Wilbur, Wildes lead Rams to road victory
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
SHREWSBURY — Hayden Wildes collected four hits while Pat Wilbur scattered baserunners as the Shepherd Hill Rams picked up a 5-2 win over the Shrewsbury Colonials on Tuesday afternoon.
Wilbur improved to 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA on the young season, hurling a complete game victory at Shrewsbury High School. He struck out six while holding the Colonials to two runs, one earned, on three hits, three hit batters, and four walks over seven innings, throwing 67 of 110 pitches for strikes.
Wildes set the tone for the Rams lineup, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and a run knocked in. The Shepherd Hill leadoff hitter singled to off Shrewsbury pitcher Dylan Degon to open the game, but was caught stealing later that frame. He singled and scored in the third inning, singled and was erased in a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning, and drove in Hunter Lavigne with a RBI single in the seventh inning. Wildes is now hitting .500 through his first 20 at bats of the year.
The bulk of the Shepherd Hill offense came in the third inning, plating four of their five runs while nearly batting around. After Lavigne led off the inning with a single and Chris LaFortune lined out to centerfield, Wildes and Mick Sullivan each singled to load the bases. Degon fanned the Rams three-hole hitter, Chris Kustigian, for the second out, putting him in a position to escape unscathed. Anthony D’Elia ensured no escape would occur, driving a two-run double to leftfield, giving the Rams a 2-0 lead. Evan Kokocinski drove in two more runs with a two-out single to left before Degon struck out Jacob Murphy to end the rally.
Shrewsbury fought back in the home half of the third inning, as a leadoff walk to ninth hitter Sean Bunton and an error by D’Elia in centerfield would set the table for the Colonials to put two runs on the board and cut their deficit in half, trailing 4-2.
Drew Campanale led off the last of the seventh inning with a four-pitch walk, bringing the tying run to the on deck circle for Shrewsbury. That potential rally never came to fruition as Wilbur was able to induce a double play ball to the shortstop and then caught Tyler Hopping looking at a called third strike to end the game.
Kokocinski went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Lavigne went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for Shepherd Hill. Degon took the loss in a complete game effort for the Colonials, yielding five runs on 11 hits while striking out seven over seven innings.