“I was hesitant to take David out because even though they got six hits in the inning, there were only one or two hard hit balls. Everything else found holes. He was making good pitches, and give Fenwick credit because they hit them. Bona deserves credit for that clutch hit. Unfortunately that one bad inning came in the bottom of the sixth, and we only had one chance to get the runs back.”
The Fenwick lineup is loaded with Peabody kids and this is a huge rivalry for them. The Tanners threatened in the top of the seventh when Michael Petrosino singled and George Tsonis worked a walk with two down, but cleanup hitter Frank Lowry, who had an RBI double in his previous at-bat, was caught looking at a called strike three to end the game.
“Apostolides had us fooled, and we looked bad in the first three or four innings. He throws from the side and kept us off balance,” said Fenwick coach Kevin Canty, who served as a Peabody assistant before taking over the Crusaders. “One thing Mark (Bettencourt) taught me was to never get too high or too low; try to keep an even keel. I stayed calm.”
That even keel served Fenwick, which is now 3-1 against Division 1 teams and beat Peabody for the second straight year.
“I’ve told the kids we can beat anybody by not getting too emotional. I put Central Catholic, Gloucester, St. John’s Prep, Peabody, and Danvers on the schedule. We play the best,” said Canty. “This is a huge win for all our Peabody kids, and Andrew Lessard knew he was getting the ball from the day this game was scheduled. He wanted a shot against Peabody, and next year it will be another Peabody kid, Tommy Parsons’ turn.”