baseball club closes in on another ACC championship title | Sports


BILLERICA – With two more wins last week, the Shawsheen Tech Baseball team captured their second consecutive Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship, setting up a huge clash with CAC rival Whittier this Thursday in a game that will likely decide the league crown.

But before the Rams could get to that epic showdown with Whittier, they had to take care of business first in their two games last week, and that’s exactly what the Rams did, winning a 2-1 decision in a hard-fought extra set on the road. on Essex Tech last Thursday, before heading home Tuesday where they beat Lowell Catholic 6-4.

With the two wins, the Rams improved to 14-1 on the season and 9-1 in the ACC.

Thursday’s victory over Essex was a thriller. With the game tied 1-1 going into extra innings, Wilmington senior Ryan Santini led the top of the eighth inning with a walk, then stole second base. A deep volley to right field from junior Mavrick Bourdeau allowed Santini to score and take third base. This set the stage for senior third baseman Owen Duggan who ripped an RBI single down the right field line to score Santini and give the Rams the lead. Bourdeau, who had come on relief to get out of a jam late in the seventh inning, then closed the door on Essex in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rams the victory.

“It was a good game to be in for sure. Also, it was good to have that experience of an extra innings game during the season to be ready for post-season play. Shawsheen coach Brian McCarthy said. “That kind of experience definitely helps over time. I don’t think too many of those games are good for my stress level, but from the point of from a baseball point of view, that’s a good thing.

The Rams had taken an early lead in this one, with a run in the second inning. Senior Shane Costello had started the Rams in the inning with a brace, then moved to third base on a hit later in the inning before scoring on crazy ground to give the Rams the lead. Essex fought back with a run in the sixth, and that set up the extra innings showdown.

Junior pitcher Conlen Powell started off the mound for the Rams and pitched great. The southpaw went 6 1/3 innings, giving up only one earned run in the sixth inning, scattering just seven hits while striking out six. Bourdeau took the win on the mound for the Rams, scoring two and one out in the sixth inning and coming out of that block before putting the Hawks in order in the eighth.

“Conlen had a good day for us on the bump. He was working efficiently and getting out,” McCarthy said. “And then Mavrick did very well. He has a lot of big days on the diamond. That day, he did it on the mound rather than the plate. When he came in seventh, it was a big moment in the game. The score was tied and Essex had two runners with just one out. Lots of things can happen there.

“Essex attempted a bunt but was unsuccessful. (Sophomore Seeker) Brendan Lee appeared and picked the runner at 1B for an out. Then Bourdeau had the next guy. This set up our top of the line in extras. It was a good game.”

The Rams picked up another thriller on Thursday with their 6-4 win over Lowell Catholic, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie and come away with the win. Senior pitcher Jack Glennon earned the mound victory for the Rams, with six innings of work, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while striking out four batters.

Bourdeau once again hit the jackpot for the Rams, this time earning the stoppage with a perfect seventh inning. The Rams’ offensive stars that day included Tewksbury rookie Nate Galanis, who had three hits, two RBIs and a run scored, as well as second Evan Galanis, who scored two triples, two RBIs and a run. marked point.

This all sets up Thursday’s big game on the road at Whittier where a win would put the Rams firmly in the driver’s seat in their pursuit of the ACC title.

“Whittier also has just one loss in the league, so that has big implications for the ACC,” McCarthy said. “But that’s what you like about this time of year – the big games that matter. Should be fun to see how our guys handle this. I’m proud of how this team has fared all year and can’t wait to see where we can take them.


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