Nashoba Tech 3
By Ken Blanchette
HARVARD — Before the season started, Bromfield baseball coach John Neusch said the key to the season was “for our pitchers to throw strikes and for our defense to play fundamentally sound baseball behind them.”
After dropping its season opener against Narragansett, the Trojans made their coach a happy man on Wednesday with a clinical 6-3 win over Nashoba Tech. The pitching was solid as Clayton Galeski tossed five innings to earn the win, and Nick George closed things out with two scoreless frames. Led by Galeski, the offense sprayed 11 hits all over the field. But the defining factor in the victory was an errorless defense that made plays from first out to last.
“The biggest improvement from the first game to today was the defense,” said Neusch. “Mike Jackovitz made three great plays at shortstop, and both Clayton and Nick showed some grit on the mound. We did a good job of regrouping when Nashoba Tech closed from 6-0 to 6-3. We played with poise and this is a win we hope to build off.”
Galeski (five innings, three earned runs, eight hits, four strikeouts, two walks) tossed a goose egg in the top of the first, and then helped his own cause in bottom of the inning with a two-out, two-run homer off Nashoba Tech starting pitcher Shawn Callahan to plate Pete Nocka for a 2-0 lead.
Galeski wriggled out of a jam in the top of the second with some clutch pitching. Callahan led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. After a pop-out, Chris Powell walked and stole second to put runners on second and third, but Galeski escaped by inducing a pop-up and ground ball to keep the lead intact.
The Trojans maintained their offensive momentum and padded the lead with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Jackovitz walked and C.J. Klem and Sam Carlson singled to load the bases with no outs, and later in the inning an RBI single by Zane Atwood, and a two-run single by Galeski boosted the advantage to 6-0.
Cam Skinner came on in relief for the Vikings in the third and shut the door the rest of the way, giving the Vikings’ offense a chance to come back. Skinner scattered five hits while striking out six and walking none.
Bromfield still held the 6-0 lead entering the top of the fourth when Nashoba Tech finally made some offensive noise. Callahan led off with a double and scored on Richard Hughes’ single. After Powell walked, Brian Quin sacrificed the runners to second and third, setting the stage for Skinner’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Dan Fernald that cut the lead to 6-3. Fernald was robbed on his sacrifice fly by Bromfield centerfielder Klem, who made a great backhand, tumbling catch off a bullet in the left center field gap.
The Vikings threatened again in the top of the fifth when Callahan and Hughes had one-out singles, but Galeski capped his mound stint with a pair of strikeouts to maintain the three run lead.
The Bromfield defense came up big in the top of the sixth, perfectly executing a rundown between second and third base base to erase a runner.
Nashoba Tech didn’t go away and mounted a threat in the top of the seventh when Steven Rice and Callahan led off with singles. After a strikeout, they executed a double steal to advance to second and third with one out. After an infield pop-out, Brian Quin hit a hard ground ball into the hole between second and shortstop that Jackovitz gloved and fired a strong an accurate throw to end the game.
Galeski singled, homered and drove in four runs to pace the Trojans’ offense. Atwood did a superb job of setting the table out of the second slot in the order with three singles, scoring once and driving in a run.
Callahan enjoyed a perfect day at the plate for the Vikings with three singles and a double and he scored a run. Hughes chipped in with a pair of singles, a run scored and a run-batted-in.”
“Both Zane and Clayton came up big offensively in the game,” said Neusch.