DANVERS — Resiliency is part of the Danvers High baseball team’s DNA.
Having already lost a pair of one-run games to their rivals (and potential Super 8 participant) Gloucester this spring, the Falcons were not going to let themselves be beaten a third time. So they used a clutch pitching performance from Andrew Olszak and got three RBI from fellow sophomore Danny Lynch to knock off the Fishermen, 3-2, yesterday at the Twi-Field.
In winning the back end of a home-and-home series with Gloucester, the Falcons (15-5) saw Olszak go all seven innings while allowing just four hits and one walk. He also struck out seven, including the last two hitters he faced.
Olszak grew stronger as the game went on, retiring 15 of the last 17 Fishermen, including the final 12 batters he faced. He relied on a nasty breaking ball and had complete control of his fastball.
“He pitched an unbelievable game,” said Falcons coach Roger Day. “He set up batters with his breaking ball and then froze them with the fastball.
“Andrew hadn’t pitched in a couple of years until about a week ago, and we were reluctant to use him because it weakens us defensively (Olszak is the starting shortstop). This is only his second varsity start.”
Gloucester ace Peter Clark, recently named the Northeastern Conference’s MVP, also pitched well but his defense let him down.
The Fishermen scored two unearned runs in the second inning when Lukas McRobb singled, and Conor Harris reached on a throwing error with two down. Curtis Quinn doubled to the gap in right-center, scoring both base runners. Gloucester would only have two baserunners the rest of the game, though.
The Falcons took advantage of two defensive errors by the visitors in the third inning to tie it up as the wet conditions made the ball hard to handle. Devonn Allen hit a two-out single to right and Olszak beat out an infield hit to set the stage for Lynch, who delivered a two-run single to tie the game.