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Vaughn O’Leary tosses 2-hitter as Manchester-Essex shuts out Pentucket 4-0

Colin Coyne scores the first Hornets run
Ethan Hunt had 12 K’s in six innings of relief

(Groveland) The two runs that Manchester-Essex put up in the first inning didn’t seem like too much at the time.

But then the pitching of Hornets starter Vaughn O’Leary kicked in and those runs grew in size as the innings rolled by.

Manchester-Essex defeated Pentucket, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Groveland Pines.

Vaughn finished with a two-hitter and collected eleven strikeouts.

“The umpire was giving me the outside corner and I was able to command all my pitches,” said Vaughn afterwards.  “I know I’m on when I can start with off-speed pitches against 3-4-5 hitters.”

Mike D’Oreo had two hits

“I give their pitcher a lot of credit,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray.  “He didn’t throw many balls.  He came right at our hitters and attacked us all game.  He lived on the outside and we didn’t do a great job of adjusting to that.”

A walk (Colin Coyne), and a double (Ryan Andrews) were followed by a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice.  The result was a two-run first inning for the visitors.

“Obviously, getting two runs in the first helped us a lot,” said Hornets coach James Weed post-game.  “It puts pressure on the other team.”

Coach Murray brought on Ethan Hunt to pitch in the second inning.  The UMass Boston commit struck out twelve Hornets over the next six inning of relief.

Vaughn O’Leary at game’s end

“Ethan pitched very well,” said Coach Murray.  “Even during the inning with the runs, the hits weren’t hit that hard.”

Pentucket’s best chance to get back in the game was in the third inning.  An infield error and a Max Ligols’ single put two runners on with no outs.  Vaughn then struck out the next three batters to end the threat and the inning.

Manchester-Essex (6-3) added two more runs in the sixth inning.  The Hornets had two hits early in the inning (Ryan Andrews, Henry Otterbein) and two hits later on (Mike D’Oreo, Zak Porat) to drive in the runs. 

Kyle Ventola steals second

Pentucket (5-5) got two runners on with two outs in their half of the sixth inning, but Vaughn ended the threat by getting Chase Dwight to fly out deep to center.

Vaughn O’Leary: “I couldn’t have done it without my defense.  We could have lost this game if they hadn’t made plays.”

Coach Weed: “This team reminds me of the 2019 state champion team.  They’re not as talented but they’re proving a lot of doubters wrong.  They’re hitting as well as the 2019 team.  They’re fun to coach.  They play with energy.”

LF Colby Doane

Kyle Ventola and Max Ligols had Pentucket’s two hits.

Ryan Andrews and Mike D’Oreo each had two hits for Manchester-Essex.-

The weather was perfect.  Not too hot.  Not too cold with sunshine.

Manchester-Essex   2   0   0   0   0   2   0   =   4

               Pentucket   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   =   0

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Unofficial Pentucket box

Unofficial Manchester-Essex box

Catcher Kyle Ventola looks for a sign

Hornets watching

Vaughn Leary scores in the sixth inning

2B Justin Majka waits to tag Colby Doane

Brian Inger

AJ Pallazola steals second

Coach James Weed and Ryan Andrews

Colin Coyne and 3B Bryce Winter

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Pentucket plays ‘best game’ shutting out  Newburyport 3-0

Max Ligols had a two-run homer for Pentucket
Chase Dwight allowed 3 hits

(Groveland) “It was absolutely our best game of the year,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray afterwards.

Pentucket defeated Newburyport, 3-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Groveland Pines.

Chase Dwight pitched a 3-hitter.  Max Ligols had a 2-run homer and the Pentucket defense was error-free.

“You have to tip your cap to them (Pentucket),” said Newburyport coach Mark Rowe.  “They got the big hits when they needed to, and Chase (Dwight) pitched a great game.  He threw strikes and if you do that in this league good things are going to happen.”

Coach Mark Rowe and Coach Kevin Murray

The biggest hit was by Pentucket’s Max Ligols.  The UMF commit had two strikes on him in the fourth inning before clearing the leftfield fence.

“I was down on the count,” recalled Max.  “He threw me a first-pitch curve and then came back with it.  I just stayed behind and let loose on it.  It was the first homer I’ve ever hit.  I didn’t even have one in Little League!  It sure felt good.”

Max’s homer brought home teammate James Davis who had a long-count single leading off in that fourth inning.

Ethan Hunt and Jack Fehlner

“No one was an easy out today,” said Coach Murray.  “We didn’t have any first-pitch outs and we battled back from 0-2 counts.”

Pentucket collected an unearned run in the previous inning.  Trevor Kamuda reached on an infield error, stole second and took third on a fielder’s choice.  Chase Dwight’s two-out double brought Trevor home.

Newburyport’s best chance to get run(s) was in the fourth inning.  The Clippers loaded the bases with one out.  A walk (Lucas Stallard), a double (Owen Tahnk) and an intentional walk (Jack Fehlner) put Newburyport in a good spot.  But Pentucket escaped as Chase caught Brady Ford looking and handled Tyler Cowles’ grounder to end the threat.

SS Lucas Stallard throws to first

Pentucket answered with the Max Ligol homer in the bottom half of the fourth and had a 3-0 lead. 

Chase retired nine of the last ten batters he faced to earn the win for Pentucket.

“My fastball was my best pitch today,” said Chase afterwards.  “I had good location.”

“Our energy was high throughout the game,” he added.  “We hit when we needed to.  Whenever Newburyport did hit, my teammates were there making the plays.”

Chase told me that he will be attending Mass Maritime Academy in the fall.  “I may go out for baseball,” he said.  “You have to try out for the team, so we’ll see what happens there.”

Max Ligols slides back into first

The Clippers (8-3) came into today’s game averaging 6.9 runs per game.  “We hit a lot of balls hard today but right at people,” said Coach Rowe.

Pentucket (5-4) finished with six hits.  Max and Chase had two each.  Ethan Hunt and James Davis had the other two hits.

The Clippers had hits from Owen Tahnk, Jack Fehlner, and Connor Stick.

2B Connor Stick

Alex Robertson was solid for Pentucket at first base handling nine chances that included several low throws.  “Alex had some nice picks,” said Trevor Kamuda post-game.

Prior to this afternoon’s game, Pentucket had won three straight, before losing to Lynnfield last game.

The Clippers entered today’s game having won seven straight.  Last loss was on April 11th to Amesbury, until this afternoon. 

The weather was comfortably warm at the start and then became much cooler later.

Newburyport   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   =   0

      Pentucket   0   0   1   2   0   0   –   =   3

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Unofficial Newburyport box

Unofficial Pentucket box

1B Alex Robertson

Max Ligols rounds third

James Davis heads for third base in the fourth inning

Jack Fehlner

Pentucket infield drawn in

Chase Dwight had an RBI double in the third inning

Owen Tahnk had a double for Newburyport

Close play at second

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