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May 20, 2013

Weekend area roundup: Masco baseball knocks North Reading from the ranks of the unbeaten


North Reading arrived at Masconomet Saturday afternoon owning 16 straight victories, including a 10-inning win over the Chieftains earlier this spring.

The Hornets departed with their streak snapped as the Chieftains gained a small measure of revenge after a 2-1 win.

Masco, which dropped a 6-5 game to North Reading in April, has now won seven straight games and sits at 13-5 with two regular season games remaining.

“We go out and just try to play whoever is in the opposite dugout, no matter what their record is or what we did against them in the past,” Masco coach T.J. Baril said. “It was good to get this win and improve our tournament seeding.”

The Chieftains scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and senior righty Speros Varinos fired a complete-game one-hitter for the win.

Joe Klingensmith and Elias Varinos each had RBI singles and finished with two hits apiece. Will Twiss also had a pair of hits for Masco.

Speros Varinos ran into trouble in the sixth inning, surrendering a pair of walks that sandwiched a single to load the bases. He then walked in North Reading’s only run.

“We took a trip and he assured us that he was absolutely OK and everything was under control,” Baril said. “The next batter grounded out back to him.”

Speros Varinos then worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning to slam the door.

Catcher Mike Manni played an excellent game behind the plate and threw out a runner attempting to steal in the fourth inning.

HOSMAN HELPS PHILLIPS ANDOVER TO TITLE: Matt Hosman of Peabody had two hits, scored three runs and knocked in a pair as Phillips Andover won their second straight Central New England Prep School Baseball League (CNEPSBL) title. The Big Blue defeated both top-seeded Deerfield, 10-7, and second ranked Worcester Academy, 12-8, to win the title.

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