Greens Farms Academy's Fairchester Athletic Association baseball playoff hopes were derailed almost as quickly as they began. The persistent drizzle Monday forecast how the Dragons performed sloppy.
Greens Farms committed four errors and Dragon pitching gave up five walks as Brunswick took full advantage. The Bruins pounded out eight hits, eliminating the Dragons in a five-inning mercy-rule shortened game, 13-2.
"It was the same field for everyone, so we really can't blame that," Greens Farms head coach Todd Matthewson said. "We had some defensive miscues, and they didn't. They scored with guys on base, and we didn't. We had a great practice on Friday, and I thought we were ready to go. Obviously, it didn't turn out that way."
The game got out of reach after just two innings. Two walks and an error set up a two-run single by Brunswick's Pete Harris. The Bruins smacked three more hits in the second to take a 6-0 lead.
Brunswick starting pitcher Brian Shutzman was far from perfect, walking seven batters. But the Dragons failed to take advantage. Greens Farms was one-for-six with runners in scoring position, leaving the bases loaded in the third and leaving runners on second and third in the fourth inning.
Greens Farms will now have to wait until Friday to find out whether its season is officially over. The Dragons still have a shot to qualify for the New England Preparatory School Council tournament.
"Obviously our goal every season is to win FAAs and win New Englands," Mathewson said. "It's kind of tough to be in limbo, but we still have a chance to achieve one of our goals."
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