DISTRICT 15 WILLIAMSPORT TOURNAMENT
If you hit the ball hard, you're bound to score some runs.
For eight innings Saturday, Beverly East couldn't quite shake Ipswich in the District 15 Little League tournament. But in the ninth, Beverly exploded for seven runs to trump Ipswich 11-4 to win its second tournament game in as many days.
Ryan Anderson had two hits to spark Beverly's late inning rally with Sean Perry belting an RBI double. Sean Hanlon (4 for 5) and Shawn MacBurnie smashed back-to-back homers in the third while Stephen McMahon came in the to get the all important, third out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and then pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.
"You go five (pitchers) deep in two games and you start to run into trouble," said Beverly coach Steve Marsella. "He (McMahon) came in and shut them down for the rest of the game, it was huge. Both teams made the plays (from the sixth inning forward) we just hit the ball and found the gaps."
Third baseman Spencer Danforth made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch to keep Ipswich off the board in the sixth inning as the Orange and Black were threatening with two men on.
Hamilton-Wenham 3, Danvers American 2 (8 innings): In a wild, extremely well played game Saturday, H-W second baseman Drew Gallant ripped a bases loaded single to score Cam Macri for the game winning run. Hamilton-Wenham won a coin toss before the game and was awarded the home-advantage, something H-W coach Russell O'Brien believed played a part in the victory.
"In a game that is so close, its interesting how the flip of the coin can matter so much, and I think it did," said O'Brien. "Both teams are so talented and played so well, that having the last crack at the apple is important."
Austen Michel had his fastball really working as the battery of him and catcher Harrison O'Brien were on cruise control until the seventh inning, when Michel had reached the 85 pitch count. Cam Collins came in for relief, using his curve to keep Danvers American off balance and eventually earn the win.
"Austen is one of the best pitchers in the District (15) and I think the state too," said Russell O'Brien. "After seeing Austen's high heat, I think it was a great call by Harrison and Cam to go with the curveball. It offset their hitters a little bit and kept them off balance."
H-W got tremendous play in the field by outfielders Sam Ober, Jason Rivers, Max Forsey, Philip Tocci, Nick Cutler and Alex Demers, who threw out a runner at home. The Danvers runner was called out due to his failure to slide as he made contact with O'Brien at the plate. Ober also had an outstanding catch at the fence to keep the game tied while Peter Mansfield was strong at first.
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Saugus 9, Hamilton-Wenham 8: The Generals fell in excruciating fashion, leaving the bags loaded in the last inning. Jared Kefalas provided a spark with a 3 for 4 effort, two RBI and a great catch in center while Pat Hendrickson had two hits, Ryan Ropes drove in two runs and Jake Prince pitched well.
Beverly 8, No. Reading 4: The Recs (7-5) got offense from multiple sources as Jason Clucas (two doubles, three RBI), Danny Mello (2 RBI), Andrew Frates (RBI) and T.J. Larivee (2 RBI) all helped the cause. Joe Herzog earned the win while Matt Greeke, who pitched six without allowing an earned run in a loss to the North Shore Phillies Saturday, scored two runs.
Ipswich 13, Beverly 8: Tom Radzim homered and drove in five runs as Ipswich (3-6) jumped out to an 11-1 lead and held on Saturday. Ryan Montecalvo also drove in a run while Dave Shoreman earned the win on the hill and scored three times. For Beverly (5-3), Brendan Fullerton drove in two while Kevin Harutunian stole two bags and scored twice.
NS Navs 7, Newport 6: North Shore (9-8) scored six times in the second inning to get over .500 for the first time this season. Tyler Kuehl and Anthony Melchionda each drove in a pair for the Navs, who have won nine of 11 since starting the season 0-6. Matt Sucharewicz of Peabody also drove in a run while Nolan Corr got the win and Hunter Rivers earned the save.