Zides, Tomahawks pick up convincing win in Dudley
DUDLEY — Zach Zides was nearly unhittable as he led the Algonquin Tomahawks to a 14-2 win over the Shepherd Hill Rams on Friday afternoon.
Zides worked five innings of shutout baseball, yielding just one hit and two walks while fanning seven in an impressive road victory. He struck out the first five batters of the ballgame, sending down every batter he faced until the third inning. Matt Waterhouse led off the third inning with a walk for Shepherd Hill, but was cut down trying to steal second base just two pitches later. Alex Jankowski then got the Rams into the hit column on the next pitch, hitting a soft pop up that dropped in for a single. After a walk to Chris Kustigian, Zides hit Hayden Wildes with a pitch to load the bases with one out. After a mound visit by his coach, Zides buckled down and struck out Mick Sullivan before getting Chris LaFortune to pop out to to first base to end the threat.
Zides didn’t need much run support, but he got plenty of it when the Tomahawks, already leading 1-0, pounded out six runs in the second inning. They would add four more runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth inning. Max Morhardt led the Algonquin attack, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI. Mike Spataro collected three hits, including a double, with two runs and two RBI while both Patrick Solomon and Drew Courtwright each contributed with a pair of hits.
John Calcagni bore the initial brunt of the Tomahawks outburst, charged with seven earned runs on five hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Waterhouse came on in relief and hardly fared better, giving up seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. Jacob Holmgren worked a scoreless seventh inning for Shepherd Hill.
The Rams lineup found some success off Algonquin reliever Levi Cater-Frem, who surrendered a pair of runs on two hits and a walk in two innings of work. Sullivan led off the sixth inning with a walk, followed by a LaFortune single to move Sullivan to third base. Evan Kokocinski knocked Sullivan in with a sacrifice fly and Nate Carty later drove in LaFortune with a base hit.