(Amesbury) Way too much Alex Ministeri for Amesbury (5-4) as the Pentucket junior K’d twelve and scattered three hits in the Sachems, 9-3, win at AHS on Tuesday afternoon.
Pentucket defeated Amesbury, 6-2, in their first meeting at Pentucket on April 19th.
Alex Ministeri’s only struggles were in the second inning when he issued a couple of walks and then a hit to Noah Cligerman to load the bases with two outs. Next came a grounder to third by John Fournier that bad-bounced past Corey McNamara to drive in two. John tried to steal and a bad throw from catcher Mike Doud gave the Indians a third run.
The 3-0 lead didn’t last long as Pentucket (5-3) answered with six runs in the top of the third. That 6-3 advantage was more than enough for the Sachems as Alex dominated Amesbury over the final five innings.
How dominating was he? He retired the side in order in four of the five innings. He struck out the side in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th. He gave up just one hit.
Amesbury starter Mac Short sailed through the first two innings before getting into big trouble in the third facing ten batters. Walks (5) and hits (3) were the deadly combo that produced six runs. Both Josh Creamer and Zack Brut had two RBI for Pentucket during the explosion.
Pentucket added to their lead in the fifth off reliever Tim Williams with three more runs. Chris Eiserman drove in a pair with a liner to center and Turner Newton sent Chris home with a infield hit.
I was impressed with Amesbury’s field. Also, the hillside seating provided a great view of the field of play.
Third baseman Corey McNamara was victimized by a bad-hop grounder that led to Amesbury runs in the second and then it was shortstop Tyler Lay’s turn for the same fate on a similar grounder in Pentucket’s six-run third.
Alex picked Tyler Lay off first in the second inning.
(I collect my own stats and draw my own conclusions. Mistakes are unintentional.)