AMESBURY — Coming in at 7-6 a piece, the Amesbury baseball team hosted Triton yesterday, and someone had to go home .500.
Triton (8-6) put some distance between itself and Amesbury (7-7) with a 5-3 victory at Amesbury High.
“This is what a rival game should be,” said Vikings coach Ryan McCarthy. “I’m sure as a spectator it was a great game to watch. As a coach, I’m ready to have a heart attack.”
Amesbury’s junior lefty Andy Reidy walked to the mound in the top of the first inning and recorded three quick outs. Nick Cornoni took to the bump for Triton in the bottom of the frame, giving up a two-out walk to Mac Short then a single to Shawn Bannon. A single from Devlin Gobeil loaded the bases next, but Zach Fitzgerald grounded out to end the threat.
Cornoni drew a leadoff walk in the top of the second inning, then took second on a wild pitch before taking third on a ground out from Justin Cashman. A sacrifice fly to deep center from Adam Chatterton plated Cornoni to put the Vikings on the board.
Tommy Connors started the bottom of the third inning with a single to left field for the Indians, took second on an overthrow, then moved to third on a ground out. He was unable to advance as Cornoni and his defense got their act together again with the next two batters to deny Connors access to the plate.
Ben Cullen led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, then stole second on the next pitch and grabbed third on a wild pitch two batters later. John Pesci recorded the RBI next, knocking Cullen in with a single to tie things up.
Adam Chatterton started the fifth inning off with a single to shortstop, then moved to second on a bunt bid from Brad Whitman. Chatterton advanced to third on a dropped third strike. Nick Derocher walked next, before Jack Germinara made it to first and Chatterton scored on an error at third base. Cote Wolcik scored Derocher next with a scorched double to right field.