Tuesday, June 30, 2009

General Warm-Up Looming

"General Warm-Up Looming"

By Dom Nicastro

Hamilton - The Hamilton Intertown League baseball team has been unlike the weather lately. They’ve been inconsistent.

Where rain has been the norm for the past two weeks, solid play from the Generals has not. Heading into the middle of this week, the team stood at 3-5, losing two of its last three.

One of those losses, a 7-6 defeat to Ipswich, came thanks to Dylan Durning, who stole home for the game-winning run at Linebrook Park in Ipswich.

Dave Shoreman won with a complete-game effort, allowing four hits, striking out nine, walking six and hitting one batter twice.

Connor Sullivan was charged with the loss in his ITL pitching debut. He pitched great, Hamilton player/coach Tom Jones said, allowing only two hits and one run in four innings of relief.

Hamilton’s starter, Jeff Jensen, allowed four runs in the first, thanks in part to Durning’s first home run of the year.

Tim O’Leary took Shoreman deep to left to bring the score to 4-3, but Kevin Michael’s homer to center gave Ipswich a 6-4 edge.

Mark Provost’s double knotted the score at six, but Durning doubled in the seventh and then stole home with one out and the bases loaded after two walks. Hamilton played perhaps its best game against Beverly later.

Jon Jackson pitched a complete game for the Hamilton Generals in a 7-1 win over Beverly. Jackson allowed only two hits, one unearned run, and struck out 10.

Jones (solo homer), Reggie Maidment (single), Jered Stewart (two solo homers) and Justin Tilley (two-run single) had the Generals’ RBI. Stewart, Bryan Vitale, Luke Painchaud and Maidment all had multi-hit games for the Generals.

Beverly had crushed the Generals earlier, 12-2.

Jones and Maidment each had two hits for Hamilton. Judd Funchion took the loss allowing, 10 runs over 5-plus innings.