Saturday, June 28, 2014
Gonzalez Shines as East Side Tops Cherry Valley
Worcester, MA ---
Jonathan Gonzalez struck out 10 and aided his own cause with his first career home run in his first American
Legion win as East Side picked up its second one-run victory in three games with a 3-2 decision over Cherry Valley (Leicester Post
443) on Saturday night in a Massachusetts American Legion Baseball tilt at Tivnan Field.
East Side, which has seen 10 of its 15 games decided by a run, improves to 6-9 while Cherry Valley moves to 7-9 on the season.
Gonzalez, who had struck out five before his two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth, returned to the mound and fanned the side in
the top of the fifth. He went on to bookend the top of the sixth with a pair of swinging strikeouts. It is the highest strikeout total for
an East Side pitcher this season and, oddly enough, the most since Zach Zona struck out 10 against Grafton Hill exactly one year ago.
Fran Baldino was beaned to open the game. He moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single by Jim Sheehan and
scored on a double steal as Cherry Valley took the early lead. East Side stranded two runners in the home half of the first and again in
the second while Post 443 left one aboard in the third and fourth.
With Jono Crimmin already in scoring position with one out in the top of the fourth,
Gonzalez turned the momentum, and the lead, in
East Side's favor as he crushed a 1-1 pitch to center field. Post 201 tacked on what ended up being the game-winning run in the fifth
on an RBI single by Crimmin.
Sheehan walked and eventually scored on an outfield miscue as Cherry Valley made it a one-run ballgame in the top of the sixth. Sean
Murphy broke up a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth as he drew a two-out walk. Post 443, meanwhile, went down 1-2-3 in the top of the
Crimmin batted 2-for-3 while Pat Gallagher,
Gonzalez (2 RBI) and PJ Barry had one hit apiece. On the mound,
two runs - one earned - on three hits.
Tyler Golden, Sheehan and Ryan Mulcahy each had a single at the two, three and four spot in the lineup, respectively. Cam Scotia
yielded three runs -two earned - on five hits and struck out eight in the complete game effort.
East Side wraps up a three-game homestand with a 5pm game against Wachusett on Sunday while Cherry Valley hosts Leominster at