Trevor Rowe was more than Blue Hills could handle Wednesday afternoon as he pitched a complete game, season opening 5-3 win for the Upper Cape Tech Rams.
“Trevor had it going,” coach Gabe Coutinho said. “He did very well and we made the plays.”
The Rams were first on the scoreboard as they put up four runs in the bottom of the first. Cooper Thornell got things going with a single, followed by Anthony Delmonico, who also reached on a base hit. Austin Smolinsky was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases with no outs. Cleanup hitter Ben White then stepped into the batter’s box and he too was hit, forcing in a run. With one out Rally Wheaton singled, scoring Delmonico. James Abbe then hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Smolinsky, and Wheaton came around on a throwing error.
The Warriors answered in the top of the second inning with two runs on a triple, a single and a double.
Defensively the Rams were doing a nice job as Smolinsky and Dan Black made some nice plays at shortstop and second base. Rowe retired the side in order in the top of the third, but in the fourth the Warriors managed another run to cut the UCT lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Thornell led off with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Delmonico. White then delivered a two-out base hit, scoring Thornell with an insurance run and making it a 5-3 game.
“Trevor really settled in,” Coutinho said. “He had a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and allowed just one hit in the seventh. He finished with eight strikeouts, seven hits and no walks. He did a great job. I was happy for him.”
Defensively the Rams made just one error.
Thornell finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. He also threw out a Blue Hills runner from behind the plate, trying to steal second in the fifth inning, with Randy Frazier taking the throw. Black, who moved from second to third base, made a solid play in the sixth, coming in on a sharply hit ground ball and throwing the runner out at first.
UCT heads across the rotary tomorrow for a 4 PM meeting with the Canalmen at Coady Field.