Sullivan, Wilbur named to Ahearn All-Tournament Team
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
HUDSON — After dropping their first three games, the Shepherd Hill Rams scraped and clawed their way through a nine-inning contest on Wednesday, ending with a ringing walk off win.
Anthony D’elia delivered a two-out bases loaded line drive to right-centerfield off Marlborough’s Steve Breitenfeld, plating John Calcagni with the game-winning run. The Rams picked up extra innings victory, their first win of the season, 3-2 over the winless Panthers in the consolation game of the John Ahearn Memorial Tournament at Riverside Park.
The Rams were in danger of spoiling the game-winning opportunity after loading the bases with no outs to begin the ninth inning. Sullivan was retired on a fly ball to leftfield, not quite deep enough to try scoring Calcagni. Breitenfeld then struck out Chris Kustigian on three pitches, putting the Panthers one out away from forcing a tenth inning of play. D’elia was having none of it, taking the decisive cut on the first pitch offered and lacing it into right-centerfield.
D’elia went 2-for-5 in the game, driving a double in addition to the walk-off single. Chris Kustigian drove in Shepherd Hill’s other two runs while Mick Sullivan hit a triple and scored two of the three Rams runs. Sullivan and Pat Wilbur were named to the Ahearn Memorial All-Tournament Team, the second such selection for Sullivan.
Wilbur locked horns with Marlborough’s Jake Gale, each keeping the opposition off balance for much of the game. Wilbur worked seven strong innings, limiting the Panthers to two runs, one earned, on four hits and four walks while striking out nine. Kustigian came on in relief, working two perfect innings and credited with the win for Shepherd Hill.
Gale worked six solid innings, scattering seven hits and a walk to hold the Rams to two runs, one of which was unearned. Gale recorded six strikeouts in his outing. Breitenfeld took the loss for Marlborough, giving up the deciding run while yielding two hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings, striking out two Shepherd Hill batters.