, Salem, MA


July 11, 2013

POWER ALLEY: Danvers American flexes its muscles, stays alive in District 15


Matt Taylor (2 hits) hit an RBI double to make it 4-0 Danvers after one. Olszak made quick work of Amesbury in the bottom of the first and Mento had another RBI as Danvers led 5-0 through two innings.

Holland and Weimert then both clobbered homers in the fourth as Danvers stretched its lead to 10-0. Amesbury kept its hopes alive by scoring on a bases-loaded walk after Olszak came out to avoid passing a pitch count that would require another day of rest.

Weimart went yard for the second straight inning (this one a towering blast well over the left field bleachers) in the top of the fifth to give Danvers a healthy cushion, and relief pitcher Taylor retired the side in order to end the game.

“If we can get by (today’s game), we’ll have almost full pitching,” said Mike Holland. We have Taylor, Colby Holland and Cam Morrison ready for (today), Anthony can come back (tomorrow) and we should have Mento as well.”

Matt Brennan provided a pair of hits and scored a run for Danvers, Brett Palladino had one hit and Morrison had a hit with two runs scored. The highlights belonged to Colby Holland and Weimart, who each now have four homers in the District 15 tournament.

“When Jon hits it, it goes far. Those went really far,” Mike Holland said.

Tom Flanagan, Derek Beauprais, Dan Webber and Derek Doherty had Amesbury’s four hits, which were all singles. Danvers benefited from some great defense, including a 6-3 double play turned by shortstop Colby Holland in the second.

Amesbury loaded the bags in the third and Danvers turned two once more. After getting the force out at third on a fielder’s choice, Taylor fired home to catcher Mento, who tagged the Amesbury runner for the last out of the inning. Later, Olszak made a nice leaping catch on a line drive.

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