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May 21, 2013

Seven-run sixth inning powers Gloucester over Big Blue

SWAMPSCOTT — In last Friday’s 3-1 loss to Lynn English, the Gloucester baseball team had plenty of opportunities to blow the game wide open.

With runners on, and in scoring position, from beginning to end, the Fishermen were simply unable to find the timely hit when they needed it most.

When they traveled to Swampscott to take on the Big Blue yesterday, it seemed like the Fishermen may again fall despite sending a parade of runners to the bases. Through five innings, the game was scoreless even after Gloucester had loaded the bases with fewer than two outs three times and had put eight men in scoring position.

In the top of the sixth inning, though, the Fishermen finally shook off their drought. Starting with a one-out single by Santo Parisi, the Fishermen sent 12 men to the plate in a seven-run barrage to finally give starting pitcher Jason Vizena a cushion.

And while the Big Blue scratched up Vizena in the sixth and seventh innings, forcing Conor Harris to come on for the game’s final out, that one big inning proved to be enough as the Fishermen snapped a two-game skid with a 7-4 win.

“It felt like the same situation (as Friday),” Gloucester coach Joe Orlando said. “We had one out, bases loaded, no outs, bases loaded, two outs, second and third. It seemed like we just couldn’t get that timely hitting and finally when it did break open it was like, ‘Oh, wow. Good.’”

Although Gloucester got to him early and often, Swampscott starter Trevor Massey was gritty throughout his six innings of work. Despite three walks, three errors and two hit batsmen through the first five innings, Massey found a way to bear down and get the outs he needed.

In the top of the third inning, Gloucester’s first real threat, a one-out error loaded the bases with Gloucester’s explosive 3-4 punch of Alex Webb and Jordan Pallazola due up. Massey, however, slammed the door, fanning both batters to keep the game scoreless.

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