Kingston American Legion Post 387 had five days off before returning to District 10 baseball action on Sunday. Head Coach Matt Cauchon said the break could not have come at a better time.
KINGSTON – Kingston American Legion Post 387 had five days off before returning to District 10 baseball action on Sunday, and Head Coach Matt Cauchon said the break could not have come at a better time.
“We needed a chance to clear our minds and do a little team bonding,” he said. “They’re not used to the compact schedule, with 20 games in 30 days. They’re just trying to make adjustments and we’re preaching for them to relax and clear their heads at the plate. After the break, I think we’ll be fine.”
The rest didn’t help right away, however, as Kingston was beaten by Wareham Post 22. But the team then responded with a 6-3 win over Plymouth Post 40 on Monday to improve to 10-6 on the season.
Kingston lost two straight games before the time off to fall out of first place, and the team now stands in third spot.
“It’s just been a lack of timely hitting. The offense just isn’t there right now,” Cauchon said. “I have confidence we’ll snap out of this. I think it’s just a little skid.”
Kingston dropped two tight, low-scoring games last week, losing outstanding starts from Jacob Armstrong and Trevor Dennett. Armstrong went 6-plus innings and gave up only one run against Whitman Post 22, but that was enough to allow a 1-0 loss as Whitman won the game in a walk-off single.
Armstrong also had two hits at the plate.
“He pitched fantastic. He battled back when he got behind on counts and went right after guys,” Cauchon said. “Their offense couldn’t do anything except for that one run.”
Kingston’s main threat came in the fifth inning with runners at the corners and one out. Cauchon called for a hit-and-run and Aidan O’Neill drove a ball through the middle, right where the shortstop had gone to cover the second base bag. It turned into an easy double play.
The next day, Kingston lost to Barnstable Post 206, 3-1. “Dennett threw a great game, but their pitcher kept us off balance and we couldn’t adjust,” Cauchon said.
Dennett surrendered two runs and six hits in six innings. Will Cauchon had two hits and scored the only run.
“Hopefully, we’ll get hot just before the playoffs,” Cauchon said. “I’m not too concerned about this lull.”