“Credit Masconomet; they’ve got some real athletes over there, some real good ballplayers. And (Klingensmith) made some real big pitches when he had to. He was poised and confident. We were one hard-hit ball away from opening things up a bit (in the sixth), but he was tough when he had to be.”
The Falcons put the first two runners on in the bottom of the sixth after Tylus (7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K) singled and Tyler Dustin reached on an error. Eldridge’s sacrifice bunt moved each up a base, but Klingensmith bore down and struck out Joe Olszak before getting Andrew Olszak to fly out to deep center.
“I was a little bit tired from throwing a lot of pitches on Tuesday and didn’t have my best stuff,” admitted the neon-socked Klingensmith, who allowed just four hits and struck out two, with five walks and 97 pitches thrown. “And I didn’t strike out a lot of guys like I did last time out (11 vs. Winchester), but I have a lot of faith in my defense and they made all the plays behind me.”
Danvers got its only two runs in the bottom of the second when Dustin, who had singled, came home when Klingensmith was called for a balk with the bases loaded. Senior A.J. Couto’s RBI single to left plated Joe Olszak, but Andrew Olszak was thrown out at the plate trying to score to end the inning.
“We believe in every guy on this team. They just persevere,” said Baril. “It doesn’t matter what shirt you’re wearing or which sock you put on first or what kind of gum you’re chewing; once you get between the lines, it’s just baseball.”