By Dan Harrison
---- — DANVERS — Nine different pitchers combined for a shutout and Mark Shorey left the yard for the first time this season as the North Shore Baseball League All Stars defeated the Central New England Baseball Association All Stars, 5-0 last night at Twi Field in Danvers.
“To be honest, it felt like ‘who’s going to be the guy to give up a run?,’” noted Beverly’s Alex Teal, who hurled a scoreless third. “We’re all competitive. No one wanted to be that guy.”
Teal went right at the CNEBA batters and quickly established ownership over the inside of the plate. Throwing his already viscous slider with devastating accuracy, the NSBL current strikeout leader got all three hitters he faced to strikeout looking.
“We had a little bit of a layoff (before the All Star game) so I was feeling healthy and loose,” said Teal. “I felt pitches breaking for strikes. It’s an All Star game so I wanted to throw strikes and not get too cute.”
Greg Ladd (Danvers), P.J. Singster, Steve Considine, Paul Trabucco, Corey Moore, Dan Duval (Masconomet), Joe Provencher, Dustin Ramsey, and Mike Gallo (Peabody) pitched an inning each along with Teal.
“We’ve got some decent pitching around this league,” Shorey said of the NSBL. “Throwing strikes and playing defense is the recipe for success.”
And don’t forget the longball. Shorey, who was in the Cardinal’s Triple A system as recently as 2010, pulled a line drive deep to right field in the bottom of the fifth. The rightfielder jumped up at the fence and the ball bounced off his glove and over the fence.
“We’re on the same team,” said Shorey’s Champions teammate Derek Lyons. “It was the first he’s hit this year. It was nice to see because we’ve been busting on him.”
Shorey also had an outstanding defensive game in centerfield where he showed impressive range on a few hard liners that could have gone for extra bases. Lyons meanwhile provided what proved to be the game-winning hit when he broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. The Champions shortstop ripped a hard grounder between third base and shortstop that scored Dan Mello and Jairo Valdez.
After the game, Lyons spoke about the interstate All Star game.
“It’s always fun to get together with the other guys in the (North Shore Baseball) league and play other competition,” said Lyons. “We get to see where we stand against other leagues in the state.”