Danvers pulled ahead early, taking a 5-0 lead before recording their first hit. Richie Martino reached on an error, as did Ryan Kelleher, who scored on an RBI by Jordan DiDonato in the first. Cris Valles (hit by pitch), Matt Andreas and Devonn Allen (walks) reached to begin the second, and all scored on a variety of passed balls and wild pitches before Dan Lynch came up with the first hit for Danvers.
Kelleher then followed with a 2-run double to as Danvers led 7-0 after two. Salem started Sammy Ramirez hit two batters to begin the third and was relieved by Christian Montanez. Martino’s bases-loaded single scored a pair and gave Falcons complete control, 9-0.
The Witches committed four errors, with three of those contributing to the early barrage of runs. Montanez was making his third mound appearance of the week and pitched well in the middle innings; the only run he was charged with was unearned in the seventh.
“It’s about consistency,” said Caron. “Until we’re consistently making plays for all seven innings, we’re going to struggle.”
Falcon pitcher Brandon Hyde, a senior who is the program’s all-time wins leader and typically doesn’t hit, got an at-bat in the seventh inning. He roped it under Zack Ryan’s glove at shortstop to record his first career RBI and put the figurative cherry on top of Danvers’ victory.
Danvers was pleased with the play of backup catcher Tom Cadmus, who clubbed a double in the seventh. Kelleher also made a running catch in the second that saved Olszak’s bid at perfection.