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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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Ethan Hunt leads Pentucket to 7-4 win over Triton

Ethan Hunt pitched a 3-hitter and struck out nine
Cole Daniels slides home

(Groveland) “Great job by Ethan today,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray afterwards.

And who would argue unless all you saw was Triton’s half of the first inning?

Ethan Hunt settled in after that rocky start hitting a homer and pitching Pentucket (1-2) to a 7-4 win over Triton (0-3) on Saturday morning at the Pines Athletic Field.

“I came out feeling a little iffy but then I settled in,” recalled Ethan.

Joe Abt (3 RBI) and Griff Dupuis drove across runs for the Vikings in the first inning as Ethan struggled to throw strikes.

But Pentucket responded quickly.  After their first two batters (Trevor Kamuda & Kyle Ventola) got on, Ethan Hunt launched a 3-run shot to right that put the home team in front, 3-2.

Ethan Hunt after three-run homer in first inning

“My hitting approach the whole game was middle-away,” said Ethan.  “That home-run pitch was up and away.”

Joe Abt – 3 RBI

Triton fought back. A Joe Abt two-run double in the third inning returned Triton to the lead, 4-3.

Pentucket evened things on an infield error in the 5th as Trevor Kamuda scored the run.

Meanwhile, Ethan (the pitcher) had settled in.  The UMass Boston commit ended up retiring the last twelve Vikings in order.

“He was pretty much lights out those last four innings,” said Coach Murray.

Pentucket coach Kevin Murry

Ethan ended up with a 3-hitter striking out nine Vikings.

“I have been a pitcher who starts on the shaky end and then progresses well as the game goes on,” said Ethan. “My 12-6 was definitely on today.  I found location for my fastball later on.  Those two together kept hitters off-balance.”

Pentucket broke away from the tie with a three-run sixth inning as things fell apart for the Vikings.  After a Max Ligols double, Bryce Winter’s sacrifice-bunt attempt turned into a hit when no one covered first base.  Pinch-hitter Alex Robertson drove in the eventual game-winner with a wind-blown double to left and two wild pitches followed that allowed two more runs.

LF Jack Lindholm deals with tough wind in the Pentucket 6th inning

“The bunt was a big difference in the sixth inning,” said Triton coach Chris Lamothe.  “We weren’t ready for it.  It was my fault.”

“Tough loss but we battled,” he added. “Griff (Dupuis) gave us innings and kept them off-balance for a long time.  We’re back at it on Monday against North Reading.  DJ Watson will be pitching.”

Both teams entered the game looking for a W after two opening losses.  “It feels really good to get the first win,” said Pentucket catcher Kyle Ventola.  “We’ll build off this.  I think we’ll have a great season.”

Triton starter Griff Dupuis

Coach Lamothe: “Their pitcher settled down for the last four innings.  He dominated.  He had his fastball and his breaking ball working.  Not much we could do.”

Coach Murray: “Ethan settled in nicely.  We did a good job of making plays behind him.  He was throwing strikes.  When that happens, it gives us a chance to win.”

Today was a cloudy day with a threat of rain.  The wind is usually a factor at Pines.  High popups are always an adventure.

Every time I’m at this park, I get flashbacks to its Pines Speedway past.  I was there on occasion.  I remember Ollie Silva and Bentley Warren.  Okay, I’m old!

Triton          2   0   2   0   0   0   0   =   4

Pentucket   3   0   0   0   1   3   –    =   7

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Pentucket (unofficial) box
Triton (unofficial) box
Max Ligols led off the 3-run sixth inning with a double
Trevor Kamuda steals second – Connor Rumph takes throw
Triton coach Chris Lamothe
Pitcher Griff Dupuis sets to throw to first
Cole Daniels scored two runs
Play at first
Trevor Kamuda scored two runs
Cole Daniels leads off second base
Joe Abt and Trevor Kamuda
Will Roberts out stealing. Connor Rumph applies tag.

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Chase Dwight puts on a show in scrimmage against Ipswich

Chase Dwight pitched four shutout innings

(Groveland MA) Impressive.

Chase Dwight had a 3-run homer in the 4th inning against Ipswich
Chase Dwight in the midst of the HR celebration

Pentucket sophomore Chase Dwight pitched four shutout innings and drilled a 3-run homer.

Chase’s shot over the fence in left center in the 4th inning off Ipswich relief pitcher Jake Reily scored Joe Lynch and Andrew Melone.

It was only a scrimmage so overreacting in any direction is folly.

However, it seems quite certain that Chase Dwight will play a prominent role for the Sachems in the Cape Ann League regular season which starts later this week.

The Monday afternoon event was played at Groveland Pines.

Shortstop Ethan Hunt takes charge on an infield popup

The prevailing winds there made every ball in the air toward right field an adventure for the fielders.  Several drives that way either sliced away, or dropped in front, of fielders.

That same wind turned things from cool to cold for those of us spectators.  I lasted four innings.

Chase Dwight and catcher Joe Lynch

As is the habit with a scrimmage, there were no numbered uniforms worn or rosters available.  I took pictures but won’t be putting names to most of them.

I do plan to post the unnamed ones on Instagram (mcclellandmiscellanea) asking for IDs.  Once I get the names, I will add that picture to my online blog (McClelland Miscellanea) coverage of the scrimmage.

(All of the pictures will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Senior Andrew Melone
Kyle Ventola
Bryce Winter
Finn MacLennan
Evan Stein
Will Baise
Cade Wetter
Trevor Kamuda scores for Pentucket against Ipswich
Kyle Ventola at the plate
Will Roberts
Ipswich starter Will Baise
Jack Wile
Cade Wetter
Jake Reily
Brad McGowan

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