Both the Rockport and Ipswich baseball teams entered Saturday’s Cape Ann League Baker tilt with struggling offenses.
With the Vikings scoring just two runs over their last five games and the Tigers scoring nine in their last four, each team was looking for something to give its offense a spark.
In the second inning, it was Ipswich’s Austin Rubino who delivered that spark. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Rubino stroked a grand slam to left field. That hit got the Tigers offense going and pitcher Ryan Silva took care of the Vikings batters en route to a 10-1 win at Mile Lane Park.
“Our offense really broke out today, we got some pitches up in the zone and we hit them hard,” Ipswich head coach Gardy O’Flynn said. “Rubino was just looking to hit a fly ball to give us a 1-0 lead and he just caught it right. It was our first home run in a few years, it’s nice that it was a grand slam and it really got us going.”
Ipswich (3-10) finished with 12 hits and Silva went the distance, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He eventually allowed a run on three hits while striking out six.
Silva was all over the strike zone with movement on all of his pitches in keeping the Rockport offense at bay. The right hander retired 11 straight Rockport hitters at one point in the contest to help Ipswich pick up its third win of the season (3-10).
Rubino added a third inning sacrifice fly to go along with his second inning grand slam, and finished up the contest with five RBIs and a pair of hits. Designated hitter Fred Cerendulo went 3 for 3 and scored three runs while Sean Whooley had a pair of hits including an RBI double. Jake Long also had a two RBI hit in the offensive barrage that saw the Tigers break out to a 10-0 lead through four innings.