, Newburyport, MA


July 16, 2013

Nor'Easters run winning streak to 4


Levassuer found his groove in the top of the second, allowing no base runners. Lessard looked a lot better, allowing two base runners and no runs.

Peabody put a pair of base runners on in the top of the third inning with a walk and a single. Borrelli singled out to right field to load the bases before George Tsonis drove in two runs with a towering double out to deep centerfield.

Lessard went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third, and Levasseur did the same in the top of the fourth as both pitchers settled in nicely all the way until the bottom of the fifth. That’s when Brett Fontaine and Ingraham reached on a pair of singles, then both scored on a bunt from Zack Rice that resulted in an overthrow that saw Rice at third.

Chaisson was hit by a pitch next, then stole second before Creamer plated both runners with a single to center. He took third on an overthrow when he tried to steal second. Colt Fontaine drew a walk next before making it to third on another overthrow as Creamer scored. Short drew a walk to chase Lessard from the game in favor of righty Matt McIsaak, who was welcomed into the proceedings by promptly letting the winning run score on a wild pitch to invoke the mercy rule and end the game early.

“The pitchers didn’t throw strikes,” said Bettencourt. “That was the bottom line. Demild didn’t have his best day. Lessard came in and struggled early then settled down. But then he ran out of gas a little bit. We gave them the majority of the runs that they had, and didn’t make them work for it. It was not our best effort.”

Heading down the stretch and in a first-place tie with Swampscott, Southall was in a reflective mood.

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