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April 27, 2013

FIRING BLANKS: Ruotolo, Peabody shut out Marblehead

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Moreover, Ruotolo hasn’t allowed a run in 24 2/3 innings of work this spring. He’s 3-0 with a pair of saves and two shutouts.

“Pat’s going to do his job. We know that,” said Bettencourt. “He’s on his regular rotation now and we know as the season continues he’s going to get even sharper.”

The Tanners would have preferred to give their ace more run support, but Marblehead lefty Scott Temme pitched with poise and guile. Peabody had baserunners in every inning but Temme was extremely effective with men on behind him.

“He threw strikes, pitched to contact and our defense did a good job behind him,” said Tarasuik. “He battled and did a really nice job for us.”

Senior Matt McIsaac drove in Peabody’s run in the third, plating sophomore leadoff man Mike Petrosino (2-for-4), who had doubled.

The Tanners stranded runners in scoring position in the next three frames while looking to extend the lead, however.

“We’re a vulnerable team offensively right now,” said Bettencourt. “We’re having a hard time with guys that throw the curve for strikes. We’re not sitting back and driving the ball the other way right now, but we’re working on that in practice and it will come.”

Petrosino was the game’s only player with multiple hits while McIsaac, George Tsonis, Sean McGrath and Maynard Wheeler singled for Peabody. Temme stranded two in the fourth and escaped a bases loaded situation in the sixth.

Marblehead reliever Jordan Chmara plunked Wheeler and walked David Cravotta but retired the side when the Magicians turned a 4-6-3 doubleplay.

“The pitching was a good sign for us for the rest of the year,” said Tarasuik. “We’re going to build some confidence from this even though we lost. It was a well played game by both teams.”

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