TOWNSEND -When North Middlesex and Pepperell met earlier in the summer, it was Pepperell that squeaked out the 1-0 win. On Tuesday, Pepperell belted out 11 runs on nine hits, en route to an 11-3 victory over host North Middlesex. Pepperell starting pitcher Lucas Ravanis, scattered six hits over four innings, while striking out six.
"It was a very enjoyable game," said North Middlesex coach Jim Canning. "I love to have the boys here. The opposition has beaten us twice now. I feel they were the better team for the first two games, but maybe the third time charm might go our way."
North Middlesex sent the hard-throwing Chris Canning to the hill and his outing started out a bit rocky. Chris Canning allowed Pepperell leadoff man Tyler MacDonald to reach safely on a worm-burning single through the first-base side.
Next, Jay Cobleigh scorched a bloop single into right field, which advanced MacDonald to second. MacDonald would scurry across to score on the next play, as Lucas Ravanis pummeled a 0-2 fastball into the left center field gap for an RBI double to put Pepperell up 1-0 lead.
Pepperell picked up another run when Cobleigh hustled across from third on a ground out to first by Ben Wright. Chris Canning received a helping hand from his defense.
North Middlesex used a 1-6-2 inning ending twin-killing to escape the inning trailing 2-0. Chris Canning nabbed Jimmy Ciampa on an attempted steal, and shortstop Mark Canning fired home to dispose of Lucas Ravanis at the dish.
In the home half of the first, Nick Ravanis scorched a fastball from his brother Lucas Ravanis, up the middle for a single, but that would be all North Middlesex would get in the first. Nick Ravanis swiped second, but was left stranded on the paths, as Mark Canning, Chris Canning and Mike Wolfgang were sent down in order. Chris Canning buckled down in the second inning and kept the Pepperell bats at bay. Chris Canning surrendered just one hit in the frame, and it was a one-out single to Jake Ovaska.
Ovaska ripped a 1-2 curveball into center field, but he along with Brendan Twomey, who was hit by a pitch, were left stranded as Chris Canning fanned Kyle Schwartz and caused Tim Mulkern to ground out to second to end the inning.
Tyler Godin cranked a one-out single to dead center field for North Middlesex's first hit of the second. Dan Considine(2-for-2, RBI, run scored, four stolen bases) followed Godin's single up with a double to the gap in left center field, but a negative trend started to develop in the second.
Godin and Considine were left stranded, as Lucas Ravanis struck out Kevin Costello and Casey MacFarlane to end the inning. North Middlesex left a total of eight runners on base in the game.
Pepperell picked up two more insurance runs in the third, as MacDonald and Cobleigh scored on a pair of North Middlesex errors. Pepperell led 4-0 after two-and-a-half innings. Pepperell quickly extended its lead to 8-0, after exploding for four runs on one hit, and a pair of North Middlesex errors in the fourth.
North Middlesex put its first run on the board in the bottom of the fourth, when Zack Ryan came across to score from third on a balk. Ryan reached when he shellacked a double to the left center field gap, but that would be the only run North Middlesex brought in the inning.
Ryan struck out three batters over two innings of relief, while allowing two hits and a pair of walks. North Middlesex showed some life in its half of the fifth, when Chris Canning roped a two-out double to the center field wall, which brought around Brandon Borneman, who reached on a single, to cut Pepperell's lead to 8-2.
Pepperell hung three more runs in the final inning to put the game out of reach. North Middlesex scored a run in its last ups, when Considine came home on an error.
Pepperell was paced at the plate by catcher Ben Wright, who finished the day 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.