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.