AYER — Ayer scored at least two runs in each of the first five innings, en route to an 18-10 win over Parker School on Friday afternoon.
Ryan DeWolfe earned the victory with a route-going effort, allowing six earned runs and ten hits while striking out eight and walking five. Kenny Rollins led the 14-hit Ayer offensive attack by hitting for the cycle. The senior shortstop, singled, doubled, tripled and homered, driving in three runs and crossing the plate four times. J.J. Thomas added three singles, five RBI and a run scored, while Ryan Carroll chipped in with a single, home run, three runs scored and three runs-batted-in.
After DeWolfe struck out the first two hitters he faced in the game, Parker mounted a threat when Nat MacDonald singled and Joey Danko walked, but Ayer catcher Jake Seeley gunned down a basestealer to hold them off the scoreboard. Parker starting pitcher Joey Danko then retired the next three hitters to escape further damage.
Ayer took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Brian Babcock walked and scored on Rollins’ triple, before Thomas’ single made it 2-0.
Parker took the lead with four runs in the top of the second, keyed by RBI singles by Laz White and David Pierce.
Ayer got those four runs back in the bottom of the inning, the big hit coming from Carroll, a two-run homer.
DeWolfe shut down Parker in the third, and Ayer put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning with an eight-run burst. Seth Nogler had the big hit in the inning with a three-run double, while Carroll and Seeley each added RBI singles.
After Rollins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to 16-4, Parker didn’t quit and scored four runs in the top of the fifth as Pierce and Mike White each had RBI singles.
Thomas’ two-run single in the bottom of the inning capped Ayer’s scoring, before Parker scored the final two runs of the game in the sixth on an RBI double by Mike White, and a run-producing groundout by Danko.
Seeley added two hits for Ayer while Babcock walked in all three plate appearances and scored three runs out of his leadoff slot in the order.
Mike White led Parker with two singles, a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Pierce added a pair of singles, two runs scored and two runs-batted-in.
Ayer left fielder Tim Riker came up with the defensive play of the game with a sliding catch to take away a hit from Tom Barstow.