AUBURN – In the one week since St. Dom’s was one-hit at Old Orchard Beach, the Saints have been taking their frustration out on some rather unfortunate opponents.
Wednesday, it was Fryeburg Academy that had to endure the reawakening of the St. Dom’s offense. The Saints pounded out 10 hits, five for extra bases, and Brady Blackman tossed a one-hitter in a 12-2 rout shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule.
Blackman helped himself out with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in, while Andy Allen collected three hits, including two triples, and three RBIs. Mike Carpenter stroked a couple of singles and drove in a pair.
Ever since managing just one hit in a 2-1 loss to OOB junkballer Don Dutton last week, the Saints (12-2) haven’t lost and are averaging nearly a dozen runs per game
“It was nice finally seeing a pitcher that throws a little harder than the last couple we’ve faced,” Allen said. “It’s easier when you don’t have to think about hitting the ball for so long. We’ve definitely turned it around since Old Orchard.”
The Saints didn’t give Fryeburg sophomore Matt Rolfe much time to think, touching him for three runs in the first. Blackman drove in Carpenter with his first double before Allen plated him with his first three-bagger. Allen then scored on a pitch that went to the backstop.
Rolfe struck out the side in the second but got himself into trouble again in the third when he hit leadoff batter Peter Lewis. After a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt, Carpenter drove Lewis home with a single. Allen followed with his second triple just inside the right field line to send Carpenter home.
Blackman, meanwhile, was cruising along on the mound, fanning six of the first seven Raider batters.
“He’s a very strong pitcher,” said Fryeburg coach Dave Jones, whose team dropped to 4-10. “At the beginning of the game, especially, he was able to spot his fastball on the outside corner. He put us in a defensive hitting position and that just makes us stronger.”
The Saints chased Rolfe and roughed up reliever Vince Osgood in a six-run fourth as Casey Parker, Carpenter and Allen laced RBI singles and Blackman added a two-run double.
“It’s easy to hit the ball when your pitcher’s not giving up any runs,” Allen said.
“We had really poor plate discipline (in the OOB game). Guys weren’t waiting and being overaggressive, so we’ve really taken the approach in practice every day to keep our front side on the ball and really hit the ball where it’s pitched,” Saints coach Bob Blackman said.
“Each game, we’ve faced a little better pitcher, and it’s really paid off. Going back to Saturday, we’ve had games where we’ve put 14, 10 and 13 hits to go with today.”
Working with pinpoint location on his fastball and curve, Blackman (11 Ks, one walk) faced the minimum through 4 1/3. But he lost the perfect game, the no-hitter and the shutout in the fifth. Aaron Kasprak walked, Chris Roscoe reached on an error and Rolfe collected the first hit when he beat out a slow grounder to short. Evan Humphrey walked with the bases loaded for the first run. Roscoe scored the second on a wild pitch.