It was a battle of the aces as Milton threw Sam Jacobsak and Walpole threw their best pitcher as well, Brian Gaughan. Jacobsak went 6 innings, giving up no runs. Gaughan threw for 9 innings, striking out 19 Wildcats in the process. Declan Driscoll pitched a full game at “mid-relief”, twice getting out of innings with the bases loaded. He was lights out when it counted. Milton’s defense was also stellar, with Dan Debenedictis snatching a line drive that could have easily been extra bases, and Tim Peterson making some great catches in Center-field.
In the top of the 12th, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Driscoll bobbled a grounder back to him. After collecting himself, he threw too high to 1st base. Sam Jacobsak kept the errant throw in the field of play with a huge leap. And then, with some tremendous baseball IQ, approached the runner who had rounded 1st. As he chased down the runner, the runner on third took off for home, and he threw him out at the plate, with a great catch and tag from Nolan McManus.
In the bottom of the inning, Anthony Goncalves laid down a great bunt, and then took second on a pass ball. McManus then earned an infield hit with some great base-running from Goncalves. They ended up leaving the runners on base with a fly out.
After loading the bases in the 15th, Walpole scored on a tag up, with a fly out to left-field. Milton could not answer in the bottom half, even with a lead-off double from Laine.
It was a great game by both sides.