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April 14, 2014

Masco pulls away from H-W

BOXFORD — Four up and four down was the end result of the first week of baseball this spring for Masconomet.

Visiting Hamilton-Wenham made it tough Saturday afternoon, but the defending Division 2 North champion Chieftains pulled away for an 11-4 win to wrap up their busy opening week with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Chieftains scored five times in the fourth inning and four more in the sixth to hand the Generals (2-1) their first loss. H-W led 1-0 after one and carried that into the bottom of the third before Masco’s offense broke through.

“We were really excited to get outside,” Masconomet senior first baseman Joe Klingensmith said of his team’s hot start, which includes scoring 10-plus runs in three of four victories. “We knew we felt ready. We’ve been swinging the bats really well, and it’s everybody; 1-through-9 we’re doing damage.”

Klingensmith went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and blasted a two-run homer to left in the sixth to lead Masconomet. Dan Dempsey went 2-for-4, Sam Hamburger had a hit and one RBI and the Chieftains totaled eight hits while also taking advantage of four errors, four hit batsmen and two walks.

“We made too many mistakes and didn’t get the run support when we had chances early on. You take a lead against a team like Masco and you get a chance to extend it, you have to,” said H-W coach Reggie Maidment.

Masconomet’s Ethan Dyer earned the win by striking out eight in five innings of work. He allowed only two hits, including Brett Harring’s leadoff double that led to Austen Michel’s sacrifice fly for the 1-0 Hamilton-Wenham lead. Dyer showed good control in stranding two in scoring position in the third, and allowed a pair of unearned runs in the fifth.

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