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July 31, 2013

Methuen Legion ousted by Sudbury

SUDBURY – When a pitcher throws strikes and his team makes the plays in the field, baseball is a very simple – and usually successful – game.

“We did neither, unfortunately,” Methuen coach Dave Mosher said.

As a result, Mosher’s American Legion Post 122 squad saw its season come to a disappointing end.

Sudbury’s defense not only made several outstanding plays but also rode an offense that took advantage of errant pitching for a 10-5 victory in last night’s district elimination game at Feeley Field.

Post 191 jumped to an 8-1 lead with four runs in both the second and third innings despite only four hits.

“It was a real good group of kids,” Mosher said of his team, which opened play in the B Bracket of the district tournament with a 4-0 victory Sunday over Sudbury. “But it’s like anything – the last game of the year you’re always disappointed when you don’t win. Ultimately, there’s only one team that wins the last game they play.

“Obviously, we wish we would’ve had more pitching.”

The four hurlers Mosher used last night each struggled to find the plate.

The group of pitchers combined to throw 161 pitches over six innings and went to at least three balls on 19 of the 39 Sudbury batters. They finished with 12 walks, a couple wild pitches and a balk while allowing eight earned runs.

“We went through a lot of extra-inning games this year, and used up a lot of pitching,” Mosher said. “And pitching’s the name of the game.”

Methuen (17-9-1) took a first-inning lead when Enrique Veras singled, stole second and scored on an Andrew Wells single. But that would be the extent of the offense until a four-run seventh-inning rally made the final score respectable.

The five innings in between, however, Methuen struggled against Ben Chaisson, who needed only 70 pitches in his first six innings.

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