- Written by Dave Palana
- Published: 16 April 2014
The Duxbury High School baseball team took out three years worth of frustration at the Silver Lake Lakers all at once at Chandler Field on Friday and sent the defending Patriot League champions home early.
Two days after an 11-1 loss to the Middleboro Sachems, the Dragons banged out 12 runs while freshman Cole Roland held the Lakers to only one in a six-inning mercy-rule victory for Duxbury and their first win against Silver Lake since 2010.
“We haven’t beaten them in three years, and it’s a good feeling to beat them,” head coach Gordon Cushing said. “We had it done to us on Wednesday and that wasn’t a good day for us, but today we swung the bats great.”
As impressive an offensive outing as it was for the Dragons, they were able to barrel over the league champions without their leading hitter from last season. Northeastern commit Cam Walsh had to sit after suffering an injury in the Dragons’ loss to Middleboro, though he came in to pinch-run for O’Rourke late in the game.
“Up and down the lineup we just pounded the ball,” Cushing said. “When we get Cam back, we’re going to be even better.”
The Dragons fell behind right from the start when Laker leadoff man Tanner Bouchard drew a walk and came around to score on Josh O’Neil’s two-out single, but Buddy Mrowka and Mike Callander took care on that in the bottom of the first. Mrowka tripled in Matt Saia to tie the game and then Callander crushed the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence to kick off the rout.
“What a bomb that was,” Cushing said of Callander’s homer. “He is just on fire and smashing the ball all over the place. It’s good especially because he was hurt last year and he’s a real special player.”
The Dragons added three more in the second on a sacrifice fly by Saia and a two-run double by Kevin O’Rourke and added two runs apiece in the third when Mike Cardelle blooped a single to center with the Laker infield in and Saia added another sacrifice fly.
The Lakers then came unraveled in the field in the fourth. A throwing error with the bases loaded gave the Dragons their ninth run, and after Jake Reagan drove in Duxbury run number 10 with a single, a bases-loaded walk and wild pitch plated the final two runs and put the Dragons in mercy-rule territory.
While the Lakers fell apart in the field, the Duxbury defense rallied behind Roland for a pair of key double plays. The first ended the third inning with the Dragons ahead 6-1 and the second ended the game when Mrowka speared a line drive at shortstop and flipped to Saia to double off the runner at second.
The double plays were an added bonus for Roland, who didn’t need the 12-run cushion to keep the Laker bats quiet. Roland struck out two in the first despite his shaky start to the game and then settled in to surrender only three more hits over the final five innings while striking out five for the game.
“Cole was fantastic,” Cushing said. “He doesn’t look like a freshman out there.”
The Dragons won’t have much time to savor the victory as they head right back on the road to play the defending MIAA Division II State Champion Hingham Harbormen who are currently ranked 13th in the state by the Boston Globe.
“This stretch of Middleboro, Silver Lake and Hingham is just brutal,” Cushing said. “I don’t know if there is a harder one anywhere in the state.”