GEORGETOWN — Despite falling into an early six-run hole, the Georgetown varsity baseball team hung tough and nearly came all the way back. But after a seventh-inning comeback fell short, the Royals ultimately lost to Lynnfield 8-5.
The Royals found themselves down almost right off the bat, as Lynnfield jumped on starting pitcher Chris Chiklakis in the first inning. The Pioneers batted around the order, ultimately scoring six runs on four hits, two hit batsman and a walk before the first frame was over.
Chiklakis, who was making his first varsity start, settled down from that point on and pitched effectively into the sixth, giving up only two hits the rest of the way. Georgetown chipped away at the deficit with RBI singles from first baseman Nick Correnti and right fielder Ben Noelk in the second and fifth innings respectively.
Correnti, who was 2-for-4 on the day, added a second RBI in the sixth when he scored Dan Manning on a groundout to third, making the score 6-3 Lynnfield.
Kyle Nelson took over for Chiklakis in the top of the sixth inning, but after a smooth sixth, he ran into trouble in the seventh when the Pioneers finally started to get their bats going again.
The Royals dodged a bullet initially after a deep triple to left resulted in a Pioneer runner getting thrown out at the plate, but Lynnfield responded with two more RBI singles afterward to make it an 8-3 game.
With only one inning to play, the Royals needed to get some offense going quickly. Georgetown was able to load the bases, but due to a pair of fielder’s choices, the Royals also found themselves down to their last out with shortstop Ryan Slack at the plate.
Slack ultimately dribbled a weak grounder to the second baseman in a play that should have ended the game, but the ball was mishandled and Slack was able to reach safely, scoring Nelson from third. Left fielder Patrick Slack came in right behind him thanks to some heads-up baserunning and was able to beat the throw home.