LEOMINSTER -- When the Astros last took to the diamond, it was on the short end of a 14-4 decision to the Fitchburg Red Sox. But on Sunday morning at McLaughlin Park, Townsend belted out 11 hits and turned its luck around, as it pummeled the Aubuchon A's, 18-2.
Player/manager Leo LeClair paced the Astros offense batting a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI.
"We needed it, we were coming off a couple of losses," said LeClair. "As a team, we have been struggling at the plate. Today was a great opportunity to wake our bats up. As a team, I thought we hit the ball really well."
Townsend scored in every inning except the seventh, as they burned through three A's pitchers in the contest. Starting pitcher Chris Dube and third baseman Jim MacArthur led things off for the Astros in the top of the first, as they were both plunked by Aubuchon starter Hector Bonilla. Bonilla had a tough time locating his pitches in the early innings of Sunday's game.
LeClair took the first strike he saw and sprayed an RBI double to the wall in left center field, which plated Dube, to put the Astros up 1-0. Eventually, LeClair snuck in the backdoor on a passed ball to extend Townsend's lead to 2-0. Sean Gaurin roped a line drive into left field to bring across Julio Maldonado, who singled to center earlier in the inning.
Aubuchon got one back in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single from Mike Cormier that snuck through the right side of the infield, scoring Dante Lopez from second to bring the A's back within two. That would be as close as Aubuchon would get, as Townsend continued to keep its foot on the accelerator.
The Astros enjoyed its biggest inning of the game in the second, when the players exploded for five runs in the inning. The first two batters of the second reached via walks. Dube creamed a sacrifice-fly to deep left field to bring in Eric Johnson from third.
Bonilla's control issues continued well into the second inning, as he hit two batters and walked in a pair of runs. The game soon turned ugly, as Townsend blew it wide-open at 8-1, when Sean Gaurin walloped an RBI single to dead-away center field to score Dan Considine.
Dube allowed a single into left field by Moe Morris in the second inning, but that was it, as the Astros' lead remained at seven runs. The Astros picked up a few more insurance runs in the third as Johnson, Mike Cobleigh and MacArthur all scored, to make it 11-1.
Cormier plated the A's second and final run in the home-half of the third on a sacrifice-fly to left field, which plated Bonilla from third.
Seven more runs would scamper across for the Astros in the final three frames, highlighted by a 2 RBI bloop single to right field by Charlie LeBlanc in the fifth.
All 10 Astros saw four-or-more plate appearances, while five players recorded multi-hit games.
"As a team, I thought we hit really well," the skipper said. "I thought we were pretty lively on the base-paths. We played consistent, routine infield and outfield to keep them off the base-paths. Playoffs start in a week or two. It was a great team win." Townsend returns to the diamond Sunday morning at 10 a.m.,when it takes on the Leominster Dodgers at 10 a.m.