, Salem, MA

April 7, 2014

Weekend area roundup: Chieftains overpower Beverly in season opener

The Salem News


Difficult weather has made it a slow spring for local baseball teams, but that didn’t stop Masconomet from getting off to a fast start yesterday afternoon at Beverly.

The Chieftains scored six runs in the first inning, recorded 17 hits and had three pitchers keep the Panthers’ bats at bay in a 15-1, season-opening victory.

Masco had 11 players register at least one hit and eight different players drove in runs. Joe Klingensmith earned the win, allowing three hits over the first four innings, striking out four and walking one. Tom Budrewicz pitched two hitless innings in relief and Sam Hamburger allowed one hit and struck out a pair in one inning of work.

“It was good to see contributions from the entire roster on the first day out there,” Masco coach T.J. Baril said. “We were able to get Joe out with a low pitch count and Tommy and Sam did a really good job.”

Sophomore Elias Varinos went 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs. Mike Manni added three hits and two runs for the Chieftains.

“Masco’s a really good team and we didn’t really do anything to help ourselves,” Beverly (0-1) coach Dave Wilbur said. “We just have to work harder and improve.”


Salem 10, Georgetown 8: Peter Slattery led the way with six goals as the Witches evened out their record at 1-1. Craig Denehy (one assist) and Mat Muse each recorded two goals, Matt Jalbert score one and Christian Costa made 13 saves in goal.

Bishop Fenwick 18, Cardinal Spellman 4: Kyle Russell guided the Crusaders to their first win of the season with six goals and two helpers on the day. Chris Napolitano added two goals and six assists, Mark Nalesnik had three goals and one assist, while Coleman Hebert finished with two goals and an assist.

North Andover 14, Peabody 6: The Tanners hung tough for three quarters but dropped their opener. Josh Fiore scored one goal and handed out three assists while Matt Pinho and Reed Foster each scored two goals. Ryan Wolff added one goal and Mike Vadala chipped in with an assist.

Peabody coach Anthony O’Donnell praised Cody Wlasuk, Connor Bombaci and goalie Matt Cloutman for their defensive play.


Bishop Fenwick 17, Cardinal Spellman 3: Merry Harrington (three goals, two assists), Tessa McLaughlin (two goals, one assist) and Teagan Ahearn (two goals, three assists) paced the offense, while Meghan Woodworth turned away seven saves for the Crusaders (2-1).

Winchester 12, Marblehead 4: The Magicians slipped to 1-3 on the season despite seeing goals from Adrienne Ciccone, Emily Freedland, Corinne Mayle and Sydney Cayen. Lucy Poulin recorded two assists in the loss, while Brittany Lydon made 10 saves.


Endicott 10, Gordon 4: Endicott’s Emily Whitney, Katie Tierney and Kirsten Thor each recorded hat tricks in Saturday’s victory to help the Gulls improve to 10-1 on the season. Bailey Grinnell, Anna Blomberg, Jane Dietrich and Stephanie Fitzgerald had goals for Gordon, which was outscored 6-1 in the first half.

Salem State 17, Framingham State 5: Kelsey Russell recorded six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Vikings in MASCAC competition. Vikings’ netmider, Chyenne Jackson (Peabody) stopped 10 in the win.


Endicott 26, Gordon 6: Endicott freshman face-off specialist Tommy Hughes set a career-high with 24 wins in the X during the Gulls’ victory over Gordon on Saturday. Junior attacker Kyle Weber picked up nine points on six goals and three assists as the Gulls scored 11 goals in the first quarter alone. Jordan Heckelmann and Roger Evans contributed with a pair of goals each for Gordon (6-6).

Salem State 11, Southern Maine 10: The Vikings (3-6) scored five-fourth quarter goals to put an end to a two-goal deficit and ensure the win. Alex Pearsons tallied three goals and a team-high 10 shots to lead SSU, while Dylan Svenson made nine saves in goal.


Salem State picks up two: The Vikings improve to 14-10 on the season after sweeping both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against MCLA. Kevin Carens had three hits and one RBI in Salem State’s 5-0 victory in game one, while Ryan Hyjek moved to 4-1 on the hill. In game two, the Vikings continued their dominance as sophomore Sean Buckland pitched the entire game, striking out 10 batters and allowed just four hits.

Endicott sweeps: The Gulls push their record to 13-4 on the season with yesterday’s two wins. Endicott let its arms do most of the talking as sophomore J.J. Branch and freshman Luke Morse both allowed just four hits in complete game victories.


Rhode Island College 9, Salem State 0: Salem State opened Little East Conference play with a loss to the Anchormen.


Endicott drops two: The Gulls fell to Marymount (3-2) and Stevens (3-0) at the second day of the Springfield Invitational. Endicott middle blocker Daniel Toth matched his season-high of nine kills, while sophomore setter Cameron Little stepped into a starting role and tied his season-high with 21 assists and five digs.


Vikings sweep: Salem State picked up wins in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against MCLA. Sarah Hastings (Marblehead) started the game, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. Rebecca Krigman led the Vikings to a 4-3 win in game one, going 3-for-3 including a double and two RBI. Lauren DiCredico was victorious in game two, as she let up just two hits in five innings pitched and Bobbie Dee Regan added a home run to push the Vikings past the Trailblazers 7-1.

Endicott wins three: The Gulls took three out of their four games this weekend, splitting with Western New England on Saturday (2-1, 2-3) and sweeping Nichols (8-0, 8-0). Freshman second baseman Chrissy Gikas (Danvers) finished with weekend with six hits and two RBI. Also former Danvers backstop Sam Dibella recorded six hits and five RBI over the last two days to help the Gulls improve to 12-4 overall.