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May 7, 2014

Around the Horn: Pingree hurlers enjoy two rare combined no-hitters

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With six games in the next 10 days and the annual Eastern Independent League tournament slated to begin May 17, Pingree is happy to have the diverse number of arms they do. Seeing them come together for two straight combined no-hitters was simply incredible.

“I don’t think a runner got to second base in either game. The pitching was terrific,” said Powers. “You have to credit the pitchers for throwing a lot of strikes and keeping everybody on their toes, and also the guys in the field who made all the plays.”

Pingree’s third captain is outfielder Reese Fulmer, who’s been heating up at the plate.

The Highlanders have won the EIL in 13 of the last 14 seasons and sit on top of the league standings at 3-1. Their lone loss came to Bancroft (which then went on to lose its next three league games). Pingree played a rugged non-league slate that’s helped them turn the corner heading into the stretch run of the 2014 season.

“We’re starting to gel defensively and as we see more live pitching, we’re hitting a good stretch,” said Van Tuyl. “From Day 1, both for the team and myself, the goal has been to get to New Englands and win. We set benchmarks along the way, and right now focusing on winning these next seven games is a pretty good goal.”

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Where do Peabody’s three losses in their last four outings leave the Tanners in the Super 8 conversation?

The Mass. State Baseball Coaches Association recently released a ‘watch list’ that included 32 teams; 75 percent of those on it won’t be selected. So the list should be taken with a grain of salt at this point. Baseball’s Super 8 is unprecedented, so there’s no history to indicate how the selection folks will weigh strength of schedule and reputation against records.

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