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June 29, 2013

Nor'Easters force Mercy Rule

Port hitting its stride heading into holiday week

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Rice started the proceedings off with a one-out walk then moved to second on a single from Colt Fontaine. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and Brett Fontaine loaded the bases drawing a walk. Rice scored the Nor’Easters’ first run of the day when Short drew a walk. Colt Fontaine came in next on a single from Colby Ingraham and Levasseur walked in Brett Fontaine. Two more runs scored on a single from Chaisson. Engelke struck out next before Creamer knocked in Levasseur with a single past second.

Spring returned to the mound in the bottom of the fourth and was greeted by a home run, the Nor’Easters’ first of the season, from Colt Fontaine, before Brett drew a walk that would see Spring lifted for Goodman.

“I was 3-0, so I was looking for a fastball and I got it,” Colt Fontaine said of his dinger. “It’s good to finally get one.”

Brett Fontaine stole second and moved to third on a single to centerfield from Short. The elder Fontaine then came in on another single to center, this time from Ingraham.

MacRae found himself in a bit of jam in the top of the sixth inning when he walked the bases loaded. One run scored on a grounder from Goodman and another run scored on a sacrifice fly from Flinn. But that would be all for North Andover as Engelke added an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Brothers Fontaine knocked in the next three runs to end the game early.

“Connor came out and he pitched really well,” Southall said of MacRae. “He threw a little bit in a non-league game, but he came out tonight for his first start of the year and did exactly what he wanted to do. He pounded the zone.”

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