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August 12, 2013

Rowley Rams tie series with Manchester in ITL playoffs

So, this is how it’s going to go ...

After dropping the first game of the Intertown League finals in Essex 3-2 Saturday, the second-seeded Rowley Rams brought the first-seeded Mariners to Eiras Park yesterday for another hard-fought contest that would see the Rams victorious, 6-5.

“We are the top two seeds in the league, it’s been that way most of the year,” said Rams coach Jeff Wood. “This is what I would have expected in a series like this. I’m happy to be a part of it. It’s great baseball. You’re on the edge of your seat the whole time, and that’s what we come down here to play for: a good time.”

Joe White took the ball for Rowley, and the tall left-hander started the day giving up a double to deep left field to Rory Gentile, who then stole third. Collin Rogers scored Gentile next with a sacrifice fly to center. White got the next two batters to pop out to send the Rams to the plate to face righty Ryan Marques.

The Rams’ Justin Bolla started the bottom of the second inning off with a rocket out to deep center off Marques that put him at second base with no outs. Cam D’Agostino sent Bolla to third base with a rocket of his own out to right field then stole second on an overthrow that plated Bolla to tie things up. D’Agostino plated next on a double to center from Drew Carter to give Rowley the 2-1 lead.

The hits kept on coming as Mike White slapped a single to right that scored Carter. A single from Nick Liguori got White caught up at second before Liguori stole second himself. Ingraham then scored Liguori with a single out to center.

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