WHS BASEBALL: Wildcats Win First 2 Behind Gracia & Grecco’s Strong Pitching

WILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Varsity Baseball team opened its 2017 season with a 9-2 blowout victory over Woburn High on Tuesday, April 11 at Scanlon Field.

Wilmington junior Danny Gracia pitched a complete game, striking out three, walking one, and letting up 5 hits — all singles.  He surrendered two runs, only one earned.

Gracia also led the Wildcat offense — reaching base four times in four plate appearances, with a double and three walks.  He recorded an RBI and stole home on the back end of a double steal.

Dave Woods (2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI) and Matt Rideout (2-for-2, 2 runs scored) also had strong games at the plate.  Other offensive contributors included Tom Worob (1-for-2, 3 runs and a stolen base), Chris Grecco (1-for-2, 2 walks, RBI), Jared Aucoin (1-for-2, sac bunt, walk, 3 RBI), and Rob Ducharme (1-for-3).

After leaving seven runners on base in the first three innings with just one run scored, the bats came alive with a 5-run fourth inning and a 3-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach.

The WHS Varsity Baseball team then picked up its second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Lexington High on Thursday, April 13 at Scanlon Field.

Wilmington staring pitcher Chris Grecco recorded a complete game, allowing just 1 earned run on 6 hits and 1 walk. Grecco fanned 5 over 7 innings.  Grecco helped his cause offensively by scoring once and knocking in the winning run on a bases loaded hit by pitch.

Lexington scored first in the top of the second inning.  The Wildcats answered by scoring one run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings.  The score remained 3-1 until the top of the seventh inning, when Lexington scored on an error.  Grecco was able to get out of a jam as Lexington stranded its tying run on second base.

Matt Rideout and Jared Aucoin led the way offensively, both hitting doubles.  Rideout, Greco, and Carl Beatrice each batted in a runner.  Rideout, Grecco, and Rob Ducharme each scored a run.

Second baseman Riley Zaya had a standout game defensively, turning a 4-6-3 double play and making an inning-ending play on a ball heading up the middle that was tipped and redirected by the pitcher.

UP NEXT: The Wildcats (2-0) next play Tewksbury High on Monday, April 17 at noon at Livingston Street Park in Tewksbury.

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