American Legion Baseball teams start season strong

Jun 15, 2017
Courtesy of: American Legion Baseball Last year's American Legion Baseball defending champions started the season off strong, netting wins in the opening games of the season.

In the first game in program history, the Wareham Post 220 Jr. Legion Baseball team opened up its summer season with a 7-1 win against Barnstable Post 206. Eric Zine (Wareham) pitched six strong innings, giving up only one earned run and collected four strike outs along the way. Post 220 had a big fourth inning at the plate by scoring six runs.

In a 12-4 win against Orleans Post 308, Matt Pearle (Wareham) pitched five strong innings, allowing only four runs, while Post 220’s bats were on fire. Everyone in the order had at least one hit. Pearle had four hits of his own. Bryan Gallagher (Wareham), AJ Lecuyer (Old Colony), Michael Barry (Old Rochester), Chris Labelle (Old Rochester), and Colin Horton (Wareham) all had a more than one hit in the game.

Facing the 2016 defending Jr. Legion District 10 champs Whitman Post 22, an outstanding pitching performance by Nate Kvilhaug (Old Rochester) propelled Post 220 to a 4-0 victory. Kvilhaug scattered only three hits over 6 and one third innings of work. While facing Whitman’s ace, Post 220 had to rely on a perfectly executed first and third play to manufacture a run, before a deep blast to center by Matt Pearle (Wareham) ignited a two run fifth inning that sealed the victory. Colin Horton (Wareham) and Bryson Uhlman (Sturgis East) had the other hits on the day.

The Jr. Legion Baseball roster is as follows:

Micheal Barry (Old Rochester)

Thomas Coucci (Old Rochester)

Khai Delgado (Old Rochester)

Nicholas Figlioli (GNBVT)

Bryan Gallagher (Wareham)

Sean Holmes (Wareham)

Colin Hortin (Wareham)

Nathan Kvilhaug (Wareham)

Christopher Labelle (Old Rochester)

Jack Lebrun (Tabor)

AJ Lecuyer (Old Colony)

Noah Maxwell (Old Rochester)

Matthew Pearle (Wareham)

Dalton Pinto (Bishop Stang)

Bob Ross (Old Rochester)

Bryson Uhlman (Sturgis East)

Jared Wesgate (Upper Cape)

Erik Zine (Wareham)

Coaches: Gary Gallagher, Donnie Horton, Phil Lecuyer, and DJ Mercer

General Manager: Mike Messina

In an effort to defend their 2016 Sr. Legion District 10 title, the Post 220 Baseball team opened up its season 2-0.

Post 220 started the 2017 summer season with a win against Hanover Post 149 as Justin Sylvia (Middleboro) allowed only one unearned run and 10 strike outs in 4 and a third innings. Bryant Salkind (Old Rochester/Wheaton) led the offense by going two-for-three with a two-run homerun and Sam Henrie (Old Rochester) collected his first American Legion Baseball hit with a triple. Tucker Hrasky (Tabor) also collected his first American Legion Baseball hit and went one-for-two with a run scored.

Marcus Ferdinand (Upper Cape/Rivier) made a relief appearance to get out of a bases loaded situation and Henrie finished off the bottom of the seventh with three strikeouts for the save.

The second game featured an early season pitcher’s duel, Tom Cummings (Upper Cape) came up big by tossing a complete game shutout with six strike outs. Behind him, the defense was led by Cooper Thornell (Upper Cape/Mass Maritime) with a strong performance at shortstop. Will Hopkins (Old Rochester) went two-for-three with a double and two RBIs, while Hunter Parker (Old Rochester/Salve Regina) walked twice and scored two runs. Michael Kennefick (Old Rochester), Jarrod Murphy (Wareham), and Bryant Salkind (Old Rochester/Wheaton) all added base hits.

The Sr. Legion Baseball roster is as follows:

Cameron Bariteau (Wareham)

Adam Breault (Old Rochester)

John Breault (Old Rochester)

Kyle Brezinski (Old Rochester)

Thomas Cummings (Upper Cape)

Marcus Ferdinand (Upper Cape/Rivier)

Nicholas Gagner (Upper Cape)

Sam Henrie (Old Rochester)

Will Hopkins (Old Rochester)

Tucker Hrasky (Tabor)

Michael Kennefick (Old Rochester)

Kylar Macoratti (Bourne)

Jarrod Murphy (Wareham)

Hunter Parker (Old Rochester/Salve Regina)

Daniel Renwick (Old Rochester)

Bryant Salkind (Old Rochester/Wheaton)

Justin Sylvia (Middleboro)

Cooper Thornell (Upper Cape/MA Maritime)

Coaches: Keith Delgado, Tyler Ferdinand, and Nathan Sobral

General Manger: Keith Delgado

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