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Falvey, Rebels explode in rout of Rockets

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Walpole and Needham High baseball faced off for the second and final time in 2019 last Wednesday night.

The No. 5 Rebels (7-3, 4-2) entered looking to continue on track for the Super Eight, as well as picking up the season sweep of Needham after their 5-0 win at Eldracher Field back on April 11. Meanwhile, the reigning Division I champion Rockets (5-6, 2-4) are currently fighting for their playoff lives in hopes of returning to the state tournament to defend their title.

Behind five innings of two-hit and seven-strikeout ball from staff ace Cam Schlittler, as well a pair of three-RBI games from Jack Magane and Matt Falvey, the Rebels stormed Memorial Field and hit their way to a 13-0 victory to sweep the Rockets.

“The goal was to get to them early and get a run in the first inning,” said Walpole head coach Chris Costello following the win.

Jackson Walonis did just that for Walpole, driving in Matt Falvey with a single to right after Falvey singled to lead off the game, giving Walpole an early 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0 after two innings, but the bottom of the third proved to be the game’s turning point. The Rebels put together a 10-run rally to blow the game open. Aidan Murray led things off with a walk before Magane (three-for-three, three RBI, two runs scored) moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Five consecutive hits from Falvey (three-for-four, three RBI, two runs scored), Chris McLean, Walonis, John Brady, and Will Jarvis followed. Suddenly, it was an 11-run led for the Rebels.

“Definitely a confidence-booster, offensively,” said Costello. “When you get put together that type of inning against a team like that, it’ll build a lot of confidence for your guys at the plate moving forward.”

From there, Schlittler took over, allowing just a pair of hits across the next three innings. Walpole added another pair of runs and emerged with the convincing 13-0 win.

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