GLOUCESTER — All season long the Danvers baseball team has struggled at the plate, particularly picking up that big hit with men on base.
In Wednesday’s Northeastern Conference Small tilt with Gloucester, those offensive struggled popped up again. The Falcons out-hit the conference champion Fishermen, but left nine men on base in a 6-5 loss.
“We looked at way too many belt high pitches,” Falcons head coach Roger Day said. “There were a few instances where we score a run if we just get a ground ball and we struggled to put it into play. We take advantage of mistakes and that kept us in the game today but we just don’t have any RBI guys in our lineup.”
With Gloucester ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning the Falcons threatened to tie the score and even take the lead, but could not bring a run home. The Fishermen got the first out of the seventh by picking a runner off first base. Then, with runners on second and third and one down Devon Murray threw a runner out at the plate on a ground ball right to the drawn in second baseman.
Fishermen pitcher Curtis Quinn finished off the contest with a strikeout looking on a 2-2 curve ball to preserve the win for his team. Gloucester improves to 17-2 on the year, Danvers falls to 13-5.
“We had a few nice hits today, a few solid pieces but they all came with the bases empty,” Day said. “And our outs with men on base weren’t productive outs.”
Pitchers Conor Harris of Gloucester and Raf Tylus of Danvers cruised through the first three innings as the two teams combined for just one hit.
Gloucester came up in the bottom of the fourth looking for its first hit of the day, and NEC MVP Peter Clark delivered by taking the first pitch over the left field fence to make it 1-0 Gloucester. The Fishermen bats weren’t done there: Jordan Pallazola followed with a shot to center and Drew Shairs made it back-to-back-to-back jacks with taking the first pitch the other way over the left field fence.