The Nor’Easters got on the board in the bottom of the third when Ryan Kuchar reached on a two-out single, followed by the same from Tyler Chaisson. Zack Rice was hit by a pitch next to load the bases, and Creamer would score two runs with a single that dropped directly in the gap in right field. McNamara would then dial in and allow no more Medford runs.
“I think he started throwing his curveball for strikes more consistently in the middle of the game,” Medford coach Ryan Kozul said of McNamara. “He started throwing it for the first pitch and made us think a little bit more. He definitely settled down and did a real nice job.”
The bottom of the fifth inning saw Post 150 strike for four more runs when Chaisson was hit by a pitch then stole second. Rice drew a walk next before Creamer loaded the bases with a single past shortstop. Colt Fontaine knocked in Chaisson next to tie things up before Rice was forced out at the plate. Ingraham reached to load the bases again. Mac Short strode to the plate next and laced a double out to left to give Post 150 the 5-3 lead.
Brett Fontaine then drove in one more run with a single that dropped between left and third.
“The second time through (the batting order) we started hitting the ball better,” said Southall. “We put it together and played well.”
McNamara would continue to cruise for the rest of the afternoon to give his squad the first playoff win of the season.
“We knew they are a very good team,” Kozul said of the Nor’Easters. “And we left two guys on in the first and second inning, and we ran into an out there in the third. You just can’t blow opportunities against a team like that. I think we had a chance to jump on them even more, early on and get a five-, six-run lead. When we didn’t do that, I knew it was going to be tough. They showed they’re a good team and they came out and swung the bats well.”