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July 4, 2013

Wednesday's roundup: Danvers Little League all-stars get the best of Ipswich

LITTLE LEAGUE WILLIAMSPORT ALL-STARS

danvers national 19, ipswich 0: In the completion of a previously suspended game, Danvers blasted a combined eight home runs to win by the mercy rule yesterday afternoon.

Timmy Galvin cranked three home runs, including two yesterday, to lead the way. Mike Morrill and Ian Paskowski also went deep yesterday while teammates Matt Ambeliotis, Matt King and Jared McPherson also homered. Drew Semons pitched two innings to pick up the win for the Nats, striking out four.

Danvers National (2-1) now faces unbeaten Amesbury (3-0) in its final game of pool play Friday night (7:30 p.m.) needing to either beat Amesbury by four runs (thus knocking out Amesbury) or winning 1-0 (which would knock out Hamilton-Wenham) to advance to the next round of District 15 play, which begins this weekend.

MANCHESTER-ESSEX 12, MIDDLETON 11: Despite an amazing 4-home run, 8-RBI performance from 11-year-old Nick Cafarelli, Middleton suffered its first loss in the District 15 Williamsport tournament Tuesday.

Cafarelli crushed a grand slam to give Middleton a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning, and teammate Michael Duest’s solo blast tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth. With his team down a run in the final inning of regulation, Cafarelli smashed a solo homer to knot things up at 6-6. A two-run bomb by Cararelli (his 3rd HR of the night) and an RBI double by Duest gave Middleton a 9-6 lead in the top of the eighth inning before Manchester-Essex scored three times to tie it. Cafarelli’s fourth and final homer in the ninth again gave Middleton the lead (11-10), but Manchester-Essex’s Jake Athanas ended the game with a two-run dinger of his own.

Harrison Brickett (2 runs and a single), Patrick Costigan and Ryan Manning turned a 6-4-3 double play for Middleton, which plays Groveland Friday night in Manchester. Dylan Christiansen, Manning and Costigan also scored runs.

“It was an amazing game; too bad someone had to lose,” said Middleton manager Bill Costigan. “I am very proud of my kids; up and down the order they battled all the way

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