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April 12, 2014

Friday's area roundup: Messina, Hamor help Beverly baseball walks off with a win

The pitching of Eric Messina and some timely hitting from Matt Hamor made sure the Beverly High baseball team wouldn’t begin its season with three straight defeats.

After dropping its first two contests this week, the Panthers picked up a huge 1-0 walkoff win over Lynn Classical yesterday afternoon at Brother Roberts Field..

”It’s all about good defense and good pitching — that will keep you in every game,” said Beverly head coach Dave Wilbur. “And then we got the big hit. It’s a good way to end the week.”

Messina took the hill and dominated the Rams, throwing all seven innings giving up just one hit while striking out 11.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Beverly offense got the job done. Craig Hall led off with an infield single, John Berchoff sacrificed him over and Kevin Cuneo hit a bloop single to give the Panthers men at the corners. Hamor (2 hits) came through with a single that scored Hall and gave Beverly the win.

North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 7, Chelsea 0: Sophomore Mike Mitchell threw a complete game five-hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks as the Hawks improved to 2-2 (2-1 in league play). Senior J.T. Bisazza led the way offensively with a triple, double, single and three RBI while sophomore Aaron Smart had two hits and senior Jeff White scored twice.

CUSHING 3, PINGREE 0: Jeff DiPiero was a tough luck loser for the Highlanders (2-3), striking out seven hitters in four innings.

Gloucester 5, Marblehead 0: Jake Marsden and captain Tom Koopman had the only hits for the Magicians, who gave up two runs to the hosts in the bottom of the first inning and never managed to get any back.

Winthrop 8, Swampscott 3: Sophomore Corey Bleau was called up on to make a last-minute start and performed admirably, tossing 5 and 1/3 innings for the Big Blue (0-3). He did give up five earned runs but drew praise from Swampscott head coach Jason Calichman. In addition, Brendan McDonald had a RBI.

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