AMESBURY – Amesbury baseball beat Shawsheen 8-5 yesterday afternoon to finish what has largely been a disappointing season on a high note.
The Indians (8-12) won all of their games this week to end the season on a three-game winning streak, including Monday’s 13-2 win over Rockport, Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Greater Lowell and capped off by a strong offensive performance yesterday in which the team came back from an early deficit to take control of the game late.
The game got off to a quick start, as Shawsheen scored two runs in the first inning before Amesbury team captain Nicholas Hawrylciw answered by driving in two runners and taking third on an errant throw to home. Hawrylciw then stole home himself when a wild pitch got past the Rams’ catcher, putting the Indians up 3-2 at the end of the first inning.
That luck didn’t hold, however. An Amesbury error and two Shawshen hits gave the Rams a 5-3 lead at the bottom of the fourth. But the Indians came back again, taking advantage of several miscues defensively to score two more runs before shutting down the Rams offense with a double-play between shortstop Jared Dupre and first baseman Patrick Scanlon. The Rams wouldn’t score another run, but the bottom of the fifth saw four Amesbury runs in quick succession, sealing a decisive victory.
Amesbury Coach Gene Burnham congratulated his team on a good end to a hard season.
“We matched them hit for hit,” Burnham said. “They’re a free-swinging team, and that showed today. They hit some good pitches and they hit it all over the field. However, we put together some good attacks, we played more defense, and we made more plays at critical times. They had a couple of missed cues out there that really helped us out.”