WHS BASEBALL: Wildcats Fall To Reading Under Bizarre Circumstances, Losing Pitcher Doesn’t Throw A Pitch

WILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Varsity Baseball team defeated Burlington High, 8-5, at Shawsheen Tech on Friday, May 19.  With the win, the Wildcats clinched a perfect season against Freedom Division teams.

After letting up 3 runs in the first inning thanks to two errors, Wilmington starter Dan Gracia settled down to pitch 6 innings, surrendering 8 hits and 5 runs (2 earned), while striking out 5 and walking 3.  Closer Graham Smith pitched a scoreless inning in relief, picking up his second save of the season.

Wilmington scored one run in the third inning after Dan Gracia walked and ultimately scored on a wild pitch and throwing error.  The Wildcats would take the lead in the top of the 5th inning, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring 6 times on 4 hits and 3 Burlington errors. A Gavin Kelsey single scored Dan Gracia. A Chris Grecco pinch hit single scored Carl Beatrice.  A Tom Worob sac fly scored Kelsey. Grecco scored on a wild pitch. A Jared Aucoin single scored Matt Rideout and Graham Smith.  The Wildcats also got a run in the 6th inning after Rob Ducharme and Graham Smith completed a successful double steal of second base and home plate.

Defensively, Graham Smith threw out 2 Burlington runners at second base from center field.

The team’s 7-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday, May 21, with a 10-3 loss to Reading High in Reading.  (The game was started on May 8, but suspended in the 2nd inning after a Reading player suffered an injury.)

Wilmington was down 3-0 at the restart and could never get out of the box.  Tom Worob (4-4, run scored) led the offense for the Wildcats.  Rob Ducharme (double, 2 BB, run scored) also had a good day at the plate.  Matt Rideout, Graham Smith, and David Woods all contributed with a hit of their own.

Starter Chris Grecco suffered his first loss of the season without even throwing a pitch. He originally started the game on May 8, but was unable to pitch on May 21 as a result of his start against Stoneham earlier in the week.

NEXT UP: The Wildcats (13-4) next play Tewksbury on Tuesday, May 23 at 3:45pm at Scanlon Field.

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