Just like that, the Falcons had a 4-0 lead.
“They’re 18-1 for a reason,” said Gloucester head coach Joe Orlando. “It seems like they get good pitching year in and year out, but they’re more disciplined than most teams. And they get little scrappy hits here and there, and do the little tings right.”
A lanky right-hander, Tylus (now 6-0) had it working the entire night. Aside from an infield hit from Peter Clark that plated the Fishermen’s lone run in the third inning, he was tough on the visitors and their dangerous lineup, mixing his fastball and curve effectively. He only issued two walks and also induced 10 ground ball outs.
“I got into a good rhythm and just threw the ball to Joe (Olszak, his catcher),” said the 16-year-old Tylus, who threw 101 pitches. “I felt good out there.”
“That’s maybe the best he’s thrown,” added Day. “He’s been huge for us; he’s pitched so much better than we could have anticipated.”
Ray Arocho, Danvers’ No. 3 hitter, had two RBI on a fourth inning sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout in the sixth. Couto scored another run (off another wild pitch) in the sixth inning.
The Bridgton Academy-bound Garron, 18, walked and scored in all three of his at-bats. Eldridge had perhaps his team’s best defensive play of the night, coming home to cut down Gloucester’s Jordan Pallazola at the plate with one out and the infield in during the top of the fourth inning.
“That was Roger Day baseball we played tonight,” said Garron with a smile.