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B-R 13, Walpole 9

Bridgewater-Raynham baseball rallies, defeats No. 1 seed Walpole

BROCKTON — Bridgewater-Raynham rallied to knock off the No. 1-seeded Walpole Rebels, 13-9, Wednesday afternoon, coming back from a first-inning deficit of 6-0 in the Division 1 South baseball semifinals.

The Rebels chased Trojans’ starting pitcher Jack Connolly with their big first inning. A costly two-out error at second base allowed Walpole to keep the inning alive and score six runs. Even the large deficit and early call to the bullpen couldn’t discourage No. 5-seeded Bridgewater-Raynham, however.

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Coach John Kearney told his team after the first inning that there was still plenty of baseball to be played.

“I called everybody up and just said ‘You know, there’s a long way to go and let’s regroup. We’ve got a good enough offense and a lot of finesse and I know you have a lot of talent,’” he said.

The Trojans answered the call, grabbing four runs off Walpole starter Mike Gaughan in the top of the second inning.

“I could tell in their eyes that they just weren’t going to quit. I knew at that point we were going to give them a battle,” said Kearney.

Bridgewater-Raynham completed the rally in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs and running Gaughan out of the game. B-R outfielder Tyler Carey had the biggest hit of the inning with a two-run triple. Jimmy Smith came in for the Rebels after the Trojans’ fifth run of the inning and was tagged for a run before getting out of the frame.

“They just kept swinging the sticks. You know, at this point in the season not everybody has the freshest pitching, we all know that . . . it’s what it is when you’re playing three games in six days,” said Kearney.

The coach also credited his bullpen, especially Josh Monson, who relieved Connolly in the first. Monson threw five innings, giving up three runs and striking out three.

“I thought the biggest part of the game was that Monson was able to come in and steadied things down for a few innings,” Kearney noted.

Mike Bruemmel and Cody Medairos held the Rebels scoreless from the sixth inning on. Walpole finished with just nine hits; Bridgewater-Raynham had 20.

“The offense has been an added bonus . . . this is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest comeback we’ve had in the playoffs,” said Kearney, who is in his 15th year as coach.

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