In a battle of unbeatens at Seaside Park, Danvers took advantage of its opportunities and handed Marblehead its first loss, 8-5.
The Falcons (4-0) sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the fourth inning to erase a 2-0 Magicians lead. Ray Arocho’s 2-run double gave Danvers the lead for good while Tyler Dustin drove in a pair and Andrew Olszak, A.J. Couto and Dan Connors (3-for-4) also had RBI.
”We had one big inning and we got a couple of key hits in that inning,” said Danvers coach Roger Day. “It was good to see us hang in there. None of the wins come easy.”
Marblehead (2-1) left the bases loaded in the third, coming away with just one run on Connor Green’s RBI single. The Magicians trailed 8-1 going to the last of the seventh but brought the tying run to the plate as Brian Daly drove in a run and Matt Koopman came up with a two run single.
Brandon Hyde, who pitched the first six innings for Danvers, re-entered the game and recorded the last out. Green had two hits, two runs and two stolen bases for the Magicians, Tom Koopman knocked in a run and Trey Blackmer had two hits and an outstanding catch in left.
St. John’s Prep 10, Everett 1: Senior Tommy Buonopane blasted a three-run homer and sophomore Nick Latham (2-for-3) also went deep as the Eagles (5-1) won their fifth straight. Dave Bornstein hit a 2-run double and Rosario Missiti doubled twice and scored two runs for the Eagles. Junior Justin Synder struck out nine over five innings to earn the win and Jack Burke finished it off by fanning two in the last two frames.
Swampscott 10, Winthrop 3: Brendan McDonald went 4-for-4 at the plate and homered as the Big Blue (1-3, 1-1 NEC) earned their first win under coach Jason Calichman. Ryan January was 3-for-3 and Al Wallach didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings of work while pounding the strike zone.