H-W’s No. 4 hitter Phil Durgin blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first to give H-W an early 2-0 lead.
“I kept thinking as the game went on that we we’re letting them hang around. I thought that might come back to bite us,” said Peach. “We didn’t play our best and we left a lot of runs out there. But we found a way to win.”
Danvers couldn’t do much at the plate outside of a Weimert’s dinger. The defense did turn a triple play in the top of the sixth and Matt Taylor pitched well in relief.
“We made some mistakes. We’re a little disappointed because we thought we could win the District,” said Danvers coach Mike Holland. “But things happen. I was pleased with the effort.”
Hamilton-Wenham will have its second best pitcher, Durgin, available to go tonight against Beverly.
“Beverly is a very good team and we’re fortunate to be in a situation where we have Phil Durgin lined up,” said Peach. “He’s one of our two aces so we’re happy to have him going.”
A win tonight by Beverly would give the Garden City kids their first District 15 title since 1993 and put them in next week’s Section 4 tournament being hosted by Wyoma in Lynn. If Hamilton-Wenham wins tonight, the teams would meet again tomorrow in a winner-take-all game at Harry Ball Field (7). Tonight’s 7:30 game will be preceded by a Challenger exhibition at 5:30 p.m.