LEOMINSTER - The last time the Townsend took to the diamond on Wednesday evening, they were on the short-end of a 14-4 decision to Ashby native, Ken Brown's Fitchburg Red Sox. But, on Sunday morning at McLaughlin Park, the Astros belted out 11 hits and pummeled the Aubuchon A's, 18-2.
Player/manager Leo LeClair paced the Astros offense going a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI, but he was not the only Townsend hitter to have a good day.
"We needed it. We were coming off a couple of losses," said LeClair. "As a team, we have been struggling at the plate. Today was a great opportunity to wake our bats up. As a team, I thought we hit the ball really well."
Townsend scored in every inning except the seventh, as they burned through three A's pitchers in the contest. Starting pitcher Chris Dube and third baseman Jim MacArthur led things off for the Astros in the top of the first, as they were both plunked by Aubuchon starter Hector Bonilla. Bonilla had a tough time locating his pitches in the early part of Sunday's game.
LeClair took the first strike he saw and sprayed an RBI double to the left-center field wall, which plated Dube to put the Astros up 1-0. Eventually, LeClair snuck in the backdoor on a passed ball to extend Townsend's lead to 2-0. Sean Gaurin roped a line drive into left field to bring across Julio Maldonado, who singled to center earlier in the inning.
Aubuchon got one back in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single from Mike Cormier that snuck through the right side of the infield, scoring Dante from second to bring the A's back within two.
The Astros enjoyed their biggest inning of the game in the second, when they exploded for five runs in the inning. The first two batters of the second reached via walks. Dube creamed a sacrifice-fly to deep left field to plate Eric Johnson from third.
Bonilla's control issues continued well into the second inning as he hit two batters and walked in a pair of runs. The game soon turned ugly, as Townsend blew it wide-open at 8-1, as Sean Gaurin walloped an RBI single to dead-away center field to score Dan Considine.
Dube allowed a single into left field by Moe in the second inning, but that was it, as the Astros' lead remained at seven runs. The Astros picked up a few more insurance runs in the third, as Johnson, Mike Cobleigh and MacArthur all scored, to make it 11-1.
Cormier plated the A's second and final run in the home-half of the third on a sacrifice-fly to left field, which plated Bonilla from third.
Seven more runs would scamper across for the Astros in the final three frames, highlighted by a 2 RBI bloop single to right field by Charlie LeBlanc in the fifth.
All 10 Astros saw four-or-more plate appearances in the ball-game, while five recorded multi-hit games. Dube surrendered six hits over five innings of work, while striking out three.
"As a team, I thought we hit really well," the skipper said. "I thought we were pretty lively on the base-paths. We played consistent, routine infield and outfield to keep them off the base-paths. Playoffs start in a week or two, it was a great team win."