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Sixteen-run outburst fuels Rams

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Perhaps the Watertown Rams are finally finding their groove.

The Rams rapped out season highs in hits and runs en route to recording a 16-7 rout of the Adirondack Trail Blazers on Wednesday night in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Newcomer Tyler Fullerton (Mississippi State) doubled, singled twice and drove in three runs to lead Watertown’s 19-hit effort, and Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) doubled, singled and knocked in four runs.

“I can’t say anything about our offense except we’re starting to get on a roll a little bit and it’s nice,” Watertown coach Paul Alteri said. “We were able to bounce back after getting in a hole early. That’s good to see.”

Starting pitcher and Immaculate Heart Central graduate Anthony Magovney (Buffalo) received ample run support as he shook off a shaky start and went on to earn his first win of the season.

“I can’t ask for anything more,” Magovney said. “I had a bad outing and my team picked me up by scoring a lot of runs.”

Watertown (4-5), which won at Newark in 10 innings on Monday, also won consecutive games for the first time this season, and moved into sole possession of second place in the West Division.

“This feels great because we didn’t get off to good start, but everyone backed each other up,” said Lopez, who delivered a two-run single in the 10th inning in Watertown’s win on Tuesday. “This shows the kind of talent we have, so it’s good to see what our guys can do.”

In all, eight Rams cranked out multiple hits, including catcher Connor Perry (Holy Cross), who singled three times and also threw out two base runners.

“One through nine, we were very good tonight,” Alteri said. “We’re not a power-hitting team — we’re a gap and contact kind of ball club. We hit line drives and that’s our personality — and the past couple games we’re been swinging the bats well.”

Magovney yielded three runs in the opening inning, but the Rams responded by scoring nine runs over the first three innings, including four in the bottom of the first.

After Lopez walked and Jacob Boylan singled, Perry and J.J. Wagner each singled in a run and both scored when Justin Protacio reached on an infield error for a 4-3 Watertown lead.

“That’s one of the first times we’ve been able get ahead by scoring some runs early,” Adirondack coach Ryne Foster said. “But I just told the team this is like beating a dead horse, but our pitchers keep putting guys on base and again it came back to hurt us.”

Boylan then singled and scored on Wagner’s single to center field for a 5-3 advantage in the second inning.

The Trail Blazers tied the game at 5-5 in the third on Alex Mata’s two-run home run over the left field wall.

The Rams followed with another four-run inning to take the lead for good in the third. After Protacio reached on an infield error, Bobby Indeglia singled to left field and Joe Moroney walked to load the bases. Lopez belted a 3-2 pitch to the center field wall to clear the bases. Fullerton followed with a run-scoring single for a 9-5 Watertown advantage.

“We’re getting confident,” Alteri said. “I didn’t see anybody hanging their heads when we were down early — so that’s a good sign, definitely.”

The Rams struck for three more runs in the fourth as Indeglia stroked an RBI double to left field, Lopez singled in a run, and Perry followed with a run-scoring flyout for a 12-5 lead.

Watertown added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and tacked on another two runs in the eighth.

“It’s nice to be to come in here and contribute right away,” said Fullerton, who was a redshirt sophomore this year at Mississippi State, which is playing in the College World Series. “Hopefully this is the start of something good.”

Matt Henne pitched three innings of three-hit ball, allowing just one run and struck out four to keep Adirondack at bay in the later innings.

Alex Simone also homered for Adirondack (3-6), which has now lost six of its past eight games after defeating Watertown, 9-8 on June 5 in the season opener for both teams.

“We’ve been swinging the bat pretty well,” Foster said. “We just need our pitching staff to start coming through for us.”

The Rams, who knocked the Trail Blazers out of a tie for second place in the division, play a doubleheader at Adirondack today.


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