MILLBURY, Mass. - The Millbury Boys Baseball team came from behind twice and scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat struggling the Quaboag High School Cougars 3-2 on Monday afternoon in Millbury.
In a game the Woolies (7-7) desperately needed, they fell behind twice, 1-0, and 2-1 early in the game. But each time they rallied, Kevin Paquette walked, stole second and scored on a Justin Brosseau RBI single to tie it at 1-1.
After the Cougars (4-9) Ethan Lacaire blasted a solo homer down the left field line to give Quaboag the lead again 2-1, again the Woolies answered. Eighth grader Ryan Ward lined one of his two hits and after nearly getting picked off first would score on an RBI single to tie it again at 2-2.
The Woolies Mike Valastro walked in the sixth, stole second as well as third and scored after the Cougars Tyler Mucha dropped a third strike to give Millbury a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth. Thomas Jankins was once again a hard luck loser for Quaboag. Bedeviled by run support all season, he again was suffered an unlucky fate as he scattered just 5 hits and struck out 13 for the Cougars.
Just as impressive was Millbury's Zach Richard, pressed into his first start due to the Woolies having 8 games in 10 days. Richard was outstanding scattering just three hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. The only mistake he made was the hanging changeup that he tried to jam inside on Lacaire. The ball stayed up and over the plate and Lacaire blasted it over the fence and into the parking lot in left.
The game was scheduled for Quaboag High on Monday but the quick hitting storm moving through Central Mass flooded their field, so the location was moved to Millbury. Some quick work had to be done on Millbury's field as well but the conditions weren't bad and the game was played with Quaboag as the home team.