agateHed:NORTHEAST SENIOR BABE RUTH
The Danvers Senior Babe Ruth team is getting accustomed to playing close baseball games. This weekend, that experience paid off as Danvers found a way to win a pair.
Danvers defeated Saugus, 8-2, in eight innings on Saturday, and followed it up with a 6-5 win over Newburyport yesterday.
Danvers scored six times in the eighth inning against a tired Saugus pitcher to get hurler Andrew Dunn the win. Dunn went the distance, allowing only three hits and striking out four. He also defended his position well, snagging a line drive back at the mound to end the game.
John Thomas had three hits, including a double, scored two runs and added two RBI. Chris Valles, meanwhile, produced two hits, a run, and two RBI.
Chris Bray was a complete-game winner for Danvers in the victory over Newburyport. He struck out six over seven innings and also helped himself with a hit and a run scored on offense.
Joe Jones (2-for-4, RBI), Nat Casey (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Jake Cawlina (2-for-3), and Joe Stone (1-for-2, BB, RBI) also hit well for Danvers (2-3).
agateHed:LOU TOMPKINS BASEBALL LEAGUE
Beverly wins a pair: A pair of huge first innings helped Beverly defeat both Winthrop (10-2) and Stoneham (14-2) over the weekend. Against Winthrop, James Ingemi blasted a grand slam in the first inning and Beverly scored five times in the frame. Eric Messina, Chris Carbone, and Stharlin Nova combined for the win on the mound.
Against Stoneham, Beverly scored 10 times in the first to improve to 4-0. Matt Hamor went 2 for 3 with three RBI and Dan Castro also had two hits and an RBI. Luke Macdonald scored three runs and Ingemi picked up the win with four innings pitched and seven strikeouts.
agateHed:FUTURES COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Navs split weekend: North Shore fell to Brockton yesterday, 5-1, after winning a pitcher’s duel at home, 2-1 against Martha’s Vineyard, on Saturday night. Justin Peluso had an RBI single yesterday but by that time the Rox already led 3-1 and piled on two more runs from there. Tim Hendricks and Eddie Reese had the other hits for North Shore while Tyler Leavitt struck out four in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Four North Shore pitchers combined to hold down Martha’s Vineyard Saturday, with Derek Dubois going the first six and allowing just three hits. Shaun McGrath (run), Kyle Gauthier and Tom Crispi (save) finished the game off and held the lead, which was provided in part by Hendricks (3-for-4, run scored) and Forrest Johnson (RBI).
The Navigators are 7-2 this summer and host Martha’s Vineyard tonight followed by a match-up with second-place Nashua Tuesday.
agateHed:NORTH SHORE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Champions 7, Beverly Recs 0: Mark Shorey had two hits, two RBI and a run to help Champions move to 8-2 last night. Mike Giardi added two runs and an RBI and Mike Gallo allowed three hits and struck out six through five innings.
Saturday, the Recs (now 7-5-1) beat North Reading 10-2. Lucas Igles earned his fourth win, J.C. Collette had three RBI, and Dan and Matt Mello knocked in two runs each.
agateHed:DISTRICT 16 LITTLE LEAGUE
Salem 6, Swampscott 4: Ruben Baez hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh to make it 6-2 Salem and Bryan Palacio made a great catch to end Swampscott’s rally in the bottom of the extra inning. Bryan Pena hit a solo homer for Salem, Matt Silva had an RBI and earned the win on the hill, while Aaron Fournier scored two runs.
Dylan January hit a two-run homer for Swampscott.