AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Barnstable Post 206 and Sandwich Post 188 Eliminated from Postseason

EAST BRIDGEWATER – The Barnstable Post 206 American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end Monday night at the hands of West Division regular season champions Hawkeye Athletic Club at Strong Field.

On the heels of its most exciting victory of the season – one in which Barnstable was forced to use four of its pitchers – Post 206 simply ran out of steam in the 9-1 defeat.

Barnstable Post 206 pitcher Conor Walsh - who pitches for Clark University - finished his Legion career with a 20-3 lifetime record on the mound. He was called upon to share catching duties as well this season. Andrew Nugnes Photo for Capecod.com Sports

Barnstable Post 206 pitcher Conor Walsh – who pitches for Clark University – finished his Legion career with a 20-3 lifetime record on the mound. He was called upon to share catching duties as well this season.
Andrew Nugnes Photo for Capecod.com Sports

“We got every last ounce out of our pitching staff this season and then some, but to play every single day but one in July proved to be nearly impossible for our arms,” Post 206 head coach Sean Walsh said. “You can’t have guys go on one or two days rest at this level after tossing complete games. The schedule was ridiculous but we battled like I’ve never seen. Every victory but one or two this season for us was a come-from-behind win and these boys revealed they had more heart than I expected. The beauty is that we recruited young this season and have everyone returning for 2016 except for our three grads.”

Barnstable Post 206 finished at 16-10 on the season and on the heels of three straight regular season titles, but Sandwich Post 188 took home the East Division bragging rights with one more win than Post 206 prior to the start of the District 10 playoffs. Post 206 outscored its opponents this season 167-95, but saw too many wins slip away in the late innings.

“I think there’s quite a bit to be excited about for 2016. We are 37-15 over these past two seasons and 102-25 over past four years,” Walsh said. “With the addition of our junior Legion program next summer, Post 206 has laid the ground work for great things to come. You have to tip your hat to KJ Kozens from Falmouth for what he’s done in just two seasons to being Post 188 back to the top. He’s restored the class and fire of the Post 188 program built by Bob Corradi and every time they take the field against us it is on.”

Sandwich Post 188 took two playoff wins but fell twice to Kingston Post 387, including a 7-4 loss on Monday night that eliminated the tough-to-beat three-time state champs. Barnstable Post 206 eliminated Whitman Post 22 and Wareham Post 220. Post 188 eliminated Plymouth Post 40 and Brockton Post 35 from postseason contention.

Kingston Post 387 lost to Hawkeye AC, 2-0, Tuesday night, thanks to a complete-game gem thrown from righty Ryan Graham. Graham struck out six, walked none and scattered four hits. Chris Leavitt produced the runs for Hawkeye AC with two RBI and two stolen bases. He went 1-3.

Hawkeye AC can eliminate Kingston Post 387 tonight at Strong Field at 5:00 pm and claim the District 10 championship title outright. The District champ goes on to the Massachusetts State Championship tournament next week in Quincy.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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