ROWLEY — With storm clouds gathering, the second-seeded Newburyport Senior Legion team was able to keep the evening on the sunny side yesterday, taking down fourth-seeded Methuen 6-2 behind yet another mystifying performance from right-hander Brett Fontaine.
“That was probably the best game he has pitched in three years with us,” Nor’Easters coach Tim Southall said of Fontaine. “He battled hard and pitched well for us for a big win against a very good team.”
Fontaine recorded a 1-2-3 top of the first inning for the second-seeded Nor’Easters (18-7-1) at Eiras Field, then watched as left-handed Methuen starter Cam Cyr allowed a single to Zack Rice, but escaped unscathed as well in the bottom of the frame.
Fontaine would give up a walk to start the second inning, but that would be all and Colby Ingraham had a one-out single then moved to second on a balk in the bottom of the frame. Mac Short drew a walk next then moved to second on a ground out from Ryan Kuchar. But the two runners would be stranded after Bobby Barry sent a pop-up out to right field.
Gary Carbonneau was hit by a pitch to start the third inning, then moved to second on a bunt bid from Nick Delois then to third on a single from Evan Lacroix that put runners on the corners with two away. But Jon Pierce struck out to get Fontaine out of the jam.
The bottom of the fourth inning saw Ingraham walking with one away then stealing second. Cyr’s location problems continued, resulting in another walk doled out, this time to Short, before Kuchar laced a double past third base to plate Ingraham for Post 150’s first run of the day. Barry received a free pass to load the bases before D.J. Engelke knocked in a run with a single. Tyler Chaisson did the same next before Rice popped up to center to end the productive, three-run inning.