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July 19, 2013

Stayin' Alive: Beverly Little Leaguers knock off North Andover in extra innings

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Beverly never trailed in the game, getting a run in the top of the first when Ward and Gilbride hit back-to-back doubles. They added two more in the second when Gilbride singled to drive in another teammate, and the third run came home when the throw to home plate was off the mark.

Collins started for Beverly and had a no-hitter going until the fourth when North Andover East scored three times to tie it up. The key hit was a three-run double by T. J. Regan, who came off the bench to deliver a clutch two-out hit.

In four plus innings Collins allowed three runs on three hits, walked four and struck out five.

“Collins did a great job,” said Cross. “This was a must win for us, and it’s nice we didn’t give up any more runs in that eighth inning because runs allowed is critical.”

Ward, Gilbride and Collins all had two hits for Beverly while McAlpine, Cairns, Clark and Camara also hit safely.

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