Framingham’s Mescall keeps Sturbridge bats quiet

STURBRIDGE — Joe Mescall and Jarred Marifiote led Post 74 of Framingham to a 12-2 win over Post 109 of Sturbridge in an American Legion baseball game at Tantasqua Regional High School on Sunday.

Framingham jumped out to a six-run lead in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of Sturbridge starter Spencer Cipro’s command issues as well as a fielding error at first base.

Mescall pitched the entire mercy rule-shortened matchup, limiting Sturbridge to two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings. He outperformed Cipro and reliever Jacob Holmgren in the mid-day contest. Cipro took the loss, charged with seven runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts over three innings. Holmgren surrendered five runs on two hits and five walks in two innings on the mound.

Marifiote, Framingham’s rightfielder, went 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored, and four RBI to lead Post 75’s offense. Mescall and Michael Gavagan each scored a pair of runs. Jake Modica and Mike Gill were the lone Framingham batters to not score a run, though Modica hit a RBI triple in the third inning and Gill delivered a two-run double in the first inning.

Sturbridge’s Mick Sullivan and Pat Wilbur, teammates at Shepherd Hill during the high school season, each picked up a hit to combine for the lone blemishes in the hit column for Mescall.

With the loss Post 109 has fallen to 0-3 on the young season. They will get back into the batter’s box with a 5:30 p.m. game in Shrewsbury on Wednesday evening to begin a stretch of five consecutive game days, and six games over seven days.

American Legion Post 74 of Framingham secondbaseman Jonah Cahill Farella fields a groundball during Sunday’s win over Post 109 of Sturbridge.

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