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April 26, 2013

Thursday's area roundup: Ipswich baseball walks off with a win in 12 innings


Ipswich didn’t dwell on the fact that it left the winning run on base a few times in extra innings yesterday. The Tigers just kept having solid at-bats.

In the bottom of the 12th, the Tigers were rewarded as Kyle Barber plated Alex Amoroso and Ipswich walked off with a win over Manchester Essex, 5-4 at Mile Lane Park.

Sean Whooley gave Ipswich (2-4) 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and only allowed three baserunners on two hits and a walk. He entered the game in the seventh with the game tied, 4-4, and runners in scoring position and made sure the Hornets never took the lead. Then with the bases loaded in the 12th, Barber hit a sharp grounder to the pitcher and Amoroso beat the throw home.

”We hope it means something,” Ipswich coach Gardy O’Flynn said. “The more you can put yourself in these pressure situations the more you’ll be prepared for them. We got almost two games in today with many, many situations.”

Amoroso had three of his team’s 10 hits and helped spark the Tigers to a 4-0 lead in the first. Ryan Law got the start and held the Hornets to one run over the first six frames.

”They earned it,” said O’Flynn. “We only walked two and we played a clean game. That’s what we want to do.”

Swampscott 3, Lynn English 2: Ryan January’s two-out double in the top of the seventh plated Robert Serino to snap a 2-2 tie and give the Big Blue (3-6) a much needed victory. Both January (2 RBI) and Serino (RBI) had two hits in the win. Al Wallach didn’t allow an earned run in six innings on the mound, pounding the strike zone and finishing with five punchouts. Greg Collier came on to earn the save in the seventh.

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