Hamilton-Wenham added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh with most of the damage coming after two outs and two Salem errors proved costly.
“Their pitcher did a great job; he beat us twice,” said Salem manager Ed Ryan. “Hamilton-Wenham got the job done, and got hits when they needed them. We’re a very young team with kids from Salem High, Beverly High, North Shore Tech, and one from Salem, who goes to Hamilton-Wenham.
“It was a pleasure to coach these kids. Cody Mercier, Tim Ryan, Sean Curtin, Joey Kozlowski, and Daniel Bailey were steady all season. They all got their at-bats, and will help their high school teams next year.”
Salem avoided being shut out by scoring in the bottom of the seventh. After Greg Speliotis worked a one out walk, he advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Hillios.
“We will keep doing what we do best,” said Wilson. “We have a lot of speed all through the team, and we like to steal when we can. We’ll keep doing the things that got us to the finals; we know Peabody will be tough.”