You win some by a run, and you lose some by a run.
The Pinkerton Academy baseball squad received a reminder of that lesson last week when it bested the Concord High Crimson Tide by a 5-4 tally in the state capital but then dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Salem High Blue Devils in Derry a few days later.
In the edging of the Concord crew on Wednesday, April 30, the Astros raced out to a 5-0 lead but were then forced to hang on for the 5-4 victory, which was their fourth win in a row.
Coach Steve Campo’s crew scored once in the top of the first inning, twice in the third, and single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to notch the 5-0 advantage.
The host Crimson Tide scored four times in the latter half of the fifth to make things close, but the score never changed from 5-4.
Chris Gerossie picked up the pitching win by going 4 1/3 frames, allowing four earned runs while striking out five. Sophomore hurler John Polichetti then earned the save by pitching a perfect 1 2/3, whiffing two batters.
Tom Diskin, Riley Cahill, and Polichetti paced the Astros’ offense by each knocking a hit and driving in a run.
But the 6-3 Astros had their healthy winning streak come to an end due to the 2-1 defeat at the hands of a Salem side which tucked away its third straight victory and advanced to 4-3 in tough Division I.
Once again, the team snared an early lead by plating a run in the latter half of the first. But the academy bunch would do no more scoring in this contest, and the Blue Devils plated single markers in the top of the fourth and the seventh to bag the slim win.
Pinkerton’s frustration was furthered somewhat by the fact that it smacked out 10 hits and allowed only five in dropping the decision.
Cahill, Ryan Day, Nate Rossi, and Joe Murphy each collected two hits in the tough losing effort.
Polichetti and Chace Spears handled the pitching for the hosts and combined for six strikeouts and four walks while allowing just the handful of Salem safeties.
The Astros improved to 7-3 on the season with a 12-7 drubbing of the Manchester Central Little Green at Gill Stadium this past Monday.
The PA offense was led by Nate Rossi and Tom Diskin, who each collected three hits on the day. Diskin also collected three big runs batted in for the victors. Polichetti and Ryan Day each finished with two hits, and like Diskin, Polichetti also drove in three teammates. Connor Donahue collected the pitching win, going six strong innings and allowing just three earned runs on the hill.