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June 29, 2013

Nor'Easters force Mercy Rule

Port hitting its stride heading into holiday week

The Newburyport Nor’Easters hosted North Andover at Eiras Park last night and they didn’t play very good hosts, mercy-ruling Post 219 in the sixth inning, 12-2.

“It was a great night,” said Nor’Easters coach Tim Southall. “Offensively, we did what we needed to do. Hitting the other way and hitting in the middle with the wood bats. Guys are starting to read into it so it was a good win. I’m very pleased.”

The Nor’Easters sent left hander Connor MacRae to the mound, and he didn’t disappoint, going 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning. Mike Spring took the ball for North Andover and the righty gave up a leadoff single to Josh Creamer that ate up third baseman Matt Varoutsos. Spring then walked Zack Rice before Colt Fontaine moved Creamer over to third with a single that caught Rice at second. He then moved to second himself on a walk to his older brother, Brett. But Mac Short hit into a double play to wriggle Spring out of the jam.

MacRae gave up a two-out walk to Cole Goodman in the top of the second inning. Goodman then moved to second on what should have been a single for Austin Flinn. But Goodman was caught trying to make it to third, sending the Nor’Easters back to the plate where Joe Levasseur drew a one-out walk then moved to second on a passed ball. But Spring found the bounce in his step again, taking down Tyler Chaisson and DJ Engelke back-to-back.

Evan Gleu drew a one-out walk in the top of the third inning and moved to second on an error by second baseman Creamer that also saw Myles Couyoumjian reaching first as well. MacRae began throwing hard, taking down the next two batters back-to-back. But both pitchers were now showing their weaknesses, and the Nor’Easters would bat around the order for six runs in the bottom of the third inning.

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