DANVERS — After scoring one run total in two losses earlier in the week, the Danvers High baseball team was happy to cross the plate six times yesterday morning.
A late rally by visiting Beverly made sure the Falcons needed every one of those runs.
Ryan Kelleher came on to close the door and Beverly had the tying run on base, but not in scoring position, as the Falcons survived in a 6-5 win at Twi Field.
Danvers, now 6-3 on the season, snapped a two-game mini-skid while Beverly (4-5) fell after winning two in a row.
“It certainly wasn’t easy. It never is,” Danvers coach Roger Day said. “It was good to get one back after a tough week, and we have some tough games coming up next week too.”
Righty Raf Tylus cruised through the middle innings for Danvers, only allowing two hits through six innings. With one out in the seventh, however, he hit a batter and walked the next two to load the bases. After a run scored on a passed ball, Day turned to Kelleher and Beverly’s Sean Hanlon smacked a two-run triple to make it 6-4.
Fellow Panther sophomore Nick Cotraro followed with an RBI single to make it a one run game, but Kelleher retired the next two and earned the save.
“We made it interesting, but it was a bit too little too late,” said Beverly coach Dave Wilbur. “We didn’t quit, and we took two out of three this week, but we were looking to play better today.”
The Falcons fell behind in the top of the first when Cotraro walked and eventually scored on a passed ball. Danvers took the lead immediately when Richie Martino reached on a dropped third strike and Andrew Olszak tripled him home. Kelleher then drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single.