With Acushnet Post 265 dropping to 5-7 in the past week, coach Kurt Dreher felt the need to address his players and the direction the team is heading in. Like other legion baseball coaches, he’s fallen prey to summer and work pulling kids away from the diamond. Even when they are there, off-field distractions can affect their play and approach to the game.

A few motivational or stern talks can give a team a quick shot in the arm, but in order for that to carry weight for the rest of the season, leadership amongst the players has to emerge. That shouldn’t be a problem for Acushnet with Post 265 having four college sophomores on the roster: Mitch Holmes, Jake Ashworth, Dylan Sullo and Chris Sylvia.

“I think we’re going to go on a little bit of a run in the next couple games,” Ashworth said. “Having older guys, we should be able to lead a little bit more because we have a little more experience. And hopefully we can lead the younger guys so they can lead the team when they are older, too.”

“Right now, I feel like we’re good, but when we get runners on base we need to capitalize on it. That’s what we’ve been struggling at,” Sullo said. “What coach basically said the other day is no one cares. And it’s true because a lot of the guys are there because they almost feel like they have to be there, which I don’t like that at all. Hopefully that changes (because) the season will change.”

Amongst these veterans, none of them are playing for Acushnet because they have to. They all want to, and for different reasons.

Sullo (Old Colony 2017) and Sylvia (Bishop Stang ‘17) both tried out for the Mass Maritime baseball team, but to no avail. This gives them both an opportunity to extend their careers and maybe even go out for the team again in the fall.

Though Ashworth, a Fairhaven native and 2017 Bourne graduate, spent a deal of time with the UMass Dartmouth baseball team, he elected to forgo his freshman baseball season after his impressive basketball campaign with the Corsairs in order to put a little more time into his schoolwork.

Holmes, a Dartmouth native and 2017 Bristol Aggie graduate, was the only one of the four on a college roster in 2018. He hit .283 and played in a team-high 31 games during his freshman campaign. He’s also playing in the Cranberry League for the Acushnet Aztecs with Sullo to get in extra work.

“I just wanted to get as many at-bats in as possible and legion ball is a really fun summertime thing,” Holmes said. “Cranberry is pretty similar to college, it’s a lot of DII and DIII arms. Legion is a little different, but is still quality pitching and quality baseball.”

With each of the four veterans looking to better themselves for their sophomore college seasons and hoping to play as many games in the process, there may come a point where one or all of them needs to help steer the team in the right direction. And it seems like this group is prepared to do that if need be.

“I will say something (if necessary),” Sullo said. “It’s different every game, but I see it every game.”

Post 265 hits the road for its next game against Post 311 Seekonk at Seekonk High School on Thursday.

Post 1

After splitting two games surrounding the Fourth of July, New Bedford Post 1 maintained its .500 record, moving to 6-6.

The win came against next-door rival, Acushnet Post 265 with Post 1 winning big at home, 8-1.

Tavon Johnson went the distance, scattering five hits that only turned into one Acushnet run. He also struck out seven Post 265 hitters in the effort.

Aiden Tremblay had a big day at the plate for Post 1, finishing with two hits and three RBI to help break the game wide open. Noah Rivera, Wyatt Major, Willy Santiago and Kevin Santiago all had two hits apiece in the win.

Post 1 is back in action Wednesday at home at Paul Walsh Field against Post 312 South Attleboro at 7 p.m.

Post 220

Wareham Post 220 continues its strong season long run after knocking off Kingston Post 387 4-0 in Sunday’s matchup, improving to 11-2 on the year with games finishing up next week.

Erik Zine and Mike Kennefick combined for the shutout, with Zine making the start and taking on the brunt of the work, going five innings. Kennefick also had a double and scored one of Post 220’s runs. He also had a double in his 3 for 4 performance in Post 220’s 10-5 win over Bridgewater Post 203, which came just before the win over Kingston.

AJ Lecuyer went 2 for 2 at the plate against Kingston, walking once and knocking in a run. Cam Bariteau and Adam Breault each went 2 for 4. Bariteau knocked in a run while Breault scored two.

Post 220 visits Plymouth Post 40 at Siever Field on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. They then visit Post 308 Orleans at Veterans Park on Friday at 7 p.m.