It was a game Auburn High could’ve won on multiple occasions just as easily as it could have lost in seemingly every inning. The Rockets dropped a 7-6 decision in 12 innings to Hingham High in the Division 2 state title game Saturday at LaLacheur Park. After nearly four hours of nail-biting baseball, Hingham claimed the title when senior John Carlson ripped a 2-2 pitch into right field to score the winning run. “We had our chances,” said Auburn coach Eric Swedberg, whose team finished 20-5. “The lesson here is sometimes you don’t get something that you deserve.” Auburn jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Tyler Desjardins led off with a double and scored on the back end of a double steal. Hingham answered in the bottom of the first with a pair of runs. The Rockets appeared to be in good shape when they scratched out a run in the top of the seventh. Drew Goodrich reached on a fielder’s choice with one out, and came around to score on a safety squeeze by Tyler Lamonda to make it 6-5. Hingham (21-6) answered in dramatic fashion in its half of the seventh. With two outs, Joseph Leahy boomed a triple to right and pinch-runner Brett Tivnan trotted home with the tying run. Auburn starter Lamonda didn’t have his best stuff on the mound, but gutted out six innings and left with the game tied at 5-5. Senior Mike Vaitkunas came on in the seventh, before Swedberg went back to Lamonda in the ninth. Lamonda was immense throughout the game, even as his velocity was fading and he began to rely on guile and location. Hingham threatened in nearly every frame, but Lamonda made clutch pitch after clutch pitch to prevent the Harbormen from breaking open the game. “That’s just what this team is,” Swedberg said. “I didn’t have to use any discipline this year with them, only common sense. We have 15 seniors and they refused to elect captains. They just wanted to get it done and nobody cared who did it. I’m fortunate to have been here with this group of guys.”
Hingham 7, Auburn 6
Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013, at Hingham
Updated: Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:08 p.m.