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Rowley evens ITL finals with 6-5 win over Manchester-Essex

Drew Carter crosses home with the eventual game-winner in the sixth inning

Drew Carter crosses home with the eventual game-winner in the sixth inning

Rams coach Jeff Wood congratulates closer Joe Martin after the final out

Rams coach Jeff Wood congratulates closer Joe Martin after the final out

(Rowley)  The Rowley Rams evened their Intertown Twilight League final series with Manchester-Essex, 6-5, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Eiras Field.

The ME Mariners won the opener of the championship series in Essex, 3-2, thanks to a seventh-inning walkoff run on Saturday afternoon.  Caulin Rogers’ single drove across the game winner.

In Game 2, the Mariners battled back from a three-run deficit and went up 5-4 in the fifth inning.  But the #2 seed Rams tied the score in the bottom of the 5th and tallied the unearned game-winner in the sixth.

The best-of-five series resumes on Wednesday evening in Essex.

Third baseman Alex Ray chases a deflected ball as Drew Carter approaches third base.

Third baseman Alex Ray chases a deflected ball as Drew Carter approaches third base.

No one person ever loses a team game.  However, I’m not sure Mariners third baseman Alex Ray was buying that after his two-out boot enabled the Rams to push across their sixth run.  CJ Ingraham’s grounder to Alex deflected off his glove and down the third baseline.  Rowley’s Drew Carter, who had singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on Marco Luisi’s fielder’s choice, was on the move with two outs.  If Alex cleanly fielded the grounder he had an easy, final-out, force out at third but the error occurred and Drew’s hustle allowed him to beat the throw home with the eventual game winner.

Joe White went the first four innings for Rowley.  Adam Newell (winning pitcher) covered the fifth and sixth while Joe Martin earned the save with a hitless seventh.

Nate Bertolino slides in with the fifth ME run

Nate Bertolino slides in with the fifth ME run

Anyone at Eiras Field will tell you that the seventh had its moment of drama as Mariners’ second batter Brett Cahill hit a long out to right that was close to home-run distance.  In an earlier at-bat the ME catcher had doubled off the rightfield fence.  There was a bit of an incoming breeze in the seventh inning and instead of tying the game, a putout was recorded by Rams rightfielder Justin Bolla.

Manchester-Essex scored first (in the first) as Rory Gentile led off with a double to the leftfield corner, stole third, and came home on Caulin Rogers sacrifice fly.

The Rams (15-6-2 during the regular season) put up four runs in the second inning.  Rowley turned a first-and-third situation into an unearned run.  Catcher Brett Cahill’s throw to second (trying to get Cam D’Agostino) was low and Justin Bolla scored from third.  An RBI double by Drew Carter and RBI singles by Mike White and CJ Ingraham delivered the other three runs for the home team.

ME (19-4-1 during the regular season) erased the 4-1 deficit in the fourth inning.  Adrian Frattini doubled in two runs before an error by Rowley third baseman Koby Thibault (he threw wild to home) produced the tying run.

The Mariners (defending ITL champs) went in front in the fifth.  Nate Bertolino reached third after a walk, steal, and fielder’s choice and scored on Mike Cain’s fly-out to center.

Down a run (5-4) in the fifth, it was Rowley’s turn to rally.  A couple of two-strike hits (CJ Ingraham and Dmitri Hunt) did the damage.  CJ led off with a single and stole second before Dmitri’s RBI single.

Cam DAgostino

Cam DAgostino

If Brett Cahill’s fly to right in the 7th was the longest out, Cam D’Agostino’s rope to center in the Rowley fifth was the hardest hit for an out in the game.  Cam’s laser to center was right at CF Rory Gentile and he made the catch for the final out.

In the sixth, Rowley got the unearned game-winner and the series now becomes best two-out-of-three.

Ryan Marques went 5 2/3 innings allowing four earned runs for Manchester-Essex.  Adam Philpott recorded the final out in the sixth inning.

Ian Buckley and Adrian Frattini paced ME with two hits apiece.  CJ Ingraham, Cam D’Agostino, and Drew Carter did the same for Rowley.

Rowley had runners on second and third in the fourth inning but Ryan Marques retired Mike White, Nick Liguori, and Joe Esposito to escape damage.

The Mariners stole five bases while Rowley stole two.

The biggest outburst against an umpire was in the ME sixth when a very close play at first ended the inning without the runner from third scoring.

Drew Carter - 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 rbi

Drew Carter – 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 rbi

The last time I saw Drew Carter play (June 18, 2011) was at Fraser Field in Lynn at the D3 state title game that Newburyport won over Pioneer Valley.  Drew made a huge defensive play at third in that one.

The last time I saw Rowley play was at Eiras Field two years ago when they defeated Rockport, 5-2, to win their first (?) ITL title.

The last time I saw Adrian Frattini he pitched Manchester-Essex past Newburyport to end the Clippers 18-game winning streak early in the 2012 season.

Rowley boxscore

Manchester-Essex boxscore

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CJ Ingraham steals second

CJ Ingraham steals second

CJ Ingraham heads home as centerfielder Rory Gentile prepares to throw

CJ Ingraham heads home as centerfielder Rory Gentile prepares to throw

Dmitri Hunt reaches third

Dmitri Hunt reaches third

ME starter Ryan Marques

ME starter Ryan Marques

Caulin Rogers begins slide to third

Caulin Rogers begins slide to third

low throw to second

low throw to second

Nick Liquori

Nick Liquori

Rory Gentile

Rory Gentile

trouble at second

trouble at second

Ian Buckley beats pitcher Joe White to first

Ian Buckley beats pitcher Joe White to first

Alex Ray makes a nice play

Alex Ray makes a nice play

Ian Buckley steals

Ian Buckley steals

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Georgetown defeats Ipswich 5-2 to run winning streak to seven

Alex Amoroso out at third

Alex Amoroso out at third

Winning pitcher Patrick Slack

Winning pitcher Patrick Slack

(Ipswich)  Georgetown won its seventh straight game (including the five that earned them the Division 4 title) as they defeated Ipswich, 5-2, on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon in Ipswich.

The Royals (2-0) collected two unearned runs in the 4th inning and survived a bases loaded, no-one-out situation in the 6th inning to gain the win in their Cape Ann League opener.

Ben Noelk and Tom Pingree each had two RBI for Georgetown.  CJ Ingraham had three of the Royals’ nine hits and also drove in a run.

Junior Patrick Slack was the winning pitcher.  He scattered three hits and K’d seven Tigers during six innings of work.  Dave Ingraham pitched the seventh and recorded a 1-2-3 final inning.

Patrick Slack (1-0) put himself into some serious trouble in the sixth but managed to escape with minimal damage.  Four batters into the sixth inning Patrick had given up a single (Ryan Law), made a bad throw to second on a grounder (Josh Guertin), walked a batter (Henry Sacco), and hit another batter (Kyle Barber).

Shortstop Colby Ingraham prepares to throw home to get a key out in the fifth inning

Shortstop Colby Ingraham prepares to throw home to get a key out in the fifth inning

With one run in (score now 4-2) and more a distinct possibility, the drawn in G’town infield forced a run at the plate.  Then Patrick K’d pinch-hitter Jordan Thibault and got Eric Gongas to end the threat grounding out to third.

The Royals broke open a 1-1 game in the 4th inning with two unearned runs both scored with two outs.  A Dave Ingraham single and a walk to Mike Goddu put runners on base.  An error by Tiger shortstop Mike Savoie on sophomore Kyle Nelson’s sharp grounder extended the inning with the bases loaded.  Ben Noelk made Ipswich pay as he sliced a single in front of centerfielder Ryan Law delivering Dave Ingraham and Mike Goddu.

Ipswich starter Alex Amoroso

Ipswich starter Alex Amoroso

Alex Amoroso went the first four innings for Ipswich (0-1) and Sean Whooley the final three.

Georgetown touched Alex for a run in the first.  A single and steal by leadoff batter Patrick Slack was followed by a run-scoring double by CJ Ingraham (3 hits).

Ipswich answered right back in the bottom of the first.  Alex Amoroso reached on an infield hit and took second on a wild pitch.  The Tiger senior reached third thanks to Ryan Law’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Kyle Barber’s rip off third baseman Tom Pingree’s glove.

The Royals picked up the two unearned runs in the fourth to lead 3-1 before adding another score in the fifth off of Sean Whooley.  Colby Ingraham reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and was sent home by Tom Pingree’s single to right center.

Up 4-1, the Royals survived the Tiger threat in the sixth allowing just one run.  Georgetown pushed across its 5th run in the seventh.  CJ Ingraham singled, stole second, and was delivered with two outs by Tom Pingree.

CJ Ingraham (3 hits) takes a big cut

CJ Ingraham (3 hits) takes a big cut

The two teams will meet again in two weeks at Georgetown.  The Royals next game will be hosting Manchester-Essex on Thursday.  The Tigers will entertain Amesbury next Tuesday at 10AM.

Division 3 Ipswich was 6-13 last season but lost eight of those game by one run.

GHS coach Justin Spurr has thirteen players back from last season’s championship team.  Star Ryan Browner is now at Southern Maine but there is still plenty of talent on the roster.  It is not hard to imagine Georgetown still playing games in June.

Kyle Barber drove in both Ipswich runs

Kyle Barber drove in both Ipswich runs

Kyle Barber was hit by pitches twice and drove in both Ipswich runs.

Sophomore catcher Kyle Nelson made his Georgetown varsity debut today.

Three times Georgetown put themselves into scoring position with steals that led to runs.

Georgetown box

Ipswich box

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Colby Ingraham rounds third in the 5th inning

Colby Ingraham rounds third in the 5th inning

Royals reliever Dave Ingraham

Royals reliever Dave Ingraham

Tiger reliever Sean Whooley

Tiger reliever Sean Whooley

Ben Noelk (two RBI)

Ben Noelk (two RBI)

Tom Pingree (two RBI)

Tom Pingree (two RBI)

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Big inning gets Georgetown by Amesbury 9-3 in Cape Ann League baseball

CJ Ingraham scores on a wild pitch in the seven-run third inning.

Jeff Moore – struck out six and allowed two hits in six innings of pitching

(Georgetown)  Georgetown (7-10) combined four hits and four walks with three Amesbury (3-14) miscues in the third inning to get seven runs and defeat the Indians, 9-3, on a very pleasant Saturday afternoon for Cape Ann League baseball.

The game was originally scheduled for 10AM but with the Georgetown junior/senior prom the night before, the game was rescheduled for 2PM.

Junior Jeff Moore dominated Amesbury over six shutout innings allowing just two hits (Shawn Bannon & Ben Cullen).  Jeff also had six strikeouts and limited the Indians to just four base runners.

The game didn’t get out of hand until the bottom of the third.  The Royals only had a 1-0 lead at that time.

The bottom of the third, however, was a seven-run disaster for Amesbury.  AHS starter Nick Hawrylciw walked the bases loaded with one out.  Indian coach Gene Burnham lifted Nick for shortstop Ben Cullen.  Nick took Ben’s place at short.

AHS starter Nick Hawrylciw ran into trouble in the third

That switch didn’t work out so well for either player.  Ben had a wild pitch, gave up two walks and two hits while Nick had two errors at short.

As luck would have it, after seven runs had crossed for Georgetown, Coach Burnham switched Ben and Nick back to their original positions and sure enough Nick’s first pitch produced a grounder to Ben that he handled cleanly to end the inning.

GHS coach Justin Spurr used mostly reserves after the fifth inning and they were able to get a run off of Devlin Gobiel in the sixth.  Nick Correnti’s high hopper drove in Kevin Terban with G’town’s ninth run.

Coach Spurr let Mark Berkland pitch the seventh inning and he gave up five straight singles before getting an out.  Noah Kligerman, Adam Ivanic, and Devlin Gobiel drove in the three Amesbury runs in that final inning as the Indians batted around.

Amesbury has now lost ten of their last eleven games.  Their next game is home on Tuesday against Newburyport.

Georgetown travels to North Shore Tech on Monday.

Pitcher Devlin Gobiel fields a high hopper in the sixth.

Every park is a little different.  At Georgetown they provide a program and they also announce the names of the players batting and any substitutions made.

The Georgetown right fielder disappeared into the lush vegetation in foul territory and came out with the ball.

In the section I was sitting in there was news that Tyler Wade had been voted King of the Prom.

All nine starters for Georgetown reached base in some fashion.

Both Colby Ingraham and Ryan Browner were picked off first base.

CJ Ingraham had a 2-run single in the decisive third inning.

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slide into third

Ryan Browner

Allen Navarro slides into second

Troy Eaton

Mark Berkland

Catcher Mac Short chases a foul popup

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