ROWLEY — The second-seeded Rowley Rams began their quest to notch their second Intertown League championship in three years in fine form at Eiras Park yesterday by taking down third-seeded Beverly, 10-1.
“The goal we set at the beginning of the year was to be a championship-type team,” said Rams’ coach Jeff Wood. “We have not accomplished that goal yet. We’ve only won this one playoff game. It’s exciting, we won in good fashion, but there is another game tomorrow night. Beverly is a really good baseball team.”
Mike “Scorpio” Sloban took the ball for the Rams in the top of the first inning and would take down the Giants 1-2-3 before Josh Levesque toed the mound for Beverly in the bottom of the frame.
But the Rams would not be as welcoming to Levesque, as Joe Esposito drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a grounder from CJ Ingraham. One batter later, Koby Thibault scampered to first on a dropped third strike that saw Esposito crossing the plate to give the Rams their first run of the day.
Pat Doyle hit a blooper that died in front of third base with one out in the top of the second inning. But Thibault came rushing in and made a perfect throw to first to catch Doyle, and Esposito made a diving catch in center to rob Levesque of a hit and send Rowley back to the plate.
Justin Bolla drew a walk to start the bottom of the second inning then stole second base before Marco Luisi knocked a single to left field. Mike White then loaded the bases with a bunt single. Nick Liguori would go down swinging before Esposito stepped to the plate then stepped back on a passed ball that saw Bolla plating the Rams’ second run.