By Nick Curcuru
---- — GLOUCESTER — The Swampscott baseball team took advantage of some early Gloucester mistakes yesterday, but the veteran Fisherman handled themselves like a team that had come from behind on many occasions.
The hosts quickly erased the deficit and added to it as the game went on en route to a 10-6 win in their home opener at Nate Ross Field.
The win moves Gloucester to a perfect 3-0 on the season, more importantly 3-0 in Northeastern Conference Small action while Swampscott falls to 1-4.
“This team doesn’t panic and doesn’t quit,” Gloucester head coach Joe Orlando said. “They were very comfortable today even though they were down early and I thought they settled in and had a pretty good game.”
Things couldn’t have started much worse for the Fishermen as untimely errors, walks and base running mistakes led to a 4-0 Big Blue lead after just an inning and a half. But Gloucester erased that deficit in the bottom of the second inning plating six runs and sending 12 batters to the plate.
Senior co-captain Mike Muniz got Gloucester on the board when he came in to score on a Devon Murray grounder to second after reaching on a walk. After a walk and a Big Blue error junior Peter Clark drove in two more runs with a single to cut the lead to 4-3. Senior Alex Webb’s double off the right field wall tied the score at 4-4 and Jordan Pallazola followed with what turned out to be the game’s decisive hit, a single to center driving in both Clark and Webb to make it 6-4.
In the span of one half inning Gloucester was able to erase all of its mistakes from the previous two innings and take the lead for good.
“We pretty much spotted them those four runs but we got them all back,” Orlando said. “It was a tough start but you could see that nobody was worried. We knew we would get our bats going eventually.”
From there Gloucester was in control. Starting pitcher Lenny Taormina settled in to allow just two more hits the rest of the way while retiring eight straight hitters from the second to the fourth inning. He picked up the win going five allowing just two earned runs.
Taormina also got help from his defense as Gloucester made just one error of the game’s final five innings and even turned in a few defensive gems. The play of the game on the defensive end came from sophomore second baseman Devon Murray, who robbed Brendan McDonald of a base hit with a diving stop in the hole between first and second base in the third inning.
While Gloucester was in complete control over the final five and a half innings of play, Swampscott was anything but. In addition to their bats being quieted with three hits in the final five innings, the Big Blue was also sloppy on defense as five errors led to five unearned Gloucester runs.
Trevor Massey led the Big Blue offense with a pair of hits including a two RBI single in the second inning.