LYNN — Backed by a solid start from pitcher Aidan Dow, the Classical baseball team rode a six-run rally in the second inning to a 7-2 win over Northeastern Conference opponent Everett Wednesday at Fraser Field.
Dow earned the win for the Rams. He pitched six innings with three strikeouts, while allowing one earned run on seven hits. Dow picked off two runners at first base and had three putouts.
“Aidan did an excellent job on the mound,” Rams coach Mike Zukowski said. “This season we talked about trying to keep his pitch count low. (Wednesday) he was able to accomplish that going into the sixth inning. He got up a little high so we decided to take him out for Jared DeFillipo in the seventh.
“When Aidan’s on the mound his baseball IQ is high,” Zukowski said. “He has a great move (to first base) and picked two guys off. He’s able to field his position well and that helps us out a lot too. Overall he pitched a great game.”
The Rams were led at the plate by Brendan Lannon (2-for-3, two RBI, one run scored) and Nico Galeazzi (2-for-4, one RBI, one run). Dayshon Anderson (1-for-2, walk, two runs) scored twice while Dow (2-for-3, one run) added one.
After a quiet first inning, Dow ran into trouble in the second by allowing three straight singles. But the left-hander made a great move to pick a runner off on first base and struck out his final two batters to keep the game scoreless.
Anderson reached on a walk to start the Rams’ half of the second and looked to have been picked off himself during a fake bunt. However, the senior avoided a tag while sliding into second base to put himself into scoring position.
The Rams took advantage of the play with three straight hits, including a RBI single from Lannon to take a 1-0 lead and load the bases with nobody out. Kyle Durant hit a hard ground ball and an Everett infield error scored two more runs to put Classical ahead 3-0.
“We got lucky on that pickoff play,” Zukowski said. “That fake bunt, our runners know they have to make the correct reads. We got lucky and we took advantage of their mistake. Three straight hits after that and again we capitalized on some of their mistakes. We’ll take runs any way we can get them.”
Classical continued to pile it on later in the inning with a RBI single from Galeazzi and another Everett error adding two more runs to stretch the Rams lead to 6-0.
Consecutive singles from Anderson and Dow put runners on for Lannon in the fourth inning. The senior delivered again, this time with a RBI-double, to put the Rams ahead 7-0.
The Crimson Tide offense got going again in the fourth inning with runners on the corners thanks to a single and a pair of walks. Egan Gouviera laced a RBI-single with two outs to get Everett on the board.
After two outs to start the top of the sixth inning, a single and a Classical infield error put runners in scoring position for Everett. Gouviera came through once again, lacing another single to drive in a run and cut the Rams lead to 7-2.
Meanwhile, the Rams bats went silent for the final three innings of the game with Classical only managing one hit. DeFillipo came in to pitch the top of the seventh, walking one and striking out one to get Classical its second win in a row.
“We still have to put together a full seven innings,” Zukowski said. “We definitely took our foot off the gas. Our at-bats have to be better. Individually we have to know what the count is. Two-strike hitting is a big thing we need to work on. We also need to hit our pitches and not chase after mistakes. It happens but we were able to hold on.”
The Rams (2-1) will have the rest of the week off before another NEC clash Monday (4) at Revere.