HUNTINGTON, Mass. — The defending Div. 4 Western Mass. Champions stepped on the field for the first time this spring and showed why they are expected to make another deep playoff run in the Western Mass. Tournament. The Lenox Millionaires (1-0) took advantage of 11 Gateway errors, pummeling the Gators 15-0 in six innings.
“It was a good day, we mercy ruled them, got to get four pitchers work today except for Noah Hunter but it was a good day,” said Lenox head coach Kevin Downer.
Millionaires starter Michael Hurley was no-hitting Gateway through three innings but it was more important for Downer to get his other pitchers work especially with the game well in hand.
“I told Mike [Hurley] ‘Listen, I don’t care if you have a no-no going or not. This early in the season, it’s not worth risking getting a sore arm.’ We have two more games this week, Wednesday and Wahconah on Saturday, I’m making sure that we don’t get sore arms this early in the season,” explained Downer.
Hurley allowed just one base runner on a walk to lead off the second inning and struck out seven batters in three no-hit innings. Jett Steinman came in the fourth inning retiring all three batters he faced.
Connor Hanson picked up the win pitching a scoreless fifth inning striking out the side while walking two as well as giving up a leadoff single to Nathan Bushor to break up the combined no-hitter.
The Millionaires looked sharp in the field despite not having been outside yet.
“We were able to play error-free ball today and most of our pitchers were able to throw strikes for the most part. Hanson struggled with control a little bit. It wasn’t the greatest mound but he was able to settle down and battle through it,” said Downer.
The Millionaires pounced early scoring three times in the first inning on three hits and four errors and scored in each of the first four innings, scoring two runs in the second, five in the third and four in the fifth.
The Millionaires were able to bat around twice in the game, sending 10 men to the plate in both the third and fourth innings.
Luke Murphy did a good job setting the table for the Millionaires going 3-for-4 with three singles and scored three times. Mike Downer also had an excellent day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, a single, two RBI and two runs scored.
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