TOWNSEND — North Middlesex’s bats could not find their mojo in Saturday afternoon’s nonleague loss to St. Peter Marian of Worcester.
The Patriots received yet another strong pitching performance from its Franklin Pierce-bound ace Tony Sylvester, but could not give the lanky right-hander any run support, as North Middlesex (3-4) fell to the Guardians, 1-0.
Sylvester did all he could to keep North Middlesex in the game, striking out five over seven innings.
The opposing team’s Jonathan Gonzales walloped home the eventual game-winning run in the first, scoring P.J. Barry from third.
“Our bats fell silent again,” North Middlesex head coach Tom Bartelson said. “The one run that Tony allowed was unearned. Mistakes are coming back to bite us. For some reason, we are forgetting our bats in our lockers, or something like that, because we are just not swinging at good pitches.”
St. Peter Marian starting pitcher Eric LeCaire picked up the win over 5 2/3 innings of work, where he struck out eight and did not allow a hit until David Neuhaus broke up the bid with a one-out double up the middle in the fifth inning.
North Middlesex went down in the order it came up in the first. Sylvester picked up two strikeouts in the second inning — one on a curveball where he caught Pat Gallagher looking to end the inning.
Neuhaus drew a two-out walk in the second inning and swiped second, but he was left stranded there as LeCaire induced a Brandon Twomey groundout to end the inning.
Sylvester and the North Middlesex defense held off the St. Peter Marian lineup in the third. Alec Simnovitch scorched a line drive toward third, but North Middlesex’s Nick White snared it for the first out of the frame.
North Middlesex used another one-two-three inning to keep the damage at 1-0.
The Patriots’ only other hit in the game came in the sixth, when first baseman Richie Sharp ripped the ball through the right side, but the North Middlesex bats could not bring him home.
Josh Delsignore picked up the save for the Guardians.
North Middlesex is in the middle of a stint of four games in five days, and so far, the Patriots are struggling. As of Monday evening, the Patriots are 3-5 following Monday’s 6-5 loss to Midland B foe, Quabbin. The Patriots drop to 1-3 in the league with the loss.
Jared Borneman had a strong day at the plate Monday knocking in three runs on two hits. Twomey was 2 for 2 in the loss.
Neuhaus shouldered the loss Monday.
“We need to figure out if we are going to be a playoff team or not,” Bartelson said Saturday. “We have shot ourselves in the foot over the last couple of games with errors. We need to get the bats going, or our season is going to end much sooner than any of us want.”