KINGSTON, Mass. –- Dominant.
That’s the appropriate adjective to use when describing right-hander Anthony Videtto’s performance Wednesday as No. 9 Silver Lake blanked Duxbury, 6-0, in a Patriot League Keenan Division game.
Videtto no-hit the Dragons (5-2, 9-3) for 5 1/3 innings before finishing with a three-hitter (one of which never left the infield).
In addition he walked two, struck out eight and only faced five batters over the minimum.
“Anthony’s real good,” Lakers coach Ken Tocci said. “He’s been our co-ace all year long. You get him one or two runs and you know that will hold up.
“He’s that good at this point and he’s throwing the ball well. Pitching and defense are the name of the game (Silver Lake made zero errors as compared with three for Duxbury). We had a situation today where my guy was a little better than Duxbury’s (starter and loser Cole Roland).”
Videtto exited the field with a 7-1 record (he also has one save) and an ERA that hovered just above 1.00.
“This was one of my best games,” Videtto said. “I was able to keep the ball down. I like to keep the ball on the ground. If it’s in the air it could go over the center-fielder’s head.
“If you keep it on the ground you can get double-play balls. So, I just like to keep it on the ground and have good defense behind me. They made all the plays today.”
Playing the spoiler: Jake Reagan broke up Videtto’s no-hit bid when he grounded a single to left with one out in the sixth. Colin McGillvray then beat out a bunt single before Videtto retired the last two Dragons.
The Lakers (9-2, 12-3) scored all the runs Videtto would need when they hung two on the board in the second – Tanner Bouchard collecting an RBI single and Bradley Chandler scoring on a wild pitch.
Silver Lake added a third run in the fourth when Ray DiMestico reached on an infield hit and eventually scored on Matt Cauchon’s single.
What transpired in the Silver Lake fifth was bizarre because the Lakers scored three runs on only one hit, a bunt single by Bill Gallagher.
One run scored on a wild pitch, another on an error and the last on Chandler’s fielder’s choice.
Duxbury, meanwhile, only advanced four runners as far as second base.
Completely different ballgame: What made the final score even more noteworthy was the fact Duxbury had belted Silver Lake, 12-1, on April 11.
“Honestly, it’s the Patriot League,” Tocci said while trying to explain the difference in the two games. “If you look at the scores and you look at who’s beating who, if you don’t bring your ‘A’ game in the Patriot League you will lose.
“We have two state champions in the league. It’s a good baseball league so you have to be ready to play. We weren’t ready to play the first time. I know our kids took it personally so they were ready to play today.”