SWAMPSCOTT — When 24 runs cross home plate, its not always easy to boil a game down to a single at-bat.
In the case of yesterday’s Northeastern Conference crossover between Swampscott and Salem, however, it was clear.
Big Blue senior Corey Carmody hit a grand slam on the 11th pitch he saw from Salem’s Ben Kapnis in the second inning, giving his team the lead for good in what would eventually be a 17-7 victory.
Salem was leading at the time and Kapnis was close to getting out of a bases loaded situation with two outs. Carmody worked the count full, then fouled off five pitches before sending one he liked over the left field fence.
“That at-bat’s sort of a microcosm of his whole year,” Swampscott coach Jason Calichman said of his senior third baseman. “Corey’s an on-base machine, and he fouled off some tough pitches. Plus, he’d made an error the inning before and shook that off to have the biggest at-bat of the game.”
The Big Blue (4-6) have won three of their last four and extended their lead when Ryan January hit a bomb 350 feet to dead center in the fourth inning. Senior Mike Lan also homered with a 3-run shot to left in the sixth.
Nunzio Morretti and Brandon McDonald both collected a pair of RBI and Greg Collier also drove in a run as Swampscott scored in every inning but the first and batted around twice.
“This was the first time we’ve really exploded offensively,” said Calichman. “It wasn’t a perfect game by any stretch because we made six errors. We’ve been talking about compartmentalizing those errors, not bringing them to the next at-bat and turning the page, and we did bounce back.”
Salem (0-8) led 3-0 in the second when leadoff man Cody Mercier doubled home Austin Connolly and Chad Fontaine. Mercier, who was 3-for-5 with two steals on the day, then scored on Josh McRae’s double, but Swampscott’s Trevor Massey retired the side and stranded two men in scoring position.