Gallagher allows one baserunner in six inning gem
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
DUDLEY — For the second time in as many meetings, Leominster’s Pat Gallagher dominated the Shepherd Hill lineup as the Rams fell 7-0 to the visiting Blue Devils on Wednesday afternoon.
Gallagher threw six innings of one-hit baseball, striking out six while his offense gave him ample run support. The impressive right-hander had similar success when Leominster hosted Shepherd Hill on May 4, yielding just one hit over five scoreless innings before the Blue Devils earned a 16-0 mercy rule victory at Doyle Field. In the two games this season, Gallagher is now 2-0 with 11 shutout innings, posting a 0.00 ERA and 0.27 WHIP, while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out 14 batters.
Similar to their previous meeting, the Rams picked up their only base hit in the first inning. On Wednesday it was a two-out line drive off the bat of Shepherd Hill DH Matt Waterhouse, jumping on the first pitch offered. He was stranded three pitches later when Gallagher struck out leftfielder Anthony D’Elia. After the Waterhouse single, Gallagher retired the next 16 batters in order. Leominster reliever Lucian DePasquale worked the seventh inning, striking out two while working out of the stretch after Mick Sullivan reached on a throwing error by Blue Devils secondbaseman Lowell Pare.
Offensively, James Powers led Leominster’s lineup. The thirdbaseman went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, belting a two-run home run off Nate Carty in the fifth inning. Gallagher was the only other Blue Devil batter to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, one RBI, and two runs scored.
Carty took the loss, the victim of Gallagher’s dominance and Shepherd Hill’s defensive struggles in the field. The Rams committed five errors in the game, resulting in Carty being charged with seven runs, none of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six batters. Waterhouse threw the seventh inning for the Rams, hitting two batters, issuing one walk and recording one strike out.