SHIRLEY -- The Stacey Bradley Memorial Tournament was in full swing Thursday night at Dale Prentiss Field in Shirley, as the host Hawks (3-0) waged battle with Pepperell (2-1).
The two teams racked up a combined 25 runs, but none was bigger than the one socked in by Shirley's Tyler Crawford.
Crawford's single down the first-base line, allowed Ryan Marchand to scamper across home plate with the game-winning run, as Shirley pulled off the come-from-behind victory by a score of 13-12.
Pepperell started the first inning off on the right foot, when Michael Archambault drove a pitch down the third-base side. Archambault would later come home with Pepperell's first run, when Max Riordan wrapped a single up the middle to make it 1-0. Pepperell tacked on an insurance run, when Colby Gouldrup smacked a single into left field to plate Riordan.
Shirley strode into the home half of the first inning trailing by two runs, but its luck quickly turned around. The Shirley batters used their hawk-eye vision to draw four walks in the inning, which contributed to five runs.
Pepperell saw both Lucas Eibye and Rocco LaMonica reach on walks to start the second. Archambault picked up where he left off in the first inning and scorched a single through the left side, which pushed across Eibye. Gouldrup hammered an RBI single into right center field to bring home LaMonica, which cut the deficit to 10-4.
Shirley was the beneficiary of six walks in the inning, which allowed five more runs to trot home in the frame. Shirley carried a comfortable 10-4 lead into the top of the third inning, but Pepperell made it clear that they were not going to back down quietly. Joshua Gallagher reached on an error to start the third, but he didn't have to wait long before he was knocked in.
LaMonica sprayed an infield RBI bloop single just past the pitcher's mound, which allowed Gallagher to score. Ashton Donia stepped aboard with a walk, and Archambault drove him in. Archambault creamed a hanging pitch into the right-center field gap for a double to plate both Donia and LaMonica. Gouldrup walloped an RBI single down the first base line, which propelled Morse across home-plate with the fifth and final run of the inning, to cut Shirley's lead to 10-9.
Shirley picked up another run via a bases-loaded walk, when Noah Hunt scored to push the Hawks lead to 11-9 after three. Riordan started things off for Pepperell in the fourth with a base-knock into center field, and he would later score on an RBI single by Morse. Gallagher came across with a tying run, when Donia drew a bases-loaded walk, to make it 11-11. Pepperell racked up another run in the inning on an error and carried a slim 12-11 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
Dennis Jelly made sure the Pepperell lead stayed intact, as he struck out the side in the fourth. After coming on in relief midway through the third inning, Jelly rang up a total of six Shirley batters. The Pepperell bats fell dormant in the fifth inning, due in large part to stalwart defense by Crawford in right. Gouldrup stroked what looked to be a sure-fire single into right field, but Crawford had other plans, as he leaped up and snared the ball for the second out of the inning. On the ensuing play, Crawford fielded and fired the ball to second for the third-and-final out of the fifth. The Pepperell defense held the Shirley bats at bay in the bottom of the fifth. Pepperell struggled to get anything going offensively in the home-half of the sixth inning, which left the door open for a Shirley come-back.
Logan Blevins scorched a come-backer to the pitcher's mound, and the throw to first sailed away, which moved him up to second. Pepperell drew its defense thinking that Shirley would try a sacrifice bunt to advance Blevins. Zachgary Cebollero tapped a dribbler back to the hill and was retired, but not before advancing the tying run to third. John Terhune drew a one-out walk and swiped second to put himself in scoring position.
Marchand slapped a single up the middle, which brought across Blevins, while Terhune was called out at the plate. Crawford stroked the game-winning RBI through the right-side to plate the winning run in Marchand.
Pepperell was led at the plate by Archambault, who finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and two stolen bases. Shirley was led by Churchill, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Follow Ed on Twitter/@EdNiser.