- Written by Mike Halloran
- Published: 25 May 2011
With a chance to end the season over .500 and a return trip to the tournament, the Dragons found out how hard it can be when your opponents have good memories.
Battling two Patriot League opponents last week, the Dragons took it on the chin in identical 6-2 losses to Whitman-Hanson and Hingham.
It was Duxbury Youth Baseball Night on Saturday at Dave Murphy Field, and a huge crowd was on hand to celebrate last year’s State championship finalist and to show its support for youth baseball in Duxbury.
What started out as a lovely spring evening, turned into a grey cold night as fog rolled in off the ocean and shrunk the crowd, with colder temperatures as the game wore on.
The Harbormen got to starter Sam Jacobson in the top of the first inning when the first batter reached on an error and came home with two outs on a sharp single by Hingham third baseman, Eddie Bowler.
Duxbury didn’t waste any time getting it back, as sophomore outfielder Joe Guilfoile doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. With two outs junior DH Brendan Connolly lashed a single up the middle to score Guilfoile and tie the score at 1-1 at the end of the first inning.
Both Jacobson and Hingham’s Evan Flanagan were breezing along until the top of the fourth inning when the visitors pushed across three more runs with several singles and stolen bases to give the Harbormen a 4-1 lead.
It looked like Duxbury was making a serious run to get back in the game in the bottom of the fourth when Connolly walked and went to second base on a single by Joe Coyne. Senior catcher Pat Sweeney followed with a single, as Connolly rounded third and headed home. The throw from the outfield was in time, as Connolly went over the outstretched leg of catcher Kevin Minassian, who did a masterful job of blocking the plate and preventing the Duxbury DH from touching the plate.
The Dragon bats were quiet the rest of the night, as they did score one more run, while Hingham put across a pair for the 6-2 win.
The Dragons will close out the season this week when they entertain North Quincy on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.