By Evan Freedman
CHARLESTOWN — Fenway Coach Kevin Grogan had to sweat out some defensive miscues before his squad came from behind to hand Charlestown its first conference loss of the year.
“We made lots of errors,” said Grogan after the 9-8 eight-inning win at Charlestown. “That’s what kills us, but today we survived.”
In the eighth, Fenway’s senior first baseman Luis Melo hit a shot deep to right, scoring the game’s winning run on an in-the-park home run. Charlestown had a good chance in the bottom of the eighth, but stranded two in scoring position.
Both clubs had the bats working, as Fenway (3-2) got off to an early lead on the strength of sophomore right fielder Henry Miranda’s triple to right in the second. Charlestown (3-4 overall) answered in the third with three straight RBI hits.
The Townies added three more in the fifth to take an 8-6 lead, as senior catcher Rahyniel Nunez (3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 stolen bases) showed good hustle scoring from second on an infield error. Unfortunately for Charlestown, they could not score the rest of the way against Fenway’s pitcher Eric Candelario. Candelario had good control of his repetoire, as he struck out 14 batters and walked just three.
“I used all four pitches,” the senior right hander said. “The two seamer and the curveball were pluses.” Asked about his team’s performance, he said that they played a little above average for their abilities. “It was an intense game. Our defense allowed them to score a few unearned runs.”
Fenway tied the game in the sixth when they put together a series of singles off Charlestown’s pitcher, junior Frank Rosabal, who finished with 14 k’s of his own. Neither team scored in the seventh, so it was on to extra innings.
“We should’ve been able to score right there in the eighth,” Charlestown coach Matthew Sances said. “We had two on with no outs, but couldn’t push them in. But Fenway is a good ball club. We’ll bounce back at Burke tomorrow (3 p.m., Ronan Park).”
As for Fenway, they look to carry their momentum into Friday’s contest against Snowden, 3:30 p.m. at Clifford Field.
Evan Freedman is a volunteer ESL teacher for adults at English High. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org