GLOUCESTER — The Gloucester baseball team sent a clear message to the rest of the Northeastern Conference on Saturday: Don’t let the Fishermen get their bats going.
With a stacked lineup featuring power, speed and consistency from top-to-bottom, the Fishermen can hang a crooked number on an opponent in a hurry.
Marblehead found itself on the receiving end of that kind of Gloucester outburst Saturday at Nate Ross Field. Starting with a seven-run barrage in the bottom of the first inning, Gloucester’s bats never quit in a 17-0, five-inning win in a mercy rule-shortened game.
Catcher Jordan Pallazola (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI), shortstop Santo Parisi (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) and left fielder Jason Vizena (3-for-3, 3 R) paced the Gloucester offense, while pitcher Alex Webb quietly spun a gem on the mound, scattering three hits through five innings in a complete-game shutout.
All things considered, a pretty good day at the office for Gloucester.
“We came out firing,” Gloucester coach Joe Orlando said. “The biggest thing I’ve been preaching since day one was defense. We shut out Salem (Friday) and now today we come in with Marblehead and we shut them out. I told them I’m more impressed with the goose egg than the 17 runs. We knew we can hit, so I said, ‘You guys need to know that if you don’t give up any runs, it’s easy to win the game.’”
It was clear from the start that, if the Fishermen followed Orlando’s advice and kept Marblehead off the board, Saturday’s game was going to be a cakewalk.
After Webb sat the Magicians down in order in the top of the first inning, and Fishermen never looked back. Vizena led off the game with a double to the fence. Two batters later, Webb doubled off the fence to score Vizena. Pallazola followed with a double of his own.