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Hits at a premium for both teams in low scoring contest
Strong pitching by both teams on displayUpdatedSaturday March 6, 2021 byWBB.
Grande Masonry batters faced JV and Varsity level pitchers from Middletown's East Coast Construction team and struggled to get base runners all game in what turned out to be their lowest scoring game of 12 contests so far this season. John Bliss singled down the left field line in the bottom of the first inning, but a fly out to center field and a caught-stealing ended the threat. A walk and a stolen base by Tommy McSparren in the 4th inning led to Grande's only run, when Michael Gabriel drove in McSparren with a sharp single to the outfield. Grande again threatened in the sixth with a two-out walk to lead-off hitter Zach Sherman and Bliss getting grazed on the arm by a pitch. But a pitching change brought on a Varsity-level closer for E. C., and he induced a fly ball to short left field that was caught by the SS to end the inning. Grande managed an infield hit in the seventh, followed by a walk, but a strike-3 swinging ended the ballgame. Grande Masonry hitters fanned an uncharacteristic 13 times, while getting three base hits and four walks against three different E. C. hurlers.
The pitching from Grande was also quite stingy as Bliss, McSparren, Doug Connors and Jeffrey Brady allowed just four hits and four walks while striking out eight. An errant throw from the catcher on a runner stealing third led to a run in the first, while a bad throw from 3B led to a second unearned run by E. C. in the second inning. The few early miscues by Grande defenders were enough to allow the opponents to prevail in the end during this well-pitched low scoring event.