“I thought we would give Beverly a good fight, but for whatever reason we didn’t come ready to play,” said DiBlasi, whose team had beaten Rockport and Gloucester American coming into last night’s tilt.
“We made too many mental mistakes and had a tough time with Ward’s offspeed stuff and curve. He was excellent and we couldn’t touch those pitches.”
Play was halted after Beverly sent 13 men to the plate and scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth, allowing for the 10-run mercy rule. The key hits were a double by Ward and a two-run triple by Ryan Barror (who finished with 2 hits). Jack Cairns (2 hits) contributed an RBI single while Kyle Camara, Timmy McCarthy, and Gilbride also hit safely in that inning.
Cross was on base all three times he was up with a hit and two walks.
“With all the rainouts we’ve been having it’s tough to keep the kids focused, but tonight we got great pitching, timely hitting and solid defense,” said Cross. “We work hard on our defense, and it’s nice to see it pay off. Everybody except Ward will be available (to pitch) on Friday and Ward can pitch on Saturday, so that’s a good situation.”
Now it’s a must-win for Boxford, which faces Danvers American on Friday. “We’ll be ready,” said DiBlasi. “We’re going to practice hard to get ready for it.”