(Newburyport) You get these mismatches occasionally in the early rounds of the MIAA baseball tournament.
And that’s what this was as Newburyport easily defeated Charlestown, 11-0, on a seriously hot Friday afternoon at Newburyport.
The victory gets Newburyport (14-7) to the North Division 3 quarterfinals. They will face the winner of tomorrow’s North Reading/Swampscott game probably on Monday.
The Clippers essentially put this game away in the second inning. In that frame, two walks, three hits, and four errors combined to enable the home team to collect seven runs. Newburyport sent twelve batters to the plate in that inning.
Starter Connor MacRae and two relievers (Leighton Paradis and Cameron Beaulieu) combined for a two-hit shutout. Connor went five innings to notch his 6th win of the season.
Newburyport hit Townies starter Luis Atiles hard totaling eleven hits. The one hit they’ll be talking about for a while was Connor Wiles’ blast over the right centerfield fence in the fifth. Connor took a long look at the shot that appeared headed for Hope Community Church on Hale Street.
Connor’s homer was the end of a four-run fifth. Brian Fiascone drove in two of the runs with a shot to the leftfield corner. Colby Morris added the other with an infield groundout.
NHS coach Steve Malenfant took away the bunt and the steal after the seven-run second in an act of sportsmanship that sets a good example. He was also able to get every player in uniform into the game before it was over.
Connor Wile and Colton Fontaine each had two hits for Newburyport. Brian Fiascone and Colton Fontaine each had two RBI.
Ramon Pena had a single to right in the second inning. Donelle Dunn had an infield single with two outs in the seventh inning.
Connor MacRae registered six K’s getting five of them looking.
Jose Cordero pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for Charlestown.
Charlestown certainly had the best dugout location………in the shade!
Newburyport has now won seven straight games since a 3-1 loss to North Reading on May 14th. A rematch with the Hornets would be very interesting.
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