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August 22, 2013

Danvers Wins inaugural Panther Little League Tourney

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Danvers was able to get only one hit off MacGregor, a single by Drew Semons in the fourth inning. MacGregor was impressive, retiring 10 of the 12 batters he faced.

“We didn’t hit, and Nick had a tough two innings on the mound,” said Peabody manager Sarkis Sarkisian. “MacGregor did a nice job in relief. We always intended to bring him in if Iannuzzi got in trouble. I’ll take a 5-2 record any day, and I’m very proud of the kids.

“Before we started I told them the reason they had been picked for this team was because they represented the league, the city and their parents as well. All of them gave everything they had in all the games and they had a great run. I’m happy I got the opportunity to coach them.”

Weimert held Peabody to two hits through four innings, an infield hit by Mason Zeuli and a double by Jonathan Polignone, before running into trouble in the fifth.

Peabody finally got on the board in the fifth when Evan Mullen and Chris Kwmuntis hit back-to-back doubles. Josh Cerretani belted a two-run homer to close the gap to 7-3, but that was as close as they would come. After Chris Masta beat out an infield hit, Weimert bore down to get out of the inning and retired the side in order in the top of the sixth.

Then came the trophy presentations and a victory lap around the field.

“It feels real good to win the tournament,” said Weimert. “I threw fastballs and curve balls all night. I felt good right from the start and got in a groove.”

Tournament director Stephen Marsella was pleased with the way the inaugural tournament went. He thanked his sponsors Salem Five for paying the Beverly team’s entry fee and McFarland Ford of Exeter, NH for supplying their uniforms.

“I didn’t want to charge the kids, and our sponsors made that possible” said Marsella, who managed the Beverly team. “We had some great games, and the weather was great. We’ll absolutely do it again next year and start planning earlier. We want to get a little committee together and fine tune things; overall I’m very pleased.”

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