GLOUCESTER— What do you get when two good high school baseball teams hungry for a win meet on the diamond? You get Friday’s non-league tilt between Gloucester and Bishop Fenwick.
The Fishermen and Crusaders traded shot for shot in a see saw battle that saw four lead changes, and after a wild final two innings where the teams combined for 10 runs, it was the visiting Crusaders that were able to survive with an 11-9 win.
“It was a good game, and Bishop Fenwick is a good program,” said Gloucester head coach Joe Orlando. “It’s definitely disappointing to lose a close game but I’m happy with the way we played. It was a battle between two good teams. We’re 3-1 and I told the team if we go 3-1 every four games we are in great shape.”
Fenwick (4-1) head coach Kevin Canty was quick to praise his team’s offense for keeping up with a high powered Fishermen lineup.
“It was a good win for us against a quality team,” Canty said. “We knew coming in they could hit and we had to match it. I thought we put some good swings on the ball today.”
The Crusaders looked to be in control late holding onto a 6-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when the game took a wild turn.
Gloucester’s first two batters, Lenny Taormina and Devon Murray, each reached base by way of a single and a fielding error respectively. After a Mark Horgan single loaded the bases with a single the Fishermen pulled to within one at 6-5 when Jason Vizena was hit by a pitch with a bases loaded. The next batter, Peter Clark, walked with the bags still full to tie the score at 6-6.
Senior Alex Webb delivered the big blow of the inning ripping a single to right that cleared the bases after the ball got past the right fielder to make it 9-6 Gloucester.