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PEPPERELL — Sometimes as the regular season winds down, a team can be caught looking ahead to post-season play. Such was not the case with the Pepperell Reds on Saturday morning as they tuned up for the playoffs with an impressive 15-6 win over the Townsend Cubs.

The Reds took care of business in the first two innings with an early offensive explosion that put the game on ice. They pounded out 13 hits in the contest, getting production up and down the lineup, while four Reds pitchers combined to limit the Cubs to just seven hits.

Pepperell starting pitcher Lucas Ravanis came out throwing strikes and set down the side in order in the top of the first inning, getting a pair of solid defensive plays by centerfielder Neil Maskalenko.

The Reds’ offense ignited quickly as they responded for four runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris Skelly drew a walk to get things started. After Maskalenko’s deep drive to left was hauled down by Jack Martin, Cam Gouldrup’s single put runners on the corners. Skelly scored on a wild pitch and Gouldrup came around to score on Josh Mihill’s single, before Joe Dolciotto capped the rally with a line drive home run over the left center field fence.

The Cubs got two runs back in the second, Dan Considine driving in one with a fielder’s choice, but the Reds put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Twomey doubled and came around to score when Skelly reached on an error. After Neil Maskalenko drove in a run with a single, Mihill walked, setting the stage for RBI singles by Dolciotto and Skelly, and a two-run single by Ravanis.

Ravanis finished up his two inning stint on the mound, allowing no earned runs and one hit while notching a strikeout, and Jack Portlock came on in relief in the third. The Cubs loaded the bases on a pair of walks and Chris Overton’s single, but Portlock got a strikeout to escape unscathed.

The Reds tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 12-2 when Mihill and Dolciotto singled and eventually came around to score.

The Cubs cut into the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth. Craig Croteau singled, Brian Quin reached on an error and both trotted around to score when Brandon Lambert launched a long home run to left center. Second baseman Skelly prevented further damage in the inning by making the defensive play of the game, ranging into center field and making a diving catch of Considine’s looping fly ball.

The Reds who scored in all five innings they batted, added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

In the fourth, Jack Ritchie singled, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, and scored on an error.

In the fifth, Dolciotto singled for his fourth hit of the game, Ryan Witts walked, Ryan Twomey was hit by a pitch, and Brendan Twomey had an RBI single.

Witts tossed a scoreless fifth for the Reds, before Dolciotto pitched the sixth, allowing a run when Lambert tripled and scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, centerfielder Brendan Twomey flagged down a hard line drive to take away an extra base hit.

Dolciotto enjoyed a great offensive game with three singles, a home run, four runs scored and three runs-batted-in. Mihill added two singles, three runs scored and an RBI, while Skelly singled and scored three runs.

Lambert led the Cubs with a triple, home run, two runs scored and three RBI.

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