WILMINGTON For a team that is going through a rough stretch like the Shawsheen Tech Baseball team has been as of late, hitting the road to take on non-league rival Wilmington High, who is making a push for a postseason berth was not the ideal situation.
But that is where the Rams found themselves on Monday afternoon, and unfortunately for Shawsheen, they ran into a buzz saw of a Wildcat squad and suffered a 14-1 defeat for their sixth loss in a row.
Things actually started off pretty well for the Rams in this one, as they jumped on top with a run in the top of the first inning when senior C.J. Zemetres of Tewksbury walked, and Russ Cook followed with another walk before Vinny LoGuidice reached on an error allowing Zemetres to score. But that was as good as it would get for the Rams
“After that, it was all Wilmington,” Shawsheen coach Brian McCarthy said. “They got base runners on all day and came up with many timely hits. They are a solid team. They have a solid batting order, one through nine.”
The Wildcats were led on offense by junior leftfielder Bailey Smith, who reached base several with walks and a hit by pitch, scoring three runs in the day, while senior first baseman Michael Fiorenza, junior shortstop Brandon George and sophomore second baseman Andrew Gallucci each had multiple hits on the day.
Senior pitcher Ryan Collins was the star on the mound for the Wildcats, allowing just six hits over five innings while striking out five batters to pick up the first varsity win of his career.
“He had a real good day for them,” McCarthy said. “He throws hard, mixes his pitches, and kept us off-balance all day at the plate.”
While the Wilmington loss was certainly tough to take for the Rams, last Tuesday’s 4-3, 11-inning loss to CAC rival Northeast may have been even tougher, as the Rams put up a tremendous battle before finally coming up just short on the road.
Despite the tough loss, however, McCarthy was proud of the way his team battled right to the end.
“That was a real great high school baseball game that day down at Northeast,” McCarthy said. “It was a tight ball game that went back and forth a few times. It was really fun to be a part of that and see both teams battling all day long.”
Zemetres was the star of the day for the Rams on the mound, pitching all 11 innings for Shawsheen. He allowed eight hits and struck out 13.
“C.J. has been our horse here at Shawsheen for the past two or three years. He is a tough kid that you love to have on your team,” McCarthy said. “He always wants the ball in the toughest games and the toughest situations. He was cruising for most of the game, and his pitch count was still low, even as we entered into extra innings. It was just too bad we couldn’t scratch across a run or two late to win a ball game for a pitcher like that who was working his tail off the entire day.”
Zemetres also contribute to the Rams offense with a a single and a double at the plate. Sophomore Connor Maguire had a hit and two RBI for the Rams, while junior Connor Rich and senior Russ Cook both scored a run.
With the two losses, the Rams record now stands at 6-10 with four games remaining in the season, which obviously means that they need to win all four in order to qualify for the post season. It may seem like a tall task, but McCarthy is looking forward to seeing what his players can do down the home stretch of the season.
“We are mathematically still alive for post-season play, so we will see what we can do down the stretch,” McCarthy said. “We need to take it one game at a time, and see what happens. I would love to see this young team finish strong.”