After capturing the Patriot League-Keenan Division title and splitting their final two games of the regular season, the DHS baseball team will have their hands full in post-season.
While a 12-8 record sounds impressive, it may not be good enough to escape a preliminary round game this week in the MIAA Division II South Sectionals.
Four of the top 20 teams in the Boston Globe poll this week hail from the south, making the bracket one of the toughest in the tournament.
While Duxbury was riding high after winning seven of its last eight games, they may have come back to earth with a narrow 4-3 win over Williams and a dreadful 7-3 loss to Rockland.
Senior Brett Bartlett took to the mound on Duxbury Youth Baseball at Chandler Field last Tuesday, but a light drizzle didn’t seem to alter the carnival atmosphere of the evening.
Jumping out to a 3-0 lead after two innings against a Williams team that came into the game at 5-12, the Dragons figured they had the Bishops down and out in their season finale.
But the visitors slowly crept back in the game and tied the score at 3-3, only to see their defense cough up a run in the bottom of the seventh that allowed Jack Garrity to come home with the winning run.
Bartlett raised his record to 5-2, as he fanned six in going the distance.
Duxbury’s finale took place the following night in Rockland when they crushed the ball all over the park. Unfortunately the name of the game is run production, and the Dragons did little in a 7-3 loss to the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Jeff Blout got the start and was touched up for a string of hits that produced three runs in the second inning, before Bartlett hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth.
Duxbury was in striking distance through five innings, but the gates opened for Rockland in the bottom of the sixth when passed balls, a squeeze bunt, and a couple of hits brought home four runs for a 7-1 lead.
Matt Savard tried to get the Dragons back in the game with a two-run single in the top of the seventh, but they couldn’t extend the rally as the regular season came to a close.
Blout went 5 1/3 innings and took the loss, while Sean Cross, Bartlett, and Savard had two hits each.