The Gloucester Little League All-Stars could not have gotten off to a better start in pool play of the District 15 Williamsport Tournament. As the away team on its home field, Boudreau Field, Gloucester rode a shutout from pitcher Patrick Reardon and strong defense to a 7-0 win.
Gloucester manager Joe Cribbs was especially impressed with the way his team played in the field.
Gloucester’s defense was on full display in the bottom of the first inning with a 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning. Third baseball Giacomo Martell flashed some leather in third with a nice play on a grounder and a flip to second base for a big out.
“I must’ve hit two hundred different baseballs to them to prepare for any given situation and they were making the plays today,” he said. “Our chant in the huddle is “Defense” because that’s what the name of our game is.”
First baseball Warren Adams got Gloucester off to an early lead as he swung at the first pitch he saw and cracked a low ball over the center field fence for a three-run homer in the top of the first inning.
Danvers national pitcher Jackson Finn, who came out of the bullpen in the second, quieted the bats for a couple innings until Gloucester added to the lead in the fourth on an inside-the-park two-run homer from Chris Dailey, which also scored Josiah Whitley, who singled and moved over to second on a Zach Lacey sacrifice bunt.
Up 5-0 at the turn of the inning, Reardon continued to be in control as he came came up big with two strikeouts, and Adams dug out a low throw from short to cap off another 1-2-3 side for Danvers National. The Gloucester pitcher struck out two more in the fifth.
Gloucester wasn’t done as it put up two more in the sixth on a two RBI double from Dailey to push the lead to 7-0.
The All Stars will be looking to move to 2-0 in pool play on Thursday in Danvers against Hamilton-Wenham (5:30 p.m.).
Gloucester Little League All Stars: Warren Adams, Charlie Amero, Jack Caputo, Adam Conigliari, Andrew Cribbs, Chris Dailey, Brayden Francis, Zachary Lacey, Giacomo Martell, Patrick Reardon, Colby Warren, Chase Wheat, Josiah Whitley.