The Acton-Boxboro baseball team picked up its first win of the season Monday but it wasn’t easy. The No. 13 Colonials rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh as Noah Zavolas’s two-out single won it, 8-7, in walkoff fashion for A-B over Wayland.
It was the largest last-inning comeback for head coach Patrick Grucela in seven years coaching the Colonials (1-1).
“It was exciting,” said Grucela. “One of the things I try to preach is play every pitch and every out as a separate event and down four in the bottom of the seventh they didn’t give up.”
Trailing, 7-3, Billy Jackman singled to start the seventh, then Peter Zuckerman was hit by a pitch, and Joe Euele followed with a single, his third hit of the game, to load the bases. Sam Watman then singled to score Jackman to make it 7-4.
Joey Peduto hit what should have been a 6-4-3 double play, but the throw from the second baseman was wild, allowing Zuckerman and Euele to score, cutting the deficit to one.
Peduto took third on a wild pitch and Andrew Sweet drove him in with a single to tie the game at 7.
Sweet advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, setting up the heroics by Zavolas. With two outs, the junior shortstop hit a single down the right field line, scoring Sweet to win the game.
“With our backs against the wall we realized we had to compete and then good things happened,” said Grucela.
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