Mixed bag for baseball

Written by Mike Halloran
 | Wednesday, 04 May 2011 16:16

The bats seem to have gone quiet on the Dragons just when they need them.

After suffering a 3-2 loss to Hanover to open the week, the Dragons had just enough offense to support the excellent pitching of junior Sam Jacobson in a 3-1 win over Whitman-Hanson on Wednesday.

Jacobson spun a three-hitter and struck out four, as he went the distance in the Patriot League matchup.

The Dragons returned home on Friday to face the Quincy Presidents and hard-throwing Luke McDonough, who surrendered a run in the bottom of the first inning when senior Jake Wong walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Senior Jake Carleton stepped to the plate and stroked a single to drive home Wong for a 1-0 Duxbury lead.

Despite the run, McDonough was on fire, as he fanned the final two batters of the inning, as well as all three batters in the second.

Quincy struck for its first run in the top of the third, when junior pitcher Aidan Garrity ran into some control problems, walking two men and hitting the third batter of the inning to load the bases. A sacrifice fly brought home the tying run and Garrity walked another man to load the bases. Coach Gordon Cushing went to his bullpen and brought in sophomore James Marcello, who induced a groundball force out at second that also resulted in an interference call that got Duxbury out of the inning.

In the fifth inning the Dragons struck for two runs, as Wong led off with a double and was driven home on a Carleton double. With two outs junior Brendan Connolly stroked an RBI single for a 3-1 Dragon lead.

In the top of the sixth Quincy managed a pair of singles, but Marcello bore down and struck out two President batters to get out of the inning. Since coming on in the third, the sophomore had allowed just four singles, so Cushing decided to go with his reliever until he wilted.

An error at third base started the inning off on the wrong foot and a walk put two men on. Cushing went to the mound to get Marcello and brought in No. 2 starter Clint Bylo in hopes that he could blow his fastball by the Quincy batters and get out of the inning.  After both runners advanced on stolen bases, a force play at second drove home the second Quincy run. With runners at third and first, Quincy’s Matt Davis lashed a two-run triple down the right field line to score the winning runs.

On Wednesday afternoon the Dragons will host Middleboro High School before traveling to Hingham on Friday.