STURBRIDGE — After a pair of one-run losses to open the American Legion baseball season, Sturbridge’s Post 109 vies to get into the win column on Sunday morning.
Sturbridge will host Framingham’s Post 74 at Tantasqua Regional High School in an 11 a.m. tilt. Post 109 is 0-2 on the season, falling 1-0 in extra innings to Grafton Hill on Wednesday night, and 8-7 to East Side on Friday night.
In the pitchers’ duel against Grafton Hill, played at Tivnan Field in Worcester, an error by the catcher allowed the game’s only run. Deven Kingman was saddled with the loss, giving up two hits and walk while recording just one out in the eighth inning. Kingman had come on to relieve Pat Wilbur, who threw seven scoreless innings and struck out eight while limiting Grafton Hill to five hits and two walks. Dylan League was credited with the win for his club, striking out four over four no-hit innings in which he issued two walks. Grafton Hill starter Brendan Desautels threw four scoreless innings of his own, giving up two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Mick Sullivan and Dominic Brown had Sturbridge’s only hits in the ballgame while Grafton Hill was led offensively by Jack Steele, who went 2-for-3 in the game.
In Friday night’s game at Tantasqua, both clubs rallied late with a three-run seventh inning. Sturbridge left the possible tying run on second base after Jared Langevin hit a two-run double that made it a one-run game. East Side’s Kevin O’Callahan was the star of the game, going 3-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI as the leadoff hitter. Sturbridge’s Deven Kingman went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, and Mick Sullivan went 4-for-4 with a triple, RBI, and two runs scored. Tyler Stoever took the loss for Sturbridge, charged with five runs, four earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings. Dylan Fennuccio earned the win despite giving up seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits and a walk. Fennuccio struck out six in six innings. After Fennuccio struggled to open the seventh inning, East Side called on Dylan McNary to close out the game and pick up a save. McNary retired the first two batters he faced before giving up the Langevin double and then slamming the door shut with a strikeout.