Newburyport Senior Legion baseball coach Tim Southall might be in a little trouble with his wife right now, but it’s a good thing.
“My wife has been putting up with me for a lot of years,” said Southall. “At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Don’t worry about it, honey. We’re going to be good, but we’re not going to be making any (state tournament) runs this year.’ And the other night, I got home and told her we were one win away from going to the state tournament. She is a little bit shocked, but she’s happy for us.”
Mrs. Southall isn’t the only one doing a double-take these days as the second-seeded Nor’Easters (18-7-1) are North Sectional champs once again after losing 13 players from last year and taking down the top seed, Sudbury (20-4), at Eiras Park last night 3-0.
“That ended our season, which was a hell of a season,” said Sudbury coach Len Noce. “And congratulations to Newburyport. I know that (Southall) had a big group leave the team, and to reload the way he did is impressive.”
Righty Joe Levasseur took to the mound for Post 150 and threw a three-hitter.
Alex McLaughlin matched Levasseur from the start for Sudbury, having a perfect bottom of the frame. Levasseur would let up a single in the top of the second inning, and McLaughlin would give up the same to Mac Short in the bottom of the frame to keep the mirror performance going.
“Joey pitched excellent,” Southall said of Levasseur. “That was probably his best game of the year for us. To face a team like Sudbury, and he was pounding the strike zone. He was locating down. He was working backwards and his breaking ball was phenomenal. He did a great job.”