May 18, 2023 – Story and photos by Joshua Ross
Hingham entered yesterday’s game versus the top team in the league looking at a playoff spot from the outside. After rattling off four wins in a row to even up their record at 7-7, they lost in Marshfield earlier this week. Beating Plymouth North, who earlier this season took care of the Harbormen 8-1, was a tough task to accomplish.
The Eagles took the quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first and then Hingham did something no one expected, not even them. They sent 15 batters to the plate, scored 10 runs, and knocked North’s star pitcher out of the game before recording an out. The Harbormen never looked back. The game ended in the sixth when Hingham scored a run increasing their lead to 10, which triggered the mercy rule.
Their defense was almost as impressive as their offense. It was only the second time all season they committed no errors. Senior captain Jake Schulte shut the Eagles down after the first inning not allowing another run and only gave up two hits on the day while striking out 3. It was complementary baseball.
The last four games will be challenging for the Harbormen. They face Whitman-Hanson in a home and home on Friday and Monday, Duxbury at home on Tuesday and end the season at home vs Weymouth next Friday. They will need to go 2-2 to guarantee a playoff spot.