Baseball: Two-out hits sink Mashpee in 7-3 loss to Seekonk

PLYMOUTH – Mashpee’s pitchers had little difficulty getting the first two outs of any given inning in Wednesday’s South Sectional semifinal against Seekonk.

Getting that third out proved much tougher.

The No. 6 Seekonk Warriors scored six of their runs on nine two-out hits, beating the No. 2 Falcons, 7-3, in the Division 4 tournament at Plymouth North’s Henry Cryer Field.

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“We never give up, even when there are two outs,” Seekonk coach Joe DeMello said. “We’ve had a lot of two-rallies all year long, and it seems to be something that somehow they thrive on.”

Seekonk (18-6) advances to its first sectional final in program history. The Warriors will face No. 12 Archbishop WIlliams, a 6-3 semifinal winner over St. John Paul II.

Mashpee finishes its season 19-4, the Falcons losing in the semifinals on the same field for the second consecutive year.

Seekonk trailed, 3-2, heading to the top of the fourth inning, when Adam Horowitz drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Zach Landry struck out his next two batters, only to have Kam Casala (2-for-4) and Luke Robitaille each put up two-out RBI singles to put the Warriors back up, 4-3.

RBI singles by Logan Casala and Horowitz, also with two outs, had given Seekonk a 2-0 lead in the first, but Mashpee quickly answered in the bottom half of the inning. Kyle Puchol reached on an error to start the inning, then Michael Fraser (3-for-3) singled, and Landry belted a double into the left-center field gap for the Falcons’ first run.

Freddie Hanna tied the score with a groundout to first that scored Fraser, then Will Baker’s sacrifice fly to right drove in Landry for the 3-2 lead.

The Falcons nearly rallied again in the bottom of the fifth when Seekonk shortstop Kevin Moscowicz couldn’t cleanly field a grounder in time to make the out at second base. Bryce Eaton tried to score from second on the play, but Moscowicz got up and threw home in time for Logan Casala (2-for-4) to apply the tag and preserve the lead.

Seekonk then tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth, as Landry walked Moscowicz and Jack Murphy to start the inning. Fraser came on in relief but allowed both runners to score on a wild pitch and Spencer Dowty’s two-out RBI infield single. James Jackson (2-for-4) added an RBI single for the 7-3 lead.

Horowicz picked the complete-game win, allowing three runs on five hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

“We did a great job of responding after they scored two in the first,” Mashpee coach Dan Patenaude said. “And then we just couldn’t seem to do it. Give credit to their pitcher. He did a very nice job on the mound, especially as the game went on.”