With three games played in the span of 24 hours, the Newburyport Nor’Easters (9-5-1) experienced every possible outcome at Eiras Park during this hot and humid weekend. The Nor’Easters won a 6-5, 11-inning marathon against Methuen Saturday, then tied Lynn, 0-0, in nine innings early yesterday afternoon, before setting up their loss to Lawrence (7-5) for the second of the doubleheader where they couldn’t buy a run, 1-0.
“It’s been a long weekend,” said Nor’Easters coach Tim Southall. “We had a great game against Methuen on Saturday and got the win. Then we went 0-0 against Lynn earlier today, which was a great game. And we had the same thing here. This was a great 1-0 game, and we had some opportunities.”
The Nor’Easters started right hander Brett Fontaine, who injured himself in a cooking mishap the night before. He opposed lefty Joan Vargis and Fontaine struggled in the top of the first inning, allowing a bases loaded situation on a walk, catcher’s interference and a single. But Fontaine would get the next three batters to strike out, pop up and ground out, respectively, to end the threat.
Vargis took to the mound in the bottom of the frame and took down the first three batters in a row. Post 15 would score their only run of the day in the top of the second inning when Pat Silk drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a ground out, then came in on a double from Anthony Licari.
The Nor’Easters would put a pair on in the bottom of the second on a walk and an error, but neither would score as Vargis kept on dealing. The same would happen in the bottom of the third on a walk and a double but anything hit hard was dying in the heavy air.