ROCKPORT — In its three years of existence, the Rockport Memorial Day Bank Baseball Classic now has three different champions.
In Saturday’s final at Evans Field, host Rockport was looking to make it two straight titles, but Hamilton-Wenham, led by a gem of a pitching performance from senior Jack Clay, spoiled the Vikings’ bid with a 9-2 victory.
The Generals, who topped Ipswich in Friday’s opening round are 13-7 including Sunday’s win over Sharon. H-W has built some momentum heading into the state tournament while a disappointing season comes to an end for Rockport at 3-15.
Clay held the Vikings bats at bay from start to finish, scattering three hits and allowing zero earned runs while striking out 11 in a complete game effort. Generals’ sophomore outfielder Tommy Dowd was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“Jack has been setting the tone for us all year,” Generals head coach Reggie Maidment said. “He still has a sub-one ERA on the year. He did what he does best, he pounds the zone and has good off speed stuff. We came into the tournament knowing we have to throw strikes and we did that. It’s especially good to see a performance like that with the tournament coming up.
Those are two big wins this weekend. Obviously, we want a home game in the first round of the tournament.”
Vikings head coach John Parisi could only tip his cap to Clay.
“He pitched well,” Parisi said of the opposing pitcher. “He got ahead in the count and everything had movement on it. It was a tough way to end the season. We have a lot of guys coming back next year but we have a lot of work to do. We have to become a better hitting team by next spring.”