The Newburyport Nor’Easters Senior Legion team made it four in a row last night with a mercy-rule shortened 13-3 win against Peabody (4-9) at Eiras Park.
“It was a great weekend,” said Nor’Easters coach Tim Southall. “I can’t say enough. (We beat) Haverhill 2-0 (Friday), Danvers 5-0 (Saturday), 3-2 win over Andover in eight innings (Sunday), and a nice walk-off win against Peabody today. So, the pitching staff has been rock solid. We’re back in first place.”
Joe Levasseur toed the rubber for the Nor’Easters (14-5-1) and gave up a walk to Matt Correale and a single to Mike Mackenzie with no outs in the top of the first inning. Nick Bona slapped a single to shortstop next to load the bases and Cam Borrelli scored Peabody’s first run of the night with a single.
Derek Demild was the starting pitcher on the Peabody side, and the right-hander struggled mightily to find the plate, giving up a leadoff walk to Tyler Chaisson to start the bottom of the frame. Chaisson stole second base before Kuchar drew a walk, and Josh Creamer moved everyone along with a single that dropped in left field. Demild hit Colt Fontaine with a pitch next to bring in Chaisson, tying things up with the bases still loaded with no outs.
Mac Short drew a walk next to put the Nor’Easters up a run, prompting a visit to the mound from Peabody coach Mark Bettencourt, who removed Demild from the game in favor of fellow righty Andrew Lessard. The reliever also had a hard time finding the plate, walking in a third run in the form of Brett Fontaine. Colby Ingraham was hit by a pitch for a run next, and Lessard walked in three more runs before the bleeding would stop with a 7-1 tally after the first inning.