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August 1, 2013

Newburyport Senior Legion team moves on to States

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Sudbury’s Mike Walsh started the third inning with a one-out single to right field, then stole second base before being stranded after a pop-up and a strikeout. Brett Fontaine hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the frame before stealing second. Zack Rice then laced a single past shortstop to send Fontaine home and give the Nor’Easters the 1-0 lead.

Nor’Easters first baseman Ryan Kuchar found himself involved in all three outs in the top of the fourth inning, catching a sky-high pop-up, making a beautiful stab that he tossed to Levasseur and sucking up a grounder from Bobby Petersen.

Short reached on an error and took second with one out in the bottom of the fourth, before moving to third on a ground out from Ryan Kuchar. Short then scored on an error at first that saw Fontaine make it to second. D.J. Engelke drew a walk to keep things going with two away. Tyler Chaisson loaded the bases with a single. Rice drove in Fontaine next, beating out a single before Josh Creamer popped up to end the inning.

Levasseur let a pair of runners on with a single and a walk in the top of the sixth inning, then loaded the bases with one out with another walk. Pete Zuckerman struck out next before Petersen sent a liner straight at Kuchar, who made the diving catch to get Levasseur out of the jam.

The Nor’Easters went down in a row in the bottom of the sixth before Corey McNamara took the ball for Post 150 to close things out. He sent the Nor’Easters back to the state tournament starting this weekend.

“I’m excited,” said Southall. “This was a young team coming in. I knew we would be good, I just thought it would be a bit of a struggle. But the guys got working hard. They bought into what we were selling. I just put them in the position to make plays. They are the ones that win games, so I’m proud of them.”

“I couldn’t be happier for our kids, and next year we are going to be tough to deal with,” said Noce. “The Sectionals are always the best part. I always enjoy them because they are very competitive. The competition is always fun.”

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