Friday, June 1, 2007

Rockport Townies 3 - Hamilton Generals 2

The Rockport Townies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to steal a 3-2 win from the Hamilton Generals at Patton Park last night. Townies catcher Dan Greel hustled out a potentially game-ending 6-4-3 double play attempt to keep the game alive and plate Rockport's first run. Pete Silva and Mike Bertolino then followed with back-to-back doubles off Hamilton starter Jeff Jensen, the latter driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. The Generals immediately threatened in the home half of the seventh. Townies pitcher Chris Bouchie induced a double play with runners on the corners, ending the game and stranding the tying run on third.

Ryan Blanchard started and pitched 4 strong innings for the Townies, allowing two runs on just three hits. Reliever Pat Clark got the win, bearing down and pitching out of trouble twice during two shutout innings. Bouchie picked up the save. Greel was outstanding behind the plate, gunning down a pair of would-be basestealers. Mike Anderson led Rockport with a pair of hits.

For Hamilton, Jensen was the tough-luck loser. He went the distance scattering eight hits, striking out five and pounding the strike zone in allowing just one walk. Andre Painchaud led the Generals with a 3-3 performance, all of which were well-hit balls.