TAUNTON — The half-hour rain delay could very well have stymied the Enos Metals offense as they were edged by B & B Auto of Plymouth 3-1 in Thursday’s Old Colony Senior Babe Ruth League matchup.
The half-hour rain delay could very well have stymied the Enos Metals offense as they were edged by B & B Auto of Plymouth 3-1 in Thursday’s Old Colony Senior Babe Ruth League matchup.
“I am so aggravated right now,” said Enos head coach George Moniz, whose team now falls to 3-2 overall. “This is not how we play baseball, there were way too many mistakes that were made. After the game, I asked the boys to raise their hands if they made any mistakes, they all went up. That right there shows you how badly we played.”
B & B Auto (2-2) starting pitcher Lou Ottino kept the Enos bats off-balance all evening as he gave up only one unearned run in a five strikeout, complete-game effort.
Despite the heroics of Ottino, Enos plated the game’s first run in the bottom half of the first on an infield error, scoring leadoff hitter/centerfielder Keith Rowe after he led off with a single.
The early Enos score did little to fluster B & B Auto as they responded with two runs in the top half of the second on RBI by second baseman Tucker Henrion and catcher Nick Ottino, making the score 2-1.
Enos starting pitcher Jon Dresser pitched well enough to keep his team in the game, giving up only two earned runs on four strikeouts over five complete innings.
“It’s a tough mound to pitch on here,” said Dresser. “I mean, both of our losses are from this field. I guess my head wasn’t as in the game as it should have been because I thought we were going to get rained out, it was also very hot out. We’ll be ready to play tomorrow.”
With two outs in the bottom half of the fourth, with the rain still drizzling and Enos only down by a run, the offense suddenly started to click as back-to-back singles by designated hitter Mike Gracia and second baseman Jeff Fowler loaded the bases.
With the bases loaded, Gracia attempted a risky maneuver as he tried to steal home while Ottino’a back was turned to home plate. With Garcia heading home with full speed, Ottino quickly noticed and gunned down the Enos base stealer on a bang-bang play at the plate, ending the threat.
B & B Auto added some much-needed insurance off Enos relief pitcher Kyle Kerkhoff in the top half of the sixth on another RBI by Henrion, making the score 3-1.
Kerkhoff threw two innings of relief, giving up one earned run.
The Enos offense went quietly in the bottom half of the seventh as Ottino shut down Gracia, Fowler, and first baseman Joe Tutino in order.
“The problem in this league sometimes is that teams call and cancel on you at the last minute, that’s happened to us a few times already this year,” said Moniz. “That, plus we really don’t have a lot of time to practice and that could add to why we probably didn’t play so good today. This team does have the potential to go all the way.”