BOLTON -- Pitching is the great equalizer in baseball.

For Nashoba Regional, lefty Cam Roberts is that type of stud on the hill.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior was a major problem for visiting North Middlesex Regional on Tuesday at Nashoba Regional High School.

Roberts, using a tailing fastball and a well-spotted curveball, made it a long game for the Patriots by twirling a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts to propel Nashoba to a 5-1 victory.

"We ran into a hot pitcher," North Middlesex coach Tom Bartelson said. "We always struggle against left-handers, but I don't know why. (Roberts) did a number against us last year, too. He kept us off-balance. After the top four batters he shut us down.

Nashoba Regional starter Cam Roberts delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s win over North Middlesex Regional in Bolton. Roberts pitched a four-hitter
Nashoba Regional starter Cam Roberts delivers a pitch during Tuesday's win over North Middlesex Regional in Bolton. Roberts pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts to earn the victory.
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Roberts went the distance, allowing one earned run, while walking two.

"Cam pitched a real good game," Nashoba coach Chuck Schoolcraft said. "That's something we needed."

Roberts was in attack mode from the first to the last pitch of the game.

North Middlesex's top of the order had all four hits, while the rest of the order accounted for all 11 punchouts.

"I was pleased with the way our defense played today," Roberts said. "That's why I wasn't afraid to throw my fastball, because I knew they were going to make the plays.

"My four-seam wasn't working too much, but my two-seam was tailing and it was an effective pitch, so that's what I kind of stuck with.


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Roberts also helped himself at the plate with a 2-for-4 day, including a double in the third and an RBI single in the sixth.

"I was pumped," Roberts said. "It was nice being a part of both sides (offense and defense). I was happy."

The 3-0 Chieftains jumped out to a 1-0 lead against North Middlesex starter Brenden Sullivan in the first inning.

Jonah Lemieux led off by being hit by a pitch, then stole second and scored on Ben Seeto's RBI single.

Photo Gallery | Nashoba 5, North Middlesex 1

"We tell the kids that the team that scores first usually wins 70 percent of the time," Schoolcraft said. "We always what to score first and get runs early in the game."

North Middlesex made one key error in the second inning and that led to two earned runs.

With one out, Jack Seeto legged out an infield single and Luke Ashline got aboard on an error. In steeped No. 9 hitter Ryan Colorossi, who poked a two-run single to right that tipped off the right fielder's glove, giving the hosts a 3-0 cushion.

"It lets me sit back and relax more," Roberts said about getting some early run support.

Nashoba tacked on another run in the third via an RBI bloop single to center by Jack Seeto, which plated Roberts, who had led off the frame with a double to left-center.

North Middlesex (1-1) finally got to Roberts in the fourth inning.

It was the top four hitters who touched up the lefty for a solo run, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

Leadoff hitter Nick White singled and Sullivan singled down the right-field line, putting runners at the corners with one out. Cleanup hitter Pat Aubuchon dug in a lofted an RBI single to center to drive in White.

That was it for the Pats, however, as they couldn't scratch out another hit against Roberts the rest of the way.

Roberts ended the complete-game victory by striking out the final three batters he faced.

Roberts' RBI single off Patriots reliever Nate Foster capped off the scoring in the sixth inning.

Nashoba registered eight hits in the game -- two each by Roberts (2 for 4, RBI), Ben (2 for 4, RBI) and Jack Seeto (2 for 3, RBI).

White, David Hurley, Sullivan and Aubuchon each had hits for North Middlesex.

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