BILLERICA — After being on a great roll for the past few weeks, winning six out of seven games to push their record over the .500 mark, the Shawsheen Tech Baseball team had a setback this past week, dropping three straight games to CAC opponents.
The Rams suffered losses to Essex Tech last Tuesday (3-0), Whittier Tech last Thursday (4-1) and finally Greater Lawrence last Friday by a score of 8-3. The three losses dropped the Rams back below the .500 mark for the season at 6-7.
Shawsheen coach Brian McCarthy and his team did not overreact when they were winning six out of seven games, and they aren’t going to overreact after a few losses, but at the same time McCarthy knows his team will have to play better going forward.
“It was a tough week for us last week. It’s not where we wanted to be, coming out of a big league week,” McCarthy said. “We were competitive in the games, we fought hard. I wasn’t disappointed in the effort. We just made too many mistakes that cost us some runs. We’ve got to be better in all phases of the game if we want to get back into the win column soon.
“If any positives to take out of the week, we are still getting some good starting pitching efforts from a few players and a few kids continue to hit the ball well. We just need to get much better on defense.”
While the pitching has been very good, including a fine performance by senior C.J. Zemetres of Tewksbury in the 3-0 loss to Essex, the Rams have struggled to get much going offensively. In the 4-1 loss to Whittier, the Rams lone hits came from Zemetres, who also had the Rams lone RBI, along with D.J. Williams, Cam Rich and Connor Maguire.
In Friday’s 8-3 loss to Greater Lawrence, the Rams once again struggled to get anything going offensively, with the lone bright spot coming from freshman Owen Duggan, who had his first varsity hit in the loss while also playing well defensively.
“It was a back and forth game early on, but then we gave up a three run fourth inning, and we trailed from there,” McCarthy said. “We threatened a few times, but couldn’t scratch any runs across.”
McCarthy and the Rams are eager to put this week behind them and move on. It will certainly not get any easier, starting with a matchup against CAC rival Northeast on Tuesday night with the results not available as of press time. The Rams will be back in action next Monday when they travel to non-league rival Wilmington before traveling to Mystic Valley next Tuesday for another CAC matchup.
“That’s the great thing about baseball, lots of games that give you the ability to bounce back quickly,” McCarthy said. “You need to have a short memory in this game. We take on Northeast on Tuesday who we won a tough 5-4 game against earlier this season. It will be good to see us get back out there and hopefully get a much needed win or two.”