By John Anderson

Boys tennis started the afternoon with a match against visiting D1 St. John’s, and the Shrewsbury team played some amazing tennis. They won 5-0 and claimed all the sets as well. The visitors totaled 60 game wins to Auburn’s 12.

Still, St. John’s is only 4-5 in their own league while Auburn is 7-2. The only Rockets losses have been to D1 Tantasqua and St. John’s. Auburn is in first place in SWCL Central.

 

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On the other side of the fence, the Rockets were slugging it out with Nipmuc baseball. Auburn held on to a lead at the end of five innings, but #7 proved to be too much, and they fell 6-5.

The Rockets put up the first points in the game and were ahead 2-0 after the second inning. The Warriors answered with three runs in the top of the third while Auburn batted in three of their own to claim a 5-3 lead that held until the seventh.

Nipmuc hits three singles and loaded the bases before their batter was walked to make it 5-4. A sacrifice fly to right field tied the game, 5-5, and another single gave the Warriors a 6-5 lead. Ryan Kozlowski made a catch in center field to end the Nimpuc assault.

David Ljudggren hit a single in the bottom of the seventh and then stole second. He was waved past third after a hit by Ryan Mulcahy, but he was tagged while sliding into home. With this tying opportunity blown, the Rockets couldn’t muster enough to win.

The Rockets are 6-5 on the season and are tied with Shepherd Hill for first in SWCL Central.