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Shortstop Albert Betances, left, is having a solid season for the Haverhill Post 4 American Legion team, which needs to win its final two games to earn a playoff spot.

None of the current Haverhill Post 4 American Legion players were born in 1977. But the title of the Bee Gees’ hit song that year describes the team’s playoff predicament perfectly.

With two games to go in the regular season, Haverhill Post 4 (9-5) is “Stayin’ Alive” in the playoff hunt. But barely.

“It’s been a frustrating season at times,” said Larry O’Brien, the team’s co-coach with John Trask, noting the squad’s sometime inconsistent play. “We probably should have locked up a playoff spot by now, but we haven’t. Now we need some help from other teams (to lose games) and we need to win.”

While O’Brien’s boys of summer cannot control what teams ahead of them in the District 8 standings do, they can help their playoff push by winning games of their own. And, thanks to pitcher Taylor Robinson’s efforts last weekend, that is exactly what Post 4 did in a must-win matchup with Lynn Gautreau.

Robinson, who enjoyed a solid spring season pitching for the Hillies, tossed a complete game to lift Post 4 over Lynn, 4-3. In notching the win, Robinson allowed only four hits and two earned runs. He fanned seven Lynn batters and walked just one.

Against Lynn, Post 4 scored two runs in the first inning to jump to an early lead. Hillies standout Miguel Soto (1 for 2 with a double) plated two of Haverhill’s runs, including the game’s first. Evan Kelleher, who starred at Haverhill High School and played second base last spring at St. Anselm College, also had a big hit, as he belted an RBI single.

Post 4 took the lead for good in the fourth inning. Albert Betances reached base on a single and scored the decisive run on Sean Hayden’s game-winning RBI.

Prior to the win over Lynn, Post 4, which plays an independent league schedule as well as games in District 8, beat the New Hampshire Storm, 11-8, and North Andover, 12-3, but fell to Beverly, 8-7.

In the loss to Beverly, Joshua Chasse was perfect (3 for 3) at the plate with a pair of RBIs and Rafael Munoz (2 for 2) had a double and an RBI.

“Josh (Chasse) is only 16, one of the youngest guys in the league, and he is having a very good season for us,” O’Brien said. “Raffi (Munoz) is hitting the ball really well.”

Munoz, the former Hillie standout who attends the University of Maine, smacked three hits and knocked in two runs in the win over North Andover.

Post 4 returned seven players, including four starters, from last year’s squad, which went 17-7 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

“Going into the season, we had some questions about our hitting,” O’Brien said. “For the most part it’s (the hitting) been good and we are a respectable 13-12-1 overall, but now we are fighting for the playoffs and only four out of 18 teams make it.”

Along with hot-hitting Munoz and Chasse, Post 4 has received solid play from pitchers Peter DeRoche and Robinson, who like Chasse, is only 16 years old, and catcher Ronnie Rosario, said O’Brien.

Robinson earned the win on the mound against the New Hampshire Storm with three innings of scoreless relief. Robinson also smacked a double and triple and was helped by Betances who belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning.

“We have a number of young kids on the team, so the future looks good,” O’Brien said. “But we are hoping to make the playoffs because the playoff experience will help these young kids even more down the road.”

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