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Corriveau tosses one-hitter to lead Bow past Pelham

BOW – The pre-game bullpen session went wild on Bow’s Nate Corriveau.

“In warmups we were throwing a lot more away than we were used to,” Falcons catcher Chris Fournier said. “So we were kind of iffy on what we were going to throw.”

But once the game started, Corriveau found his spots and answered all the questions. The junior threw his second one-hitter of the season to lead Bow (9-2) to a 6-1 win over Pelham (6-5).

“Yeah, there were a couple of errant balls that went all over the place,” Corriveau said. “But I thought I could gather it in, and it worked out, so that was good.”

Corriveau gathered it all the way in as he threw just 78 pitches, 52 for strikes, and faced only 24 batters in his seven innings of work. Corriveau struck out four (three in the first inning), walked one and the only run he allowed was unearned.

“Nate’s been throwing well for us, and some days he’s been more dominant than others, and today was one of those days,” Bow Coach Ben Forbes said. “Today he had real command of his pitches and he had a lot of pop.”

Pelham starter Ryan Frank matched Corriveau for most of the game, which was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth. But that’s when the Pythons defense fell apart in a bizarre half inning that saw five errors, two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a 15-minute delay as the home plate umpire felt feint.

“We’ve been on the other side of a couple innings like that, and it’s one of those that you’ve got to keep the pedal to the metal,” Forbes said. “Our kids had good plate discipline that inning, forced (Frank) to get his pitch count way up, and we took advantage.”

Frank hit Hunter Berke with the first pitch of the frame, Sebastian Strong then reached on an error, and Berke eventually came home on a sacrifice fly from Andrew Griffin. Matt Murray followed with his second walk of the game, Sam Morrow got on board by an error, and Fournier delivered a line drive single to right to plate Strong.

“I’ve been struggling a lot lately, so it was definitely good to get that hit,” Fournier said.

It was during the next at-bat that the home plate umpire needed his break, and Frank ended up walking that batter, Sean Ford (1-for-2, two walks, run). Corriveau (2-for-4) then reached on an error that allowed Morrow and Fournier to score, and Lee finished the scoring when he came home on a wild pitch.

The Falcons’ first run came in the second when Strong was hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out single by Morrow. Pelham tied it in the fourth when Jake Vaiknoras reached on an error, stole second and then came around on a two-base throwing error.

While Bow’s infield defense was shaky at times, “we were able to bounce back when we needed to and got the outs we needed,” Corriveau said. And the Falcons outfield (Tyler Lambert, Berke and Murray) was superb, tracking down the few hard hit balls that Corriveau allowed.

“The outfield has been the wrench in our works, but they’ve worked hard and I was very proud of the way they responded today,” Forbes said.

The Falcons have a tough week ahead with a home game against Winnisquam (9-2) and road games at Pelham and Campbell (8-4), but they’re confident they can handle the challenges as they make a push toward the postseason.

“All of our pitchers have been good and they’re getting where they need to be,” Fournier said. “So we’re going to be good going into the playoffs.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3371 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

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