(Georgetown) If this isn’t his best game it’s got to be awfully close to it.
Impressive performance by Drew MacDonald leading Amesbury past Triton, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon in the rain-shortened opening round of the Spofford Tournament.
The Amesbury senior drove in three of his team’s five runs and pitched a five-inning, no-hitter.
Amesbury (15-4) faces Georgetown in the title game tomorrow afternoon (2PM).
The Vikings (11-8) took a one-run lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. Cole Daniels reached on an infield error and scored after a wild pitch, a stolen base, and another wild pitch.
Triton’s DJ Watson had limited Amesbury to two hits going into the fourth inning.
However, in the fourth inning a single (Drew Scialdone) and a double (Trevor Kimball) set Drew MacDonald up for a two-run single to give Amesbury the, 2-1, lead.
Unfortunate decisions cost Triton in the fifth inning. On two occasions, batters reached on infield grounders when plays at other bases backfired.
Shea Cucinotta’s single in that inning drove across Luke Arsenault and Jake Harring. Later, an infield grounder by Drew MacDonald scored Drew Scialdone with Amesbury’s fifth run.
And then the incoming dark clouds, with accompanying thunder, put a pause to the game. The game never resumed and Amesbury had itself a 5-1 win.
And Drew had himself a no-hitter.
Drew ended up walking two and striking out six.
The defensive gem on this afternoon belonged to Triton centerfielder Cole Daniels. Leadoff batter Jake Harring looked to have hit a ball into the left/centerfield gap, but Cole ran it down and dove to finish a terrific play.
Drew Scialdone and Drew MacDonald led Amesbury’s seven-hit attack with two hits each.
The twosome also had a “hit” in the first inning as they collided going after a popup in the first inning.