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July 1, 2013

SLUGGER'S DELIGHT: Danvers tops Gloucester American to stay perfect in pool play

DANVERS – The ball was flying out of Harry Ball Field on Saturday morning with Danvers American scoring five of their seven runs via the long ball, and Gloucester American getting four runs on two homers. Danvers won it’s third straight game, 7-5, and with only Boxford remaining in pool play the kids with the bleached blond hair are in the driver’s seat.

“We’re 3-0 now and in good shape, but we have to take one game at a time,” said Danvers manager Michael Holland. “I wasn’t very happy with our defensive play. We had three errors and had a couple of passed balls that hurt.

“We preach all the time that the best defensive players will be on the field. If somebody has a bad day we’ll find another person to take that place because this is a total team effort. We know we have to tighten up our defense, and we’ll definitely concentrate on doing it in practice before we play again.”

Danvers shot out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first with back-to-back solo homers by Tom Mento and Jonathan Weimert, who started on the mound and worked the first two innings.

Gloucester answered right back in the home half when Colby Mitchell hit the first of his two blasts with Ben Oliver aboard to tie it up.

Five unearned runs in the second inning put Danvers back on top, 7-2. Cam Morrison worked a walk off Gloucester starter Jake Lucido, and Joe Thibodeau doubled with two down. Both runners scored on fielding errors to put Matt Taylor and Colby Holland on base for Mento, who delivered a three run moon shot.

Lucido retired the next seven batters in a row. He went five plus innings before giving way to Alex Favazzo in the sixth. Only two of the runs Lucido gave up were earned. He scattered five hits and three walks.

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