Ryan Donohue (17) fires home a pitch during his complete-game performance in Medfield MIBL's 8-2 win at Walpole on Wednesday.
By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The cancellation of the 2020 MIAA spring athletic season left behind many unknowns.
In Medfield, many believed the varsity baseball team was poised to have a big spring in 2020. On Wednesday, the boys from Medfield stated a solid case as to why they would have been one of the frontrunners in the TVL. In their first-ever MIBL contest against perennial Super Eight power and rival Walpole, the Medfield/DS River Rats slugged their way to an 8-2 victory at Eldracher Field.
Ryan Donahue pitched a gem for Medfield and went the distance, striking seven along the way and surrendering just two runs on six hits.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Medfield's bats came alive. Nick Sheehan led off the inning with a bunt single and took third on a wild throw over to the bag on a pick-off attempt. Sheehan came around to score, thanks to an RBI single by Sam Kornet. Ryan Murray followed it up with a single to center before an RBI double by Drew Cookson brought in Kornet to make it 2-0. A trio of wild pitches to the backstop brought in Murray, Cookson and Jack Goodman to extend the lead to 5-0.
Walpole loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but Donahue worked some magic, striking out Max Martin before getting Max Walsh to ground out to short to end the inning.
RBI singles by Murray and Cookson extended Medfield's lead to 7-0 in the top of the fifth. Donahue continued to roll in the home half, sending Walpole down in order. Nick Sheehan made the play of the game in the top of the sixth, leading off the inning with a triple before stealing home and extending the lead to 8-0. A two-run homer by Max Martin in the bottom half finally got Walpole on the board to make it an 8-2 game, but that was the closest they would get. Donahue came back out for the bottom of the seventh and recorded the final three outs for the complete game, and Medfield prevailed by the 8-2 final.
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