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April 24, 2014

Midseason Review:

Given that most of yesterday’s games were rained out and that we’re at approximately the halfway point of the spring season, now seems like a good time to look back and see how each of the area’s teams have done so far.

Who is looking good? Who needs some work? Why does Masconomet seem to be good at everything? Lets take a look.

Baseball

1. Georgetown (4-2, 4-2 CAL)

2. Amesbury (3-4, 2-4 CAL)

3. Pentucket (2-4, 2-4 CAL)

4. Newburyport (2-4, 1-4 CAL)

5. Triton (2-5, 2-5 CAL)

It hasn’t been a banner year for baseball in the Greater Newburyport area. So far only Georgetown has a winning record, while Amesbury, Pentucket, Newburyport and Triton have all struggled in the early going.

For starters, let’s give the Royals some credit. So far their only losses have been to Lynnfield and Hamilton-Wenham, who each lead their respective divisions and are a combined 12-2 on the year. They almost beat both of them too. In the Lynnfield game, Georgetown had a chance to win on a walk-off grand slam before losing 8-5, and their game against Hamilton-Wenham went 10 innings.

Early on it looked as if Amesbury was on a similar track, but over the past week things have fallen off the rails. After starting 3-1, the Indians have now lost three in a row, including two straight shutouts, which isn’t a good place to be with a tough game at Masconomet (6-0) coming up today.

Overall, all of the local teams have plenty of talent, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see any of the four struggling squads rebound in the second half to get back over .500.

Pentucket in particular is a team I would expect to be in the state tournament when all is said and done. The Sachems have been outstanding on defense, and both Ryan Kuchar and Pat Beaton have excelled on the mound, but the problem for Pentucket all season has been putting runs on the board.

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