GAME 17 JULY 5, 2011
ROCKLAND POST 147 vs. BROCKTON POST 35
The District 10 leader, Brockton Post 35 came to Rockland Veterans Memorial Stadium with their signature intensity and loud fan base. Right away Post 35 jumped on Rockland starter Zach Littman and a Rockland miscue for a quick one nothing lead. Post 147 in their usual style of coming from behind, did just that, with a single from Chris Donovan to lead off the inning, and a double from rookie sensation Matt Nicholson, followed by a sacrifice from Zach Littman scoring Donovan to tie the game. Brockton once again responded in the second inning by getting three hits and three more runs, with help from a Rockland mistake on a rundown situation. The seesaw battle continued in the bottom of the second, with Rockland scoring a run, when Sean Roche reached on a fielders choice and Kevin Quinlan doubled Roche home. The third inning began the turning point in the game starter Littman began to get stronger at pitching, and catcher Andrew Elloitt began to settle into a rhythm with him (cue the Rocky music). Littman allowed only one more run over the next four innings, and only two earned runs for the game. Post 147 came alive in the fourth inning, when Brockton pitching struggled, by loading the bases with Rockland players on walks. Chris Donovan sacrificed the first run home, then Matt Nicholson worked a walk to load the bases again, and Zach Littman, JohnMulready, and Brody Loughlin all singled, clearing the bases and scoring four runs for Rockland. Post 35 was stunned at this point and could not add on to their run total, as Littman and Elliott shut them down, with Rockland winning 6 to 5.
On The Positive; Zach Littman went 7 innings on 102 pitches with 4 strike outs, allowing only 2 earned runs, 7 hits, and forcing 11 fly outs. Andrew Elliott caught a great game with no pass balls. Matt Nicholson went 2 for 3, John Mulready went 2 for 4, and Zach Littman went 2 for 3, with 2 RBI. Brody Loughlin had a single driving in the game winner. Rockland CONTINUES to win the close ones, a sign of a good team. Four players were missing once more. Reported by Thom Roache
ROCKLAND POST 147 = 6
BROCKTON POST 35 = 5