Lowell jumped all over Middleton. outscoring the home team 11-1 in the first three innings.
“The bats were working. (Middleton) gave us some walks and that jump-started us,” said Lowell head coach Mike McLeod. “Then the bats came out.”
Middleton starter Ethan Dyer walked three hitters in the first inning and Lowell made the right-hander pay, loading the bases at least once each of the first three innings. Zach Duval relieved Dyer and gave up just a run, but since Middleton only scored two runs in the first five innings the 10-run mercy rule took effect.
Catcher Mike Manni had a big RBI double scoring Budrewicz in the first before Jain added a RBI in the fifth. Duval, who is usually a reserve, pitched well for Middleton considering the team needed someone to eat up innings saving the better pitching for the nightcap against Billerica with a rematch against Lowell on the line.
“Zach has been a junior Legion player, but we needed to conserve pitching,” said Kowalski. “He came in and threw strikes and did a nice job.”