The last time Manchester came to Eiras Park, the Mariners played the Rowley Rams to a nine-inning scoreless tie. It looked like it would happen all over again last night in a battle of the top two teams in the Intertown League.
That is until the bottom of the sixth inning when C.J. Ingraham finally got to pitcher Ryan Marques with a simple single to start a mini-rally and give the Rams the win, 2-0.
“C.J. was huge getting that hit,” said Rams coach Jeff Wood. “I can’t emphasize how big those things are. Just to get something going when we hadn’t had a lot going all night.”
The Rams (14-5-1) started left-hander Joe White, who let on a pair of runners with one out in the top of the first inning, but was able to escape the threat with a pop-up and a strikeout.
“I’ve been like that a little bit this year,” said White. “I usually end up throwing my most pitches in the first inning. And I felt good from there on in and just kept going.”
Marques took the ball for the Mariners (15-3-1) in the bottom of the first and gave up a one-out single to Ingraham, who was moved over to second base by a groundout from Dmitri Hunt. Marques would get Koby Thibault to pop out to third to send things into the second inning where Cory Burnham reached on an error from shortstop Colby Ingraham. But the Rams would turn a double play on Burnham and Marques to send themselves back to the plate.
Marques took the Rams down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second, and White did the same to Manchester in the top of the third. Nick Liguori started the bottom of the third off with a one-out single, then stole second. He was not able to advance as a pair of pop-ups ended the inning.