LEOMINSTER -- Townsend Astros starting pitcher Chris Dube recovered after serving up a home run to the leadoff man for a 6-5 win over the Leominster Dodgers Sunday morning at Leominster's Doyle Field.

Dube went the full seven innings, surrendered four earned runs and struck out eight.

Leominster tied the game in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single that scored Donnie Bube.

Leominster's first batter of the morning, Craig Cormier, whaled a second-pitch fastball over the fence in center field to take a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers parked runners at first-and-second with no-outs following back-to-back walks, but they were left stranded as Dube whiffed the next two batters and induced a groundout to keep the damage at one.

Townsend was the home team and took the first lead of the game on an RBI double up the middle by Dave Pelletier. Ray O'Brien, who reached with a single to right field, scored from second on the play.

Dube worked a 1-2-3 second inning with back-to-back strikeouts to the first batters and a successful pickoff of Bube, who reached on a walk.

The Astro offense erupted in the bottom half of the second inning for three runs on four hits and an error.

Sean Gearin thumped a 2 RBI single to left field scoring James Arthur and Pat Meile to extend the lead to 4-1.

Gearin later scored on an RBI single down the third base line by Dan Considine.


Dube did not allow another earned run until the sixth inning when the Dodgers brought one across on a Bill Spillike double that scored Dave Montaquilla from second.

Townsend added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Pelletier, who brought across Leo LeClair from second. LeClair reached on a double to left centerfield earlier in the inning.

Dube found himself in a spot of trouble in the top of the seventh as Mike Cormier led off the inning with a double.

Mike Cormier came across to score on an RBI double from Dave Nicklehoff to cut the lead to 5-3.

Nickleoff and Brandon Auger came across with the tying runs to push the game into the bottom of the seventh.

Townsend had its bottom third of the order up in Pat Meile, Gearin and Joe Manago (2 for 2, RBI. )

Meile thumped a bleeding shot into right field and later came across with the winning run.

Manago squared and precisely executed a bunt that allowed Meile to trot across with the game-winning run. Pelletier led the Astros in Sunday's win with a 2 for 2, 2 RBI and a walk. Townsend wraps up the regular season on Sunday at 10 a.m., when it meets the Worcester Vipers at McLaughlin Park in Leominster.