By Ed Niser

LEOMINSTER — Which team will make the first mistake?

Sometimes that is the case when two evenly matched league foes go toe-to-toe.

North Middlesex starting pitcher Rich Sharp was on his game Saturday night allowing only three hits and walked one batter over six innings and struck out six.

But it would not matter, as Nashoba’s Ethan Sprague doubled to the gap in right-center field in the third inning to score Alex Borsari from second with the eventual game-winner as Nashoba snuck out of Pin Cannavino Field with a 1-0 Mid Wach B win and second place.

North Middlesex needs just one win in its final six games to qualify for the postseason.

Borsari reached and advanced to second on a fielding error.

“The last time we played each other it was the same thing,” said North Middlesex head coach Tom Bartelson. “Whoever makes the first error is going to come up short. Nashoba’s coach (Chuck Schoolcraft) said that to me before the game. We made an error at the wrong time.”

North Middlesex (7-7) mustered only three hits off of lefty-right combination of Nashoba’s Cam Roberts and Nick Carlucci (win).

The pair combined for 10 strikeouts — six of which where the Patriots went down looking.

North Middlesex needs one win to clinch a postseason berth in its remaining six games to clinch a district tournament berth.

Nick White singled and doubled in the first and second innings for the Patriots.

Sprague was the man of the night for the Chieftains going 2 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI.

Sharp took care of the first two Nashoba batters of the night by way of a strikeout and a ground out to third.

Sprague sprayed a two-out double to deep left field, but he was left stranded as Ben Seeto popped out to NM’s Jimmy Caimpa at first for the final out of the inning.

White reached safely in the home half of the first as he slapped an opposite field single to left.

White never had a chance to advance as the tailing curve ball of Roberts baffled the Patriots batters. Roberts sent the next three batters of Sharp, David Neuhaus and Patrick Aubuchon down swinging.

Sharp allowed one hit in the second to Joe Seeto, who was later erased on a fielder’s choice by Nick Machado.

North Middlesex had its best chance of the night go by the boards in the third inning with runners at first and third with no outs. Aubuchon worked a full count walk.

Caimpa roped a bullet to left field for a single, but he would be picked off after being caught in a rundown. Machado snapped a throw down to second from his catcher position and Caimpa had nowhere left to go but the dugout.

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