After 10 days of inactivity, the DHS baseball team got back into action on Saturday night at Chandler Field in Duxbury when the Dragons took on undefeated Plymouth North (9-0) and left the field with a disappointing 4-3 loss.

After 10 days of inactivity, the DHS baseball team got back into action on Saturday night at Chandler Field in Duxbury when the Dragons took on undefeated Plymouth North (9-0) and left the field with a disappointing 4-3 loss.{sidebar id=4}

Duxbury had high hopes off avenging an earlier 9-0 trouncing by the Eagles, while also relishing the thought of breaking the visitors nine-game winning streak.

Coach Barney Earle sent out sophomore righty Jeff Blout to try and stop the Eagles, while Plymouth North countered with junior lefty Tom MacInness.

The visitors struck in their first at bat, as a misplayed single put a runner on second. With two outs, an RBI single put the Eagles ahead, 1-0.

After junior Shane Dibona was stranded on base in the first inning, and Blout settled down to face just four batters in the top of the second, the Dragons struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead.{sidebar id=1}

Singles by junior Jack Garrity and freshman Phil Sciretta set the stage for a an RBI double by junior catcher Colin Woods, who blasted a shot over the leftfielder’s head that bounced off the fence to drive home both runs.

The lead was short-lived, as Plymouth North got the two runs right back in the top of the third inning. With two outs and a man on first, a double off the right field fence and a single brought home the tying and go-ahead runs to make it 3-2.

Things looked good for the Dragons when junior Sean Cross blasted a 350-ft shot to left center field to start the bottom of the third, legging it out to beat the throw for a triple. But the heart of the Duxbury order went down in order and stranded the Dragons’ shortstop on third.

Duxbury had another glittering chance in the bottom of the fourth when Phil Sciretta and Woods singled, followed by a walk to senior John Fasciani with one out that loaded the bases. MacInness got down to business and struck out senior Brett Bartlett and Cross to end the inning, squandering another opportunity for the Dragons.

Hoping to capitalize on its good fortune, the Eagles did just that, as a single and an RBI double by Joe Flynn gave Plymouth North a two-run cushion. Flynn would turn into a goat, as the next batter grounded to short, where Cross threw out Flynn as he tried to advance to third. Another singled followed and Earle made his way to the mound to fetch the tiring Blout with two outs and a runner on second.

Bartlett came on in relief and got the final out of the inning on a grounder to second base.

After Dibona lead off the fifth inning by trying to bunt his way on base, senior Rich Sciretta stepped to the plate and crushed a shot over the left field fence that narrowed the margin to 4-3. A two-out double by Phil Sciretta and a hit batsman put two runners on base, but once again the Dragons let the opportunity slip away.

Plymouth North’s Corry Coleman walked to start the sixth inning and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. An infield error by the Dragons and a walk from Bartlett loaded the bases with one out. A passed ball brought Coleman racing down the third base line, but a quick recovery by Woods nailed Coleman, as Bartlett applied the tag at home plate. An unassisted play by Rich Sciretta ended the inning, as the captain crawled to third and tagged the bag.

The Eagles brought in Flynn (4-0) to close down the Dragons in the sixth, and he did it effectively, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The seventh inning wasn’t much different, as Flynn fanned the first batter and induced the next two batters to keep the ball in the infield to preserve the 4-3 win.

“We just missed too many opportunities to score,” said Earle. “We had the chances with runners in scoring position, and someone has to come up with the big hit and we just didn’t do it. The Flynn kid is one of the top pitchers in eastern MA, so it’s kind of tough to scratch some runs off him. We just need to get some big hits in these situations.”

Now sporting an overall record of 4-5, the Dragons began a stretch of seven Patriot League games that started on Monday with Randolph and continues in Middleboro on Wednesday after at 3:30.{sidebar id=6}

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Brett Bartlett applies the tag.