In addition to his pitchers, Wood also credited his top four hitters for helping power the team’s offense. Specifically, he highlighted Conte in the leadoff spot, C.J. Ingraham at No. 2 and Justin Bolla and Cashman in the middle of the order.
Though Rowley has enjoyed a great deal of success so far, they still face several challenges before the postseason begins. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Rams take on perennial contenders Manchester Essex (12-4) in a critical home and home series that could determine the regular season champion.
Earlier this year, Manchester Essex and Rowley split their first two game series, and now the Rams enjoy a two-game lead on the Mariners with about two weeks to play before the playoffs. Given that Manchester Essex has won five of the last six ITL championships – with Rowley standing as the lone exception in 2011 – this series is expected to be highlight of the league’s calendar down the stretch.