Saturday, June 21, 2014
Post 201 Strands 13 in 4-3 Setback to Northboro
Worcester, MA --- Northboro relief pitcher Zach Foster worked out of bases loaded jams in the bottom of the sixth and seventh
innings to help the visitors defeat East Side 4-3 in Massachusetts American Legion Zone 4 matchup Saturday evening at Tivnan
Field at Lake Park.
Post 234 earned its first win of the season (1-9) while Post 201 slipped to 4-6.
The right hander came in to replace Tyler Slicklen with the bases juiced and two outs in the sixth and escaped the threat by inducing
a flight out to right. In the seventh, he loaded the bases with a pair of hit batsman and walk before securing the win by retiring the
Raiders with an infield fly, a force out at the plate on a squeeze attempt and grounder back to the mound. In all, Northboro pitchers
stranded 13 East Side base runners on the night.
Trailing 3-1, Northboro evened the contest in the top of the fifth on a Tim Reale RBI and an error. The guests went ahead a frame
later when Andrew Tache chugged home on Brendan Shunney’s infield single.
East Side opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Sean Murphy was hit with the bases loaded to plate Jono Crimmin, who
began the uprising by getting hit himself. Northboro countered in the top of the third on a Foster RBI double to right before the
Raiders jumped ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on a Crimmin run-producing single through the left side and a muffed throw on
what would have been an inning-ending twin-killing.
Both team’s starters yielded seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Slicklen allowed two earned runs while walking one and punching out
three while East Side’s
Jonathan Gonzalez was charged with three earned runs and punched out a game-best seven.
The only repeat hitters were Shunney, Tache and Post 201’s T.J. Camoreyt.
East Side will be the visitors at The Lake on Sunday when Grafton Hill hosts the Raiders for a 7pm city showdown. Northboro hosts
Main South for a doubleheader beginning at 2pm.