Nothing was going to deter Marblehead senior Brian Daly from making history yesterday afternoon.
The senior tri-captain finished with a no-hitter as the Magicians opened up the 108th season of baseball at Seaside Park with a wild 11-4 victory over Northeastern Conference rival Winthrop.
Using a fastball and a good-looking changeup, Daly needed 107 pitches to hurl his no-no. He struck out 13 Vikings (5 looking), walked four, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. He retired the first 10 batters he faced (7 via strikeout) before fanning six of the last seven batters he faced, including the side in the seventh and final frame.
Winthrop took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, bringing home runs on a fielder’s choice, an infield out and an error, then scored again in the fifth inning on another error. Aside from that, the closest they came to a hit was pitch hitter Tyler Gillis’ line drive down the line in right that landed foul.
Down by three runs, Marblehead responded with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good. Trey Blackmer (2-for-4) laced a two-run double and Daly (2-for-4 with a run scored) helped himself with an RBI double.
Also stepping up offensively for Marblehead were cleanup hitter Tommy Koopman (2-for-4, 2 runs scored), Garrett Keough (RBI single), Beau Bana (2-for-4, 2 runs scored, stolen base) and sophomore shortstop Tim Kalinowski in his first varsity start (1-for-2, two walks, run), who turned an 11-pitch at-bat into a bases loaded walk in the fourth inning.
Danvers 10, Swampscott 2: The unbeaten Falcons (3-0) strung together six runs in the fifth to break the game open. Sophomore shortstop Andrew Olszak went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a solo home run in the fifth. Senior lefty Brandon Hyde allowed two hits and struck out seven over five innings to get the win while DH Jordan DeDonato went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.