Post 206 came from behind a 3-1 deficit to defeat Kingston Post 387 at McKeon Park in Hyannis tonight, in a 4-3 playoff win that defied the odds.
With two men on in the fifth inning, Luke Besse laid down a bunt that was nearly unplayable as Kingston threw it away and Barnstable tied up the score. Denny Beynor came into the batter's box and nailed a line drive up the middle for the game-winning hit and then Holzman proceeded to mow down the final three Kingston batters of the game with two men on base. It was Holzman's second win of the season. Alex Pernick also had an RBI single in the top of the first inning.
Post 206 clinched a vaunted playoff spot Saturday afternoon at Strong Field in East Bridgewater when it defeated its host, Hawkeye A.C., 13-3 in District 10 American Legion baseball action.
Barnstable ends its regular season Monday against Dennis Post 488 at Lowell Park in Cotuit at 5:45, then hits the road for a playoff game against either Brockton Post 35, Plymouth Post 40 or Kingston Post 387.
Post 206 will host a playoff game against one of those three teams on Wednesday, July 13, at 7:00 pm at McKeon Park in Hyannis.
Post 206 Splits Doubleheader with Hawkeye AC on Road
In a day marked by six home runs - three by the hosts and three by Barnstable Post 206 - Barnstable and Hawkeye Athletic Club split a doubleheader under clear blue skies in East Bridgewater, with Hawkeye winning the first game, 7-5, and Barnstable taking the second, 13-3.
Barnstable pounded out 13 hits in the second game, including home runs from Everett Walsh and Alex Pernick to give starting pitcher Dan Holzman his first win of the season. Holzman struck out five, walked none and scattered seven hits while allowing just two earned runs.
Alec Morrison belted his first home run of the season in the first game, a tough, 7-5 loss, and Luke Besse went 3-4 but it was not enough as Post 206 squandered a 5-1 lead.
Post 206 Marks 10th Win for First Time Since Late 1990s
Lefty Everett Walsh turned in three shutout, no-hit innings, survived a slightly rocky fourth frame by allowing two runs, then gave way to righty reliever Dan Walsh who succeeded in shutting down the Middleboro Post 64 bats en route to an 8-3 win and a 10-6-1 mark on the season.
The victory marks the first time since the late 1990s that Barnstable Post 206 has eclipsed the double-digit column in victories.
Alex Pernick belted a two-run homer in the top of the first inning to stake Barnstable a 2-0 lead and he went 2-4 on the day with two RBI.
Luke Besse snapped into the swing of things by going 3-4 on the day with two huge RBI in the top of the seventh inning, while Will Toffey went 2-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Down to the Wire, Post 206 Defeats Pembroke Post 143, 7-6
Thanks to a rock-solid pitching performance by starter Alec Morrison, and some timely relief from Dan Walsh, Post 206 defeated Pembroke Post 143, 7-6 on the road and now stands at 9-6-1 on the season.
Morrison went five innings, struck out four, threw 90 pitches, allowed just one earned run while scattering seven hits and walking three. Dan Walsh shut the door on Pembroke's last-ditch attempts with two men on base, by retiring both men he faced and in so doing, earned the save. All totalled, Pembroke had 10 hits to Barnstable's six hits. Dan Holzman was the middle reliever and had three strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched.
Dylan Morris (1-3, 2 RBI) had a huge hit for Barnstable in the second inning, driving two men in with a seeing-eye single to right field that put Barnstable up, 3-0. Will Toffey (1-4, RBI) drove in the first run of the game with a nice single, and other hits came from Alex Pernick (1-4), Everett Walsh (1-3, double), Dan Walsh (1-2, 2 runs scored) and Luke Besse (1-2, RBI).