, Newburyport, MA


May 26, 2014

Tournament time

Newburyport wins Spofford Tournament; Triton eliminated from postseason contention


In the consolation game, Pentucket (12-8) beat Triton (7-12) by a score of 3-2 to finish with some momentum going into the postseason. Pentucket took an early 3-0 lead before Triton mounted a comeback in the last two innings, but with a man on third with two outs, Sachems reliever Pat Beaton got the groundout to strand the tying runner and secure the win.

Bobby Barry got the win in his first career start for Pentucket, going six innings while allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out nine. He also drove in two runs on an infield single in the third. After the game Pentucket coach Tom L’Italien said he’s excited that the team will have the opportunity to keep going.

“We’ve been working for this for two years,” said L’Italien. “Now we’re looking forward to finding out our seeding and opponent and getting back to practice on Tuesday.”

Triton also lost to Georgetown 2-1 in Saturday’s preliminary, and as a result the Vikings will miss the postseason.

“It’s tough to swallow,” Triton coach Ryan McCarthy said. “We lost something like six one run games this year, and you figure that if we’d gotten a couple more hits in each of those games, then maybe we’re having a totally different conversation right now.”

In Saturday’s other preliminary, Newburyport edged out Pentucket 1-0 on the strength of another gem by senior pitcher James Nutter. Nutter came within an out of throwing his second no-hitter of the season, with Pentucket’s only hit coming on a bloop single to shallow right with two outs in the seventh inning.

Newburyport scored the only run of the game in the fifth inning after O’Brien walked, was sacrificed to second and then was driven in on a line drive double by Caleb Stott.

Pentucket and Georgetown will learn who their first playoff opponents will be tomorrow, when the state tournament brackets are released, while Triton will finish up its season today when the Vikings face North Reading at 10 a.m.

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