(Lowell) I was at sunny LeLacheur Park in Lowell and watched Georgetown hang on to defeat Newburyport, 4-3, to gain the North Sectional Championship in Division 3 on Saturday afternoon on June 6th.
This game was tense from beginning to end. Newburyport ended the game with runners on second and third just a hit or an error away from winning the game.
It somehow made sense that pitcher Andrew Sinkewicz fielded the last grounder and tossed to first baseman Marco Luisi for the final out. Andrew and Marco were the two difference makers in my opinion. Andrew pitched a complete game in the biggest game of his life and also drove in what turned out to be the game winning run in the top of the 7th with an infield grounder. Marco launched two homers (2nd & 6th innings) over the left field fence that were the only runs on the board until the final inning.
The Clippers put plenty of pressure on the Royals with baserunners aplenty. Only in the fifth did they go quietly.
Ryan O’Connor started for Newburyport and was relieved by Tommy Morris in the 7th. Except for the two bombs by Marco Luisi, Ryan pitched very well. He had the misfortune of making the last out of the game which necessitates reminding folks that no one person ever loses a team game.
The coaches involved, Bill Pettingell(Newburyport) and Mark Rowe(Georgetown), have known each other for years. Bill coached Mark and later Mark was on Bill’s coaching staff. Those facts probably made the victory a little bittersweet for Mark Rowe.
I took quite a few pictures. Clicking on anything underlined will bring up a picture.
The teams wait for the North Andover/Reading game to end.
Mark Rowe and Bill Pettingell meet with the umpires before the game.
Tyler Stotz, Kyle LeBlanc, Joe Clancy, Matt Mottola, and Kyle McElroy line up during introductions.
Joe Clancy scores Newburyport’s first run in the sixth inning on Tommy Morris’s sacrifice fly.
Mike Ruh scores Georgetown’s 3rd run coming home on Anthony Conte’s triple in the top of the 7th.
Anthony Conte scores the eventual game-winner after Andrew Sinkewicz’s grounder to first in the 7th.
Coach Pettingell gathers his team together before their last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh.
Georgetown celebrates after recording the final out.
Joe Clancy leaves the field unable to score the tying run.
The two coaches shake hands afterwards.