Drew Gentile then doubled Matt Merritt home with the go-ahead run. Messina threw 42/3 innings and limited the damage despite giving up six walks. Lefty Jay Richardson made his first appearance of the year and though he gave up the hit to Gentile he pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh and picked off a runner.
“Eric hung in there and battled,” said Wilbur. “Jay did a really good job and his pitching was one of the positive things we came away with today.”
Harry Brown (double, single, stolen base) led off the home half of the fifth with a single but Bowden’s sneaky lefthanded move picked him off. The only other Beverly baserunner the rest of the way was Jon Berchoff, who walked in the seventh and was stranded.
“Beverly had some really good at-bats in the fourth and made Ben throw a lot of pitches,” said Caponigro. “After that he kind of cruised and we were fortunate that he could finish the game.”
English led 1-0 when Anthony Dela Cruz doubled home Kyle O’Connor, but Beverly tied it when Alex Toomey drove in DiOrio, who had doubled with two outs. The Bulldogs led 2-1 when a run scored on a doubleplay in the second.
“We competed and battled but the result wasn’t there today,” said Wilbur. “We’re still trying to find our way a little bit, but there’s a long way to go and we’ll keep working hard.”