PEABODY — For five innings Peabody’s David Apostolides kept Bishop Fenwick batters guessing. He was cruising along until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Crusaders exploded for six runs to take the lead.
Fenwick senior captain Brian Burke took over in the top of the seventh to get the save as the Crusaders won the battle of the Tanner City, 7-5.
The trouble began for Apostolides, who had only give up one hit and held a 5-1 lead, when pinch hitter Will Vigneron singled up the middle and Eric Razney beat out an infield hit. Leadoff hitter John Oliveira laid down a perfect bunt in front of the plate to load the bases with nobody out.
Senior Nick Bona, who is from Peabody, delivered the big blow: A three run double to right field to clear the bases and close the deficit to one run.
“After I had a couple of at-bats I started to figure (Apostolides) out,” said Bona after his team improved to 14-3. “I hit a curve ball, and it really helped having three fast guys on base. This is a big win for us, but we don’t have much time to celebrate because we’re right back at it against a tough Swampscott team (today).”
Things quickly fell apart for Peabody after that. Gianni Esposito reached on an error and promptly stole second. Apostolides was called for a balk, allowing Bona to come home with the tying run, and Burke delivered a suicide squeeze bunt to score Esposito. Joe Levasseur kept the rally going with a double down the third base line, and came home on Mike Campatelli’s single.
“You live by the sword, you die by the sword,” said Tanner coach Mark Bettencourt after his team suffered its third loss (16-3). “This is the first time all year, except for the Prep game, when we gave up six runs in an inning. Before the sixth I warned the kids there would be a surge because Fenwick was tough and was not hanging their heads.