“I threw mostly fastballs along with a curve at times,” said Polignone. “I didn’t really get too nervous when they went ahead because I’m good under pressure, and I knew my team would come back.
“It’s exciting to be in the championship game; we knew we had to beat them twice to win it all.”
Peabody got on the board in the second inning when Kwmuntis singled to score Mason Zeuli. They cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third when John Mulready singled and later scored on Iannuzzi’s hit. Danvers committed seven errors in the game, and the miscues led to the final three Peabody runs off Tom Mento, who only allowed five hits, didn’t walk anybody and struck out 10.
Evan Mullen doubled in the fourth on a ball the left fielder lost in the lights. He later scored on a throwing error to knot it up.
The winning run came in the top of the sixth when Iannuzzi led off with a single and Tyler MacGregor reached on an error. An errant pickoff attempt went into center field, then was overthrown at third base, allowing Iannuzzi to come home with the go-ahead run. Kwmuntis delivered a two-out single to add an insurance run, and Polignone retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.
“We made a few uncharacteristic mistakes, and Peabody is a great team,” said Danvers manager Scott Taylor. “Tom Mento did a great job pitching, but their pitcher was outstanding, too. His offspeed stuff kept us off balance.
“We didn’t hit tonight, and we could have played much better. We’re in great shape as far as pitching goes, but we need to show up ready to play (tonight).”