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August 5, 2013

Area roundup: Salem Sr. Babe Ruth forces third game, to conclude tonight

agateHed:SENIOR BABE RUTH

The Salem Senior Babe Ruth team forced a deciding game in its playoff series with Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday, but the weather pushed back the conclusion last night.

Matt Marquez allowed four hits and struck out five over six innings and Zack Leblanc allowed one hit in one inning to close out a 10-4 win over Hamilton-Wenham Saturday.

A thunderstorm stopped last night’s Game 3 in the fifth inning with the teams locked in a 0-0 tie.

The game will be picked up tonight (6:15 p.m.) at Palmer’s Cove in Salem, with the winner moving on to play Peabody.

Sean Curtin and Daniel Bailey each had three hits in Salem’s win in Game 2, while Cody Mercier, Timmy Ryan, and Joey Kozlowski each contributed two hits.

In yesterday’s game, George Hellios needed only 37 pitches to get through 42/3 innings, allowing only one hit. Salem, on the other hand, hadn’t recorded a hit through four innings.

agateHed:NORTH SHORE LEAGUE

Newburyport 4, Champions 3: Mark Shorey blasted a one-out, three-run homer to put Champions on top, 3-1, in the seventh inning, but Newburyport scored twice in the bottom of the frame, then won it with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the eighth.

John Guilmet took the loss for Champions despite pitching a strong game. Brian Marshall had two hits for Champions, Mike Giardi added one, and Jon Blodgett walked twice. Game 2 will be held tonight at Twi Field (7:30 p.m.).

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