DISTRICT 15 WILLIAMSPORT ALL-STARS
BEVERLY WINS TWO, MOVES INTO WINNER’S BRACKET: The Beverly Little League Williamsport all-stars won two games in decisive fashion this weekend to earn themselves a spot in Tuesday’s winner’s bracket final.
The Garden City boys hammered Manchester-Essex, 15-4, winning by the mercy run rule on Saturday, then came back and knocked off Middleton, 7-3, yesterday. Beverly is now 5-1 in tournament play, including 2-0 in the second round.
Joey Ward and Matt Cross each had three hits, including a home run, and three RBI while teammate Ryan Barror smashed a homer of his own and knocked in three in the rout over Manchester-Essex. Jon Gilbride went 4-for-4 with three runs scored as Beverly pounded out 15 hits and scored in all four innings that were played, including five in the first inning and six more in the third.
Ward earned the win on the mound, striking out four in two innings of work before Brayden Clark came on to hurl the final two frames, striking out a pair. Defensively, Matt Collins was a standout at shortstop.
In yesterday’s triumph against Middleton, Beverly scored four runs in the fourth inning to break open a 2-0 game. Kyle Camara’s two-run single was the big hit in the run-producing rally.
Clayton McAlpine (3-for-3, run scored), Collins (2-for-3, run scored), Ward (2 doubles, 2 runs scored) and Gilbride (2 doubles, run scored) powered the Beverly offense, which had 11 hits. Gilbride threw four innings on the hill for the win, while Clark struck out the final two Middleton batters with the bases loaded to earn the save.
Second baseman Jack Cairns, Camara at both third base and catcher, and right fielder Ryan Munzing had stellar games defensively in the win.
HAMILTON-WENHAM WINS A PAIR: Hamilton-Wenham also pocketed a pair of victories this weekend in District 15 play, outslugging Amesbury, 13-7, on Saturday before coming from behind yesterday to score two runs late in a 2-1 nailbiter over Danvers American.
Tomorrow night in the winner’s bracket final at Harry Ball Field in Beverly, Hamilton-Wenham will take on Beverly (5:30 p.m.), with the victor moving into Friday night’s championship game.
DISTRICT 15 WILLIAMSPORT 9/10s
dANVERS nATIONAL WINS DISTRICT: A 10-2 triumph over their crosstown rivals from Danvers American on Saturday night gave the Danvers National 9-10-year-old Williamsport all-stars the District crown. The Nats emerged from the six-team field by previously beating Amesbury (12-2) and Hamilton-Wenham (5-4).
Danvers National now moves on to sectionals, where the winner advances to the state’s Final Four. The Section 4 tournament will be held at Wyoma in Lynn this week from July 10-13.
SOFTBALL MAJORS SECTIONALS
Peabody West 5, Woburn 4: Having already captured their district title, the Peabody West Majors all-star softball team began sectional play in style Saturday, scoring four times in the bottom of the sixth and final inning to topple Woburn. The two teams play again tonight in Peabody (Kiley Field, 5:30 p.m.); a Peabody win sends them to the states, which begin in Winchendon on Friday.
In the sixth inning comeback, Makayla Iannolfo bunted for a hit and stole second before scoring on Kaycie Groom’s single. A throwing error allowed Groom to take second base, and she stole third before Olivia Keane knocked her in with an RBI double. Mallory LeBlanc walked and Amanda Crawford doubled, scoring Keane to tie the game at 4-4. Finally, the winning run scampered home when Kristina Rossignol’s RBI single plated LeBlanc.
Keane got the win on the mound for Peabody West, scattering four hits and five walks while striking out a half dozen in a complete game performance. LeBlanc had an RBI single in the first inning to score Groom with their team’s first run. Molly Staunton also had a stellar game defensively with some great catches in left field, while Iannolfo (2B), Rossignol (SS) and LeBlanc (3B) were outstanding in the infield.
NORTH SHORE BASEBALL LEAGUE
Champions 10, Lynn Brickyard 1: John Guilmet struck out five while pitching the last three innings while also banging out four hits, including a double and three RBI, as Champions (9-3) rolled to victory.
Mike Gallo went four innings on the hill for the win, striking out five of his own. Mark Shorey finished with four hits, including a double, a run scored and a pair of ribbies, while Jon Blodgett scored three times.
Champions is on the road tomorrow in Amesbury (6 p.m.) against the Newburyport Nationals before returning home Thursday night to the Twi-Field in Danvers (7:45 p.m.) to face the Beverly Recs.
FUTURES COLLEGIATEBASEBALL LEAGUE
navigators lose two: After being blanked at home by the Brockton Rox yesterday, 9-0, the North Shore Navigators have dropped four straight games after losing a pair this weekend. The Navs now stand at 11-11 on the season.
Jake Brandenberger was tagged with the loss after throwing 5 1/3 innings against Brockton. Calvin Graves, Devin Carter, Robin Cashel and Joe Love had hits for the hosts.
In a 9-2 loss to the Martha’s Vineyard sharks on Saturday, Tim Hendricks had a pair of hits and Carter knocked in two runs. Derek Dubois took his first loss of the season, allowing five runs and four walks with three K’s over five innings.