PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Dwayne Follette probably won’t put a victory on the last day of April in the pantheon of achievements that he’s had as head coach of the Plymouth North baseball team.
But that doesn’t mean the Eagles' win over a powerful Atlantic Coast League foe isn’t important.
Plymouth North ended Marshfield’s 10-game winning streak with an opportunistic 3-2 victory on Monday at Siever Field.
The loss hurts the Rams as they were seemingly making their way through the league and the rest of their schedule, but the first league loss to the defending Div. 2 state champions brings a little more parody to one of the strongest leagues on the South Shore.
“We aren’t afraid of situations like this,” said Follette, whose team is now 7-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Atlantic Coast League. “It was a good win for us. We needed it. That keeps the whole league up for grabs. If they beat us now, then they are basically running away with the league title.”
Creativity on the Base Paths: It’s been a slow start to the season with the bats, according to Follette, so the coach has been trying to get some giddy-up when his players get on base.
Some of the ideas work, and some don’t.
In the fourth inning one of Follette’s gambles didn’t work. With two outs in the inning and Cody Holmes on third base, the Eagles head coach gave his leftfielder the green light to try and steal home.
Holmes was easily tagged out at home when Corey Stevens delivered the ball to the plate, but it was outside the box thinking to jumpstart the offense in a tie ballgame.
“It was a straight steal,” Follette said when asked if it was a missed sign. “You try to push the buttons...You try to do the extra things, get a steal or do whatever you can. If we start hitting the ball like we are capable of, and we are capable of hitting, then we are going to be a scary team.”
Ryan Moskos’ efforts in the bottom of the fifth signified the creativity that is needed with the speed all over the Eagles lineup. Moskos hit a slow roller to the right side and he darted down the line to beat out the footrace to the bag.
Corey Stevens picked off Moskos at first, but the speedster put his head down and got his way to second base just before the throw. The centerfielder took third on a fly ball to the outfield and he was able to score the eventual game-winning run on an error — one of four by the Rams on the afternoon — at first base with two outs in the inning.
“Once we get on base we have to get in scoring position right away,” said Moskos. “That’s why we steal so much.”
Kingsbury Clutch With Glove: In the top of the seventh inning with the lead runner on first base, Joe Kingsbury all but sealed the game with his diving catch and heads up play to double up the runner at first.
Kingsbury just got his glove under a line drive to left by Max DiTondo and easily got Joe Cunningham at first base as the Rams’ base runner was unsure if the ball was caught or trapped.
“I thought we got the breaks today,” said Follette. “Now we’ve got to stop winning with breaks and start hitting the ball."