The Salem News
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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.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 9, Northeast 3: Erin Creane had one hit and three RBI and Courtney Remson had three hits and one RBI as North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie improved to 12-2. Rhiannon Lane added a pair of doubles and two RBI while Ashley Blum contributed two hits.
Kaera Wyse allowed three runs over five innings and struck out 11 to get the win. Lane pitched the last two innings, giving up one hit, no runs while striking out four.
Pingree falls in EIL tourney: Pingree lost to Winsor, 4-1, in the first round of the Eastern Independent League tournament. All of the runs were scored in the first inning. Nora Sullivan had a hit and a run, Jill Witwicki added a hit and an RBI, and Gabby Muniz played excellent defensively.
Pingree defeated Dana Hall, 11-0, in the consolation game. Kristina Chalmers allowed three hits over five innings to get the win. Muniz went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer, and Kara Cahill went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI. The Highlanders finished the season 13-2.
Pomfret 13, Pingree 10: Max Trotsky scored six goals and Carter Rossano added five goals and one assist, but it wasn’t enough for Pingree. Brandon Franco also scored two goals for the Highlanders.
Beverly 7 at D2 Relays: The Panthers’ 4x800 relay team of Nicole Demars, Jessica Goodall, Keely Higgins and Nora Monahan (9:57.5) took first overall as Beverly finished seventh at the Division 2 State Relays with 27 points. The Sprint medley team of MaryCate Flaherty, Kristen O’Connor, Haylea Northcott and Caitlin Harty (4:17.8) was second and the same group took third in the 4x400 relay (4:07.25). Demars, Goodall, Higgins and Abbey Walsh took fifth in the 4x1600 (22:11).
Ipswich takes sixth at D4 Relays: Emily DeMarco, Zoe Doran, Caitlyn Scola and Annie Zampitella took first in the distance medley with a time of 13:31.46 to highlight the Tigers’ performance. The pole vault team of Nora McMorrow, Riley Noone and Erin Lally placed second. Ipswich also took third in the 4x400 relay and sprint medley, four in the 4x100 and fifth in the shuttle hurdles.
Hamilton-Wenham wins D4 Relays: The Generals took first in both the 4xmile and 4x100 meters to highlight a tremendous day. Emily Horgan, Olivia Horgan, Amanda Burnett and Emily Weigand ran a 22:42 to lift HW in the 4xmile, Vanessa Morris, Liz Kischner, Maddy Bukkhegyi and Daniela Garcia ran 52.63 in the 4x100.
The same group that won the 4xmile took second in the 4x800 in 10:14. Hamilton-Wenham also had five third place finishes. The Generals took third in the 4x200, shuttle hurdles, pole vault, high jump and triple jump. They were also fourth in the discus and sixth in the long jump.
Masco Fifth at D2 Relays: Masco broke four school records and finished with 30 points to take fifth place at the D2 State Relays. The Chieftains set new school marks in the distance medley relay (10:55.72), the sprint medley relay (3:36.64), the javelin (4-34-11) and the 4x400 relay (3:29.69). The distance medley team (Dan Cosgrove, Jack Jennings, Kyle Faddis and Harry Kent) was second, the sprint medley team (Dan Raphael, Reagan Charie, David Drigo and Tristan Cluster) was second, the javelin team (Drigo, Kevin Bonanno and Chase O’Brien) was third and the 4x400 team (Cluster, Aidan Harte, Drigo and Raphael) was fifth. Masco’s high jump team of Kevin Martin, Connor Peacock and Faddis (16-10) also finished third at the meet.
Hamilton-WEnham 10th in D4: The Generals set a pair of school records, highlighted by the team of John Blatchford, Dan Allara, Matt Gillis and Michael Allara finishing second in the 4xmile in 18:54.51. Gillis, Bobby Grinnell, Blatchford and Michael Allara took fourth in a record 11:19.86 in the distance medley relay. Hamilton-Wenham was also third in the pole vault and the team took fifth in the long jump.
Ipswich places two teams: David Dick, Kyle Cantrell and Conrad Troller took first in the pole vault to highlight Ipswich’s day. Evan Sorger, Anthony Marini, Neil Coleman and Ryan Bahar placed fifth in the shuttle hurdles.
Peabody 5, Revere 0: Rachael Gillis (6-0, 6-0) topped first singles, Kayla Hodas won second singles (6-1, 6-1) and Dany Chhan (7-5, 6-4) captured third singles for Peabody (10-2). First doubles Anna Grimalyak/Eleni Petromelis (6-1, 6-1) and second doubles Tori Thompson/Alisa Pereira (6-2, 6-3) also picked up wins for the Tanners.