BEVERLY — John Weimert put an end to Peabody’s five-game win streak and was named MVP of the first Panther Little League Tournament last night.
Weimert pitched a complete game gem to lead Danvers to a 7-3 victory in the championship game at Harry Ball Field. He allowed six hits, walked only one, and struck out six. The defense, which had been shaky in the previous game that Peabody won (5-3) to force the winner take all game, was rock solid behind him.
“John was lights out tonight,” said Danvers manager Scott Taylor. “I couldn’t ask for a better job. We hit early and jumped on the best pitcher in the tournament (Nick Iannuzzi). Give Peabody a lot of credit because that’s a great team that is well coached. We came here to have fun, and from the kids to the coaching staff we had a great time. It’s nice to bring kids from both leagues together (Danvers American and National).”
Danvers led from the start, putting four runs on the board in the bottom of the first after Iannuzzi struck out the first two batters. He walked Weimert, and appeared to be out of the inning when Gino DeSimone struck out but the ball got by the catcher, allowing DeSimone to reach. He later scored on a wild pitch.
Anthony Olszak delivered an RBI single, and after Cooper Hanson walked Tom Mento hit a run-producing double. The fourth run of the inning scored when Jared MacPherson’s grounder was misplayed. Iannuzzi was the victim of poor defense as two Peabody errors proved costly.
DeSimone, who returned after missing the previous game with a back injury, belted a three-run homer in the second inning to make it a 7-0 game. That was all for Iannuzzi, who was replaced by Tyler MacGregor.