(Georgetown MA) “This was fun today,” said Triton coach Ryan McCarthy after his Vikings defeated Georgetown, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon.
Triton recovered nicely after being eliminated from the post-season on Thursday.
The Vikings (8-11) may not be in the MIAA tournament but they will be in the finals tomorrow of the Spofford Tournament against Pentucket at 2PM.
The Royals (5-13) face Newburyport in the Spofford consolation game at 11AM.
Georgetown went up 1-0 in the second on an RBI double by Jake Adamsky, but Triton responded in the third inning with four runs to take the lead for good.
Senior Devin Parsons pitched a complete game, six-hitter, notching six strikeouts for the Vikings.
“My curve was real strong in the beginning,” said Devin afterwards. “I got my second wind later in the game and had a good fastball at the end.”
Devin (New England College commit) collected all of his six K’s in the final four innings. It was his second win of the season.
“We didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Georgetown coach Phil Desilets post-game. “Things just snowballed on us.”
Rough day in the field (3 errors) for All-CAL shortstop Brendan Willis. The senior did turn in a terrific stop (and throw) to end a Vikings’ threat in the fifth inning.
“Brendan is a 4-year starter, and no one wanted to win this weekend more than he did,” explained Coach Desilets. “Knowing him, he’ll be great tomorrow.”
Triton senior Jack Tummino’s speed played a big part in the 4-run third. Jack beat out a grounder to deep short to reach base. Later, he scored the Vikings first run by scoring from third on another grounder to short.
Cael Kohan singled in Jaren Berardino in that productive third to give Triton a 2-1 lead.
The other two Triton runs in the third were tainted; Brendan Willis error and starter Cam Martin balk.
Next inning the Vikings added two more runs against Royals reliever Patrick Sedgwick. The big hit for the team from Byfield was junior Jared Berardino’s single to center driving home teammates Shane Rooney and Cam Gilroy.
“We executed offensively,” said Triton coach McCarthy.
The Vikings finished with ten hits. Cam Gilroy, Tyler Godfrey, and Cael Kohan each had two hits.
Jared Berardino paced Triton with three RBI.
Evidence that it might not be Georgetown’s day appeared the second inning. First batter Ethan Block singled but then was thrown out stealing. A single (Tim Chianca) and a double (Jake Adamsky) followed producing a run.
Triton starter Devin Parsons ended the Georgetown threat in the second getting a fly out (Justin Ziolkowski) and a ground out (Chris Swensen).
The Royals were a hit away from making things tight in the 5th inning. They loaded the bases with two hits (Justin & Chris) and a walk (Brendan Willis) with two outs. Devin escaped again. This time he got Nick Gaeta to ground out to 2B Cam Gilroy.
Triton third baseman (Shane Rooney) started the Georgetown 6th with an error but finished the inning with a slick backhanded stab (and throw).
The Vikings had lost seven of their last eight games before today’s victory.
Georgetown has now lost 11 of their last 13 games. They have a makeup game next Saturday plus tomorrow’s matchup against Newburyport.
“We’ll come out and work hard tomorrow,” said Coach Desilets. “We lost during the season on a walk-off to Newburyport.”
Triton will have its work cut against Pentucket. The Vikings have been shut out twice (4-0, 2-0) by the Sachems. Peter Cleary, Andrew Melone, and Ethan Hunt have limited Triton to a total of three hits in those two games.
Coach McCarthy: “(Devin) Parsons pitched a great game. He’s a senior and it’s the last time he’ll pitch for us. He was in the zone today.”
Coach Desilets: “Credit Triton for coming back the way they did after getting knocked from the tournament a few days ago.”
Devin Parsons: “We were looking to have fun today. I have been playing with these boys since Little League.”
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