The Rockland Raiders advanced to the South Sectionals

July 27, 2012

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JULY 25, 2012






Rockland Post 147 Legion Baseball team was about to enter serious uncharted territory if they could pull off a win in game three of the District 10 playoffs. The winner would advance to the Legion South Sectionals and represent Zone 10 as one of the four best teams in the District which contains 17 teams and the 2012 State Champion, Barnstable Post 206. Rocklands’ 18 players all contributed at some point in the successful season to get to this privileged position, but it would be up to the nine on the field tonight to pull off the upset of the District and seal a dance with destiny. The pumped up Post 147 “Raiders” came out swinging in the top of the first inning grabbing three quick runs, on one hit, off of a stunned Wareham Post 220. Brody Loughlin’s double drove in Chris Donovan and John Mulready, who both reached base with walks by the Wareham starter Zack Kirby. Post 147 would pad their three run lead in the top of the fifth inning when Matt Rakoski singled, then Chris Donovan singled and John Mulready would work a base on balls to load the bases. Cejay Suarez , the hero of game two, slapped a fielders choice to short, scoring Rakoski, and on the attempt of a double play, the Wareham second baseman over threw first , allowing Donovan to also score on the error. The Raiders now had a five to nothing lead. The Rockland starter Chris Donovan, held the Wareham hitters to four hits over five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth inning thing got dicey. Post 220 struck Rockland pitching for four hits and four runs, putting the Rockland lead in jeopardy. The Rockland coaching staff called on Monday’s starter Brodly Loughlin to close out the game on short rest, and he did just that. Loughlin pitched a 1,2,3 inning and Rockland Post 147 did the improbable and beat the number 2 seed. This team capitalized on Wareham mistakes all series, and stayed focused on the plan set up back in June, to get on base, and then the next guy moves you over. They also grasped the concept that defense and error free games will most likely put you in position to win. Selah.

On The Positive; Chris Donovan stepped up and pitched 5 great innings, and also went 2 for 3 at the plate. Brody Loughlin reached back and gave his all to close out the game, and also went 2 for 4 at the plate. Matt Rakoski got his first hit and it came when Rockland would need runs. Cejay Suarez’s hit actual scored the winning run this game. Sean Alexander had 2 spectacular defensive plays at second base to keep the game from getting out of control. Rockland advances to the South Sectionals July 29th.

Reported by Thom Roache