PEABODY — Batting around in an inning should be a rarity in baseball. But at the quarter-pole of the 2014 season, Peabody High has made it part of their routine.
The Tanners used another monster inning to beat Bishop Fenwick for the first time in three seasons by a resounding 18-3 score on a sunny Saturday morning at Bezemes Diamond.
Unbeaten Peabody (6-0) batted around for the fourth time in six games in the third inning. Junior Mike Petrosino led off the frame with a 370-foot solo homer to center field, and the Tanners followed with another eight runs on seven hits before making three outs to pull away.
“I got all of it, and it was probably my favorite pitch to hit. That’s the farthest ball I’ve hit in a while,” said Petrosino, who had two of his team’s 16 hits. The Tanners’ leadoff man a year ago, Petrosino has shifted to the No. 3 hole; he and cleanup hitter David Hoar both had two hits in the third.
“It’s contagious. When one guy hits, everyone’s hitting. We’re hanging back on good pitches right now,” added Petrosino. “This was a huge win after they’d beaten us the last two years. It’s good to make that statement.”
The Tanners appear to have the most dangerous, and deepest, offense on the North Shore — and one of the best in all of Division 1 North baseball.
Ten Peabody batters had hits in this one, 10 players scored runs and 12 players reached base. Matt Correale (3 RBI, 4 runs) and Hoar had three hits; Christian Morales and Petrosino had two each. Correale’s three-run single punctuated the big inning while Sean McGrath had an RBI and Bobby Tramandozzi had a 2-run double.
“We played the Prep last year and that team was really good. Peabody might be better, in all honesty, from an offensive standpoint,” said Fenwick (3-4) head coach Kevin Canty. “That was impressive. They let pitches go that weren’t there (for strikes) and the crushed pitches that were.”