“That wasn’t by design,” said Aiello. “But the kids knew what to do when they got in that situation, and they got the run home.”
Peabody had a runner in the fifth (Marshall walked), sixth (Nick Iannuzzi doubled) and the seventh (Caroline Kukas reached on error) but couldn’t force across the go-ahead run. Finally, in the eighth, Christian Cummings reached and Cerretani homered to end it.
Weston, which needs to beat Beverly and have Peabody West win today for any chance to advance, had eight hits. Peabody West’s pitching was excellent under pressure, as Weston stranded six runners in scoring position.
Polignone, who also doubled in the first but was thrown out trying to advance to third, got better as his pitch count rose. He struck out the side in both the fourth and fifth.
“Polignone was great. He pitched a great game,” said Aiello. “That Weston offense put up a lot of runs (in their first game, a 13-9 loss to North Andover) and he kept them to one run, and kept us in the game.”
Should Peabody lose today, they still appear to be in good shape because the tiebreaker is runs allowed ratio (runs allowed divided by defensive innings played). Peabody West has allowed six runs in 14 innings, the best ratio of the four teams in the tournament thus far.
Peabody can keep it simple by winning today, however, and they’ll have all their pitchers except Iannuzzi (who threw Wednesday night) and Polignone available to do so.
SECTION 4 TOURNAMENT STANDINGS Team Record Runs against ratio Peabody West 2-0 0.43 Beverly 1-1 0.71 North Andover East 1-1 1.07 Weston 0-2 1.23 TODAY'S GAMES Peabody West vs. North Andover East (5:30) Beverly vs. Weston (7:45) SCENARIOS If Peabody West wins, they advance to Saturday's championship game. If Peabody loses and Weston wins, the final would be Peabody vs. North Andover. If Peabody loses and Beverly wins, the runs allowed ratio would be applied. If Peabody wins and Weston also wins, then the runs allowed ratio would be used to determine Peabody's opponent because all three other teams would be 1-2.