Down to its final strike with the bases empty and trailing by one run, the Peabody baseball team refused to give up.
The Tanners’ resiliency paid off as C.J. Alimonte was hit by a pitch and scored on Bobby Tramondozzi’s RBI double down the left field line to tie the game. Peabody then scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to slip by Revere, 5-1.
“Their pitcher threw a gem. He was on. He threw his curve ball for strikes and his change up for strikes. We were having all kinds of problems with him,” Peabody (7-0, 5-0 Northeastern Conference) coach Mark Bettencourt said. “We almost made it 2-1 in the second inning. Ryan Collins hit a ball off the top of the fence that landed inside the park. He missed by about an inch. We just couldn’t get the big hit early in the game until Tramondozzi got the big double and Alimonte scored with his great speed to tie it.”
Derek Demild pitched well for Peabody, going six innings and allowing just two hits while striking out six. Matt Correale came in for the seventh after Peabody tied the game and set Revere down in order.
Correale then led off the eighth with a double. He moved up on Christian Morales’ bunt single and Mike Petrosino walked to load the bases. David Hoar then drew a walk to score what proved to be the winning run. A Sean McGrath ground ball was misplayed, which allowed three more runs to score for the Tanners.
Correale then slammed the door on Revere in the bottom of the inning. He ended up striking out four in his two innings of work and earned the win in the process.
Tramondozzi, Morales and Petrosino each had two hits for Peabody.