By John Anderson
I picked the wrong games to watch on Tuesday during the Rocket Classic. Since I hadn’t seen much baseball this spring, I opted for the boys’ game against Whitman-Hanson in the 10AM slot. Standing on the top seat of the bleachers for a good camera angle, I could also see the softball scoreboard. Both teams were behind in the first inning, and I was slightly disappointed.
The boys finally got 2 runs on the board in the 4th inning and added 2 more in the 5th, but that would be the extent of their offense. Whitman-Hanson, on the other hand, pounded away at Auburn’s pitchers and recorded 15 hits to the Rockets’ 6. In the end, Auburn lost 7-4.
It took the girls until the 5th inning to take a lead in their game against Whitman-Hanson. They game was 8-6 in favor of Auburn until the 6th, when the visitors added one more run. Auburn’s 8-7 win was largely due to their 13 hits versus the visitor’s 9.
The boys beat Northbridge 3-2 in the consolation game. Although the Rockets were limited to 6 hits, the timing made the difference. Northbridge had 8 hits, tied it in the 3rd, but fell behind again in the sixth.
The girls fell to St. Peter-Marian in the final game of the tournament, 9-3. The Guardians were up 7-0 at the end of the 2nd inning behind the outstanding pitching of Erin Gallo who logged 13 strike outs. She also hit a home run. Auburn was held to 8 hits and committed 2 errors. The Guardians did nearly everything right with 13 hits and 0 errors.
The boys lost to Leominster yesterday, 11-3, and are now 6-4 on the season. The girls were defeated 8-7 by the Blue Devils in an 8-inning game after the Rockets climbed to a 5-5 tie. Leominster managed 3 runs in the 8th to Auburn’s 2. The girls are now 8-4.