LYNN— When you jump out to a nice start and give your pitcher a solid lead to work with, it’s usually a good omen for the rest of the game. A six-run rally in the top of the first inning propelled the Lynn 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars to a 16-4 five-inning mercy rule win over Revere Sunday evening at Breed Middle School.
“The best part is that even though it was a shortened game, in the 15 outs we didn’t strike out once,” Lynn manager Dave Galeazzi said. “We preached keeping the ball out of the air and there were minimal outs on the air. We didn’t strike out, we put the ball in play and that turned into 16 runs. We’re starting to click.”
Lynn’s early spurt was more than enough for starting pitcher Lucas Fritz to work with. Fritz allowed nine hits, four earned runs, three walks and struck out six Revere batters.
“Lucas threw a lot of pitches towards the back half of the game and he tired a little bit,” Galeazzi said. “He hasn’t pitched in about a week and a half. He did exactly what we wanted him to do. We gave him an early lead and we told him he didn’t have to be so fine around the plate, bassically let them hit it and let his teammates do the job.”
Lynn loaded the bases to start the game with a walk drawn by Kyle Durant, a single from Jared DeFilippo and Nicko Galeazzi was hit by a pitch. Durant scored the game’s first run on Luke Mannion’s (1-for-1, RBI) RBI single and DeFilippo sprinted home on a wild pitch. Fritz (2-for-2, 3 RBI) helped his own cause with a 2-RBI double, Mark Tobin (1-for-4, 2 RBI) hit a RBI groundout and Andrew Luciano (1-for-2, RBI) capped the early rally with a RBI single. Revere, before it’s first turn at the plate, found itself in a 6-0 deficit.
The Lynners tallied four more runs in the top of the second. Fritz walked with the bases loaded, allowing DeFilippo to cross home plate with Lynn’s seventh run. Aidan Dow and Tobin each roped a RBI groundout and a Revere infield error granted Lynn another score. After an inning and a half, Lynn led 10-0.
“The middle to bottom half of our order has really been coming around the past two games,” Galeazzi said. “That makes us more dangerous, one through nine. No one can coast through any part of our order. We’re hitting our stride.”
Revere plated one run in the bottom of the second on Tyler Manisian’s RBI double. Lynn got the run back in the third on Galeazzi’s RBI double, bumping the lead to 11-1.
The Lynners closed the scoring with a five-run rally in the top of the fourth. Ryan McMahon (1-for-2, RBI) laced a RBI single and two more runs scored on consecutive passed balls. After Galeazzi walked, McMahon raced home on a wild pitch to place Lynn ahead at 15-1. A Revere infield error allowed Galeazzi to score Lynn’s final run of the evening.
Revere rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jeremy Giron hit a RBI double and Nick Festa followed suit with a 2-RBI double to make it a 16-4 final.
Durant sealed Lynn’s victory by pitching a scoreless bottom of the fifth in relief.
Lynn’s (2-0) back in action Tuesday night (8) with a rematch against Peabody.
“Now we’re against Peabody. The last game (a 10-0 Lynn loss on June 27), I’d like to think, was an aberration,” Galeazzi said. “Every game prior to that in the past few years have been one-run games. We’ expect the same thing to happen again on Tuesday night.”