Shanahan (above) has been dominate all year
Somerville, MA - The Malden Bulldogs caputred their 16th victory of 2010 behind the dominating pitching performance from left-hander Patrick Shanahan.
Shanahan, a native of Haverhill, MA and a standout pitcher at Fisher College, pitched six innings of one hit baseball as he improves to 5-0. Shanahan struck out twelve, walked three and hit a batter. Shanahan, at one point, retired five straight batters via the strike out and had at least two strikeouts in every inning after the first. He struck out the side twice, 2nd and 4th innings.
"After that first inning, I found a grove and just stayed there." said Shanahan after the win. "(Anthony) Perry and I were on the same page all night and then it continued when Joey (Eugenio) caught my last two innings."
Submariner Jon Shepard, a Wheaton College graduate, pitched the seventh and allowed an unearned run to cross. Shepard, who leads the team in appearances, allowed two hits while striking out one.
The Bulldog offense came to life in the third inning. Mike Terrio and Perry led off the inning with back to back base hits. With one out, Brad Tardugno added to his YBL leading RBI total as he singled home Terrio to make it 1-0; the first Malden run scored in thirteen innings. Perry crossed the plate on Billy Sinopoli's double to left and Evan Tardugno lifted a sacrifice fly to left that plated his brother Brad with the third Bulldog run of the inning.
Malden contiued to score in the fourth as they pushed across another three runs. Rookie Hunter Caron reached on a throwing error and Luis Lara followed with a single to left to begin the frame. Terrio got a base hit to left, his third of the game, which went under the glove of the left fielder. That allowed Caron to score from second and Lara to advance to third. Perry would then single home Lara, via a Trum Field bounce, to make it a 5-0 game. Terrio would score the sixth Malden run when Jonathan Pollard grounded into a double play.
Brad Tardugno would single home Perry in the sixth to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Winter Hill finally got on the board in the seventh. With Shanahan out of the game, the Cylcones were able to get a "cheapie" off of Shepard. Sam Kennedy-Smith hit a ten foot dribbler up the first base line that allowed him to reach. He would advance to second and third on two defense indiferences and score on a Christan Barros base hit up the middle. Shepard would get Lerro to fly out to right to end the game.
"This was a good team win." said Malden manager Kevin McGovern. "After a tough loss last night, we came out swinging and scored runs like we are suppose to."
Malden collected fourteen hits on the night. Terrio and Perry combined to go 7-for-10 with four runs scored at the top of the order (3-for-5, 2 R and 4-for-5, 2 R respectively). Brad Tardungo went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and Luis Lara had a solid 2-for-4 in the nine hole.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 16-3 while Winter Hill falls to 5-12-1. With the YBL All-Stars vs. the Military All Stars game set for tonight (Thursday, July 12), the Bulldogs will enjoy three days off before traveling to Revere High School on Sunday evening. Game time is set for 5:30pm when the Bulldogs battle a rival in the Revere Rockies.
News and Notes:
Since Malden became a YBL franchise in 2007, the Bulldogs are 9-0 against the Cyclones and have outscored them 69-9.... Brad Tardugno now has 28 RBIs, the most in the YBL, he is also tied for the league lead in hits with AlThomas' Steve Lambert at 24.... With two more runs scored, Anthony Perry upped his YBL leading total to 24.... Perry has also been on a tear over his last five games (10-19)... Patrick Shanahan has struck out atleast seven batters in all five of his starts in 2010, he also leads the league in strikeouts (55) and is tied with Revere's Tom Levett and AlThomas' Ryan Stoller for wins (5)...