Poland looks to gain momentum
May 1, 2018


There's no doubt that it's been a struggle for the Poland baseball team this season.

With only five returnees to head coach Rich Murray's roster not much was expected of the Bulldogs this year in the ultracompetitive All American Conference Red Tier. As area enters the final week of the regular season, the Bulldogs sit below the pack in the conference standings. Games against division rivals Canfield and Boardman are still slated to be played, but unfortunately, Murray's men are just playing those contests for pride. The next big prize for Poland will be the first round of the Division II state playoffs that begin next week against East Palestine.

Last week, the Bulldogs battled both conference cousin Boardman and out of league foe Ursuline, but came away empty handed. Poland was plastered by the Spartans 10-0 at Cene Park on April 23 then outscored by the Irish 8-5 on April 26.

The loss to the Spartans wasn't all that surprising considering the Boardman boys have been on fire as of late and our battling Austintown Fitch for the Red Tier title. Poland's hitters were no match for Boardman's Alex Cardona who fired a three hit shutout. Braeden O'Shaughnessy was the only Bulldog to pick up an extra base hit with a triple.

There was a little more offense for the Bulldogs in their following game against Ursuline at Cene, but they still came out on the short end of the scoreboard. O'Shaughnessy was sizzling knocking home three runs for the Bulldogs. Mike Masucci made a double and a single. Jeremy Castro collected two hits and an RBI.

Poland will attempt to gain some momentum this week so it can survive a few rounds in the pending playoffs. That plan will be easier said than done since Poland has to play the Cardinals twice and the Spartans one more time.


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