GLOUCESTER-- Veteran teams do not break when things are not going its way.
Trailing Swampscott 4-0 thanks to mostly self-inflicted wounds through the first inning and a half, the Gloucester baseball team showed its veteran mettle.
The Fishermen handled themselves like a team that had come from behind on many occasions. They did not panic and they did not press. Instead the Fishermen quickly erased the deficit and added to it as the game went on en route to a 10-6 win in their home opener at Nate Ross Field.
The win moves Gloucester to a perfect 3-0 on the season, more importantly 3-0 in Northeastern Conference Division 2 play, Swampscott falls to 1-4.
“This team doesn’t panic and doesn’t quit,” Gloucester head coach Joe Orlando said. “They were very comfortable today even though they were down early and I thought they settled in and had a pretty good game. It’s good to be 3-0, especially in conference.”
Things couldn’t have started much worse for the Fishermen as untimely errors, walks and base running mistakes led to a 4-0 Big Blue lead after just an inning and a half. But Gloucester erased that deficit in the bottom of the second inning plating six runs and sending 12 batters to the plate.
Senior co-captain Mike Muniz got Gloucester on the board when he came in to score on a Devon Murray grounder to second after reaching on a walk. After a walk and a Big Blue error junior Peter Clark drove in two more runs with a single to cut the lead to 4-3. Senior Alex Webb’s double off the right field wall tied the score at 4-4 and Jordan Pallazola followed with what turned out to be the game’s decisive hit, a single to center driving in both Clark and Webb to make it 6-4.