(Amesbury MA) “We have a lot of pitching options,” said Manchester-Essex coach BJ Weed.
And those of us watching yesterday afternoon at Amesbury High School saw five of them during an eight-inning game won by ME, 5-4, over the Indians on sunny Tuesday afternoon.
The Hornets (6-5) carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the 7th but Amesbury tied it on a sacrifice fly by Derek Beaupre.
Not only did the Indians tie it, but they had runners on first (Blake Bennett) and third (Logan Burrill) with only one out and a chance for a nifty comeback win. But not on this afternoon. Reliever Cosmo Pallazola retired Derek Doherty on a popup and K’d Jeremy Lopez to extend the game.
AHS coach Joel Brierly told me after their last game, that his team needed to learn to be able to make the “routine plays.”
Their inability to make those routine plays gave the Hornets two runs in their half of the eighth. A throwing error by 3B Tom Flanagan, a balk and wild pitch by pitcher Logan Burrill, and a misplayed fly ball in RF by Jeremy Lopez, were factors in the visitors collecting two runs. Senior Jackson Levendusky drove across Robbie Sarmanian to get one of the runs. Later Jackson scored, what proved to be the winning run, on the drop in right field.
Senior Robbie Sarmanian took over the pitching duties in the 8th for Manchester-Essex. A walk and a fielder’s choice got Amesbury’s Tucker Molin to second. Tucker scored when shortstop Bennett O’Leary threw away a two-out grounder. Robbie, however, was able to catch the final out near the foul line to end the game and get the save.
Amesbury starter Graham Gannett gave up three runs on five hits during seven innings of work.
The Indians (5-6) flashed some pretty good defense through seven innings. CF Logan Burrill turned a running catch into a double play in the Manchester third. 2B Derek Doherty handled a hard-hit, one-hopper to end the Hornets fourth. 3B Tom Flanagan ventured back toward the outfield and make a tough running catch to close the 7th inning. Unfortunately, for Amesbury, the 8th inning wasn’t nearly as clean defensively and it cost the Indians dearly.
Senior Mitch Paccone started for Manchester-Essex and left after three pitches to Amesbury’s second batter, complaining of elbow pain. Dylan Wilson and Mason Paccone followed before Cosmo Pallazola came on for the 7th and Robbie Sarmanian finished for the visitors in the eighth.
ME got a run in the second inning. Bennett O’Leary doubled to the fence in left and came home on a sacrifice fly by Cosmo Pallazola.
The Indians (3-7) evened the score in the 4th. Derek Beaupre walked leading off and later was driven across on Tom Flanagan’s flair to right.
ME put two across in the fifth. Mike Quill drove in Will Janowicz with a blooper to left field. Later, Robbie Sarmanian’s fielder’s choice brought in freshman Will Levendusky.
The Division four Hornets have now defeated Amesbury four straight times. The Hornets got by Amesbury 2-1 in April as Mitch Paccone K’d eight Indians and Jackson Levendusky drove in both runs.
Junior Mike Amundsen came off the AHS bench in the bottom of the 7th to provide some excitement on the bases. Mike replaced Graham Gannett who had walked to start the inning. Mike was then nearly picked off first and then second as many of his teammates were insisting that he stay closer to the base he was at. Distracting a team’s defense without getting caught is probably a good thing. Mike did get the 2nd AHS run.
Mike Quill and Will Janowicz each had two hits for ME. Cosmo Pallazola had two rbi.
Tom Flanagan and Derek Beaupre each had an rbi for Amesbury.
Nice afternoon for baseball. Later the shadows made it a little difficult for yours truly to see the ball.
Wondered why Mitch Paccone and his very sore elbow went from pitching to playing second base. Probably not unusual. I’ve seen pitchers throw many innings of pitches and then stop pitching and play shortstop. Are those arms fooled??
ME pitcher Dylan Wilson stopped Tucker Molin’s hot grounder in the 4th inning with his stomach and then threw to first.
ME coach BJ Weed served the last game of a two-game suspension by watching from the distant bleachers along the right-field foul line.
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