Shrewsbury rallies for seventh inning victory over Rams

DUDLEY — The Shrewsbury Colonials stunned the Shepherd Hill Rams with a comeback victory after plating three runs in their final at bats.

Jake Schafer was three outs away from completing a 2-0 shutout over Shrewsbury when the Colonials rallied in the seventh inning. Tyler Hopping worked a full count to lead off the frame, hitting a hard groundball through the left side of the infield for a base hit. Schafer then walked DH Ryan Meyer on four pitches, putting the tying run on base and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. Shepherd Hill called upon Pat Wilbur to get out of the jam while Shrewsbury brought James Chacharone to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Chacharone laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing both baserunners and putting the tying run into scoring position with one away. Pinch-hitter Dylan Degon drew a walk to load the bases. Sean Bunton tied the game by belting a two-run double, putting the go-ahead run on third base with one out recorded. The Rams opted to reload the bases by intentionally walking Tom Cue to set up a potential double play with Korey Patwari coming to the plate. Wilbur’s first pitch to Patwari was wild, allowing all three baserunners to advance, including Degon crossing home plate with the go-ahead run. After Patwari was walked to again load the bases, Wilbur induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Drew Campanale to end the rally.

Shrewsbury hurler Declan McSweeney came back out for his seventh inning of work after the extended frame, and quickly struck out the side to close out the ballgame. McSweeney earned the win while limiting Shepherd Hill to two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out ten batters in seven innings. Wilbur was charged with the loss, giving up the deciding run while surrendering one hit and issuing three walks in one inning. Schafer struck out two while allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over his six-plus innings.

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