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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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Pentucket holds off Greater Lowell Tech 58-57 in boys basketball

Gbah Dualu gets caught in a triple-team in the closing seconds of the game.

Gbah Dualu gets caught in a triple-team in the closing seconds of the game.

Gbah Dualu (22 points) defended by Ryan Kuchar (19 points)

Gbah Dualu (22 points) defended by Ryan Kuchar (19 points)

(West Newbury)  The Pentucket Sachems came out on the right end of a back-and-forth final quarter and defeated Greater Lowell Tech, 58-57, on Thursday night in non-league boys action.

There were seven lead changes in the exciting fourth quarter.

The visiting Gryphons (4-6) had two possessions in the final minute to respond to Mike Aiduk’s layup (assist to Jake Bordeianu) that put the Sachems (3-7) in front, 58-57.

On the first possession, Gbah Dualu (22 points) settled for an outside shot (which he missed) .  On the second possession, the speedster was cornered by three Pentucket defenders and forced a shot that drew air as the game ended.

Pentucket started fast against the GLT man-to-man defense running ten straight points to get up 12-2 after 3 ½ minutes.  Once the team from Tyngsboro shifted into an active zone things went much better for them.

The Gryphons closed to 12-9 in the first quarter and stay close (22-19) in the second quarter.  The Sachem lead was 27-22 at the half.

Ryan Kuchar (19 points) had seven in the first quarter.  Anthony Zeoli (13 points) had nine in the second quarter including a three from the right corner that went in off the backboard.

Jayson Colon hit consecutive long shots

Jayson Colon hit consecutive long shots

Pentucket would build their lead up to 36-27 in the third after a layup and a three by junior Ryan Kuchar.  However, that nine-point lead evaporated over the next 1 ½ minutes as freshman Mechach Dunn drove the lane and Jayson Colon followed with two straight 3’s.

Suddenly the Gryphons were within one (36-35) and just as suddenly Sachem coach Ed Hickey called a timeout as he surely wondered why Jayson was completely unguarded on his second 3-point attempt.

Greater Lowell finally took its first lead of the game (39-38) as Winston Smith’s converted rebound ended the scoring in the third quarter.

As I said earlier, there were seven lead changes in the last quarter.  The Gryphons got up by as many as three (45-42) and the Sachems led by as many as five (56-51).

Pentucket took that five-point lead on Calvin Wiles (13 points) long one with 1:15 left in the game but in less than ten seconds Gbah Dualu answered with a three for GLT to cut the lead to two.

Mike Aiduk, here defended by Raul Navarro, would later score the winning basket for Pentucket

Mike Aiduk, here defended by Raul Navarro, would later score the winning basket for Pentucket

Mike Aiduk (10 points) tallied what turned out to be the winning basket with fifty seconds left before Gbah drove the length of the court for a layup and a free throw.

So the last forty-five seconds were played with Pentucket clinging to a one-point advantage.

Somehow the Sachems went home with the win despite two turnovers and a front end of a one-and-one miss by Ryan Kuchar.

The Gryphons had two possessions to tie or win the game.  I was very surprised when Gbah settled for a jump shot on the first one.  He had the speed and strength to get to the rim and had done it several times during the game.

Mike Aiduk fouls Jayson Colon with five seconds left

Mike Aiduk fouls Jayson Colon with five seconds left

The second possession, with eleven seconds left, was undone by an Ed Hickey coaching decision to foul since his team had one to waste.  Jayson Colon ended up dribbling away almost eight seconds before Mike Aiduk fouled him.  Greater Lowell now had only 4.9 seconds to do something from half court.

Gbah took the inbounds pass and was triple-teamed by the Sachems. This excellent defense left him with no openings and no time. He had to fire quickly and the shot wasn’t close.

Greater Lowell is in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and is in Division 3 as our the Sachems.  There is only one senior (Christian Marbelt) on the team.  Their next game is at North Shore/Essex on January 22nd.

The Sachems will host Manchester-Essex tomorrow (Friday).

Jake Chory looks for a pass

Jake Chory looks for a pass

Pentucket made eight three’s.

Greater Lowell defeated Chelsea, 56-54, on January 15th.

A gryphon is a legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.

Pentucket box score

Greater Lowell box score

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Jake Bordeianu blocks the shot of Mechach Dunn

Jake Bordeianu blocks the shot of Mechach Dunn

Gbah Dualu makes a layup on the fly

Gbah Dualu makes a layup on the fly

Calvin Wiles (13 points) and Christian Marbelt

Calvin Wiles (13 points) and Christian Marbelt

fast break

fast break

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