BEVERLY — Earlier in the evening, there was lightning.
When the Danvers Americans took the field last night, they brought the thunder.
Danvers stayed alive in the District 15 Little League Williamsport all-star tournament, turning up the power offensively and crushing Gloucester American, 12-2, at Harry Ball Field.
Jack Strangie led the way offensively by mashing two home runs, scoring three runs and knocking in four. Teammate Kevin Rooney also had a big night by going 3-for-3 with a pair of singles, a double, two runs scored and four RBI of his own.
With their decisive win last night, Danvers American will now face Beverly (which fell, 12-11, to Hamilton-Wenham last night) in the loser’s bracket final back at Harry Ball (7:30 p.m.). The winner will advance to the District 15 final, where they would need to beat Hamilton-Wenham twice to capture the district title.
“We wanted to play Beverly again and we got our wish. It’s what we were hoping for all along, to get another crack at them,” said Scott Palladino, whose Danvers Americans fell to Beverly, 10-8, three nights ago.
“I’m happy the hitting came alive. Those two homers by Strangie were the first two he’s hit this tournament. And I’m happy this one ended early so we could save some of our pitching.”
Danvers won the game by the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fourth inning last night by scoring twice off of Gloucester Americans reliever Geoff Lattanzi . J.T. Cashman singled and Strangie walked before Joe Thibodeau’s two-run triple ended it.
Danvers jumped out quickly by scoring three runs in the first inning and tacking four more on in the second.
After Gloucester had taken a 1-0 lead on Daylon Lark’s sacrifice fly, Rooney and Brett Palladino singled in the bottom of the first before Cashman sacrificed both teammates over. Strangie then crushed a three-run homer to center field with two out.