“I’ll go back to when the score was 0–0,” said Carey. “We had a guy on, we put down a good bunt, and we put down another forfeit bunt. Then we had the bases loaded, and once teams have to pull in the infield for us, we try to pound the ball down and just drive it through the infield. That was a very good inning, but it all started with the small-ball.”
Ivancic started the bottom of the frame with a single and moved over to second on a single from Tommy Connors. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Mac Short hit a liner straight to Driscoll to put the Indians away again.
The Hornets’ train kept rolling in the top of the fourth when Linnane started things off with a single, then stole second. Maiola walked next, and McAuliffe plated Linnane with a single before Ryan Sanborn drew a walk to load the bases again to chase Fitzgerald from the game.
Kyle Arseneau took to the mound for Amesbury and Driscoll welcomed him rudely with an RBI single before Sanborn came home on a wild pitch. Rollis cleared the bases with a double next and came home on a single from Day. One more run would score before the inning ended with a 14-0 North Reading advantage.
Before all was said and done, one more North Reading run crossed the plate in the top of the fifth and three more did in the sixth.
“This team has evolved from a team that played small-ball all last year with a .262 batting average,” said Carey. “Now we’re batting .360. When we have to do the small ball, we can do it. I’m very pleased with that.”
Indians coach Gene Burnham was unavailable for comment.