(Amesbury) Amesbury (9-4) got excellent pitching and hitting and defeated North Reading, 9-3, on Tuesday afternoon.
Trevor Kimball went the distance and the Amesbury hitters had ten hits.
“Amesbury is a really good team especially with (Trevor) Kimball on the mound,” said NR coach Eric Archambault afterwards.
Trevor had eight strikeouts and ended each of the final four innings with K’s.
The Hornets (7-6) left baserunners in all seven innings. “We had our chances,” said Coach Archambault, “and we might have gained some momentum with some timely hitting.”
Drew Scialdone and Shea Cucinotta carried the Amesbury offense.
Drew was three-for-four, scored twice, and drove in four runs.
Shea also had three hits. In his other at-bat the AIC commit walked. He scored four runs.
“When guys are on base, you have to be a timely hitter and knock them in,” said Drew post-game.
“In my second at-bat I told myself not to swing at a curve,” he added. “But I got two strikes on me and so I took a swing at a curve and got a hit.”
“Drew has been awesome for us,” said Coach Brierley. “He’s hitting over .500 and has great confidence.”
Amesbury jumped ahead in the first as Drew’s double scored Shea.
In the third inning, Drew’s single (off a curve) produced one run and Will Arsenault’s single brought home two more.
Nick Doucette’s single in the fourth inning delivered Ryan McCullough. That lessened the NR deficit to 4-1.
Amesbury responded with their biggest inning of the game. Drew was again in the middle of the hitting attack. This time it was a single that drove home Luke Arsenault and Jake Harring. Trouble in the NR outfield led to two more runs in that productive fourth inning.
The Hornets put three hits together in their fifth inning. Ryan Baker and Aldo Vittozzi had RBI. Matt Ryan (who had three hits) scored one of North Reading’s two runs.
Trevor held the Hornets scoreless in the final two innings.
“He (Trevor) mixed his pitches, threw strikes, and commanded the zone,” said Coach Archambault.
“Trevor was phenomenal,” added Coach Brierley. “He was throwing breaking balls for strikes and he was keeping his fastball low.”
Second baseman Jake Harring made a nice play behind second base on a grounder at the start of the North Reading fifth.
“Our defense, for the most part, made the plays,” said Jake.
Amesbury has three straight wins over North Reading.
North Reading is now 0-5 on the road. “We’ve got to get back to the lab and turn things around,” said Coach Archambault.
Amesbury is now 6-2 in the Cape Ann League while the Hornets drop to 4-5.
A common occurrence in most of the games I’ve covered is that the visiting team arrives late, as North Reading did today. The reason is almost always the same one, getting a bus.
The weather was cold, windy, and unpleasant. I’m hearing of 80’s on Saturday. Now won’t that be nice!
North Reading 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 = 3
Amesbury 1 0 3 4 0 1 – = 9
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