GLOUCESTER — With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday, Gloucester centerfielder Lenny Taormina found himself in a big spot as he stepped to the plate.
While the Fishermen had thoroughly outplayed visiting Lynn Classical for much of the game, they held just a two-run lead, and after putting two runners in scoring position with no outs in the fifth, the Fishermen were on the verge of letting a golden opportunity to add insurance runs slip through their fingers.
But Taormina, hitting in the No. 9 spot, laced a single to score Mike Muniz and Curtis Quinn and blow the game open, and the Fishermen cruised from there.
Behind a solid start from Sean Gillon — who picked up his second win of the season — timely hitting and sound defense, the Fishermen took home a 7-4 win over the Rams.
It was Gloucester’s fifth win in its last six games after beating a talented Beverly team Wednesday night, and puts the Fishermen at 8-3 on the year. More importantly, it puts them just two wins away from a state tournament berth.
“We’re playing good teams and we’re beating good teams,” Gloucester coach Joe Orlando said. “These guys weren’t bad and that Beverly team was really good last night and we just hit the crap out of the ball last night.
“Good things are happening,” he said. “We’ve got eight wins, we need two more to make the tournament, and the goal is obviously to make the tournament and then you look for seeding.”
Thursday’s game was a workmanlike win for the Fishermen, who have been able to simply slug their way to victory in many of their wins this season.
And while there were some offensive fireworks yesterday — solo home runs by Muniz and Peter Clark, the third shot of the year for each — the Fishermen had to battle for every inch against a scrappy Rams squad.