Ashland Legion Mercies Newton in Game 1

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The Ashland Legion Post 77 team is a strong, well built versatile team featuring some of the best players from Hopkinton, Holliston, Ashland and Bellingham. In game 1 of the season Ashland came out firing offensively scoring 11 runs in the first 2 innings to lead to an eventual 12-0 Newton mercy in the 6th inning.

Brendan Thurber started the bottom of the 1st with a double, 2 outs would follow but Newton starter Andrew Freeman then struggled to find the strike zone and hit Chris Moberg with a pitch followed up by a walk to Nick Burns, Ashland would then take full advantage of Freemans struggles;
Joe Byrnes - RBI 1B, Brendan Thurber scores 1-0 Ashland
Ben Palleiko - HBP, Chris Moberg scores 2-0 Ashland
Steve Mahoney reaches on Error, Nick Burns scores 3-0 Ashland
Brendan Wolfe walks, Joe Byrnes scores 4-0 Ashland
Brendan Thurber - 3 RBI Double scoring Palleiko, Mahoney and Wolfe (Thurber thrown out trying to advance) 7-0 Ashland

Freeman stayed in the game and faced more trouble on the bottom of the second inning;
Nick Porter - Single (thrown out trying to advance)
Matt Jeye - Walks,
Chris Moberg - 1B, Matt Jeye scores 8-0 Ashland
Nick Burns - 1B
Joe Byrnes - 1B, Chris Moberg scores 9-0 Ashland
Ben Palleiko - Fly Out
Steve Mahoney - 2 RBI 1B, Burns and Byrnes score 11-0 Ashland

Ashland would finish off Newton to the 12 run lead mercy rule in the bottom of the 6th when Brendan Thurber hit an RBI single to score Joe Byrnes. Austin Cave pitched a complete game shutout for Post 77, striking out 8 and working out of 2 jams in the 5th and 6th inning.

If the success in game 1 is any sign of what is to come for Ashland Post 77, it should be a very fun and exciting season! Be sure to catch all Ashland Post 77 home games airing on the HCAM Channels.