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April 22, 2014

Gloucester baseball holds off Danvers in early season matchup

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It was the first NEC loss of the year for Danvers, which is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Fishermen are 3-1 in league play, 4-1 overall.

“Danvers is the cream of the crop because they don’t usually beat themselves,” Lafata said. “We almost did at the end with a couple of errors in the field, and on the bases and they almost came back to beat us. I think both teams feel like they didn’t capitalize on plenty of opportunities but it was a good game between two teams that a lot of people think will finish near the top of the conference”

Gloucester scored its only two runs of the contest in the third inning. Lukas McRobb led off with a double to center off of starter Ryan Kelleher, and was then moved over to third on a ground ball in the infield. Day then made the switch to Tylus with the top of Gloucester’s order coming up, the same move he made in the second inning, and Tylus induced a doubleplay to get out of the inning.

This time Gloucester’s Curtis Quinn hit a hard hit grounder on the infield that the Falcons’ shortstop could not handle to bring McRobb in from third and give Gloucester a 1-0 lead. Two batters later Clark delivered a double into the gap in left center to bring home Quinn and make it 2-0 Fishermen.

Tylus went on to finish the contest and did not allow a run over the final four innings of play.

“(Day) utilized those two guys well going back and forth and we didn’t get really comfortable up there,” Lafata said. “They didn’t let us get into a rhythm and when we started to build something up it stopped.”

Danvers got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Danny Lynch scored on a squibbed ball up the first base line with two outs to make it 2-1.

The rest of the game, however, was all about missed opportunities and good pitching. Both Clark and Tylus made sure no more runs crossed the plate.

“It’s tough because we are lacking RBI guys in our lineup,” Day said. “We had some opportunities today but we didn’t do enough to bring any runs in.”

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