Coming off a 0-0 tie to Manchester Wednesday night, the Rowley Rams (5-2-1) treated Beverly (2-3) to another shutout at Eiras Park last night behind a one-hitter from lefty Nick Liguori that left the Giants looking for another chance, 3-0.
“I feel real, real good with the way things are coming together,” said Rams coach Jeff Wood. “We’re athletic. We play good defensively. We pitch and the last thing to come around is the hitting. The guys are playing with a ton of energy and it’s exciting to be around. So, we’re looking forward to where this is going to lead us in the next six weeks and I think we are where we should be.”
The Giants started right-hander Josh Levesque against Liguori, and Levesque gave up a leadoff double to Anthony Conte in the bottom the first. Conte moved to second on a single from Koby Thibault, then came home for the Rams’ first run of the night on a grounder from Matt Motolla.
Levesque settled in for the bottom of the second inning and both pitchers cruised along until the bottom of the fifth when Ram Mike White drew a leadoff walk. CJ Ingraham then moved White over to third with a double to left field. Conte drew a walk next to load the bases before Cam D’Agostino knocked in White with a sacrifice fly out to right. Ingraham then came in on an overthrow from Giants catcher Brian Chirco, who was trying to gun down Conte at second base, but sent the ball into centerfield instead.
Sean Martin relived Levesque in the bottom of the sixth inning and gave up what looked like a towering triple to Drew Catcher. But centerfielder Erik Drowne made a startling over the shoulder catch on the run to rob Carter of the hit.