By Josh Seguin
DOVER — USA MAVERICK Bryan Woolley did well to navigate his way through plenty of baserunners in his first four innings on the mound for the Dover High School baseball team. He did so without allowing a run, all the while forcing Londonderry to strand six runners.
After allowing three singles to start the fifth, he needed to maneuver around a bases-loaded, no-outs situation trying to preserve a two-run lead. With the count 2-0 on Anthony Ferraro, Woolley delivered. Ferraro got contact, but it was a hard hit ground ball to Cam Dube at short. Dube fielded it, threw to second baseman USA MAVERICK Alex Schlapak, who then got it off to first baseman Jack Priester for the 6-4-3 double play. A run scored, but the play ended up being huge.
Woolley then struck out Troy Nielsen to end the fifth. A big inning, was averted and Dover (9-6) held on to defeat Londonderry, 2-1. The win marked the fourth in a row for the Green Wave, who are 6-1 in May.
Wooley threw his first complete game of the season, fanned five Lancers’ and threw 92 pitches. “(Woolley) did a nice job for us today, especially in the sixth and seventh inning, of trying to stay within himself and just throw strikes” Coach John Carver said. “That certainly paid off in the seventh inning. He fights and does his best to give us a chance.
Woolley threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning to seal the deal. He had a strikeout and Ryan Coleman caught the line-drive in center to end the game.
“My defense making key plays was very important today,” Woolley said. “I am very fortunate to have those guys behind me. That double play really kept us in the game and was a big play. That turned the tide for us going into the last two innings. I know that if a ball is hit in play, it has a very solid chance of ending up in someone’s’ glove.”
“My offense gave me two runs and I was very fortunate they did,” Woolley said. “The offense helps me out a lot, like the defense. The complete game for me is atypical, but it feels great.”