Saturday, July 5, 2014

Shrewsbury Outlasts East Side in Nine Innings

Worcester, MA --- Jack Quinlivan scampered home on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth as Shrewsbury Post 397 regained sole
possession of second place with a hard-
fought 4-3 extra-inning victory over East Side Post 201 in a Massachusetts American Legion
Zone 4 battle on Saturday evening at Tivnan Field.

Post 397 moves i
ts record to 13-7, a half-game ahead of Milford, who defeated Main South 9-1 earlier in the day in the resumption of a
suspended game from Wednesday evening.  East Side slips to 9-11 and is a game behind Northbridge and Framingham for the seventh
and final spot in the Zone 4 playoffs with just t
hree-plus games remaining.

With one out and no one on in the top of the ninth, Quinlivan slashed a single down the right field line.  After a fly out, the right
fielder stole second, advance
d to third on a throwing error and scored on wild pitch.   The Raiders saw Dezi Garcia reach first with a
one-out walk in their half of
the ninth but reliever Steve D'Agostino dialed up a strikeout and a force out to claim the win for the

East Side yielded three unearned runs in the top of the first and found itself trailing after the opening frame for the fifth time at home
in nine days (including four times by a 3-0 score).  Shrewsbury opened the game by loading the bases on an East Side error, a walk
and a
Matt Howard single.  It appeared East Side was going to wiggle out of trouble but after a pop out and a strikeout, Quinlivan
walked to force in a run and
Matt Bonolo delivered a two-run single to right.

The Raiders clawed back to force extra innings with two-out runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.  
T.J. Camoreyt began the
comeback by chasing home Garcia and
Jonathan Gonzalez got Post 201 to within a tally with a blast - his second of the season - to
center field.  East Side was down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh when Garcia laced a single through the right side to
plate the tying run
in the form of Nick Cardillo.

D'Agostino registered the final five outs to claim his second victory of the year over the Red and Black.  
PJ Browne was solid,
collecting eight punch outs in 7 2/3 innings for Post 397.  Howard and Bonolo each notched two hits for the guests.

Steve Albert (2-4) was tagged with the tough-luck loss for East Side despite not allowing an earned run.  The ace pitched 1 1/3 in
relief of starter
Pat Gallagher (4 innings -  no earned runs) and Cardillo (3 2/3 innings - no earned runs). Camoreyt and Garcia both
tallied a pair of base knocks for Post 201.

The loss marked the jaw-dropping ninth one-run defeat this summer for East Side.  The Raiders have lost their 11 games this season by
a total of just 15 runs.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow with key home contests.  Shrewsbury hosts Main South at 1pm while East Side entertains
Leominster at 5pm.

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