GLOUCESTER— When locked in the middle of a pitchers duel on the baseball diamond, the outcome is almost always decided by timely hitting. Such was the case on Friday when Gloucester squared off against Lynn English in a Northeastern Conference crossover game.
Gloucester pitcher Sean Gillon and Lynn English pitchers Dana Stevens and Ben Bowden all had good stuff which led to strong performances from all three. But unfortunately for the Fishermen, it was the Bulldogs who came away with the timely hits en route to a 3-1 win at Nate Ross Field.
Stevens, who earned the win, and Bowden stymied a normally strong but currently slumping Gloucester offense scattering five hits in the contest. The Lynn English hurlers were at their best with runners on base as Gloucester (10-7) was 0-11 on the afternoon with men on base.
Stevens, a soft throwing south paw, started the game and kept Gloucester off balance with his off-speed stuff and in the fifth Lynn English turned to Bowden, a flame throwing lefty who has committed to pitch at Vanderbilt, just as Gloucester was starting to get used to the tricky Stevens.
Gillon was just as strong allowing three runs through six and scattering nine hits while walking none but the Bulldogs were able to scrap together a pair of two out hits in the fifth inning to bring the winning runs across the board.
“It came down to timely hitting,” Orlando said. “They got a couple hits with guys on base and we didn’t. We are just in a little hitting slump right now. I would rather it happen now than in the tournament. I don’t want to say the team is in a slump because the defense was great again today and Sean was excellent on the mound, we just need the hitting to come around.”