Wilbur tosses three-hit shutout in shortened win over Warriors

STURBRIDGE — Pat Wilbur worked five shutout innings and had ample run support as the Shepherd Hill Rams recorded a lopsided 14-0 mercy rule victory over the Tantasqua Warriors on Tuesday afternoon.

Wilbur allowed just three hits, issued no walks, and hit one batter while striking out five Tantasqua batters over his five innings on the mound, throwing 46 of 67 pitches for strikes, a rate of nearly 69 percent.

Shepherd Hill DH Hayden Wildes and shortstop Mick Sullivan paced the Rams lineup, serving as an effective 1-2 punch atop the batting order. Leadoff hitter Wildes went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, two RBI, and a stolen base while Sullivan went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, driving in four runs, and stealing two bases.

Wildes grounded out to Tantasqua pitcher Kyle Rizy on the first pitch of the game and Sullivan followed by popping out to shortstop on the sixth pitch of the at bat. Shepherd Hill went down in order to open the game, but it proved to be the lone inning in which the Warriors were able to successful stop the Rams offense.

Rizy took the loss for Tantasqua, hit for nine runs on two hits and five walks, striking out three in 2 1/3 innings of work. He was assessed with five wild pitches and defense struggled behind him for much of the outing. Eamon McHugh and Roger Leland also struggled on the mound for the Warriors. McHugh gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings while Leland was charged with two runs on three hits in one inning of work.

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