SALEM — After a shaky first inning yesterday against Salem, Peabody starting pitcher Derek Demild settled into the game nicely.
Witches starter Ben Kapnis was sharp early, but the Tanner hitters also found their rhythm as the game went on and Peabody was able to battle back from an early one run deficit to claim a 6-2 victory.
It’s the third win in a row for the Tanners, who sit at 4-1 overall. Salem meanwhile dropped to 0-3.
“Coming out of the gates our offense was a little sluggish,” explained Peabody head coach Mark Bettencourt. “We’ve been taking a lot of swings at practice trying to get good pitch selection, know when to let it lose and when to put it in play.”
Kapnis had his way with the Tanners in the early stages, allowing just two hits through the first three innings. In the fourth, Ryab Collins laid down a sacrifice bunt with two strikes to advance two runners however the lead runner was caught in a rundown after he rounded third and was eventually tagged out.
It looked like Peabody was going to squander a great opportunity to tie the game, but sophomore Tanner Moquin belted a two run single to give the Tanners the lead. The timely hitting continued from there as Frank Lowry and George Tsonis delivered RBI singles in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Tsonis’ came with two outs.
“You need three things,” said Bettencourt. “The pitchers have to throw strikes, the defense has to make plays and you have to have timely hitting.”
Even more encouraging was the fact that a bunch of the timely hits and baserunning came from Peabody sophomores. Mike Petrosino had an RBI single in the sixth and Matt Correale was 1-for-2 with a double, walk and run scored on a passed ball. Moquin and Collins are sophomores as well and the play from the younger guys should only induce better play from the upper classmen.