Newton starting pitcher Jackson Danforth was not overpowering, but he kept the West hitters off balance for five-plus innings.
Peabody didn’t record a hit until Ianuzzi laced a single to center field in the fourth inning, and Danfort held them scoreless until the fifth.
That inning may have been Peabody’s undoing.
Trailing 3-0, Chris Ruggiero worked a walk and Dom Lewis reached on an error. Danforth recorded the next two outs, including a strikeout on a borderline pitch that would have loaded the bases with one out. Josh Cerratani followed with an RBI single to get Peabody on the board, but that’s all it could manage.
“We needed to get more out of that inning and make it closer,” Aiello said. “I was hoping to get three and tie it. It just wasn’t in the cards. One pitch can turn it around.”
Peabody West starter Chris Kwmuntis, like his counterpart from Newton, was not overpowering, but hit his spots and kept his team in the game.
Kwmuntis ended up allowing four hits and striking out two over five innings. All five runs were charged to him, but only three were earned.
Lee was Newton’s most productive hitter, blasting a two-run homer in the third inning while also reaching base after getting hit by a pitch and drawing a walk. Ben Genser also had an RBI single in the first inning.
“We weren’t expecting a shutout from (Kwmuntis). We knew he’d give up a few runs, but he pitched very, very well and he gave us a shot at it,” Benea said. “We just couldn’t get the bats going. Their kid pitched really well. I saw him in warmups and he had a good fastball, but he had good off-speed stuff and a nice little change up.”