Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 28, 2019 Wings struggle to score, fall to 1-7 By Greg Phipps T hrough their first five games, the Saugus Wings had trouble keeping the opponent off the scoreboard, giving up an average of nine runs per game. Over their three most recent North Shore Baseball League (NSBL) contests, the Wings have done a much better job of preventing runs, allowing three per game. The problem is Saugus was having more difficulty scoring. And that dilemma played out in low-scoring losses to the Manchester Marlins, 3-1, last Saturday and the Rowley NorEasters, 5-1, on Monday. The Wings scored 10 times in notching their first victory of the season – a 10-1 triumph back on June 15 at Marblehead – nine of those tallies came in the first inning of that game. Over its last 20 innings culminating in the conclusion of Monday’s game, Saugus had managed to bring across just three runs total. In the loss to Saugus player Nick Raimo dives back to first base on a pickoff attempt in Monday’s game at Eiras Park Field in Rowley. (Advocate Photos by Greg Phipps) Manchester at World Series Park, the Wings finished with only three hits. Dawson Gaudet’s RBI double was the offensive highlight, and Steve DiBlasi and David Harris reached on singles. Saugus pitching did surrender 10 hits but only walked two batters and struck out 11 to keep the Marlins to three runs. The Wings had not played Award-Winning Landscaping Servicing the North Shore for over 38 Years Wings hitter Pat Murray heads out of the batter’s box after stroking a single during Monday’s contest against Rowley. in a week before the Manchester tilt. Facing a NorEasters squad that was 1-7 coming into Monday’s affair at Eiras Park Field in Rowley, Saugus had a chance to lift itself out of last place in the standings, but the Wings fell behind early. Three Rowley runs came across in the bottom of the first inning. Trailing 3-0, Wings starter Tyler Armstrong Saugus pitcher Tyler Armstrong produced a complete-game effort in a losing cause on Monday. righted the ship for the most part. He ended up going the distance, allowing six hits and five runs, and fanning seven in his six innings of duty. Meanwhile, the Wings could do very little offensively to get back into the game. Mike Mabee did swat three hits, and he drove in the lone Wings run. DiBlasi scored on Mabee’s hit. Harris had a single and a stolen base. Sean Moynihan and Pat Murray singled as well, and Nick Raimo had a stolen base. After the Rowley defeat, the Wings stood at 1-7 and in a tie with the North Reading A’s for last place. Still, they have hope to make it to the postseason, currently only one game behind Rowley for the eighth and final tournament position. NOW BOOKING NEW CUSTOMERS! DON’T WAIT! Call 781-321-2074 Pavers * Walkways * Patios * Driveways * Pool Decks Planting * Perennials * Shrubs * Trees New Lawns * Sod * Hydroseed Flowers/Annuals/Mums * Conventional Seeding * Synthetic Complete Maintenance * Cleanups (Spring & Fall) * Lawn Cutting, Edging & Weeding * Lawn Fertilizer Programs * Trim & Prune Shrubs * Mulching, Thatching Interlock Block * Fire Pits * Sitting Walls * Pillers Landscape Lighting * Design * Install * Repair * Night Illumination

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