Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mariners 5 Rams 4, Gloucester, MA

July 23, 2014

Mariners edge Rams in late-season showdown

By Nick Curcuru
Sports Editor
---- — ESSEX-- Tuesday’s Intertown League baseball tilt between the Manchester Essex Mariners and the Rowley Rams sported a playoff-like atmosphere.
The Rams and Mariners have ruled the ITL over the last half decade and this season has been no different with Rowley sitting atop the league standings and Manchester Essex sitting right behind them in second.
“I’d be lying if I said this was just another game,” Rams manager Jeff Wood said. “Both teams have been at the top of the league for the last few years and both teams had a full bench tonight. It’s always fun when we play the Mariners and you can throw the records out the window because it’s going to be close.”
The potential ITL finals preview lived up to the hype on Tuesday but in the end a fifth inning three-run homer from Mariners first baseman Nate Bertolino was the difference in a 5-4 Mariners win.
Rowley remains in first place despite the loss at 16-3, Manchester Essex moves to within two games of its rival at 14-5. Each team has four games remaining on its schedule.
The league titans will meet again tonight at Erias Park (5:45 p.m.)
“It’s always a big win if it’s against Rowley,” Mariners manager Bryan Lafata said. “If they take care of business they should still have first place locked down, but I thought both teams played pretty good baseball.”
The Rams had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when the Mariners bats came alive.
Alex Ray led off the frame with a single off of Rowley starter Tim Moore, who had retired nine Mariners in a row heading into the fifth, and after a two-out walk from Rory Gentile, Bertolino came to the plate and put a fly ball over the left field fence just inside the foul pole to turn a two-run Mariners deficit into a 5-4 lead.
“(Moore) was pitching well and was rolling at the time,” Lafata said. “He didn’t strike too many of us out but he pitched to contact and his defense made the plays behind him. Luckily, big Nate was able to get his hands through the zone on that pitch and put it over the fence for a home run. There were a few hard hit balls that were knocked down by the wind today but he had enough strength to get it over.”
Rowley threatened to tie the game in the seventh when pinch hitter Joe White led off the inning with a double off of Mariners starter Rory Gentile, who went the distance for the win.
White was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Gentile was able to get the next two hitters on a grounder right at a drawn in Max Nesbit at second base and a grounder to Caulin Rogers at shortstop to end the contest. Rowley nearly tied the game with two outs in the inning when CJ Ingraham lined one down the left field line, but his shot fell inches foul just in front of the left field fence.
“Gentile just battled all night,” Wood said. “I have no problem with the way we played and I have no problem tipping my cap to the Mariners, they deserved the win. This loss doesn’t cripple us and we will be back tonight.”
Rowley took a 2-0 first inning lead on a two-run error on a grounder to third in the top of the first inning. Manchester Essex, however, answered right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Mike Cain scoring Rogers, who reached on an error and moved up to second on an error, and an RBI grounder from Peter Clark scoring Cain.
Rowley got the lead back in the second when Cam D’Agostino scored on an Anthony Conte grounder, and added an insurance run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Tim Cashman scoring Conte before Bertolino delivered the decisive homer in the bottom of the fifth.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beverly - 10, Hamilton - 3

The Giants (11-10) won their 5th straight game with a 10-3 victory over the Generals (7-12) at Patton Park Tuesday night.  Steve Palladino earned the win with 4 innings of no hit, scoreless relief. Palladino allowed only one walk. Dan Cashman added a scoreless 7th. Giants pitching held Hamilton to 3 hits on the night, two by Larry Sagesse.  Hamilton's Wendt was charged with the loss.

The game was knotted at 3 until the top of the fifth when Beverly plated 6 runs. Offensively, Beverly was led by Jeff Barricelli (3 for 4, 2RBI), Conor Walsh (2 for 2, RBI, 2R, 2 BB), Josh Levesque (2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, 2RBI, 2R), and Cashman (2 for 4, R).

Townies 4 - Ipswich 1

Rockport beat Ipswich 4 -1 last night in Ipswich.  Jordan Pallazola led the Townies offense with a  HR, double and 3 RBI.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chiefs over Townies 5-3

Ipswich won Sunday night's game behind an impressive complete game pitching performance by Jake Greaney.  The offense was led by Greg Doucette who had 3 hits and 3 RBI along with Tom Radzim and Pat Curran who also chipped in two hits each. The two teams meet again for the final time of the season tonight at Bialek Park.

Rowley -4, Topsfield -1

Mike Sloban got the win for Rowley going the distance.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beverly - 5, Hamilton - 0

The Giants moved to 10-10 with a 5 to 0 win over the Generals (7-11) Sunday night at Cooney Field.  Andy Brown pitched 6 shutout innings of 2 hit ball for the win.  Brown was 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI at the plate.  Kevin Harutunian was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

For Hamilton, Cam Charette took the loss and Jack Clay pitched well in relief.  Luke Painchaud was 2 for 3.

The two teams play again at Patton Park on Tuesday night.

Topsfield 9 M-E 6

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beverly - 3, Rockport - 2

Beverly improved to 9-10 behind a complete game effort from Josh Levesque. Levesque notched his 4th win of the season with 7 innings of 2 run ball allowing only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8.  
Levesque finished strong retiring the last 12 batters of the game.

Beverly scored all of its runs in the 2nd inning. Kevin Harutunian's sac fly scored one before Andy Brown's deep fly was misplayed into 2 more runs. Rockport got both of their runs and all their hits in the 3rd inning. Brian Lentz and Favalora had RBI singles in the frame. Douglas went the distance for Rockport but was tagged with the loss after 3 unearned runs. Douglas retired the last 10 batters he faced.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rowley @ Topsfield Makeup

Rowley @ Topsfield MAKEUP Tuesday, July 29th 5:45pm

Hamilton @ Rockport Makeup from 5/25

Game scheduled for Monday, July 28th at Evans.  7pm start.

Generals- 7, Chiefs- 0

Luke Painchaud had a stellar performance on the mound with a 3 hit, complete game shutout.  There were no walks for either team in the 90 minute game.  Jim Maloney (2-4, 2 RBI) started the scoring in the bottom of the first with a 2 run homer.  In the 4th, the Generals added 5 more runs to round out the scoring.  Larry Saggese, Avon Stewart, and Bryan Vitale all had 2 hit nights for Hamilton.

Both teams return to action Sunday as Ipswich travels to Rockport and Hamilton travels to Beverly.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rockport @ Rowley Postponed

Weather and field conditions.  Makeup TBD

Mariners 8 Tories 6

Andy Heath homered twice and Panunzio also went yard but it was not enough for the Tories as the Mariners scored 6 runs over the final two innings to erase a 6-2 deficit. Rory Gentile picked up the win in relief and rookie Bart Margiotta was 2-4 with 3 rbi's for the Mariners.

Manchester-Essex improves to 13-4 while Topsfield drops to 3-10-1.

The two teams meet again Friday in Topsfield.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hamilton - 5 Ipswich - 4

Jack Clay entered in relief to a based loaded jam in the 4th and limited the damage.  He went on to pitch a scoreless final 3 innings for the victory.  Danny Johnson had 2 hits and drove in what became the winning run in the top of the 5th.  Larry Saggese and Luke Painchaud also tallied 2 hits apiece for the Generals.

For Ipswich, Chris Zaremba tripled and scored and Louis Galanis had 2 hits.

The 2 teams meet again in Hamilton on Thursday night.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rowley - 8, Rockport - 6

Heard thru the ITL grapevine.  Rowley improves to 15-2 and clinches a playoff spot with the win.  Rockport falls to 4-10-1.

Rowley 8 Rockport 6. Rockport erased a 6 run deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Rowley countered with runs in the sixth and seventh on heads up base running by Anthony Conte and clutch hitting by Marco Luisi and Colin Sitarz. Derick MacDowell pitched a complete game for Rockport.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beverly - 7, Manchester - 0

Andy Brown pitched 6 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 for the win. Steve Palladino pitched a scoreless 7th.  Kevin Harutunian was 2 for 4.  Luke McDonald went 1 for 3 with 3RBI.  Dan Cashman was 1 for 3 with 2RBI.  Beverly moves to 8-10. Manchester drops to 12-4.