WEST NEWBURY — An epic pitchers’ duel highlighted by superb defense and some fantastic plays came to an unfortunate ending last night as Pentucket beat Triton in nine innings 2-1 on a walk-off wild pitch.
The Sachems scored the winning run after center fielder Dylan Wright led off the ninth with a base hit, and after advancing to third on a single by first baseman Ryan Kuchar, he came around to score after Triton pitcher Adam Chatterton made perhaps his only mistake of the game and threw the ball past catcher Brandon Figueredo.
Prior to that pitch, Chatterton and Pentucket pitcher Pat Beaton were both masterful. Each went the whole nine innings, with Chatterton allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts, while Beaton allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts.
Pentucket took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second after third baseman Bobby Barry reached base on an error, advanced to second, stole third and then scored on a groundout by Beaton.
Triton tied the score in the bottom of the third after left fielder Jack Germinara walked and second baseman Brad Whitman got a base hit, giving the Vikings two men on with no outs. Michael Talbot grounded out in the following at bat, but then Germinara scored after the center fielder struck out and reached first on an error by the catcher.
That would be the last time either team threatened offensively for quite awhile, as both Chatterton and Beaton shut down the opposing team’s offense and really didn’t offer any chances to score.
Pentucket’s best chance in regulation came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when shortstop DJ Englke got a base hit and then reached third on a pair of groundouts. But Barry flew out to center field, stranding Englke at third.