles, and Rockland had tied the game with Lady Luck. The game remained a pitching duel until the bottom of the seventh inning. Rockland was down to its last out when John Mulready walked, and Cejay Suarez, who struggled all night at the plate, was down to his last strike, and he flared the next pitch to deep right down the line just in fair play. The Wareham right fielder was playing toward right center and had a hard run to even get close to the ball. This gave time to Mulready to score the winning run from first, and give Rockland the walk off victory. The FIRST playoff victory in 10 years, since the rebirth in 2003 of Legion Baseball in Rockland. ———————————– On The Positive; Ken Turner pitched a 3 hit, 5 strike out, 1 run game, and becomes the First pitcher to win a Playoff Game for Rockland Legion in 34 years. John Mulready went 2 for 2 at the plate and 6 for 6 in the playoffs so far. To get to the playoffs we needed the contribution of Sean Roche, Nate Littman, Matt Nicholson, Andrew Elliott, Alex Mejia and Ryan Brown in the regular season.These 10 have more heart and dedication in the post season than any ball players in recent memory. The Players are John Mulready, Brody Loughlin, Ken Turner, Chris Donovan, Cejay Suarez, Sean Alexander, Matt Rakoski, Tim Rajotte, Mike Oteri, & Dan Griffin. Nice Job, Selah!

Reported by Thom Roache