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Plymouth Rangers roll past Milford in doubleheader


by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

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Cole Donovan deals in game one for Plymouth, shutting out Milford for the 10-0 win. Corey McKean. (click for larger version)
July 03, 2017
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Durand-Haley Rangers recorded back to back wins on Saturday, June 24, as they hosted Milford Post 23 in a doubleheader at Plymouth State University. In game one, the Plymouth offense erupted for five runs in the first inning while pitcher Cole Donovan threw five shutout innings as the Rangers earned a 10-0 win in five innings. In game two, it would be a huge third inning by Plymouth that made all the difference as the Rangers put up eight runs in the third to go up 12-0 on their way to defeating Milford 13-4.

"We had great pitching for the most part in both games," explained Plymouth coach Mike Boyle. "Cole Donovan gave up only three hits and had two strikeouts with no runs scored in game one and Kenny Maddocks spread out five hits in five innings with two earned runs and three strikeouts. If we can continue to get quality starts out of our pitchers, it will allow us to do a little more with our lineup and I think our offense really gets going with that kind of spark from the pitching staff."

In game one, it would be all Plymouth as Mike Hogan and Owen Brickley led off the first inning with back to back singles and Brody Fillion brought Hogan in to score off an RBI sacrifice fly. Donovan followed Fillion up with a single of his own, bringing in Brickley to score and Aaron Evans was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. An RBI single by Garrett Demas loaded the bases for Nick Qualey who drew a walk, bringing Donovan in to score. Colby Moore ended the inning for the Rangers, hitting a single go bring Demas in to score, giving Plymouth an early 5-0 advantage.

The Rangers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second inning as Brickley and Fillion led the inning off with back to back walks and Brickley would move to third on a passed ball. Brickley came around to score off an RBI sacrifice fly by Donovan and three straight walks brought Fillion in to score, giving Plymouth a commanding 7-0 lead heading into the third inning.

A scoreless third brought the game into the fourth inning where Plymouth tacked on another run off a single by Qualey and another single by Hogan. Qualey eventually came around to score off a passed ball, extending the Rangers lead to 8-0 going into the fifth inning.

Plymouth closed out game one in the bottom of the fifth as they tallied two more runs off a fielder's choice, an error, and a single by Demas, earning them the 10-0 win in five innings.

The bats stayed hot for the Rangers to start game two as they put runs on the scoreboard quickly, going up 10-0 through three innings. In the first inning, Plymouth scored two runs off three hits by Donovan, Demas and Qualey and in the second, the Rangers tacked on two more off two hits from Hogan and Tony Velez as well as a two-RBI hit by Fillion, which was ruled an error, giving Plymouth an early 4-0 lead.

In the top of the third, the Rangers really put the game away early as they recorded eight runs off six hits from Demas, Hogan, Velez, Fillion, Qualey, and Kyle Nelson while Milford coughed up three errors, and Plymouth would take a dominant 12-0 lead.

Milford responded with a run in the third and a run in the fourth while scoring two more runs in the fifth to bring the score to 12-4 but Plymouth would close out the game in the top of the sixth as they tallied the final run of the game off two hits from Nelson and Brian Olmstead to earn the 13-4 victory.

"If we can clean up a few mistakes we made in the field and cut down on the number of strikeouts at the plate, I think we can be a tough team to beat down the stretch," Boyle added.

Plymouth improves to a record of 3-2 on the season while Milford falls to a record of 2-4. The Rangers will play again on Thursday, July 6, as they travel to play Lebanon Post 22 at Lebanon High School. Game time is posted for 5:15 p.m.

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