Late error leads to Rangers rally over Rams
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
DUDLEY — Nate Carty was working on a four-hit shutout when the Westborough Rangers caught up with the Rams’ right-hander in the seventh inning at Shepherd Hill.
Carty was two outs away from blanking the visiting Rangers when some hard hit balls pushed Westborough players around the bases to pull off a 3-1 victory. After managing to get one man on base in the 10 at bats leading into the final frame, the bottom of Westborough’s lineup stepped up in the clutch.
Rangers pitcher and seventh hitter Devin Parent led off the inning with a soft single, putting the potential tying run aboard. Steven Chelak laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Parent into scoring position with one out and putting a little pressure on the Rams defense. Ryan Nichols, who was called on to pinch hit for ninth hitter Kevin Flahive, fouled off a 2-2 pitch but was awarded first base as his bat hit Shepherd Hill catcher Matt Waterhouse’s mitt for a catcher’s interference call. With two on and one out, it was back to the top of the Westborough lineup as Patrick Kelley stepped in. Kelley lined a hard grounder down the line, catching Shepherd Hill thirdbaseman John Calcagni in-between and clanking by him and into leftfield while Parent scrambled home safely to tie the game. Daniel Casparriello followed by hitting a hard sinking line drive to right field on a 2-0 pitch, plating Nichols to take the lead with Kelley running hard behind him to score an insurance run as the throw to the plate came up short.
Dylan Connors, who came on in relief to work a scoreless sixth inning, took the mound again in the seventh inning to close out the ballgame. The right-hander was up to the task, striking out the side in order. Connors was credited with the win, throwing two scoreless innings in which he allowed a walk and struck out four. Nichols made the start for Westborough, holding the Rams to one run on four hits and three walks over five innings. Nichols struck out just one batter.
Carty took the tough loss for Shepherd Hill, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk over seven innings, striking out six. The Rams made four errors in the field.