HARWICH ─ In a summer filled with baseball games, most become a blur of hits and pitches. But then there are the games both players and fans won't soon forget, such as last Saturday's 11-0 drubbing of the Orleans Firebirds by the Harwich Mariners, led by the stellar pitching of one Packy Naughton.
Naughton, a West Roxbury native who, according to his player bio, is an ambidextrous pitcher, made excellent use of his southpaw skills in Saturday's outing, pitching seven solid innings in which he allowed just six hits and no runs, while fanning four to earn the win.
Backing up Naughton was spot-on fielding from both Harwich's infield and outfield, but it was the hit parade that really had fans cheering. After both sides posted a 1-2-3 opening frame, Naughton and his teammates forced quick outs at the top of the second to keep the Firebirds off the scoreboard yet again.
Meanwhile, the Mariners went to work. Anthony Critelli was the first to reach on a walk, advancing to second on a single from Nick Feight before Johnny Adams drew the first out, moving Critelli and Feight along in the process.
Perhaps hoping to turn a double play, Orleans pitcher Sean Gunther intentionally walked Cal Raleigh, but even after Kyle Davis struck out swinging, the Mariners made their point with the first run coming on a walk, and two more following when Jonathan India swung into a single to center, putting Harwich ahead 3-0 after two.
The third inning proved scoreless for both teams, but the Mariners added another run to its tally in the fourth when Kyle Davis hit what became the first of four Harwich homers, bringing the score to 4-0.
The Firebirds loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, but Harwich kept its cool and ended scoring chances when Riley Mahan was tagged out at first. After a quick dismissal of the Harwich lineup in the bottom of the fifth, the Mariners came back swinging in the sixth, pushing across three more runs, the first on a homer from Feight. One batter later, Cal Raleigh also hit a homer, with the third run coming when Davis made it home on a wild pitch to put the Mariners ahead 7-0.
Two innings later the home team did it again, scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth. India's double brought in Antoine Duplantis, with India scoring on an Ernie Clement triple and the final two runs of the game coming on a Max Burt home run that also scored Clement.
In the end, both Davis and Feight went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI each, while Raleigh went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Duplantis went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while India went 2-for-5 with a run and three RBIs. Clement went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Burt went 1-for-1 with a run and two RBIs.
Closing the game for Naughton was reliever Tommy DeJuneas, who pitched one inning with no runs, and Brad Bass, who also pitched an inning with no runs and one strikeout.
The Mariners host Bourne tonight at 6:30 p.m., and travel to Falmouth on Friday night for a 6 p.m. game before the All-Star Game on Saturday.