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July 30, 2013

Fontaine lifts Nor'Easters to playoff victory

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Cyr’s woes continued in the bottom of the fifth, giving up a leadoff single to Josh Creamer. Ingraham drew a walk next and Short was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Kuchar found a hole between first and second to plate two more runs and chased Cyr from the game, bringing in Connor Norton who would get Barry to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Two runners would reach on a walk and a single for Methuen (17-7-1) in the top of the sixth. But the Nor’Easters turned a double play next, and Fontaine induced another pop-up to send things into the bottom of the sixth. Post 150 loaded the bases for Colt Fontaine, who knocked in a run with a single.

Brett Fontaine returned to the mound in the top of the seventh and ended up giving up a walk and a single to start the inning. A single from Gary Carbonneau caught Derek Fox at second to put runners at the corners and a walk to Nick Delois loaded the bases. A ground out from Will Martin scored Methuen’s first run of the day before a passed ball plated a run. But Fontaine would get Enrique Vera to ground out to end the game.

“It’s probably the last time I’ll ever pitch here,” Fontaine said of Eiras Park. “So we needed this win, and it felt good. It was a good all-around performance from the team.”

“It came down to the two pitchers,” said Methuen coach Dave Mosher. “You’ve got a low-ball pitcher and an umpire who focused on a ball between the knees and the ankles. He was just looking there, and (Fontaine) pounded the zone. We’ve got a pitcher who works the complete zone. He was up too much, and the umpire wasn’t interested in anything above the waist. Had we worked the zone lower, it could have been a closer game. But we didn’t hit the ball well enough to win.”

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