For the first time in four years, the Hamilton-Wenham boys baseball team is going to the playoffs.
After defeating Saugus 3-1 yesterday, the Generals improved to 10-5 on the season giving the team its first playoff berth since 2010 and just its third since 2003.
”It’s something we’ve been working for since I’ve been here. We’ve been working hard for this day,” said third-year skipper Reggie Maidment. “What the seniors have put in -- all those hours -- it showed this year. Our team goal was to get 10 wins and we worked hard and made it happen.”
Peter Duval allowed just one earned run in six innings of work to get the win before Drew Gallant came in for the seventh and allowed no hits to grab the save.
H-W scored all three runs in the fourth inning after Austin Michel walked, Duval singled and Ben MacDonald walked to load the bases. Tommy Dowd followed with an RBI single to score Michel, and after a throwing error both Duval and MacDonald crossed the plate.
Gallant and Mark Vivenzio turned a huge double play with the bases loaded in the second inning. MacDonald drew three walks in three at bats.
Everett 2, Marblehead 1: Jordan Chmara scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out five for the Magicians (8-9). Garrett Keough lined a single to center to score Kyle Koopman from second in the third inning. Tommy Koopman had double, while Tim Kalinowski singled and a stolen base in the loss.
Bishop Fenwick 6, Swampscott 0: Rob Carrillo’s two-hit, 10-strikeout shutout helped the Crusaders (10-8) clinch a postseason berth for the sixth straight season. Mike Campitelli hit a two-run homer and also doubled, Jhon Oliveira doubled twice with one RBI and Jake Borressi also had a pair of hits.
Swampscott (5-13) was eliminated from postseason contention. Christian Llorente’s single broke up Carrillo’s bid at perfection in the fifth and Gavin Sullivan scattered seven hits over six innings.