The Salem News
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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.
Northeast 2, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 1: Senior Rob Craig pitched well in defeat for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, which slipped to 2-4, got an RBI double from sophomore Matt O’Connell that scored senior J.T. Bisadda, who had two hits to lead the Bulldogs’ offense.
Marblehead 4, Swampscott 1: Senior righty Jordan Chmara improved to 2-0 on the year, striking out five in six innings to spark Marblehead (3-3). Sophomore Garrett Keough earned the save by throwing the seventh and also went 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI double. Trey Blackmer went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Matt Koopman had an RBI single and Tom Koopman went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.Freshman Gavin Sullivan pitched well for Swampscott (0-6), allowing two earned runs and striking out four over six innings. Greg Collier went 3 for 4 for the Big Blue and made two excellent defensive plays at second base.
St. John’s Prep 2, Haverhill 1: Junior Keith Leavitt’s solo homer broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, and Rosario Missiti’s sacrifice fly gave St. John’s (5-1) the lead for good in the seventh. Justin Snyder went the distance and struck out seven while allowing three hits as the Eagles won their fifth straight. Mark Etherington scored the winning run after singling, stealing second and taking third on Andrew Attar’s sacrifice bunt.
Beverly 18, Salem 3: The Panthers (3-4) came alive at the plate with 15 hits, led by Matt Hamor and George Hillios, who had three each. Nick Cotraro, Jon Berchoff and Kevin Cuneo each had two hits and Beverly scored nine in the first two innings to pull ahead to Salem (1-5). Ted Leathersich earned his first win of the year on the hill.
Pentucket 4, Ipswich 1: Max Benford provided the point for the Tigers, winning No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-4.
Danvers 3, Cambridge 2: The Falcons (4-2) earned their first win over Cambridge in eight tries as No. 2 doubles Chris Shalkoski/Brian Daly rallied to win the final point, 6-4, 0-6, 75. No. 2 singles Toma Nabokin (7-6, 6-2) and No. 3 Jim Cunningham (6-4, 7-5) also won for Danvers.
Peabody 4, Beverly 1: The Tanners (5-0) finished their first trip through the NEC Large this year unbeaten with wins by Rachel Gillis (6-3, 6-0), Kayla Houdas (6-2, 6-3) and Dany Chhan (6-3, 6-4) in singles play. Anna Grimalyak and Eleni Petromelis won first doubles, 6-0, 6-4.
Peabody 3, Revere 2: Ashley Jenkins (2 for 3, 2 RBI) and Ashley Ghostlaw (2 for 3, RBI) each had big offensive games to lead the Tanners in a close win at home. Shelbi Wilson struck out 12 in a complete-game win. She surrendered three hits, two walks and one earned run for Peabody, which improved to 3-2.
Marblehead 11, Triton 0: Allison Kapoll went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs and Rachel McKay went 3-for-4 with a 2-run double to lead Marblehead (4-3), which scored six in the fourth to break the game open. Freshman Montana Joyce led the errorless effort on defense and Michaela Leblanc tossed a 5-hitter with three strikeouts to win.
Bates 8, Endicott 4: The Gulls (21-10) fell as visiting Bates struck for five runs in the top of the second. Brett Homgren had two hits and two RBI for Endicott while Tad Gold had a pair of hits and scored twice. E.J. Martinez also recorded two hits, while St. John’s Prep graduates Rob DiFranco (scoreless ninth inning pitched) and Kevin Davis (RBI) chipped in for Bates.
Salem State Splits: The Vikings (24-12, 11-1 MASCAC) suffered their first league loss, 2-1 to Westfield State, but also won 4-0 yesterday. Mike Richardson went the distance and gave up four hits in the shutout while Brett Cahill went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Ethan Trowt drove in a run.
Gordon 9, Lesley 3: Alex Smith, Alex German and Carlos Pichardo each ahd a pair of hits to help Gordon improve to 15-12. Roland Lapointe earned the win and the Scots scored four in the bottom of the first to jump ahead.
Salem State sweeps: Lauren DiCredico started both games and had a hit in both contests as Salem State (14-19-1) won its fourth straight with 5-3 and 8-3 decisions over Westfield State. Rebecca Krigman, Kristin McKenzie and Cara Crowley each had two RBI for the Vikings.
Endicott Splits: The Gulls topped Salve Regina, 3-1, and fell 1-0 in the nightcap of a double dip. Nell O’Connor went the distance in the win and Jamie Corda drove in two runs.