The will and the skill may be there for the Easton Legion baseball team.
The bounces, hops and overall luck? That's a different story.
Post 7 dropped it's ninth straight Friday night at Taunton, falling to 2-11 on the year. The game ended on a walk-off error in the bottom of the 7th off the bat of Chris Roumbakis that resulted in a funny hop at second base.
The bad bounce for Easton helped drive in Taunton's Brad Alconada, who had tripled to left field in the prior at-bat, setting the stage for the 2-1 victory.
"That’s the way our season’s been going," said Taunton coach David Blakeley, whose squad improved to 14-2 on the season. "We’ve gotten some lucky bounces."
The opposite can be said for Easton, which can't seem to catch a break. Post 7 was unable to find holes on offense, despite a strong pitching performance from David MacKinnon, who ended the game with a complete-game, 105 pitch performance. The Easton ace struck out 11, allowed six hits and walked one.
MacKinnon's only earned run came in the second inning during a first and third situation. After MacKinnon caught Taunton's Alconada off of first base, Justin Duarte made his way home while the run-down persisted between first and second.
"Having to do it over again, I told [second baseman Jim Sullivan], just run it all the way back [to first]," Auditore said. "The minute he threw the ball to first base he had his back to the plate and that kid is going to score. It’s tough. We’ve got to scrap for any run we can get."
A Taunton trio of Dave Pedro, Chad Zucco and Adam Huggan helped hold Easton to one run.
MacKinnon helped his pitching effort with his bat, driving in Easton's only run in the sixth on a 6-3 groundout. The RBI drove in Drew Delpidio, who singled to start the inning.
Easton will host a double header Saturday, first against Fall River at 1 p.m. and then against Seekonk at 3 p.m. Both games are at Frothingham Park.