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June 23, 2014

Agganis Baseball Classic: Apostolides helps South beat his own team

LYNN — For the first time in the 20-year history of the Agganis Baseball Classic, the winning pitcher wore the jersey of the losing team.

Peabody’s David Apostolides was supposed to play for the North but because of injuries actually started for the opposition and tossed two hitless innings for the South, which won 6-4 after a five-run second inning.

“No matter what team it was for, I wanted to come out and compete against all the talent on the field,” said Apostolides, who actually went back to the North dugout midway through the fourth inning to watch the rest of the game. “I threw my curve ball, changed speeds and kept them off balance.”

Apostolides did walk one batter but then picked him off at first base. For the most part he threw strikes and didn’t leave anything hanging.

“The delivery he’s (Apostolides) got is a little funny but he keeps the ball down low,” said South manager Frank Carey. “He pitched for Peabody so he’s pitched in big games. It was a last minute change that I think was good for everybody.”

Fellow Peabody pitcher Andrew McLaughlin gave up a leadoff triple but was able to rally for back-to-back strikeouts before inducing an inning ending groundball to keep the South off the board in the bottom of the first.

Masco’s Joe Klingensmith took the hill the next inning and the South crossed the plate five times to take a 5-0 lead. It wasn’t Klingensmith’s fault though considering the North made three errors in the inning.

Neither team took infield/outfield warmups and while it didn’t seem to bother the South (zero errors) and shortstop Nick Bona (Bishop Fenwick), the North was a different story as the team committed five errors in the first three innings.

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