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June 17, 2014

GOING OUT IN STYLE

Ryan Kuchar wraps up storied career with season for the ages

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That win was the fifth in a string of eight straight victories for Pentucket, which took the Sachems from a 1-4 early season hole to a 9-4 mark, all but assuring the Sachems of a postseason berth. Once there, Kuchar was an instrumental piece in all three of Pentucket’s wins.

During Pentucket’s 3-2 extra innings win over Stoneham in the preliminary round, Kuchar pitched all eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits while holding the Spartans without a hit over the game’s last five innings.

In Pentucket’s next game against Charlestown, Kuchar helped lead the Sachems at the plate in their 9-0 win first-round win. Kuchar reached base five times, going 2-2 with three RBIs along with two walks and a hit by pitch.

Finally, in Pentucket’s North quarterfinal matchup against Lynnfield, Kuchar took the mound on three days’ rest and threw a gem, pitching a complete game while allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

“What happens with Ryan is when he takes the ball, we know we have a chance to beat anybody,” said Pentucket coach Tom L’Italien. “When he took the ball, he worked fast, threw strikes, fielded his position well. I think it’s just that quiet confidence he carried himself with.”

Though Pentucket’s season came to an abrupt end when the Sachems were no-hit by Hamilton-Wenham in the North Semifinals, Kuchar said this season was one of the most fun he’s had in his whole career; and even though it didn’t end the way anyone would have liked, he’s going to look back fondly on the time he spent with his fellow “weirdos.”

“It was one of the best team’s I ever played on,” Kuchar said. “I love every single one of those kids. We started off 1-4 and we just rallied. We never got down and got closer throughout the season and had a good run.”

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