The Masconomet baseball team picked up its sixth straight win yesterday, but had to work overtime to do so as the Chieftains Joe Klingensmith and Hamilton-Wenham’s Austin Michel staged a classic pitching duel.
Senior Spiros Varinos played younger brother Elias with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th and Masco (11-5) held on to win 1-0.
Klingensmith didn’t allow a hit until the seventh innings and went 9 1/3, allowing three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Tommy Budrewicz came on for the final five outs and earned the win.
“No extra innings game is east. They’re character testers and this is certainly good for us,” said Masco coach T.J. Baril. “Joe’s pitch count was low, which allowed us to keep him in the game, and Austin pitched outstanding for Hamilton. We only had four hits off of him.”
The Generals had the winning run on third with no outs in the seventh but Klingensmith got out of the jam. Hamilton left eight runners on, six in scoring position, from the sixth inning on and Masco made the clutch plays. Michel threw nine innings and struck out seven and Drew Gallant pitched the last two innings and didn’t allow a hit.
“It was an awesome game,” H-W coach Reggie Maidment said. “Both teams played well and Austin and Joe both pitched unbelievable. They were battling.”
Elias Varinos walked in the 11th, was sacrificed to second by Greg Dougherty and then took third on a wild pitch. That put him in position for Spiros’ sac fly.
Nick Tufts doubled for the Generals and catcher Pete Duval threw out a pair of runners in clutch situations.
Rockport 5, Ipswich 2: Alex Amoroso doubled and pitched five innings as the Tigers took the loss on the road. Kyle Barber also pitched well in relief for Ipswich.