DANVERS — As the regular season winds down, it’s not rare for a coach to find himself going deep into the well as his depth runs thin.
Gloucester baseball coach Joe Orlando was forced to deal with that kind of situation last night when the Fishermen took on NEC South champion Danvers at Twi Field.
With ace pitcher Jason Vizena having thrown on Monday and regular starters Lenny Taormina (personal reasons) and Sean Gillon (rest) unavailable, Orlando had to get creative with his pitching situation.
The result was predictable. While starting pitcher Alex Webb held his own early on, a two-out rally in the second innings by the Falcons chased him early. Conor Harris and Peter Clark were both solid in relief, and the trio held Danvers to just four hits.
Their inexperience shone through in control, though, as nine walks and a hit batsman allowed Danvers to get plenty of runners on base throughout the course of the game. Couple that with a three-hit complete game by Danvers starter Raffy Tylus, and the Fishermen were never really in last night’s contest, dropping their NEC regular-season finale, 7-1.
“It was a tough one,” Orlando said. “They’re a good team, that’s why they’re 18-1. They’re not there for no reason. Fundamentally, they played well. The pitching’s no excuse, Alex had pitched before and Conor and Peter can both throw, they just got too many runs early and we didn’t hit.”
Danvers coach Roger Day’s teams have long earned their reputation as teams that you can’t make mistakes against. Last night defined that.
It started in the bottom of the second inning. After Webb fanned Danvers’ first two batters of the inning, shortstop Evan Eldridge reached on a two-out walk. Andrew Olszak took advantage in the next at-bat with an RBI triple to open the scoring, and a string of walks and base hits followed in what turned into a four-run inning by the Falcons.