Pentucket Sachems win the 2019 Spofford Tournament
Pentucket captains with the trophy
(Georgetown MA) If you’re looking for a star after a Pentucket win, good luck!
“Every kid has come up for us at some point this season,” said Sachems coach Mike Wendt.
Today was no exception as Pentucket was able to piece together a, 4-2, win over Triton and take the Spofford Tournament title for the first time.
“Hats off to a team that was 2-18 last season,” added Triton coach Ryan McCarthy. “They’ve made it to the tournament and clinched a share of the Cape Ann League title. Good for Coach Wendt and those guys.”
The Vikings (8-12) carried a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning but lost it when Pentucket (13-7) notched two runs.
Chris Husak -2 hits and an rbi
Chris Husak started the inning with a single. Both Owen Kamuda and Andrew Melone then reached on bunts that were intended to be sacrifices but became hits.
“We made some mistakes in the fifth inning,” said Coach McCarthy. “We have to make those plays and we have to get outs in those situations.”
But they didn’t and Pentucket had the bases loaded, down a run, with no outs.
Credit Triton starter Mark Glickman. He nearly pitched his way out of trouble as he struck out the next two batters. However, a two-out flair by Jordan Cane brought in two Sachems.
“I thought Mark battled,” said Coach McCarthy. “He got two of their better hitters (Gus Flaherty & Jake Etter) and then they got that ball that fell in. That was kind of it right there.”
“It felt great to get that hit,” said Jordan Cane afterwards. “I was thinking middle away for sure. I got a good pitch on the outer part.”
Sophomore Andrew Melone took the win for Pentucket striking out five and giving up only four hits in his 6+ innings of work.
“This was Andrew’s best start of the year,” said Coach Wendt. “In this one he was able to throw strikes into the 7th inning. His command has gotten him into trouble this year but not today.”
The Sachems added their fourth run in the 6th. Joe Lynch singled, was sacrificed to second by Kyle Stock, and scored on Chris Husak’s double to right center.
Pentucket carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the 7th and then things got real interesting/entertaining. Just ask anyone who was there!
Jack Tummino singled and Coach Wendt brought on Jake Etter to pitch.
When Cam Gilroy thought Jake had thrown ball four, he headed for first. Jack, assuming that Cam had walked, trotted for second.
The umpire called Cam back, saying it was only ball three. As a result, Jack ended up caught in a rundown but miraculously escaped to second.
Jack Tummino (right) escapes a rundown
After Cam struck out, Tyler Godfrey walked. That put two men on, with one out, in a two-run game.
Enter 3B Chris Husak. Jared Berardino hit a flair over the infield, down the third baseline. Three fielders, including Chris converged.
Chris, at the last instance, stuck his hand out (not his glove!) and caught the ball.
Chris Husak makes a bare-handed catch in the 7th
“There wasn’t room to catch it with the glove,” Chris explained. “I didn’t want to collide with the left fielder. I kind of reached over my shoulder and got it. It was in the moment.”
If Chris doesn’t make that play, the Vikings would have had the bases loaded with one out.
Jordan Cane and Jake Etter at game’s end
But the play was made and then Jake Etter retired Kyle Odoy to end the game.
Triton picked up a run in the first inning. Jared Berardino singled and reached second on a passed ball. Kyle Odoy brought in Jared with a double to the fence in right.
Pentucket tied it in the same inning. Gus Flaherty walked, stole second and scored on Jake Etter’s single.
Two Pentucket errors (Kyle Stock & Gus Flaherty) enabled Tyler Godfrey to give Triton a 2-1 lead in their half of the third inning.
Owen Kamuda (3 hits) scores the go-ahead third run
The Sachems finished with ten hits. Junior Owen Kamuda had three of them.
Senior Jack Tummino had two of Triton’s four hits.
This was Pentucket’s third win over the Vikings this season. The other two game were shutouts.
Triton starter Mark Glickman had six strikeouts.
Coach Wendt: “This was a typical game for us. We grind it out. The kids made plays when we needed them.”
Andrew Melone: “My off speed was working. I pounded the zone with my fast ball and finished them with the off speed.”
Jordan Cane: “I was at St. Mary’s last year. This season has been a great ride. There’s something special about playing for a town.”
Andrew on the Pentucket turnaround: “We had lots of players coming back and thought we could have a good season. Our whole mentality was to win the next game. We continued to win and had fun with it.”
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)
Chris Husak after the catch.
Devin Parsons and Jake Etter
Gus Flaherty nears home with the first Pentucket run
Gus Flaherty tries to handle a grounder
Gus Flaherty (SS) leaps
Jack Tummino (CF) makes a catch
Jordan Cane and Jake Etter celebrate the win
Play at second