Editor's Note: Days after this story was initially published, Pingree realized that the EIL's point system left it tied with Bancroft in the standings, technically giving the title to them because they won the meeting between the two teams. Pingree finished 7-1 in league play but with 12 points and Bancroft was 6-2, also with 12.
SOUTH HAMILTON — The goal was to wrap up the Eastern Independent League championship, and Pingree methodically built up a big lead over Lexington Christian Academy en route to an 8-2 victory and the title.
Rob Van Tuyl pitched five strong innings and gave up only one run to get the win. He scattered five hits, walked one, hit one, and struck out seven. Freshman Zach Mitchell came on in relief to get the save, fanning five in two innings of solid relief.
“I’m very happy for these guys,” said Pingree coach Chris Powers after his team improved to 7-1 in the league and 8-7 overall with one game remaining in the regular season. “This was a must win for us to win the title. We’ll find out if we’re in the New England’s on Friday morning when the seedings come out. Nothing is ever guaranteed, but this win puts us in a very good spot.
“Van Tuyl did a great job today. He’s a three year varsity guy and one of our senior captains. We’re very excited about this team. We have three freshmen starting in Mitchell (Gloucester), Christian Kukas (Peabody), and catcher Cam Schmitt (Andover). It’s been a while since a bunch of young guys have come in to play right away, and the best part is we’ll have them around for a few more years.”
Pingree scored three times in the first inning off starter Andy Kim. Reese Fulmer beat out an infield hit and Mitchell was hit by a pitch. Schmitt delivered a two out triple to clear the bases and scored on a single by Kukas.