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April 9, 2012

Off on the wrong foot

Amesbury falls to Shawsheen in opener

AMESBURY — A young Amesbury baseball team had a tough opening to its season against Shawsheen Valley Tech at home Saturday.

The well-matured Rams put together a five-run blitzkrieg in the top of the fourth inning to leave the Indians reeling, and when all was said and done, Shawsheen beat the Indians for the first time in four years, 11-2.

"We knew coming into the season (we have) a young team," said Indians coach Gene Burnham. "But they're a great group of kids. They will be resilient. They're not really affected by this loss. They know that before the season is over, we're going to improve to the point where we will be more competitive, and we're all looking forward to that day."

Amesbury starter Eric Eaton looked good for the first three innings, sitting down the first three batters in a row. Eaton allowed a walk in the second, then went 1-2-3 in the third, giving his offense a chance to load the bases in the bottom of the frame against struggling left-hander Austin Cummings.

Cummings couldn't seem to lay off the high stuff and walked in the Indians' first run, then was relieved for right-hander Matt Lucia, who got the Rams out of any further trouble.

Then the top of the fourth hit like a ton of bricks for the Indians when Cory Suprey singled to short. Paul DePlacido singled to second. Joe Sodergren attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt and ended up reaching as well, leaving the bases loaded for the very large DH Joe Vitale.

The designated hitter sent a soft grounder back to Eaton, who tossed it back to catcher Noah Kligerman. Kligerman dropped the ball, and the Rams were on the boards as Suprey crossed the plate.

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