The Salem News
---- — 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.
Revere 7, Salem 6: In a late Thursday result, the Patriots scored the go-ahead run on a bases loaded walk in the last of the seventh as Salem fell to 0-2. Samuel Arias Ramirez was effective on the hill in five innings of work while Matt Marquez hit a solo homer and drove in three runs. Josh McRae also had a hit and an RBI.
Pingree 18, Beaver Country Day 0: Jill Witwicki went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and four RBI total in a blowout victory. Hanna Stasiuk was 3-for-3 with three RBI while Nora Sullivan was 2-for-4 and knocked in a run. The Highlanders (1-1) made it easy for Christina Chalmers, who spun a five-inning one-hitter with four strikeouts.
Masconomet 3, Triton 0: Senior pitcher Emily Down threw a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts to help the Chieftains to 1-1. Dow also had one of the teams three RBIs.
Lynn Classical 3, Beverly 2: Sophomore Olivia George went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a double as the Panthers dropped a close one. Senior Kate Silvestri went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and freshmen Cori Coults had a pair of sacrifice flies and one RBI. Emily Pitman took the loss on the mound, striking out four and gave up nine hits.
Marblehead 4, Gloucester 1: Kelly Mealey (6-0, 6-3) and Julia Channing (6-1, 6-4) won first and second singles respectively for Marblehead (1-1) while Amanda Gilberg/Meagan Hanratty (6-1, 6-0) topped first doubles and Jenny Norcross/Alexa Hamelburg (6-1, 6-2) won second doubles.
Peabody 3, Lynn Classical 2: Peabody (3-0) third singles Eleni Petronelis won the deciding match 6-2, 6-2 after Rachael Gillis (6-2, 6-3) and Dany Chhan (6-7, 6-3, 6-2) took first and second singles, respectively. Peabody is yet to drop a singles match three games into the season.
Swampscott 5, Danvers 0: The Big Blue went on the road and swept all five matches, improving to 2-1. Anna Raptunovich (6-2, 6-0), Veronica Pyatigorskaya (6-0, 6-1) and Jessica Zolott (6-3, 6-0) cruised in singles while the doubles teams of Anya Peterson/Sara Cunningham (7-5, 7-5) and Michelle Shnayder/Chelsea Todtseld (6-1, 7-5).
Marblehead 5, Gloucester 0: Chris Wigglesworth (6-0, 6-1), Dimitri Vlassov (6-1, 6-1) and Griffin Butterfield (6-0, 6-0) swept up in singles action for the Magicians (1-1) while Michael Forte/Justin Faia (6-2, 6-4) and Corey Stein/Felix Litvak (6-1, 6-3) also won in straight sets.
Peabody 3, Lynn Classical 2: Igor Chiste won at first singles (6-0, 6-2), as did Scott Perlman (6-4, 6-2) at second singles and the first doubles team of Alex McDonough and Mike Nicoli (6-3, 6-4), enabling the host Tanners to stay unbeaten at 3-0.
Danvers 5, Swampscott 0: Junior Jimmy Cunningham found himself down four games right off the bat, but rallied to win his match, 7-5, 6-3, sending the Falcons (2-0 NEC, 2-1 overall) to victory. Captain Nick Lisichenok (6-0, 6-0) and Brian Daly (6-2, 6-2) were also victorious in singles play while Matt Kidney/Chris Shalkoski (6-0, 6-1) and Kevin Hodgkins Zach Noring (6-4, 6-3) completed the sweep in doubles.
Hamilton-Wenham 99, Newburyport 45: Senior captains Leslie Bynum and Emily Horgan, as well as sophomore Kerry Hull, won two events as the Generals climbed to 4-0 on the season. Bynum captured the javelin (93-2) and discus (108-9); Horgan took top honors in the mile (5:43) and 800 (2:38); and Hull was victorious in the long jump (15-10) and high jump (4-11). Other winners for H-W included Bailey Wallich (triple jump, 32-3), Emily Weigand (2-mile, 12:17), Vanessa Morris (100, 13.3), Emma Beane (400, 61.3) and Kristen Heffernan (200, 28.4).
Newburyport 86, Hamilton-Wenham 59: Shawn Kotch won both the triple jump (39-1) and 110 hurdles (16.2) for the Generals, who fell to 1-3. Bobby Grinnell captured the 400 hurdles (63.6) while Mitch Albanese won the discus (99 feet) and Riley Frackleton was victorious in the long jump (19-3). Hamilton-Wenham also won the 4x100 relay in 46.8 seconds.
Hamilton-Wenham 4, North Reading 2: In a defensive battle, Grant Thompson was stellar in goal for the Generals, which got the game-winning goal from Cam Macri. Christian Ecker added a goal and an assist while Matt Curran and Brian Shaw also scored.
Berwick 6, Pingree 5: Junior Carter Rossano had three goals and two assists while sophomore Sam Ober added a pair of goals for Pingree (1-2). Defensively, the Highlanders held Berwick to just one second half goal.
Mystic Valley 9, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 6: Anthony Huntley had a hat trick for NST/EA (1-2) while Dan McCormack added two goals and first-year player Yordany Sanchez (midfield) had an assist and played well on defense. Junior Dustin Costello went 11-for-15 on faceoffs for the Hawks.
Salem 11, Winthrop 6: Emily Coelho led the way with five goals to help the Witches improve to 4-0 on the season. Alexa Gilbert had three goals, Kristina Leblanc added two and Abigail Meadowcroft made 14 saves in goal.
Masconomet 11, Acton-Boxboro 11: Kathleen Gillespie recorded five goals and one assist in yesterday’s tie. Molly Gillespie and Meghan Collins finished with two goals for the Chieftains (2-1-1). Sarah Redlin played well defensively and goalie Caitlin Dierze had a solid game.
Gordon splits: The Scots won the first game against Eastern Nazarene, 4-3 before falling in the second game 3-0. Pitcher Scott Hall gave up five hits and struck out four through five innings of work in game one. Jesse Amaya and Mark Fitzgerald each had an RBI in the win.