(Amesbury) Sophomores Ben Cullen and Andy Reidy combined to limit Ipswich to three hits as Amesbury defeated the Tigers, 7-2, in a nonleague game on Tuesday afternoon.
The Indians (1-1) jumped on Ipswich starter John Fierro for six runs in the first two innings on seven hits and rode excellent pitching home from there.
Ben Cullen started for Amesbury and went two innings giving up an unearned run while striking out three. He faced a bases loaded jam in the second with one out but got Louis Galanis to pop out and then finished his outing by striking out Josh Guertin.
Lefty Andy Reidy took care of the last five innings. He K’d six and scattered three hits. He gave up a run in the 5th after he followed an Alex Amoroso double with two wild pitches.
John Fierro had pitched well in the Tigers opening win over Mystic Valley. The Indians on this afternoon were all over him early. Two singles (Ben Cullen and Tommy Connors) and a walk loaded the bases for Amesbury with one out. A wild pitch brought in the first run. An RBI single (Shawn Bannon) delivered the second. Shortstop Louis Galanis’ bobble scored the third run and Zack Fitgerald’s double sent home run number four.
Two straight errors by Indian shortstop Troy Eaton enabled Pat Curran to score a gift run for Ipswich in the second.
Amesbury responded with two of their own. Tommy Connors collected his second single and later was driven home by Troy Eaton from second. After stealing second, Troy came home on Shawn Bannon’s second RBI.
That made it 6-1 after two innings.
In the 4th, the Indians reached relief pitcher Shawn Whooley for a run. Ben Cullen was hit by a pitch, stole second, and was brought in by Troy Eaton’s long double to right center.
Tommy Connors, Troy Eaton, and Shawn Bannon each had two hits for Amesbury in the game.
Second baseman Alex Amoroso had two hits for the 1-1 Tigers.
Junior Josh Guertin will have to ask the Ipswich coaching staff what a Golden Sombrero is.
Tiger leftfielder Pat Curran made a nice running catch in deep left in the sixth. Louis Galanis took the relay back in and doubled Noah Kligerman off first with a strong throw.
Ipswich stranded nine runners. Amesbury had five infield errors but the miscues only cost them one run. The Indian pitching was the difference maker in this one.
Next for Amesbury will be Hamilton-Wenham away on Thursday. Ipswich hosts Lynnfield on the same day.
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