PEPPERELL — On Thursday night the game-time temperature was 90+ degrees when Townsend visited Pepperell in a Jimmy Fund 10-year old baseball game. But the temperature rose throughout the contest as Townsend brought their own special kind of heat with a red-hot performance in all categories, en route to a 25-2 win.
Townsend took control of the game with a seven-run first inning and the visitors punished the ball throughout the game, amassing 24 hits. That potent offense complemented the outstanding pitching of Richie Sharp (4 2/3 innings, one earned run, three hits, ten strikeouts, three walks) and David Neuhaus (1 1/3 innings, no runs, one hit, three strikeouts). Capping off Townsend’s well-rounded effort was a defensive effort that consisted of just one error.
Townsend leadoff hitter Kyle Priest set the tone to open the game, plugging the right center field gap for a triple. Colin Lomax, Sharp, Neuhaus and Chris Powell then added consecutive singles. When Graham Thiel capped the flurry with a two-run single, Townsend had a quick 7-0 advantage. Pepperell centerfielder Justin Estrela prevented further damage with a diving catch in left center field to take a hit away from Adam Grieman.
Estrela got one of the runs back for Pepperell in the bottom of the inning by walking, advancing to third on a pair of wild pitches, before stealing home, but Townsend maintained the momentum with four more runs in the top of the second.
David Hurley led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Yanni Halkiadakis grounded out. Priest re-started the rally with his second triple of the game, and scored on Lomax’s single. Sharp then tripled and came around to score on an errant throw to make it 11-1.
Townsend put another seven-spot on the board in the top of the third, keyed by RBI singles by Thiel, Marc Frederick and Lomax, and a two-run triple by Neuhaus.
Pepperell picked up a run in the bottom of the inning when Nick Twoomey reached on an error and scored on Andrew Marple’s groundout.
Pepperell received some quality moundwork in the middle innings from Matt Holm (1 2/3 innings, no earned runs, two hits three strikeouts) and Adam Bonner (a scoreless fifth inning with two strikeouts), but Townsend finished off their outstanding night with their third, seven-run inning of the game in the sixth. Lomax and Neuhaus set the table with singles, setting up run producing hits from Grieman, Richie Hubbard, Justin Kauppi (two-run single) and Thiel (two-run triple), before Frederick capped the scoring in the game with an RBI triple.
Neuhaus then finished things off with a scoreless inning.
Lomax led the Townsend offense with four singles, four runs scored and three runs-batted-in. Neuhaus (two runs scored, three RBI) and Thiel (two runs scored, five RBI) each added two singles and a triple. Frederick chipped in with a single, triple, a run scored and two runs-batted-in, while Priest tripled twice, scored two runs and drove one in. Sharp helped his own cause offensively with a single, triple and three runs scored while Chris Powell, Grieman and Hubbard added two singles apiece.
Estrela, Corey Dasilva, Bonner and Jimmy Greatorex each had a single for Pepperell.