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April 7, 2014

Weekend area roundup: Chieftains overpower Beverly in season opener

BASEBALL

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.”

BOYS LACROSSE

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.

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