Needing at least one win in its last two games of the regular season to secure a tournament berth, the Amesbury baseball team hosted Shawsheen Valley Tech while menacing storm clouds gathered yesterday. The Indians (10-9) were able to small-ball their way into the tourney, beating the Rams, 1-0.
“I’m just so proud of those kids,” Indians coach Gene Brunham said. “We’ve been up and down all year, I’m happy for them especially because they work hard and they’ve never wavered.”
It was a battle of left-handers as Amesbury threw Andy Reidy at the Rams, and Reidy was perfect in the top of the first inning. Shawsheen southpaw Pat Gallagher took the ball for his squad in the bottom of the frame and Indians leadoff hitter Adam Ivancic jumped on Gallagher’s third pitch for a single to left field. But Ivancic was thrown out stealing second on the very next pitch to Ben Cullen, who sent a single out to center. Mac Short was hit by a pitch next before Zach Fitzgerald sent Cullen to third with a single that caught Short at second. Devlin Gobeil walked to load the bases next before Tommy Connors struck out swinging to leave things scoreless.
Shawsheen had three go up and three sit down in the top of the second. Reidy hit a two-out single then stole second and advanced to third on a dropped third pitch to Ivancic, who stole second. But Cullen bunted into the third out to end the threat.
The Rams had their first hit of the day in a two-out single from Ryan Cormier in the top of the third, but it would go nowhere as Short made a sliding catch on a pop-up from Gallagher.
The play of the game and, as it would turn out, Amesbury’s season happened in the bottom of the third when Gobeil reached on a two-out single, then moved to third base on a single from Connors, who got caught up in a rundown between first and second that plated Gobeil in the confusion.