“Ruben did a nice job, and this is a great way to start,” said Steve Ouellette, who coaches Salem along with manager Sean O’Keefe. “This was a great game, and it was scoreless until we finally got some big hits in the fourth. We didn’t knock the cover off the ball, but a lot of that is because of the wood bats. Everybody pitched in to help the team in some way.”
Mike Johns started for Peabody and worked four innings. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the third, but ran into trouble in the fourth when Peabody committed two costly errors. Jack Gilligan and Baez had key RBI singles in that inning while Silva’s sacrifice fly brought another run home.
Cummings took over on the mound in the fifth and later gave way to Will Aylward. Bryan Pena, Lesandro Pacheco, Bryan Palacios, and Baez all had big hits in that seven run inning.
“We’ll bounce back,” said Federico. “The Gallant is a great tournament, and we’re happy to be here. This was a tough night for us because Baez was so dominant.”
Peabody will play Wakefield at 1:30 p.m. today while Salem takes on Lynn at 7 p.m. Lynn beat Wakefield, 10-0 in the earlier game last night. James Wilkins belted a three run homer to stake Lynn to an early lead, and they never let up.