Chris Farley had some not-so-savory moments in this game (two hit batsmen, two horrendous wild pitches, and nine hits), but he pitched through them all and tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Spirit to a 4-0 victory tonight over Sussex, giving North Shore the series victory over the hapless Skyhawks.
The Spirit were being no-hit by Ryan Lobban until the 4th inning, when Gary Roche and Jerson Perez led off the inning with a pair of singles. Roche moved to 3rd on a wild pitch then came home to score on a sac fly by Luis Lopez. BJ Weed's RBI single brought home Perez to give the Spirit a 2-0 lead.
Farley and Lobban traded goose eggs from there on out. Then, in the 8th inning, Jamie Merchant came in to pitch for the Skyhawks and proceeded to let the game get away. Luis Lopez blasted a 2 RBI double to the left field wall to increase the Spirit's lead to 4-0, which would be the final score.
Chris Farley retired the Skyhawks in order in the 9th to nail down the complete game, 9-hit shutout. The generally quiet crowd somewhat came to life w/ 2 strikes and 2 outs in the 9th, cheering on Farley to a game ending strikeout of Larry "Once a Pride, Always a Pride" Bethea. (This was probably because there was a large enough clot of us standing and raising a ruckus that it caught on with others throughout the park.)
SUS 0 9 0
NSS 4 8 0
Now: on to Brockton to end the first half.
Elsewhere in the league, the Jackals clinched the first half title with an 8-0 win over Worcester. Nashua was off, so the Spirit are now 1 game behind the Pride for 3rd.