LYNN — Nick Iannuzzi won his third straight game in District 16 Williamsport play to lead Peabody West to the winners’ bracket final tomorrow. West beat Wyoma, 10-2, at East Lynn and will now face Lynnfield (4 p.m.).
Iannuzzi went 5 1/3 innings before reaching the maximum 85 pitch count, and Dan Marshall came on to retire the final two batters. Iannuzzi gave up two runs on six hits, walked one, and struck out seven. He survived a rough first inning when Wyoma sent seven batters to the plate, but only could put one run on the board.
After Spencer DiVirgilio reached on an error, opposing pitcher David Barnard singled and Christian Burt delivered an RBI double. A. J. Luciano worked a walk to load the bases with nobody out, but Iannuzzi got Zach Elwell to hit into a fielder’s choice and then struck out the next two in a row to get out of the inning.
“Getting out of that bases loaded jam was huge, and then we came back to take the lead in the bottom half,” said West manager Frank Benea, his team now 3-0. “We had never been down in a game, and to go ahead right away set the tone of the rest of the game. If we had given up two or three more we would have been playing catch up.”
Coach Eddie Aiello said bringing the infield in with no outs is something the team practices every day, and when Elwell hit a grounder to second Josh Cerretani didn’t hesitate to come home to get the first out.
“That was huge just giving up the one run,” said Aiello. “Nicky Iannuzzi controls the game, and he knows how to set up batters. This was an important game because we didn’t want to have to play five days in a row.”