Malden pitching stars for Golden Tornadoes, who split games
By Julian Cardillo
Junior lefthander Billy Stickney dominated on the mound, and his teammates provided plenty of offense as the Malden High School baseball team picked up an 8-2 win over Northeastern Conference rival Winthrop at Maplewood Park on Monday. Stickney went the distance, scattering four hits and striking out a whopping 15 on the night.
“I am not sure what the school record for one game is right now, but 15 strikeouts must be pretty close,” said Malden High coach Steve Freker. “Stickney was in control all night, and we backed him up with some runs and some good defense.”
Stickney picked up right where he left off last weekend when he was named a Chris Serino All-Star.
This time around, Malden scored three runs in the bottom of the first for a 3-1 lead they would never give back. Senior Mike Goroshko’s two-run triple was the big hit. Senior Tylor West drove him in with an RBI single.
Stickney struck out the side in the second inning, and Malden and Goroshko were at it again in the bottom of the inning, with his second two-run triple in as many innings, driving it to the left-center gap.
Goroshko finished two for three with four RBIs and two runs scored. Also contributing offensively were leadoff hitter and senior Kevin Gilligan, who was two for three with two runs, and West (two for four). Senior Nick Sargent had a two-run single in the fourth inning, and seniors Anthony Alterio and Devin Ciampi also had hits.
“Goroshko really sparked the offense. He hit two rockets for triples and got us off to a great start,” Coach Freker said.
Unfortunately, Malden couldn’t follow up with another win on Wednesday, as they lost to Lynn Classical, 4-1. Senior Kevin Gilligan pitched well for Malden, throwing only 73 pitches for a complete-game four-hitter. He even had seven strikeouts, and Malden out-hit Classical, 7-4, but left 10 on base.
“We were a couple of big hits away from turning it around,” Freker said. “We have to get those runs across.”
Malden hosts Lynnfield on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Maplewood Park in Malden.
Malden Sports Round-Up
The Malden boys’ lacrosse team took down Saugus, 10-7, on Monday behind a six-goal performance by Zach Rufo. On Tuesday, the girls’ lacrosse team edged St. Joe’s Prep, 12-6.
The Malden girls’ tennis team beat Somerville, 3-2, at Tufts University on Tuesday.
After dropping two consecutive matches, the Golden Tornadoes boys’ volleyball team took down Pope John on the road to improve to 7-3 on the season.