After dropping consecutive contests to Londonderry and Timberlane on April 19 and 21, the Pinkerton Academy baseball squad got down to business and put its mini losing streak straight into its rear-view mirror.
Coach Steve Campo’s 5-2 PA charges hammered the Spaulding High Red Raiders in Derry on Wednesday, April 23, and then followed up that fine bit of work by slamming the Exeter High Blue Hawks on that opponent’s home diamond two days later.
In the 9-2 thrashing of the Spaulding Red Raiders from Rochester, the Astros plated two runs in the bottom half of the second inning, three more in the next frame, and another two in the latter half of the fifth to collect a 7-0 lead that would be insurmountable to the visitors.
Spaulding (2-3) scored twice in the top of the sixth inning, but the hosts answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of that frame to reach the final 9-2 score.
Chris Gerossie did masterful work on the pitcher’s mound for the victors, hurling a complete game and allowing the two runs on just four hits while striking out six batters.
Nate Rossi contributed two hits with two runs batted in and Tom Diskin pitched in with two hits of his own and one RBI.
Gerossie also contributed to the offensive effort by providing three RBI, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the second.
Campo’s crew then went on the road in Exeter last Friday, April 25, putting together a 15-hit attack in hammering the host Blue Hawks by a 12-2 tally.
Pinkerton drove out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and put up a three-spot in the top of the second to make it a 5-0 game.
The Blue Hawks answered with two markers in the bottom of the second, but that would be the extent of the hosts’ fun on this day. They ended up committing six errors in the field, and the game wound up being a bummer for the 3-2 seacoast side.
The Astros responded with four runs in the top of the third, two more in the fifth, and a single marker in the top of the sixth to put the 10-run-rule into effect.
Sophomore pitcher John Polichetti did excellent work for his crew, scattering five hits and striking out five batters while allowing zero earned runs.
Rossi and Diskin led the Astros’ offense by combining for four RBI. Rossi finished the day with four hits, while Diskin chipped in with three. Ryan Day and Joe Murphy also contributed to the potent offense with two hits apiece.
The team kept banging the baseball on Monday, April 28, in a 10-0 blanking of the Merrimack High Tomahawks on their home diamond.
The crew scored four times in the top of the second, three more times in the third, twice more in the fifth, and once more in the sixth to collect its 10 and place the 10-run-rule into effect in the lopsided win.
PA pitcher Connor Donahue pitched like an ace for the locals, holding Merrimack to a mere three hits while striking out seven.
The Astros’ offense was led by Mike Albetski and his three hits and two runs batted in. Joe Murphy, Ryan Day, and Riley Cahill each contributed two RBI as well. Nate Rossi and Cahill ended the day with two hits apiece.