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April 20, 2013

Friday's area roundup: Manchester Essex pulls away from Danvers girls lacrosse


The Salem News

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Manchester Essex 11, Danvers 4: The Hornets started fast, opening a 5-0 lead, before Danvers used a mini-run to make a game of it. Katie Szela scored twice and Katherine Leonard and Rachel Trocchi each had one goal as the Falcons (1-5) went on a 4-2 run that cut Manchester Essex’s lead to 7-4.

The Hornets finished the game on a 4-0 to close it out.

Billerica 11, Beverly 8: Camden Vitale scored five goals to lead Beverly (2-3) while Grace Otterbein chipped in a pair of goals.

Ipswich, 13 Bishop Fenwick 10: The Crusaders made it a one-goal game in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers were able to hold on. Senior captain Brigid O’Flynn led Ipswich with five goals and one assist and sophomore goalie Eliza Statile stopped 16 shots in net. Ipswich improved to 4-0.

Grace Celona had four goals, Anna Moulton added three goals and Annette Ruggiero chipped in a pair of goals for Bishop Fenwick (4-4).

BASEBALL

Peabody 6, Malden Catholic 4: The Tanners pulled out all the stops — stealing 10 bases and attempting four suicide squeezes — to defeat the Catholic Conference power. Peabody (6-1) scored four times in the top of the fifth inning, one run on an RBI single from Matt McIsaac and three on attempted suicide squeezes.

McIsaac basically ended up stealing home when the batter couldn’t get the bunt down, another run came in on an attempted squeeze when the pitcher balked, and the third suicide squeeze attempt resulted in a catcher’s overthrow after a rundown.

Mike Petrosino, who led the offense with a 2-for-4 day, drove in Peabody’s final run in the sixth inning. David Apostolides earned the win with 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out a pair. McIsaac came on in relief to pick up the save.

Beverly 10, North Middlesex Regional 0: Cam Rogers hurled a complete game, one-hitter to move to 2-0 on the season for Beverly (4-2). Anthony DiOrio was 4 for 4 with four runs scored, Alex Toomey was 4 for 4 5 RBI and Matt Hamor was 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Panthers.

Lynn English 10, Marblehead 8: Marblehead (2-3) scored five runs in the seventh inning but couldn’t complete the comeback when the Magician grounded into an infield out with runners on second and third to end the game. Trey Blackmer (three RBI), Matt Koopman (1 for 2 with a double, run scored and three walks) and Brian Daily (2 for 3 with two runs scored) had solid offensive performances.

SOFTBALL

Shawsheen 6, Fenwick 5: Junior third base Gianna Pizzano (2 for 4 with a RBI) and junior second base Jen Crovo (run scored, RBI) had outstanding defensive games for Bishop Fenwick (3-4).

Ipswich 7, Notre Dame 2: The Tigers even out their record at 2-2 with help from Carolyn Lynch who had a base clearing-triple in the top of the fourth. Lynch finished with three hits and three RBI, Molly Mello went 3-for-3 with one RBI. Emily Sadoway was strong on the hill, pitching in relief.

north Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 17, Chelsea 0: Freshman Kaylyn Countie (Marblehead) pitched five innings of work giving up just one hit and striking out 13 batters to guide the Bulldogs (4-1) to victory on Thursday. Courtney Remson singled, doubled and finished with three RBI, while Erin Creane reach base four times and scored four times.

BOYS LACROSSE

Whittier 5, NST/EA 3: Ian Lefavour tallied two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs (1-5) while RJ Conroy and Ryan Pacheco led a strong defensive effort.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Endicott sweeps: Endicott limited Nichols to one run on six hits over fourteen innings, as the Gulls swept the doubleheader to improve to 21-11. Endicott took game one 9-0 and then won 13-1 in the second contest. Senior Brendan Pittsley had five innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and no walks and striking out nine batters. Freshman JJ Branch continued Endicott’s strong pitching performances on the day, going four innings and allowed just one earned run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three batters.

Salve Regina takes two against Gordon: Salve Regina recorded 12-9 and 5-3 wins over Gordon to sweep a doubleheader. Eric Rinaldi, Geoffrey Brown and Eric Walker each drove in two runs for the Fighting Scots in the opener. Walker contributed a two-run double in the second game and Ben Davidson added an RBI double for Gordon (16-13).