It’s a start. At least that’s what Fall River Post 314 hopes.

 It’s a start. At least that’s what Fall River Post 314 hopes.
Fall River on Friday completed a tough first half of the American Legion District 9 baseball schedule by beating Seekonk 9-8 on Bryant Oliveira’s RBI single with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning at Father McCarrick Field.
Fall River (2-8) caught a break in the top of the seventh inning when Seekonk (5-6) scored only once, creating the 8-8 tie. With runners at first and second and two outs, Cody Callahan crunched a ground-rule double to deep left-center. His blast kicked off a light pole and rolled under the fence. Had the ball stayed in play, it was going to be at least a two-run triple.
Winning pitcher Ryan Souza retired Chris Calves on a ground out to end that threat.
In the home half of the seventh, Chris Kenyon led with a towering double to deep left, a ball which Ron Case got a late start on and saw drop behind him near the fence. Oliveira, on fire the last two nights at McCarrick, followed with a sharp single down the left-field line. Fall River manager Norm Yelle, coaching third base, aggressively waved Kenyon home. Case made a strong peg home, but the ball was up the line a bit and Kenyon slid past the sweep tag attempt of catcher Calves.
Oliveira is 6-for-9 the last two nights at Chew Park, and Fall River, with its 11 hits Friday, has 23 hits over those same two games.
“Not exactly the game of the week, but a win’s a win’s a win,” Yelle said. “We’re putting it together. We’re hitting the ball now. We just kept coming back. We got a few breaks, finally.”
The breaks included four walks, three hit batsmen, a two-out throwing error that scored two runs, a two-out balk that gave Post 314 an 8-7 lead in the sixth inning, and the Callahan ground-rule double. Fall River had only three RBIs.
Fall River also made some of its own breaks.
Chris Benevides was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Bryan Archambault was 2-for-2.
Ryan Souza earned the win with three innings of relief. He allowed two hits and three runs, but only one of those runs was earned.
Fall River played quick-response, answering in the bottom of the inning every time Seekonk scored.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, Post 314 answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning. After Seekonk made it 3-2 in the top of the third, Fall River scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Both teams scored twice in the fourth inning, leaving Fall River up 7-5.
Seekonk scored twice in the sixth to tie it, and Fall River went back ahead in the bottom of the inning.
“The defense has stepped it up the last four or five games,” Yelle said. “We’re starting to put it all together. A one-game winning streak ain’t bad.
“The first half’s over. We’ve got 10 games in two weeks. We’ll see where it takes us, but I’m expecting much better things the second half.”