“We put the bat on some balls, there were some good things ... but Swampscott played better and pitched better,” said Salem’s Paul Caron, like Calichman a first-year head coach. “We’ve made small improvements, but we’re still learning to play the right way and have a lot of things to clean up.”
Massey struck out 12 over six innings, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run.
“Trevor competed hard. We didn’t help him with the errors and he had to get some extra outs, but he really battled and went at the hitters,” said Calichman.
The Big Blue built a 10-3 lead but Witches kept a disciplined approach at the plate and scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh to keep things interesting. Kapnis, Greg Spelliotis (sacrifice fly) and Tim Ryan (2-for-4) had RBI for Salem and Zach LeBlanc also hit safely. Connolly, the catcher, also reached twice and stole a base.
“We scored three to take the lead and gave it right back,” said Caron. “We have to find ways to fight through those kinds of innings.”
Swampscott senior Robert Serino walked twice and scored two runs, and Massey had two hits and two runs and stole a bag. January scored three times and reached in four of his five at-bats, Carmody drew three walks and McDonald and Lan also had two hits and two runs. Pat Burkett also had a hit, run and stolen base for the Big Blue, who had 11 total hits.
Kapnis struck out six in four innings of work on the hill for Salem while Sammy Arias threw the final two frames.