After allowing the first two batters of the game to score, Jake Stearns settled down to toss six scoreless innings, as the 10th-ranked Eagles upset the second-ranked Rams, 3-2, in Atlantic Coast League play Monday in Plymouth.
The win was the third of the season for the 6-foot1-inch senior southpaw, who scattered six hits, while striking out six and walking five.
“Stearns is just difficult to hit,” said Plymouth North coach Dwayne Follette, of his Stonehill University-bound ace. “He can get wild at times, but tonight he settled in nicely. He throws hard -- mid- to high-80s -- and has a ton of movement on his fastball.
“He’s just a tough high school lefty,” said Follette, who has been coaching at Plymouth North for 18 seasons.
After allowing a leadoff single and walking the next batter, Stearns surrendered a bases-clearing double to Marshfield's John Ryan that put the Rams (10-1) up, 2-0.
Once Stearns settled in, the momentum swung in the Eagles' direction and RBI singles from Vinny Tavernelli and Cody Holmes had the score knotted at 2 as the teams entered the sixth inning.
Ryan Moskos led off the sixth with an infield single for the Eagles (7-3) and came around to score the eventual game-winner on an error.
The win keeps the Eagles’ hopes for a fourth consecutive ACL title alive, as they improved to 3-2 in league play, while the Rams dropped to 5-1.
“This win was big, it keeps us alive,” said Follette. “We’ve won the league title the last three years and just haven’t hit the ball well at all yet this season. Once we start hitting like we’re capable, we’ll be pretty scary.”
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