The Salem High baseball team had another tough start yesterday against Winthrop, but the Witches proved that the way a team finishes is much more important than the start.
Salem rallied to beat Winthrop, 11-8, at Salem State yesterday despite falling behind 6-0 in the first inning. Senior catcher Austin Connolly’s RBI double tied it 6-6, and the Witches (2-7 overall) took an 11-6 lead shortly thereafter.
“The guys fought back. They never got down,” said Salem coach Paul Caron. “We’ve been swinging the bats well and when you’re hitting the ball hard, you can come back.”
Sammy Ramirez earned the win for Salem, striking out eight over six innings. He also had three hits and a pair of RBI for the Witches, while Matt Marquez had three hits and two RBI, Christian Montanez earned the save and Zach Leblanc keyed the defense.
Gloucester 5, Beverly 4: Craig Hall had three hits and the Panthers scored four in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, but Gloucester (10-1) tied it in the top of the seventh and played the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth. Beverly (5-6) had the go-ahead run in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth innings and left a total of 11 on base. Ted Leathersich threw four innings of strong relief.
Bishop Fenwick 4, Archbishop Williams 1: The Crusaders (5-5) gave Archbishop Williams its first loss of the season behind a complete game effort from Rob Carrillo. The junior righty allowed just one run on three hits while striking out eight. Jhon Oliveira scored two runs and knocked in a run, Eric Razney had three hits, four stolen bases and a run scored and Matt Townsend got on base three times.
Revere 7, Marblehead 2: The Magicians (4-6) couldn’t overcome the fourth inning when they allowed Revere to score four runs while the Patriots hit the ball out of the infield just once. Trey Blackmer scored on a wild pitch in the first after he doubled to lead off the game and then Marblehead took a 2-1 lead when Tom Koopman hit a sacrifice fly to score Ted York. Koopman had two hits along with Brian Daly who was also the losing pitcher.