“That call didn’t cost us the game. We had other opportunities early that we didn’t take advantage of,” noted Peach. “You can’t blame any one individual or anyone play.
“It’s going to take a little time to put this behind us and focus on the next step.”
Jack Cronin started on the mound for the Generals but was pulled after allowing six runs in the first inning and a third. Joey Ward, Johnny Gilbride (2-for-3), Ryan Barror (two RBI) and Matt Cross (2-for-3) all had RBI in the frame, while Gilbride scored after tagging from second on a fly ball to right field after a throwing error.
“It was a team effort. We got plays from almost every kid on the team,” said Cross, who also praised backup catcher Kyle Camara (filling for injured Tim McCarthy) for making three strong plays at the plate. “(Camara) jammed his thumb too and we thought we didn’t have a catcher, but he hung in there and did a great job.”
Ward started the game for Beverly and pitched well despite struggling with control at times. Matt Collins came in with nobody out in the top of the fourth and finished the game with a gutsy performance as the pressure mounted in the final half-inning.
“For a 12-year-old kid that’s a lot of pressure,” said Cross. “I’m proud of Matt.”
Peach and Mark Roselli combined to finish the game for the Generals and didn’t allow any runs. Roselli took the hill in the top of the fifth and he got all five batters he faced. It was his first time pitching in the District 15 all-star tournament, but he looked like a seasoned veteran.
“They both pitched well,” said Peach. “We’ve been working with (Roselli) on his control, and he came in and stopped them. He’s got a great arm.”