Wareham baseball tops Bellingham in first playoff game
Wareham High’s baseball team defeated Bellingham 3-1 on Thursday in the first round of playoff action.
There was a time at the beginning of the season when the Vikings worried about even making the playoffs. But, after a 2-6 start, the Vikings went on to win eight of their next 10 games and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
“We had our backs to the wall all season,” said coach Chris Cabe. “We had to win eight out of our last 12 games just to get to the playoffs and we were able to do that by winning nine of those games.”
Cabe believes the players always had a strength and the “ability to win,” but they “just didn’t put it together in the beginning of the season.”
“You have to do three things to win: hit, field, and pitch. Most of the time, we did that,” said Cabe. “You have got to have a thick skin for this sport. One little bad error can get you done for the rest of the game. It’s a do or die situation.”
The team’s next game will be against Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School on Saturday, June 8, at Diman.
Cabe is confident that the Vikings will prevail.
“It is going to be a difficult game, but I like our matchups. Not to put Diman down, but I think we are playing in a stronger league than they do.”
Team member and graduating senior Matt Pearle also believes the team will succeed.
“Last year we lost against Old Rochester. That day hurt us, but it also helped us because on that day we thought: ‘We are coming back to playoffs next year,’ and we did,” said Pearle. “We had a goal, and we achieved. Our next goal is to keep winning.”