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Pentucket’s Ryan Kuchar 2-hits Lynnfield in 3-1 Division 3 North quarterfinals win

Ryan Kuchar and Bobby Barry celebrate the win over Lynnfield

Ryan Kuchar and Bobby Barry celebrate the win over Lynnfield

Ryan Kuchar pitched a 2-hit, complete game for the Sachems

Ryan Kuchar pitched a 2-hit, complete game for the Sachems

(Lynnfield MA) Ryan Kuchar pitched a complete game, 2-hitter as Pentucket defeated Lynnfield, 3-1, in the Division 3 North quarterfinals on Monday afternoon at sunny Lynnfield.

The Sachems (15-8) now move to the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (4PM) at Fraser Field (Lynn) against another Cape Ann League opponent, Hamilton-Wenham.  Pentucket and HW split 2-1 games during the regular season.

Both Lynnfield hits (Greg Basilesco and Nick Pascucci) were in the third inning when the Pioneers (15-7) picked up their run.

Pentucket ended up with seven hits and had runners in scoring position in the first, second, and fourth innings but Lynnfield pitcher Dave Johnson escaped each time.

The escaping ended in the 5th and 6th innings as the Sachems collected two tarnished runs in one inning and an untarnished insurance run in the other inning.

Ryan Kuchar was the big story as he kept Lynnfield from getting anything going on offense except in the third inning.

Greg Basilesco scored for Lynnfield

Greg Basilesco scored for Lynnfield

In that third inning, Greg Basilesco singled to right and reached third base after two straight fielders’ choices.  Nick Pascucci’s bloop single to short center earned him the RBI.

Down 1-0, Pentucket had a great chance in the fourth inning.  John Sirois’ single was followed by a Greg Basilesco (3B) error on a grounder.  A fielder’s choice moved the runners to second and third with one out.  But pitcher Dave Johnson retired Bobby Hallowell and Kiernan Haley and the Pioneers still had their 1-0 lead.

The top of the fifth turned out to be the game-decider.  Pat Beaton led off with a double to left.  It is not usually a good idea to try for third when a grounder is hit to the shortstop………but Pat tried it and got away with it because third baseman Greg Basilesco dropped the throw from shortstop Jordan Roper.  Lynnfield then tried to turn two on DJ Englke’s grounder to third but could only get the force at second.  Pat Beaton scored on the play to tie the game.  Still only one out.  Ryan Kuchar singled getting DJ to second.  The Sachems then pulled a double steal on a pitch in the dirt that catcher Traverse Briana had no chance to do anything with.  The next play will be a bad memory for the Lynnfield faithful for a long time.  John Sirois hit a grounder to short with two outs.  From where I was standing, shortstop Jordan Roper didn’t handle the ball cleanly, and then threw high to first.  It looked as if first baseman Spencer Balian came off the base reaching up for the throw and that was why John Sirois was safe.  Not so according to the infield umpire.  I heard him tell LHS coach John O’Brien that the runner had beaten the throw anyhow.  The play was huge because if John is out the inning is over.  If he’s safe, which was the ruling, the Sachems have a second run.

Bobby Hallowell in with the third Pentucket run

Bobby Hallowell in with the third Pentucket run

Nothing controversial about the Sachems third run.  Bobby Hallowell tripled to right in the sixth inning and was driven home by Pat Beaton’s two-out bouncer up the middle.

Lynnfield had some two-out excitement in the seventh when Spencer Balian reached on a bad-bounce error by third baseman Bobby Barry.  Greg Basilesco next hit a grounder at shortstop Pat Beaton that also took a bad bounce but the PHS shortstop reacted quickly and got an assist on the final out of the game.

Weather?  When you can have sun, a little breeze, and no bugs you can’t ask for much more.

Good setting at Lynnfield to watch a game.  They have a gradual hill behind the backstop.

DJ Englke tagged out by catcher Traverse Briana on a failed suicide squeeze attempt

DJ Englke tagged out by catcher Traverse Briana on a failed suicide squeeze attempt

Pentucket made an unsuccessful attempt at a suicide squeeze in the fifth inning.

Ryan Kuchar pitched a no-hitter a month ago against Rockport.

Many of my pictures have construction vehicles in the background.  A number of new playing fields are getting constructed.

North Reading coach Frank Carey was part of the crowd.  His Hornets are still alive in D3 North.

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Ball gets past 3B Greg Basilesco

Ball gets past 3B Greg Basilesco

Ryan Battaglia stretches out on a shot to right

Ryan Battaglia stretches out on a shot to right

Bobby Hallowell tries for third

Bobby Hallowell tries for third

Pat Beaton

Pat Beaton

Shortstop Pat Beaton throws to first for the final out

Shortstop Pat Beaton throws to first for the final out

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Jordan Roper

Jordan Roper

Kiernan Haley handles a grounder

Kiernan Haley handles a grounder

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Lynnfield edges Amesbury 3-1 in Cape Ann League baseball

Winning pitcher Greg Basilesco (#18) after the game

Winning pitcher Greg Basilesco (#18) after the game

Shortstop Jordan Roper fields a grounder

Shortstop Jordan Roper fields a grounder

(Amesbury MA) Junior Greg Basilesco tossed a complete game, four-hitter as Lynnfield defeated Amesbury, 3-1, on an overcast Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Greg kept the Indians off the bases and faced only nineteen batters during the last six innings.  Amesbury left only two runners on base.

Lynnfield (11-5) had seven hits against AHS starter Nick Hawrylciw and stranded runners (12 runners total) in every inning.

Both teams scored in the first inning.  The Pioneers added single runs in the third and sixth innings.

The Indians (5-11) hurt themselves with wild pitches and over-aggressive base-running.

In the Lynnfield first, junior Nick Pascucci walked and took second on a Nick Hawrylciw wild pitch.  Nick Pascucci headed for third on a grounder to shortstop Jared Dupere.  Normally that’s a bad move but Jared opted to throw to first and Nick reached third with two outs.  The second wild pitch of the inning by Nick Hawrylciw allowed Nick Pascucci to score Lynnfield’s first run.

Amesbury came right back in their half of the first to tie the score.  Ben Cullen doubled to left center and Mac Short delivered him with a sharp grounder up the middle.

Jordan Roper

Jordan Roper

The Pioneers took the lead for good in the third.  Jordan Roper doubled down the left field line and raced home on junior Jake Rourke’s liner up the middle.  Jake’s hit was tipped by pitcher Nick Hawrylciw but not enough to keep in from reaching the outfield.

Ben Cullen ran into an out on the bases in the Amesbury third.  Ben singled, and stole second with one out.  He was on his way toward third but pitcher Greg Basilesco sniffed out what Ben was up to and ran right at him between 2B and 3B.  Ben was eventually tagged out by shortstop Jordan Roper.

The Pioneers came close to more runs in the 4th and 5th innings.  Ryan Battaglia was tagged out at the plate in the 4th inning.  In the fifth, Nick Hawrylciw escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation with a force-out at home and a strikeout.

Jared Dupere doubled to lead off the Amesbury fifth but Greg Basilesco retired the next three Indians.

The Pioneers added an insurance run in the sixth inning.  A hit batsman (Ryan Battaglia) and a walk (Jack Fraulini) set up a pitching change for Amesbury with Levi Burrill taking over.  Levi advanced the two runners with a wild pitch and intentionally walked Jordan Roper to load the bases with two outs.  Next batter Jake Rourke was hit by a pitch driving across Ryan Battaglia with the third Lynnfield run.

Ben Cullen caught in a rundown

Ben Cullen caught in a rundown

Now down 3-1, Amesbury had Ben Cullen back on base with a walk.  The AHS senior stole second and, because catcher Danny O’Leary’s throw went into center field, was able to reach third with one out.  On Mac Short’s infield out Ben started for home and was caught (and out) for the second time on the bases.

Scary moment in this game was when LHS shortstop Jordan Roper chased a high foul popup along the line in left in the sixth inning.  Jordan went into a slide knowing a fence was coming up but ended up sliding into one of the poles holding up the scoreboard.  Both coaches were out there in a hurry as well as the Amesbury High School medical staff.  To the relief of everyone, Jordan was up and back playing in a few minutes.

Jake Rourke drove in two of Lynnfield’s runs.  Jordan Roper paced the Pioneers with two hits.

Jordan Roper goes into a slide chasing a foul ball

Jordan Roper goes into a slide chasing a foul ball

Jordan, who made the Cape Ann League All-League team in 2013, has signed of letter of intent with Division 2 Assumption for next year.

Lynnfield tried a suicide squeeze but Tony Costa fouled off the bunt attempt.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield, 5-4, in nine innings on April 10th at Lynnfield.

Weather?  After yesterday’s 80’s, today’s 50’s were a rude shock.  The threat of rain was persistent.

Lynnfield box

Amesbury box

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Jack Aponas ready to tag Andrew McCarthy

Jack Aponas ready to tag Andrew McCarthy

Amesbury dugout

Amesbury dugout

First baseman Pat Scanlon gives pitcher Levi Burrill a big target

First baseman Pat Scanlon gives pitcher Levi Burrill a big target

Andrew Carbone reaches third

Andrew Carbone reaches third

Tony Costa

Tony Costa

Jake Rourke steals second

Jake Rourke steals second

Ryan Battaglia caught between third and home by AHS second baseman Jack Aponas

Ryan Battaglia caught between third and home by AHS second baseman Jack Aponas

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