BOLTON — A pair of errors in the seventh inning led the Nashoba Chieftains to a walk-off “Senior Day” victory over the visiting Shepherd Hill Rams on Monday afternoon.
Nashoba hurler Cam Roberts was dominant, throwing four innings of no-hit baseball before being lifted for a reliever. Roberts issued just one walk and had fanned six when he was pulled with a 1-0 lead, ultimately not earning a decision when the Rams managed to knock in a run off Sam Bolinsky to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning.
Anthony D’Elia led off that final frame with a double and was quickly advanced to third base with a groundout off the bat of Evan Kokocinski. With the tying run 90 feet away, both teams made a strategic move with their benches. The Chieftains pulled Bolinsky, in his third inning of work, replacing him with Reed Parson, while the Rams sent Mike Rousakas to the plate to pinch-hit for Pat Wilbur, who had struck out and flew out earlier in the game. Rousakas drove a 1-0 pitch to right-centerfield for a RBI double, scoring D’Elia to tie the game. After plunking Alex Jankowski with a 2-2 pitch to put two men on base with one out, Parson bore down and struck out Nate Carty and Chris Kustigian to end the Shepherd Hill threat.
The Rams defense struggled in the bottom half of the seventh inning as Kustigian worked to force the game into extra innings. Ryan Colorassi led off the frame with an error by secondbaseman Chris LaFortune. After a Kyle Hume fly ball out to right field, with Ryan Kolakowski having struck out in his two at bats to that point, Nashoba opted to pinch hit with Brody Senior. On the first pitch to Senior, Colorassi stole second base, putting the winning run in scoring position with one out. Senior grounded out to third base, but Colorassi pressured the Shepherd Hill defense and drew an errant throw by firstbaseman Hunter Lavigne. The throwing error allowed Colorassi to score the winning run, securing a 2-1 win for Nashoba.
Parson was credited with the win, recording two outs, both strikeouts. Kustigian took the loss, charged with two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.