Tuesday, September 13, 2011

First-time champs of the ITL

Rowley Rams knock off Rockport in championship

ROWLEY — Rowley's Intertown baseball team won its first championship in team history at Eiras Park last night, beating Rockport 5-2 behind a complete-game effort from right-hander Mike Sloban.

"I just can't say enough about this group of guys, honestly," said Rams coach Jeff Wood. "It's talent, but it's also an understanding of how this game is played and the way you have to do it to have a successful team."

Rockport got on the board first in the top of the second inning when Mike Emerson hit a double to left field, then was brought in by a single from Chuck Anderson.

The Rams didn't let that sit for long, as Dave Smith started things off in the bottom of the frame with a single off Townies starter Brett Smith. Mario Luisi drew a walk, followed by another walk to Andrew Barba to load the bases.

Andrew Fecteau hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Smith. A single from Tim Moore loaded the bases again, and Smith walked in a batter for the Rams' second run.

The bottom of the third had a single from Luisi, plating Ralph Renzulli, and that was all for Smith, who was relieved by Derek Osmond.

The Townies struck again in the top of the fourth on a single from Connor Ressell that scored Dan Greel. Rockport would not muster any runs after that, and the Rams scored their fourth run in the bottom of the fourth on a double to deep left from Kyle McElroy that scored Anthony Conte.

The bottom of the fifth saw Fecteau reaching on a single, stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch. Fecteau was then brought home on a single from Jordan Silva, and that was all Rowley would need to go out as champion.

"I wanted to go the distance all year long and haven't had the chance to do it," said Sloban, who threw 95 pitches, had four strikeouts, three walks and eight hits. "But I was getting ahead, throwing strikes, getting my ground balls, and I got the job done."

"I just pitched the clincher game," Sloban said of closing out the Rams' championship season. "There's a lot of guys who came into it; there was a lot of solid defense. We've got a lot of good pitchers on this team."

"It was one of those games where we were in it," said Townies coach Jeremy Spittle. "But we couldn't find a hit. I thought defensively and our pitching, we were in the game. We just couldn't catch a break offensively. (The Rams are) a great team. Woody's done a great job with them. They deserve all the recognition. They're just a better team."

"They're all winners," Wood said of his championship team. "They come from successful programs. There's a lot of Georgetown guys who have won a state championship. There's a lot of (Newburyport) Legion guys that won a championship. They come from successful college programs. They're winners.

"To beat Manchester Essex in the first round and to beat Rockport in the second, those two teams have won the championship for the last 11 years in this league. So that brings a lot of validation to us as a team. To beat those two teams in the playoffs to get this done is a great accomplishment."

Wood's squad finished 18-5-2 to Rockport's 14-10 record.

"We put a lot of work into getting this done," Wood said. "This didn't happen overnight. I can't say enough about the depth. It's a team. I put 18 to 19 guys on the roster at the beginning of the year. A lot of people questioned if we could keep those guys happy. We sit here now with a championship."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

1932 Championship Trophy

In researching past ITL Champions we came across the 1932 ITL Championship Trophy. This trophy is on display at the Hamilton-Wenham Community House. The Hamilton-Wenham Community Service team took home the title that year, today they are known as the Generals.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ITL Champions...

We are currently logging all past ITL Champions. We are doing research for all the data, the current list can be found down below on the right side column. If you know of any Championship seasons that are not listed please let us know.

2010 ITL Awards / All-Stars / League Leaders

MVP - Brent Currier -Rockport
CY Young - Steve Stout - M/E
Rookie - Matt Sharon - Rockport & Bolla - Rowley

All Stars

Steve Stout
Nick Liguori
Matt Sharon
Kevin Michael & Gibbon (tied)

Dan Greel
Brian Vitale

Mike Cain


Ralph Renzulli

Kevin Hartunian

Jim Maloney
Rory Gentile
Joe Esposito

Utility (4 tied)
Brent Currier
Dave Mariani
Jared Stewart

2010 League Leaders

Batting Average:
Brent Currier Rockport .529
Ralph Renzulli Rowley .458
Rory Gentile Essex .458
Matt Sharon Rockport .444
Justin Bolla Rowley .435

Jim Maloney Hamilton 38
Brent Currier Rockport 35
Bryan Vitale Ham 25
Mike Cain Essex 23
John Boyle Beverly 23

Brent Currier Rockport 9
Jim Maloney Ham 7
Jared Stuart Ham 5
Mike Cain Essex 5
Dave Mariani Rowley 5
John Boyle Bev 5

Steve Stout Essex 48IP 1.60 ERA
Nick Liguori Rowley 49 2/3IP 2.26ERA
Mike Gibbon Essex 33 2/3IP 2.70ERA
Matt Sharon Rockprt 47 2/3IP 3.08ERA
Brent Currier Rockport 29IP 3.14ERA

Nick Liguori Rowley 61
Matt Sharon Rockport 45
Mike Drinkwater Hamilton 42
Derek Osmond Rockport 41
Mike Gibbon Essex 40

Jim Maloney Hamilton 16
Kevin Harutunian Beverly 16
Mark Provost Hamilton 6
Jim Love Hamilton 6
Mike Cain Essex 6
Tom Robertson Rockport 6

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rams-5, Townies-4

The Rowley Rams took game one of the finals 5-4 in 8 Innings.
Rockport struck first in the 2nd inning when Ressell scored the first run of the game, the Townies tacked on 3 more in the 3rd off Rams starter Joe Katin(5inn, 4R,3K,6H,7BB), when they sent 8 men to the plate. The inning saw runs from Brock and Brent Currier as well as Greel.
Down 4-0 through 3 innings the Rams got their first run of the day in the 4th inning when Kyle Mcelroy scored on a double to right center from Andrew Fecteau. In the 5th Rowley picked up another single run when Anthony Conte scored on a fielders choice grounder. The tying runs were scored in the 6th, Mcelroy scored on a wild pitch and Tim Moore scored on a Jordan Silva single into left.
Both teams went in order in the 7th and after 3 scoreless innings of relief from Joe Martin the Rams started the 8th with a Mcelroy single into left, after a walk to Tim Moore, with runners on first and second with no one out Andrew Fecteau delivered again with a long drive to left center that landed short of the fence and allowed Mcelroy to score from second ending the game.

Mcdowell started for Rockport and pitched well into the 6th. Offensively Brock Currier led the way with 3 hits. Smith took the loss for the Townies.

Martin gets the win in relief for the Rams while Fecteau had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Mcelroy had 3 hits and 3 runs.

Series continues today at 2PM in Rockport.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rockport 5 Hamilton 4

Rockport beat Hamilton in dramatic fashion 5-4 in 8 innings. Rockport now advances on to the ITL Finals where they will face off against Rowley in a best of five series beginning on Saturday.

For more on last night's game go to...


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Generals force game 3

Generals 5 Townies 4 (8 innings)

Hamilton pullled off a dramatic 5-4 victory over Rockport on Wednesday night in 8 innings.  Rockport took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eight on a Connor Ressel pinch-hit solo-HR, but Hamilton responded with two runs in the bottom half to force a deciding Game 3 in the series.

The Generals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Jered Stewart solo-HR that reached the pond in left-center.  The score remained the same until the top of the fifth when Rockport got to Hamilton starter Matt Greeke (8IP, 9H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 3K) for three runs.  Tommy Robertson led off the frame with a double which was followed two batters later by an intentional walk to Brent Currier.  The next batter, Dan Greel,  delivered a single through the shortstop hole to tie the game.  Emerson walked to load the bases and Derek Osmond was then hit by a pitch to give the Townies the lead.  Up next, Chuck Anderson hit a comebacker which Greeke threw to the plate to record the second out of the inning.  However, the throw to first in an attempt to record to double play struck Anderson allowing Emerson to score putting the Townies up 3-1 after four and a half.

Hamilton responded quickly by tying the game in the bottom of the fifth.  Justin Tilley led off with a single down the third base line and Stewart drew a walk putting runners at first and second with nobody out.  Jim Maloney then drilled a two-strike curveball to the gap in left-center for a RBI double, with Stewart stopping at third.  At this point, Brent Currier relieved the starter, Osmond.  Two batters later, Reggie Maidment tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left.

Greeke and Currier breezed through the sixth and seventh innings, sending the game to extra innings.  With one out in the top of the eight, Ressel gave Rockport a 4-3 lead with a pond shot to left center.  However, Hamilton would not go down without a fight.  Maidment led off the bottom of the 8th with a bullet to third that ate up the third baseman for a single.  After Maidment advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw, Mark Ruggiero delivered a clutch two-strike hit to left center putting runners at the corners with nobody out.  Currier settled down and got the next batter to pop to first for the first out.  The first pitch to the next batter, Devin Keller, was in the dirt and got to the backstop allowing Maidment to score, tying the game 4-4.  Luke Painchaud, running for Ruggiero, was off with the pitch and hustled all the way to third on the play.  With the infield in and one out, Keller then hit a chopper between third and short, which the Rockport thirdbaseman fielded after ranging far to his left.  The throw to first was wild allowing Painchaud to trot home with the winning run.

Robertson and Greel had two hits apiece for Rockport while Ruggiero contributed two hits for Hamilton.  The series will be decided tomorrow night at Evans field.

Hamilton 5 Rockport 4

Hamilton beat Rockport 5-4 in 8 innings on Wednesday night. Game 3 tonight in Rockport.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rams 7, Mariners 5

The Rowley Rams win the semi final series 2 games to 1 and advance to the ITL Finals for the first time since 1979. Details to follow..

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rockport 1 Hamilton 0

Rockport beat Hamilton 1-0 in Game One of the ITL Semifinals. Matt Sharon beat Conor Sullivan in a pitchers duel. Sharon allowed one hit on 13Ks and 1BB, while Sullivan scattered seven hits, one run on at least a half dozen Ks.

Brent Currier had 3 hits and the game's lone rbi, while Tom Robertson had a hit and run scored. Derek Osmond had two hits for Rockport, including a double.

Rockport travels to Hamilton tomorrow for Game Two (weather permitting). 5:30 first pitch.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rams Take Game 1

The Rams took game one tonight 13-1@ Eiras Field behind Joe Katin(6Inn,5H,3BB,7K) on the mound. The Rams used a 5 run 3rd inning to build a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Offensively for Rowley, Jordan Silva reached base 3 times scored 3 runs and stole 2 bases, Dave Smith, Kyle Mcelroy and Chris Esposito contributed 3 hits each. Bell started for Manchester/Essex, he was relieved by Cain and Macfarland. For the Mariners on offense Rory Gentile had 2 hits. The two teams meet again Tomorrow night in Essex, 5:30PM start.

NOTE: As of 1PM today there was almost no shot at playing this game. Tracy Wood, wife of Rams manager Jeff Wood spent 4 hours sweeping puddles, raking and getting speedy dry on the field. At game time the field was virtually perfect. The Rams, Mariners and the ITL all appreciate her efforts along with Rams coach Mike Roberge who also got down there early to see to it that this game got played tonight!

Game 1 @ Rockport Called

Today's ITL playoff game in Rockport has been called off due to field conditions.

Game 1: Tuesday 8/9 6pm
@ Rockport

Game 2: Wednesday 8/10 5:30
@ Hamilton

Game 3 (if necessary): Thursday 8/11 6pm

@ Rockport

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Game 1 @ Rowley Called due to Rain

Today's ITL playoff game in Rowley has been called off due to rain.

Game 1: Monday 8/8 5:30
Manchester/Essex at Rowley - Eiras Park

Game 2: Tuesday 8/9 5:30
Rowley at Manchester/Essex - Memorial Park

Game 3 (if necessary): Wednesday 8/10 5:30

Manchester/Essex at Rowley - Eiras Park

Friday, August 5, 2011

Chiefs 7, Rams 2

In the final regular season game of the 2011 season the Chiefs pulled out the victory behind a strong outing on the mound from Will Corkum who got the start and the win. The Chiefs took advantage of some sloppy Rowley defense in their 5 run fourth inning and tacked on 2 more in the 6th. For Rowley, Anthony Conte got the start and pitched 3 hitless innings before reluctantly giving up the ball to the bullpen. Joe Martin took the loss in relief and Dave Leavitt finished the final 2 innings. The win completes an impressive first season for the Chiefs under Gardy O'Flynn. The Rams will open up the playoff schedule Sunday at Eiras against Manchester/Essex in a 5:30PM start.

Rams in the News

"Rowley Rams clinch first place in Intertown League" - Jim Sullivan

"Sloban records shutout for Rams" - Jim Sullivan

Generals In the News

"Hamilton Intertown Twilight team battles for postseason spot" - Dom Nicastro 8/3/11

"Hamilton Generals fighting for relevancy in Intertown Twilight League" - Dom Nicastro 7/20/11

"Hamilton Generals ITL team flirts with fourth" - Dom Nicastro 7/13/11

2011 ITL Playoff Matchups

(4) M/E Mariners Vs. (1) Rowley Rams -

Game 1 will be this Sunday (8/7) with a 5:30pm start time at Erias Field in Rowley. Game 2 in Essex is Monday (8/8) 5:30pm start.

(3) Hamilton Generals Vs. (2) Rockport Townies -

Game 1 will be Monday (8/8) with a 6pm start time in Rockport. Game 2 in Hamilton on Tuesday (8/9) will start at 5:30pm.

Generals 6 Chiefs 4

Hamilton defeated Ipswich by a score of 6-4 Thursday night at Patton Park. Luke Painchaud went six innings for the win yielding two runs. Jim Love had a strong game for Hamilton with two hits and scored two runs. In his first start and plate appearances of the season, rightfielder Michael Drinkwater contributed a beast of a double. Ryan Montecalvo hit two doubles for the Chiefs.

With the win Hamilton secures the third seed in the playoffs and will open up a series on the road in Rockport on Monday evening. Ipswich finishes their season Friday night in Rowley against the Rams.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Beverly - 10, Topsfield - 2

Beverly finishes their season with a win in 6 innings at Topsfield. Josh Levesque allowed only 2 runs over 4 innings for the victory and also added a homerun at the plate. Sean Martin hit two doubles. More details to follow...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mariners Over Chiefs

Mariners picked up a big win last night over the Chiefs. The win clinches a playoff berth for the Mariners, the loss knocks out Ipswich after a stellar second half run. The playoff teams are now set, but the seeding is up in the air. A Hamilton win on Thursday night will move them into third place. A loss puts the Generals in the 4 spot and the Mariners clinch 3rd. Rowley and Rockport have secured the 1 & 2 seeds.

Rockport at Topsfield MAKEUP TOMORROW

Rockport Townies will visit Proctor Field tomorrow night to play the Topsfield Tories. First pitch at 5:45.

Generals over Giants 6-3

Hamilton (12-10-1) clinched a playoff birth by downing Beverly (7-15-1) Tuesday night at Patton Park. Connor Sullivan picked up the win by tossing three innings of relief allowing only one hit and striking out four. Reginald J. Maidment (2-for-2, HBP, 2B, 3RBI) remained warm at the plate as he paced the Generals' offense, the biggest hit being a two-run double in the fifth to break the game open. Avon Stewart added a pinch-hit solo HR in the sixth for the Generals.

The Generals host Ipswich on Thursday in a game which may have seeding implications for Hamilton, while a playoff birth may be at stake for the Chiefs. Beverly closes out their season on Wednesday in Topsfield.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bertolino Takes 2nd HR Derby Title

Nate Bertolino of the Manchester/Essex Mariners outlasted the field to take his second ITL HR Derby Championship. Bertolino becomes the first two-time winner in the competition's history. Bertolino hit 4 HR's in the final round to beat out Hamilton's Avon Stewart.

Mariners Defeat Ipswich

M/E Mariners beat the Ipswich Chiefs 7-6 last night.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rams - 3, Generals - 0

Rowley picked up the win tonight at Eiras Field behind Mike Sloban(6INN, 3H, 1BB, 5K's) on the mound. Joe Martin pitched a perfect 7th for the save. Ralph Renzulli led the way offensively with 2 hits while Thibault, Mcelroy and Barba all had RBI's. Keller started and pitched well for Hamilton and Sullivan was equally good in relief. Greeke, Maloney and Keller had hits for the Generals. Rowley will wait until Friday to close out its regular season against Ipswich at Eiras while Hamilton gets back at it tomorrow in Hamilton against Beverly.

Topsfield-Rockport Moved

Sunday's Topsfield-Rockport makeup is TBD. Early reports suggest it will be Thursday, August 4th.

Ipswich - 8, Beverly - 7

Ipswich took an 8 to 2 lead in the fifth inning. Beverly scored 2 in the bottom of the fifth and then 3 in the bottom of the seventh but left the bases loaded to end the game.

Trailing 8 to 4, Paul Drinkwater led off the bottom of the 7th with a homerun. Frankie Messina walked followed by a homerun by Josh Levesque in his first official ITL at bat cutting the lead to 1. Ipswich brought on Kevin Michael for the save. Brian Chirco singled, Jeff Barricelli reached on an error, and Sean Martin bunted both over to put the tying run on third and winning run on second. After an intentional walk, Michael struck out the final two batters for the save and the Ipswich win.

Drinkwater had a monster game for Beverly going 3 for 3 with 3HR and 4RBI. Chirco was 2 for 3.

For Ipswich, Jim Cadogan was 1 for 3 with a 3 run homer. Greg Doucette was 2 for 3 with a HR. Matt Small and Ryan Montecalvo each had 2 hits and an RBI.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

HR Derby Today!

The Annual ITL HR Derby will be today at Patton Park starting at 1pm. All ITL players are welcome to participate. Hope to see everyone there.

Generals Mariners Tie

Generals 5 Mariners 5

Manchester/Essex rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to salvage a 5-5 tie Friday night in Hamilton. Luke Painchaud of the Generals and Brandon Bell of the Mariners both went the distance for their clubs.

Hamilton took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Two walks sandwiched around a Reggie Maidment HBP loaded the bases with nobody out. After a fielder's choice cut down a run at the plate for the first out, Jim Maloney and Jered Stewart contributed back-to-back two run doubles to put the Generals up by four.

The Mariners got a run back in the fourth on an Adam Philpot RBI groundout, but the Generals answered with a run in the fifth with courtesy of a Tim O'Leary two-out RBI single. Nate Bertolino (3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3RBI) cut the Hamilton lead to 5-2 in the sixth with a titanic blast to left.

In the seventh, Whit Graham started the rally by drawing a one-out walk. Bryan Lafata then reached on a chopper between third and short that was misplayed. Rory Gentile followed with a single to center to load the bases with out one. After Rogers flew to right for the second out, Brett Cahill hit a hot shot back to Painchaud that bounced away allowing a run to score, cutting the Hamilton lead to 5-3. Bertolino then tied the game with a hard groundball up the middle into center. Hamilton advanced a runner to second in the bottom of the seventh, but the Rogers made a nice play ranging up the middle to end the game.

Rockport over Topsfield

Rockport slaughtered Topsfield Friday night at Proctor by a score of 16-3. Everyone in the Townies starting nine had hits as Topsfield displayed an embarrassing defensive effort.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Generals over Mariners

Hamilton defeated Manchester/Essex by a score of 8-5 Thursday night at Patton Park. Matt Greeke pitched a complete game for the Generals to get the win and Mike Cain also went the distance for the Mariners.

Hamilton fell into an early 4-0 hole, but scored one in the second and tied the game in the third on a three-run HR by Jered Stewart. After Manchester/Essex re-took the lead, Hamilton added two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a few defensive miscues by the Mariners to take a 6-5 lead. Hamilton tacked on two more in the sixth highlighted by a Reggie Maidment solo-HR to account for the 8-5 final. Provost had two hits for Hamilton and McFarland had three for Manchester/Essex.

The two teams play again Friday night at Patton in a makeup game.

Beverly - 9, Rockport - 8

The Giants came back from a 6 to 1 deficit to beat the Townies 9 to 8 Thursday night at Cooney Field. Nick Adams allowed 2 runs over the final 3 innings for the save while also hitting 2 doubles. Joe Gill pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the win. Derek Scialdone's 3 run homer was the big blast for Beverly.

For Rockport Brent Currier had 2 homeruns including a 2 run homer in the top of the seventh that cut the lead to 1.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Topsfield 7 Beverly 6

The Tories defeated the Giants this past Wednesday in Topsfield by a score of 7-6. Both teams got great pitching efforts from Joe Gill and Zack Lamkin who got the Win in a complete game. The Giants went up early from a few home runs including a bomb to left center from Paul Drinkwater. The Tories came back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, pushing the game to extra innings. Lamkin worked quickly in the eighth throwing only 6 pitches. Max Travers started off the bottom half with a solo walk off to right field ending the game. The two teams will meet once more on Wednesday August 3rd in Topsfield.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rockport 18 Topsfield 0

Rockport drubbed Topsfield 18-0 on Tuesday evening in Rockport. Matt Sharon went the distance for a complete game, three hit shutout. Sharon took a no hitter into the sixth inning.

Rockport was paced offensively by five home runs off of the bats of Brent Currier, Dan Greel, Conor Ressel, Jeremy Spittle and Scott Noble. Tom Robertson went 5 for 5.

Rockport travels to Beverly on Thursday. Topsfield plays Beverly tonight.

Generals 7 Mariners 4

Generals 7 Mariners 4
Hamilton (10-9) pulled above the .500 mark by pulling out a come from behind win Tuesday night in Essex. The Generals trailed 4-2 entering the top of the 7th, but rallied for five runs to earn a huge victory. With one out, Bryan Vitale started the rally by drawing a walk. Tim O'Leary then beat out a dribbler to put the tying run on base. Up next, Devin Keller hit a grounder to shortstop and the attempt to force O'Leary at second was thrown away into rightfield allowing Vitale to score and putting runners on second and third. Mark Ruggiero (2-for-4, HR, 3RBI) then delivered the biggest hit of the night by lining a 1-2 curveball into left-center to score two runs giving the Generals a 5-4 lead. Two batters later Reginald J. Maidment (3-for-3, 2B, HR, HBP, 2RBI) provided some breathing room with a two-run job to center. Connor Sullivan (7IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 1BB, 4K) retired the Mariners in order in the bottom of the 7th to nail down the victory.

Ryan Marques pitched a complete game for Manchester/Essex striking out five. The Mariner offense was highlighted by a mammoth solo-HR in the second inning by Rory Gentile.

Ipswich 4 - Rowley 3

Ipswich increased their winning streak to 6 games with a thrilling 4 -3 win in 9 innings last night at Bialek Park. Kevin Michael was impressive with a nine inning complete game win, notching 12 K's and surrendering 2 earned runs. Rowley pitching was equally strong as Sloban silenced the Chief's hot bats for 6 full innings. Finally, Greg Doucette, who led Ipswich's offense with two big hits including a 6th inning triple, put the Chiefs up two going into the seventh. Rowley battled back however, scratching two runs across to tie the game. After 1.5 scoreless extra innings Andy Knox sliced a 2 strike single into center with the bases loaded to give the Chiefs their second walk-offf win in three games.

More details to follow...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Make-Up Games

Friday, July 29th - Manchester/Essex @ Hamilton - 5:45pm start

Monday, August 1st - Hamilton @ Rowley - 5:45pm start

Thursday, August 4th - Ipswich @ Hamilton - 5:45pm start

Friday, August 5th - Ipswich @ Rowley - 5:45pm start

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ipswich - 14, Beverly - 13

The Ipswich Chiefs had a come from behind 14 to 13 win in a wild game on a very hot night at Linebrook Field. The game was tied at 10 heading into the 6th and final inning. Beverly struck for 3 runs in the top of the 6th. Mike Freni singled in two and Brian Chirco singled in one. In the bottom of the 6th Cash doubled in a run and Knox singled in a run to cut the lead to one. With the bases loaded and one out Michael was hit by a pitch to tie the game. Knox then scored on a wild pitch to win the game.

For Ipswich, Cadogan was 2 for 4 with 4RBI, Michael was 2 for 4 with 2RBI, Cash was 2 for 3 with 3 runs and 2RBI, Montecalvo was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Knox was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

For Beverly, Erik Drown was 4 for 4 with a 3B and 3RBI. John Boyle was 2 for 3 with 3 runs and 2RBI. Kevi Harutunian and Mike Freni each had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Generals 15 Tories 3

Hamilton defeated Topsfield by a score of 15-3 in six innings Friday night in Topsfield. Luke Painchaud went five innings for the win. BJ Weed pitched a complete game for Topsfield in taking the loss.

Jered Stewart put the finishing touches on a six run third inning for Hamilton with a grand slam to left-center. Jim Love showed he possesses a bear-like combination of strength and speed in clubbing his first career ITL HR in the sixth to round out the scoring on the night. Love, Jim Maloney and Mark Ruggiero had multi-hit games for the Generals while Weed, Max Travers and Doug Hittinger had RBI hits for the Tories.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Generals 5 Tories 4

It was not pretty, but the Hamilton Generals scratched out a win in a must-win game against the Topsfield Tories on a 98 degree Thursday night at Patton Park. Hamilton plated two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead and Matt Greeke (7IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 7K) retired the Tories in order in the top of the 7th to preserve the win. Matt Rogers pitched a fine game for Topsfield going six innings and yielding only three earned runs, but was charged with the loss.

Hamilton got on the board first in the third inning when Jim Maloney (2-for-2, 2BB, 2R, SB) led off with a single to left-center and advanced to third on a ground-rule double to left by Bryan Vitale (2-for-4, 2R). Two batters later rookie utilityman Devin Keller (2-for-4, RBI) continued his hot hitting with a single to center to give the Generals a 1-0 lead. Mark Ruggiero (1-for-3, 2RBI) followed with a sacrifice fly to right to plate a second run. Hamilton attempted to add another run later in the inning, but Topsfield centerfielder Andrew Dyer (2-for-4, RBI, SB) gunned down a runner at the plate for the final out.

Topsfield finally got to Greeke in the fifth when they touched him up for four runs. Heath led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a booming single to right by Max Travers that just missed leaving the park. Dyer grounded to first bringing in a run and Rogers then reached on an error. That set the table for Zack Lampkin who took Greeke deep to left for a three-run job giving Topsfield a 4-2 lead heading into the late innings.

Tim O'Leary led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield single and scored two batters later on a double down the leftfield line by Ruggiero that missed clearing the fence by inches. Up next, Justin Tilley stroked a single to left and Ruggiero was waved home only to be cut down at the plate on a perfect throw from Doug Hittinger, keeping the Generals down by a run.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Maloney drew a walk putting the tying run on base. Vitale followed with a groudball into the hole at shortstop and the attempt at a force at second was thrown away into rightfield. Maloney came all the way around to score on the play, tying the game, while Vitale hustled to third. O'Leary followed with a groundball that was booted, scoring Vitale, and giving the Generals the 5-4 lead that would be the final score.

The two teams matchup against on Friday night at Proctor School in Topsfield.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

GAME CHANGE: This Sunday's Game between Topsfield/Rockport

Topsfield at Rockport this Sunday has been moved to Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30pm due to a field scheduling issues in Rockport.

Rockport 13 Topsfield 2

Derek Osmond went the distance for Rockport. Tommy Robertson (4-5, 3 2bs) and Brock Currier (2-5) paced Rockport offensively. Rockport plays Topsfield again next Tuesday in Rockport.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rams - 9, Mariners - 3

A night after a 6-5 loss in Essex, the Rams bounced back with a 9-3 win in Rowley tonight. Joe Katin went the distance for the Rams and settled down nicely after a 3 run first inning. Cain started for Manchester/Essex and took the loss. For Rowley on offense Kyle Mcelroy led the way with 3 hits while Conte, Smith and Barba also added multi hit games. Rowley is off until Monday when they travel to Ipswich while Manchester/Essex is off until Monday when they will take on Hamilton in a makeup game.

Beverly - 6, Hamilton - 4

The Beverly Giants avenged a huge blowout loss with a 6 to 4 win Tuesday night at Patton Park. Erik Drown homered twice knocking in three and also pitched two scoreless innings for the save. Derek Scialdone added a two run homer. Frankie Messina pitched five innings for the win. Hamilton received strong relief pitching from Conor Sullivan but their comeback fell short.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chiefs win 12-8 and split season series with Townies

Ipswich Chiefs got another strong pitching performance yesterday from Kevin Michael leading the team to a 12-8 victory. After giving up two runs in the first, Michael settled down scattering 4 more earned runs over the next 6 innings mixing in 8 strikeouts for the complete game win. The Chiefs offense was well balanced scoring runs in five of the seven innings with hits from throughout the lineup leading to the 12 runs . Montecalvo led the offense (3-4, 2B, 5 RBI) with Mark O'Flynn and Kevin Micheal chipping in two hits each as well.

Rockport spread out their pitching using four different pitchers throughout the game and as typical with Rockport, they did not make it easy for the Chiefs fighting back and keeping things close right to the end. A two run homer by Osmond in the 6th made it 11-7 and then two runners were left on base in the seventh before Ipswich finally closed it out.

The Chiefs are looking to keep things going with a home and home against Beverly on Friday and Sunday. Hopefully Friday will stay under 100 degrees!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ipswich 7 Rockport 2

Ipswich Chiefs defeated the Rockport Townies by a score of 7-2 behind Matt Small's complete game. Small struck out nine, walked one, allowing two runs on 5 hits. Matt Sharon got the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits, while striking out nine.

Ipswich was paced offensively by Montecalvo ( 3-4, 2b, HR, 4 rbis), M. O'Flynn (2-4), Michael (2b, rs) and Small( 2b, rs, rbi). For Rockport, Greel had two hits, while Robertson, Anderson, Juncker and Noble all contributed a hit.

Rockport visits Ipswich on Monday to close out the regular season series.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hamilton Defeats Beverly

Hamilton won handily Sunday afternoon in Beverly. Cameron Charette pitched four innings of relief to pickup the win. The two teams play again Tuesday night in Hamilton.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tories split season series with Mariners

Topsfield took two from Manchester-Essex this past week by scores of 14-11 and 7-6. The first game played in Essex had BJ Weed getting a complete game win for the Tories. Alan Hatfield and Zack Lamkin were among a handful of Tories with multiple hits. Bertolino homered twice for Manchester Essex.

The 7-6 final was played at Proctor this past Friday. Matt Rogers got the win for the Tories. Topsfield jumped out to an early lead and Manchester tied the game in the sixth. The tories got a walk off rbi single from Hatfield.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Rockport - 7, Beverly - 4

Rockport led 7 to 1 heading into the 7th inning. Beverly rallied for 3 runs and had the bases loaded with 1 out but Brent Currier came in and shut the door with two quick outs for the save. Brett Smith earned the win allowing 4 runs over 6 1/3 innings with 5 strikeouts. Offensively, the Townies were led by Tommy Robertson (4 for 4, 2R). Mike Emerson had a long 2 run triple to left center.

For Beverly, Jeff Barricelli and Erik Drown had two hits apiece and Derek Scialdone knocked in a run with a double. Dan O'Connor took the loss.

Ipswich Wins over Generals

Ipswich won big in Hamilton Thursday night.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rowley- 13, Rockport- 4

Wednesday's game in Rowley started in the rain and ended after 6 full innings due to darkness. Joe Katin got the win for Rowley going 5 innings while Osmond took the loss for Rockport. On offense, the Rams were led by Anthony Conte's 4hits, 4 runs, 3 RBI and a SB from the leadoff spot as well as Jordan Silva(3H,2R,RBI) and Koby Thibault (2H, 4RBI). Chris Esposito, Marco Luisi and Andrew Barba also contributed multi hit games. For Rockport, Anderson had 2 hits while Brock Currier, Greel, Osmond and Smith all had hits. The Rams are off until Tuesday when they travel to Essex to take on the Mariners while Rockport hosts Beverly Friday night in a 7PM start.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beverly and Rowley Tie 8 to 8

Beverly and Rowley tied 8 to 8 at Eiras Field Tuesday night. Rowley led 8 to 2 after 5 innings but Beverly scratched for 3 runs in the 6th and 3 in the 7th to tie the game. Erik Drown struck out all six batters he faced to finish the game and hold Rowley down long enough for the offense to catch up.

In the top of the 7th with two out and nobody on base Kyle Sewyck and Conor Walsh each walked. Paul Drinkwater then smashed a three run bomb over the left field fence to tie the game. After a scoreless bottom of the seventh the game was called due to darkness.

Beverly's offense was led by Drinkwater (3 for 5, HR, 4RBI, 2R). Derek Scialdone, Erik Drown, Jeff Barricelli, and Sean Mitchell each had two hits.

For Rowley, McElroy had 3 hits and 2RBI. LeBlanc had 2 hits and 3RBI. Conte had 2 hits and 2 runs.

Make Up Dates

Rockport @ Topsfield - July 31st @ 5:45pm Proctor School

Beverly @ Topsfield -August 3rd @ 5:45pm Proctor School

UPDATED Topsfield vs Rockport MAKEUP

The postponed June 19th Father's Day game between Topsfield and Rockport will now be played on Wednesday, July 20th in Rockport with first pitch scheduled for 6:15pm.

Generals Edge Chiefs, 4-3

Generals 4 Chiefs 3
The Hamilton Generals edged the Ipswich Chiefs by a score of 4-3 on a 95 degree Monday evening in Ipswich. Due to a plethora of injuries and absences on the Generals' pitching staff, Jim Love (4IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K) was forced to tough out a spot start while picking up the win. Connor Sullivan (3IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 4K) pitched the final three frames for the save. Kevin Michael (7IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 1BB, 9K) pitched well for the Chiefs but was tagged with the loss.

Jim Maloney broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third with a two-out two-run HR off the snack shack of the little league field for Hamilton. Ipswich would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning by plating two unearned runs on an infield error that Hamilton committed with two outs.

The Generals responded with two runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. Justin Tilley was robbed of extra bases by the Ipswich left-fielder, but settled for a sacrifice fly to give the Generals the lead back. Hamilton tacked on an unearned run later in the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Michael helped his own cause by wrapping a HR around the foul-pole in right to cut Hamilton's lead to 4-3. However, Ipswich would not threaten again as Sullivan mowed down the final seven hitters he faced.

In addition to picking up the win, Love contributed two hits and two stolen bases. Reginald J. Maidment (2-for-2, HBP, 2R, 2SB) had a productive night out of the nine-spot for Hamilton. Cadogen had two hits for Ipswich from atop the order. The teams meet once more this week, on Thursday, in Hamilton.

Due to a scheduling conflict and mix-up at the Rec. Dept. Wednesday's makeup game between Ipswich and Hamilton will have to be moved once again.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rockport 6 Rowley 4

Rockport defeated Rowley 6-4 on Sunday night in Rockport. Matt Sharon got the win for Rockport going the distance. Sharon allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 8 and walking one. Sloban received the loss for the Rams, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 5 and hitting two batsmen.

The Townies were led offensively by Osmond and Brent Currier each had two hits while, Brock Currier, Juncker and Emerson each contributed hits. For the Rams, Thibault and Conte provided all of the offense collecting 5 of Rowley's 6 hits.

Manchester - 11, Beverly - 1

Beverly took a short-lived lead in the bottom of the first when Nick Adams hit a leadoff homerun. Manchester answered by scoring 7 runs in the top of the second for a lead they wouldn't give up. Bell pitched 6 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and one walk while striking out 9. DaSilva pitched a perfect seventh. For Beverly, John Boyle allowed just 1 run in 4 2/3 innings of relief and struck out 8.

Manchester's offense was led by Nate Bertolino (3 for 4, 2R), Mike Cain (2 for 4, RBI, 2R), Bell (2 for 4, RBI, R), and Buckley (3RBI).

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Former Georgetown High star Esposito recuperating after surgery

Former Georgetown High star Esposito recuperating after surgery

Rockport 7 Manch-Essex 6

Rockport Townies came from behind on Friday night to beat the Manch-Essex Mariners 7 to 6 in Rockport.

Ty Watkins went the distance for the win, scattering nine hits, allowing 4 earned runs, while striking out 7. Marques got the start for Manch-Essex lasting five innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 HBP, while striking out 3 and walking 2. DaSilva relieved in the 6th and received the loss.

Manch-Essex jumped out to 3-0 lead thru 4 1/2 innings on some sloppy defense and some heads up baserunning. Rockport scratched two back in the bottom of the 5th to make it 3-2 on two hit batsmen and a single by Juncker (4 for 4, 3rbis). In the 6th inning, Cain (2 for 4, HR, 2rbis) hit a rain-making bomb to straight away centerfield to make it 4-2 heading into the bottom of the inning.

Marques began the 6th, but was quickly relieved by DaSilva after walking Watkins to start the inning. Rockport then quickly struck with three straight doubles to left centerfield by Robertson (2 for 4, 2b, rs), Brock Currier (2 for 3, 2B, 2rbis) and Brent Currier (1 for 2, 2B, 2 rs, rbi). Juncker and Osmond both singled to cap the 5 run outburst putting Rockport ahead 7-4 heading into the top of the 7th.

In the 7th, Watkins got the first out on an infield pop up, then Graham reached on another infield error (Townies committed three), followed by back to back singles by Bertolino (3 for 4, 2b, rbi, 2 rs) and Orlando (2 rbis). Cain then was intentionally walked to force bases loaded with one out. Watkins induced a grounder to second for a force out, but Manch-Essex scored one run to make it a 7-6 with runners at the corners and two outs. However, Watkins got the next batter to fly out to right to end the game.

Rockport improves to 9-5, Manch-Essex drops to 8-4-1. Rockport hosts Rowley on Sunday, while Manch-Essex travels to Beverly.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rams 10 Generals 5

Rowley rebounded from their first loss of the season on Wednesday by defeating Hamilton on Thursday night at Patton Park. Joe Katin (7IP, 5H, 4ER, 4BB, 15K) turned in a dominant performance in a complete game effort while Rowley’s offense pounded Generals pitching for four HRs.

Rowley jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings. Ralph Renzulli deposited a two-run HR into the pond in the first while Barba contributed a two-run HR of his own to left in the second. Hamilton cut the lead to 5-2 in the third on a solo HR by Jim Maloney.

Rowley added onto their lead in the 7th with two-run HRs from LeBlanc and Smith. Justin Tilley delivered a two-run double for Hamilton in the bottom half to account for the 10-5 final. Eight of the nine Rowley starters hit safely and Thibault and Smith reached base safely four times. Maloney had three hits for Hamilton while Cam Charette turned in three scoreless and hitless innings of middle relief for the Generals.

Injury Update

It's my pleasure to report that after succesful surgery at Mass General this past Tuesday, Joe Esposito is resting and starting his recovery process. After having 3 plates and 12 screws inserted into his right orbital bone a full recovery is expected. Here's to a speedy and complete recovery for Joe!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Generals 6 Rams 3 (9 innings)

The Hamilton Generals (5-6) handed the Rowley Rams (12-1-1) their first loss of the season Wednesday night at Erias Field by a score of 6-3 in nine innings. The game featured an outstanding pitching duel between Rowley's ace Nick Liguori and Hamilton's Matt Greeke. Liguori went the full nine for Rowley while Greeke pitched seven for Hamilton in his ITL debut. Connor Sullivan notched the win for Hamilton pitching two scoreless innings of relief while Ligouri was the tough luck loser. Jim Maloney delivered the big blow for Hamilton with a solo-HR to centerfield leading off the top of 9th inning to break a 3-3 tie.

Rowley led 3-2 after five innings thanks to poor defense on both sides that accounted in all the game's runs being unearned to that point. In the sixth, Justin Tilley tied the game for Hamilton with a RBI double to right-center, but the go-ahead run was cut down at the plate thanks for a nice relay executed by the Rams. Ligouri and Greeke held the bats scoreless in the seventh and the game headed to extra innings.

Ligouri and Sullivan shut down the offenses in the 8th and the umpires allowed the teams to play a second extra inning with the sun going down. In the 9th, Maloney gave the Generals the lead with his HR, while the Generals would score two more later in the inning on RBI singles by Mark Ruggerio and Jim Love. Sullivan closed out the game for Hamilton, giving the Generals a big victory by putting an end of their three game losing streak.

Barba led the way offensively for the Rams with two hits. Mark Ruggerio was the offensive standout for Hamilton going 4-for-5 while Maloney, Bryan Vitale and Tilley each contributed multi-hit games. Ligouri notched 11 strikeouts in his effort while Greeke did not allow an earned run and fanned five Rams. The two teams meet again Thursday night for a rematch at Patton Park.

Manchester - 4, Beverly - 2

Mike Cain struck out 10 Giants and allowed only 2 runs (1 earned) in a complete game effort for the win.

Beverly struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning. Derek Scialdone led off the game with a homerun. Another run came across on a John Boyle grounder to shortstop. Cain would settle down after that and allow no more scoring for the rest of the night.

Joe Gill held the Mariners scoreless through three innings before they were able to plate two runs in the fourth. The runs scored on a Berkley walk and a Nicastro single.

In the fifth inning Graham led off with a double and was scored by a Bertolino single. Gill gave way to Dan O'Connell but the inherited runner would later score on a sacrifice fly by Hillenbrand. Erik Drown struck out three in a perfect 6th inning.

Cain retired the last five batters of the game to seal the victory.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Manch-Essex 9 Rockport 3

Manch-Essex Mariners defeated the Rockport Townies by a score of 9-3 on Tuesday night in Essex. Brandon Bell went the distance on the mound, scattering 6 hits and allowing 3 runs, while striking out a game high 12 batters. Smith received the loss for Rockport only last 2 2/3 innings.

For Manch-Essex, Gentile paced the offense with a 3 run HR to left center, while reaching base three other times via the free pass. Bertolino, Orlando, Hildebrand and Nicastro all contributed hits. For Rockport, Robertson contributed a HR and 2b, Bro. Currier had a 2b and Brent Currier had a 2b and an rbi.

Manch-Essex travels to Rockport on Friday night to close out the regular season series.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rowley over Topsfield (Friday July 1st)

The Rams won behind a complete game shutout for Tim Moore in his first ITL start and win. Moore helped himself at the plate with 2 hits including a 3 run Home Run.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ipswich @ Hamilton MAKEUP

Ipswich will visit Hamilton on Wednesday, July 13th for a makeup game from earlier in the season. Game is at Patton Park with a 5:45pm start time.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rowley-16, Topsfield-1

Rowley used a 9 run 2nd inning to back up another strong outing from Nick Liguori(5 INN, 0ER, 7K, 1BB, 5H). Offensively the Rams were led by Koby Thibault's 4 hit night while Ralph Renzulli and Chris Esposito both had 3 hit nights. Rogers started for Topsfield and Hatfield led the way offensively with a pair of doubles. The two teams meet again Friday night in Topsfield.

Injury Update

After being moved from Beverly Hospital to Beth Israel last night, Joe Esposito returned home early this morning. Due to severe swelling, surgery is now scheduled for next week at Mass Eye and Ear where he will have 3 fractures of his orbital bone repaired. Will update next week.

Mariners 10 Chiefs 0

Mariners 10 Chiefs 0 (Monday)

The Manchester-Essex Mariners defeated the Chiefs 10-0 last night in Ipswich. Nine different Mariners contributed atleast one hit with Alex Ray (3-4), Joe Orlando (3-4) and Nate Bertolino (2-2) leading the way. Ryan Marques (7IP 11K 0BB 0R) picked up the win.

Matt Small, Andy Knox, and Doucette each had a hit for the Chiefs. The two teams meet again tonight in Essex.

Rockport 16 Hamilton 0

The Townies scored 16 runs on 14 hits to beat the Generals by a score of 16-0 on Tuesday evening in Rockport. The starting nine for Rockport recorded at least one hit a piece. Mike Emerson supplied a grand slam into the woods to cap off a 16 run evening.

Matt Sharon records the win going the distance for Rockport, while L. Painchaud received the loss for Hamilton.

Rockport travels to Hamilton on Thursday.

Rowley - 11, Beverly - 5

Rowley took an early 8-0 lead after one inning on their way to the win. More details to follow...

The Beverly Giants wish Esposito well.

Mariners and Chiefs split series

The Mariners and Chiefs come away with a split after each team won on the road this week. On Monday night the Mariners jumped out to an early lead and hung on thanks to a dominating pitching performance by Marques. He gave up three hits in a complete game shut-out leading Manchester Essex to a 10-0 win. The Mariners had a balanced offense with hits coming from the entire line-up.

The Chiefs were able to even the series last night with a 5-2 win in Essex. Another great Pitching perfromance led the way, this time by Chiefs pitcher Greg Doucette. He gave up three hits on his way to a complete game win with 5 k's. Andy Knox (1-3, BB, SB, 2 RS) and Kevin Michael (2-3, Sac) led the offense for the Chiefs each getting on base twice and Montecalvo had two RBI's. Derek Deranian had a big hit for the Chiefs in the 6th driving in the go ahead run and Matt Scabelli made the defensive play of the game for Ipswich with a diving catch in the 6th robbing Orlando of a hit with two men on base.

Both teams are looking forward to the Holiday weekend and resume play on Tuesday July 5th.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Injury Update

Rowley center fielder Joe Esposito was taken from Cooney Field to Beverly Hospital in an ambulance tonight after fouling a ball off of his right eye in the top of the 7th. Joe is in Beverly Hospital for the night with surgery scheduled for tomorrow to repair a fractured orbital bone. Here's to a full and speedy recovery for Joe. Updates on his progress will follow.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rams/Chiefs Rained Out

In one of the worst decisions in baseball history the Rams and Chiefs were rained out after playing 2 innings Wednesday night. Makeup date TBD.

Beverly vs Hamilton Makeup Date Announced

Beverly and Hamilton will play their makeup game on Tuesday, August 2nd at Cooney Field at 5:45PM.

Beverly vs Hamilton July 17th Game Time Changed

This game has been moved to 1PM to accomodate a Sr. Babe Ruth tournament. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Beverly at Topsfield Postponed

Makeup Date TBA.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mariners Walk-Off Winners behind Cain HR

Manchester/Essex defeated Hamilton 5-4 Tuesday night in Essex on the strength of a Mike Cain walk-off HR in the bottom of the seventh. The Mariners took a 4-0 lead after two innings and the score remained the same until the top of seventh due to the strong pitching of lefthander Adam Philpott. In the seventh, the Generals rallied for four runs off Philpott to tie the game highlighted by a game-tying three-run HR off the bat of Bryan Vitale. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Cain came through with his solo HR to right-center to end the game.

Pierro recorded the final two outs in the top of the seventh to earn the win. Luke Painchaud took the loss for Hamilton in relief. Connor Sullivan started for Hamilton and pitched six solid innings in his season debut.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rams - 8, Chiefs - 1

Rowley defeated Ipswich 8-1 Monday night. Mike Sloban(5INN, 4K, 2BB, 2H) got the win while Thibault, Renzulli and Andrew Barba all had multi hit games for the Rams. Mcarthy was the pitcher of record for Ipswich with Hernandez and Deranian contributing hits. The two teams meet again Wednesday in Rowley.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Generals Sweep Tories

A night after picking up a win at Patton Park, the Generals faced the Tories again. Hamilton defeated Topsfield on Friday night at the Proctor School in a five inning affair. Luke Painchaud and Judd Funchion toughed it out on the hill, both pitching on back-to-back nights. Tim O'Leary hit a three-run HR in the first inning and Jim Maloney stroked a grand-slam in the second to pace the Generals' attack. Jeff Jensen provided a spark at the top of the Generals' lineup reaching base four times. Zack Lampkin had a RBI double for the Tories.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beverly - 12, Ipswich - 11

The Beverly Giants (4-5) beat the Ipswich Chiefs (2-4) in a wild high scoring game at Linebrook Field Friday night.

Beverly took a 7 to 2 lead into the bottom of the 4th inning when Ipswich stormed back with a 5 run inning topped off by a game tying 2 run single from Hammond to knot the game at 7.

After a scoreless top of the 5th Ipswich put up another 4 runs in the bottom half of the inning. The big blow was a 2 run triple from Kevin Michael. Beverly's fortunes changed when Brendan Fullerton came on in relief with the bases loaded and 1 out. Fullerton induced a grounder back to the mound and a strikeout to get out of the inning without any more damage.

Before the start of the 6th the umpire said it would likely be the last inning. Trailing 11 to 7 Beverly rallied for 5 runs. The first 6 batters of the inning reached base with 5 scoring. The game was tied on an RBI triple off the bat of Erik Drown. Sean Mitchell put the Giants ahead with a run scoring single over the third base bag. Drown came on in relief for the bottom of the 6th and earned the save. Fullerton was credited with the win.

Beverly's offense was led by John Boyle (3 for 4, 3B, 2B, 3R, 4RBI) and Fullerton (3 for 4, 2B, 3R, 2RBI). Derek Scialdone, Nick Adams, Sean Mitchell, and Brian Chirco all contributed 2 hits.

For Ipswich Anthony Hernandez (3 for 5, 2B, 2RBI) and Michael (2 for 3, 3B, 3RBI), led the offense.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rams - 6, Mariners - 0

A night after battling to a 6-6 tie, the Rams came out on top 6-0 behind Nick Liguori's ( 7Inn, 5H, 1BB, 7K) complete game shutout. The Rams offense was led by Kyle Leblanc's 2 hits and 4 RBI. Cain went the distance for the Mariners while Gentile, Graham, Bertolino, Buckley and Bell all had hits. The Rams are off until Monday when they travel to Ipswich and the Mariners are off until Tuesday when they host Hamilton.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beverly - 10, Hamilton - 8

Beverly 10 Hamilton 8
Beverly defeated Hamilton 10-8 Tuesday night at Patton Park. Dan O'Connor went five innings to get the win for the Giants, while Jim Love took the loss going six innings in relief for the Generals. Patton Park's fence was recently put on the disabled list due to wind damage suffered in the recent storms, leading to new ground rules at the park.

John Boyle put the Giants up 1-0 in the top of the first with an absolute bomb to RF off of Generals' starter Cam Charette. The blast struck a spectator of the nearby little league game in the side of the neck, and would have easily been a two run HR if Patton Park's fence had been in place. Boyle had to settle for an RBI ground-rule double and an arrest warrant may be out on him for his assault on the innocent bystander.

Hamilton answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. Three straight singles started the game leading to backstop Bryan Vitale's sacrifice fly to tie the game. Mark Ruggerio followed with a two-run double and Luke Ransom later delivered a blast to left-center which probably would have cleared the fence. Instead Ransom settled for a ground-rule double giving the Generals a 4-1 lead after one.

Charette left the game after one inning due to shoulder soreness and Love was forced into relief duty. Beverly plated five runs in the third to take a 6-4 lead. Derek Scaildone and Erik Drown had RBI hits to lead the Giants' offense. Hamilton attempted to answer in the bottom of the fourth, but with two-on and two-out Boyle tracked down a fly ball off the bat of Jim Maloney just to the right of the gazebo in centerfield for the third out end the Generals' rally.

In the fifth the Giants extended the lead to 9-4 highlighted by a mammoth homer by Drown that landed halfway across the pond in left center. Brendan Fullerton added a solo HR into the base of the willow tree in the sixth to give the Giants a little insurance. Hamilton cut the lead to 10-8 by scoring four in the sixth. Provost had a RBI double, Maloney followed with a RBI single and two more runs later scored on a wild-pitch sequence. However, Drown came in to slam the door on Hamilton pitching the final 1.1 innings and striking out four, while earning the save.

Rockport 11 Ipswich 5

Townies over Chiefs 11 to 5 in Ipswich on Monday night.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rockport 8 Ipswich 4

Rockport Townies beat the Ipswich Chiefs 8 to 4 on a damp night at Evans Field.

More details to follow...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mariners take 2 from Tories

The Manchester-Essex Mariners beat the Topsfield Tories 10-4 on friday night, following a Topsfield forfeit on Tuesday to improve their record to 4-2 on the season. The Mariners were led by 2 home runs off the bat of Brett Cahill and a solid pitching performance from Brandon Bell (5IP 2ER). Topsfield was led offensively by BJ Weed and Andrew Dyer.

Hamilton @ Beverly Postponed

The field is unplayable.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rockport 20 Beverly 8

Rockport Townies beat the Beverly Giants 20-8 on Friday night at Evans Field. Rockport and Beverly combined for 35 hits and 28 runs in a game that lasted close to three hours.

Offensively for Rockport, Erik Juncker (5for5, 2B, 2rs, 3rbis), Derek Osmond (3for6, 4rs, rbi), Bro. Currier (3for5, 2B, 2rs, 2rbis), Mike Emerson (2for3, 3rs, rbi,), Tom Robertson (2for5, 2 rbis, sb) and C. Ressel (3B, 2 rbis). For Beverly, Boyle (HR, 2B, 4rbis), Drown (HR, 2B. 2rbis) and Haratunian (3 for 4, 2B, 3rs) were the standouts.

Matt Sharon went the distance fo Rockport to get the win. Gill got the loss for Beverly.

Beverly plays Hamilton today. Rockport faces Ipswich in the first of a home-away series.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ipswich @ Hamilton Postponed

Last night's game was postponed due to the weather. Make-up TBD.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rowley - 10, Rockport - 0

The Rams beat the Townies 10-0 behind an 8 run 4th inning and a solid complete game win from Nick Liguori(7 inn, 2H, 3BB 7k's). On the offensive side for Rowley, Ralph Renzulli led the way with 4 hits and 2 RBI while Kyle Leblanc(2 for 2, SB) and Chris Esposito(2 for 3, RBI) also added multi hit games. For Rockport, Smith started and took the loss, while Brent and Brock Currier contributed the hits. Rockport hosts Beverly Friday night while Rowley is off until Tuesday when they travel to Essex to take on the Mariners.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rowley - 17, Beverly - 5

The Rams held a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th where they plated 12 runs. Oconnor started for Beverly and pitched well, into the 6th. For Rowley Mike Sloban got the win going 6 innings and Tim Moore finished up the 7th. For Beverly Adams had a hit and an RBI and Williams added a hit, 2RBI and an SB. For Rowley, Chris Esposito had 3 hits, 3 runs and 2 RBI, Kyle Mcelroy had 2 hits and an RBI and Jordan Silva added a hit and 2 RBI. Rowley hosts Rockport tomorrow at Eiras and Beverly travels to Rockport this Friday night.

Ipswich 8 Topsfield 4 (Friday June 3rd)

Ipswich jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st and never looked back. Matt Roberts and Gardy O'Flynn both had two run singles in that frame. Greg Doucette pitched 6 strong innings as the Chiefs played flawless defense led by shortstops Ryan Montecalvo's nine infield assists. BJ Weed pitched well in relief for the Tories.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hamilton 5 Ipswich 1

Hamilton 5 Ipswich 1
The Hamilton Generals defeated the Ipswich Chiefs by a score of 5-1 Monday night in Ipswich. Luke Painchaud improved to 2-0 on the season going the distance while allowing an unearned run on four hits while recording eight strikeouts. Kevin Michael pitched well in defeat going five innings allowing four runs (three earned) and stuck out nine.
Hamilton carried a 1-0 lead into the top of the fifth when they plated three runs to stretch their lead. With one out leadoff hitter du-jour and acting manager Reginald J. Maidment singled and advanced to third on a double by Mark Provost. Jim Maloney walked to load the bases for clean-up hitter Bryan Vitale, who delivered a ground-rule double to right knocking in two. The next hitter, Mark Ruggerio, muscled a sacrifice fly to center giving the Generals a 4-0 lead.
In the sixth, Provost provided some insurance with a sacrfice fly pushing the Generals' lead to five. Ipswich answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning courtesy of two errors and a double steal in which Anthony Hernandez (2 hits) stole home.
Painchaud's defense was solid behind him except for the two miscues in the sixth. The outfield turned in a few rangy plays and cut down a runner at the plate in the sixth. However, the star of the game was undoubtedly Painchaud, who painted the corners all game and walked only one batter. The Chiefs visit Patton Park on Thursday at 5:45 for a rematch.

Rowley 12 Rockport 4

Rowley Rams (5-0) beat the Rockport Townies (3-3) by a score of 12-4 on Sunday evening at Evans Field.

Joe Katin got the win going 5 innings, striking out 8, walking 4, while surrending two runs on 1 hit. Mike Emerson took the loss going 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and some poor defense behind him. Emerson left the game after warming up prior to the start of 5th inning with an injury to his right elbow. His status for the rest of the season is still being determined.

For Rowley, the offensive stars were abundant as they banged out ten hits. Silva, Bolla, J. Esposito and Luisi all collected two hits, while Renzulli and Leblanc each collected one. For Rockport, Mike Anderson and Brock Currier each hit solo shots into the woods.

Rowley and Rockport face off again on Wednesday evening in Rowley.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Beverly - 5, Manchester - 3

The Beverly Giants (2-3) beat the Manchester Mariners (2-2) by the score of 5 to 3 Sunday night in Beverly. Manchester led 3 to 1 in the bottom of the 5th when the Giants finally got to starter Ryan Marques for 4 runs to take the lead.

Joe Gill allowed only 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings while striking out 7 for the win. Erik Drown pitched a perfect 7th for the save. Offensively, Beverly was led by John Boyle (2 for 3, HR, 2B, RBI), Kevin Harutunian (2 for 3, 2B, RBI), and Derek Scialdone (1 for 2, 2RBI).

For Manchester, Marques allowed 5 runs over 5 inings and took the loss. Brett Cahill (1 for 3, 2RBI) and Rory Gentile (0 for 2, 2R, 2BB, SB) led the offense.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mariners 9 - Giants 7 (Tuesday May 31st)

The Manchester/Essex Mariners defeated the Beverly Giants by a score of 9-7 on Tuesday night at Memorial Field in Essex. Southpaw, Steve Stout (5IP 0 ER 3K 1BB 4H) picked up the win for the Mariners in his first action since last year's finals.

Whit Graham (3B, RBI, BB), Rory Gentile (2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB), and Mike MacFarland (1B, 2B, RBI, BB) all had clutch hits for the Mariners. The Giants were led by Sean Mitchell (2-4, 2 2B) and Eric Drown (2-4, HR).

Rams Shutout Generals, 7-0

Nick Ligouri was the story on the mound picking up an impressive win for the Rams at Patton Park. The Generals couldn't manage much off him as he struck out 11 batters over just 5 innings of work. Jensen was charged with the loss for the Generals.

On the offensive side, the Rams were led by LeBlanc as he was 3-4 on the day with 2 HR, 3 RBI. Renzulli and Luigi also had HR's for the Rams.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hamilton @ Rowley Postponed

Due to water on the infield and the forecast for tonight Hamilton v Rowley will be rescheduled. Makeup date TBD

Ipswich 5 - Topsfield 2

Ipswich beat Topsfield in their home opener on Monday night at the new and improved Bialek Park. Kevin Michael set the tone for the Chiefs with a impressive performance logging his first win and complete game for the 2011 season. The Chiefs offense did just enough as some timely hitting edged them past the Tories who hung around all game. More details to follow....

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rams-8, Tories-1 (Friday Night)

The Rams beat the Tories 8-1 Friday night behind 5 strong innings from Joe Katin(5 Inn, 2H,3BB, 9k's, 0R). Offensively for Rowley; Silva(2 RBI), Thibault, Luisi and Mcelroy(3RBI) all had 2 hit games. For the Tories, Lamkin went the distance on the mound striking out 3 while Dyer(3B, RBI), Hatfield and Travers each had hits.

Mariners 6 Townies 3

The Manchester/Essex Mariners picked up their first win of the season against the Rockport Townies by a score of 6-3 on Sunday night at Evans Field in Rockport. Brandon Bell started for the Mariners and pitched 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Dylan Maki threw the last 2 1/3 innings scoreless while not allowing a hit to earn the save.

Caulin Rogers (3B, 2 RBI), Rory Gentile (2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Brett Cahill all had 2 hits for the Mariners. The Townies were led by Brent Currier (1B, HR, 2 RBI).

Monday, May 30, 2011

Rowley - 7, Beverly - 5

The Beverly Giants (1-2) led 5 to 3 after 5 innings but the Rowley Rams (3-0) scored three in the 6th and one in the 7th for the win. Josh Silva was 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored to lead the Rams offense. Adam Cuka (sp?) allowed 5 runs in 5 innings for the win. Mike Sloban pitched a scoreless 7th for the save. For Beverly, Kevin Harutunian was 3 for 4 with a HR and 2RBI.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Make-Up Game

Manchester/Essex will host Ipswich next Wednesday, June 1st in a make-up game. 5:45pm start.

Rockport 4 Hamilton 2

Rockport earned a first week split against the Generals with a 4-2 at Patton Park. A close game throughout was won by the opportunistic Townies. The Generals had their chances but came up a bit short. Rouell got the win for Rockport, Sharon the save. Funchion picked up the loss for the Generals.

The Generals got on the board first with a RBI single from Mark Potter in the 2nd. Townies tied the game in the 3rd on a Brent Currier single that plated Anderson. In the 5th Robertson delivered a 2-out 2-run single to give the Townies the lead 3-1. They added one more in the 6th, again delivering a 2-out hit that scored a run, Anderson got that hit. In the bottom of the 7th the Generals threatened again but couldn't come up with the big hit they needed all game. Ruggiero got an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-2. With one out and the bases loaded Sharon was able to get the last two outs with no further damage.

The Townies scored all their runs with 2-outs while the Generals stranded 12 runners leaving the bases loaded in the 2nd, 5th, & 7th. That was the story of the game.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rowley - 9, Topsfield -0

Rowley won their season opener 9-0 over Topsfield behind 5 shutout innings from Mike Sloban and 2 more from Nick Liguori in relief. The two teams meet again Friday night in Topsfield.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rockport - 15, Beverly - 8

The Rockport Townies (2-1) defeated the Beverly Giants (1-1) by the score of 15 to 8 in 5 innings. Mike Emerson earned the win and reached base four times via walk. Brent Currier recorded the last 5 outs of the game. Matt Sharon was 2 for 4 with 2RBI. Derek Osmond was 2 for 3 with an RBI. For Beverly, Conor Walsh was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Paul Drinkwater had a two run double.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hamilton 9 Rockport 2

The Hamilton Generals took down the Townies by a score of 9-2 on a damp night at Evans Field in Rockport. Luke Painchaud pitched a complete game, 2-hit gem to earn the win. D. Osmond was charged with the loss.

The Generals struck first in the top of the first with an RBI double by Vitale that reached the right field trees. The Generals extended the lead to 7-0 through the top of the fifth inning. Maloney delivered a 2-run HR in the third. Ruggiero had a RBI single in the 5th that was followed by an O'Leary 3-run HR.

The Townies touched up Painchaud a bit in the bottom of the fifth. Emerson led of the bottom half with a solo HR. Later Junker scored on a fielder's choice. In the seventh the Generals added two more runs to complete the scoring. Painchaud finished the job to earn the complete game win. Emerson and Junker had the hits for the Townies. The Generals were led by Provost, Maloney, & Vitale who all had 2 hits apiece. The two teams meet again this Thursday at Patton Park but not before the Townies travel to Beverly tonight for their 3rd game in 3 days to start the season.

Beverly - 9, Topsfield - 1

The Beverly Giants opened up the season with a 9 to 1 win over the Topsfield Tories. Rocky Pisa allowed 1 run over 6 innings while striking out 5 to earn the victory. John Boyle's 3 run homerun paced the offense. Nick Adams was 2 for 4 with 2RBI and 2 runs scored. Zack Lampkin was charged with the loss on the mound and was 2 for 3 with a run scored at the plate.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

2010 Season Recap...

2010 ITL Playoffs

  • (3) Rockport Vs. (1) Man./Essex
  • Mariners Win Series 3-1
  • (4) Hamilton Vs. (1) Man./Essex
  • Mariners Win Series 2-1
  • (3) Rockport Vs. (2) Rowley
  • Townies Win Series 2-0

2010 ITL Standings

  • Man./Essex 17-5-2 (36)
  • Rowley 14-9-1 (29)
  • Rockport 14-10 (28)
  • Hamilton 14-10 (28)
  • Topsfield 8-14-2 (18)
  • Ipswich 8-15-1 (17)
  • Beverly 5-17-2 (12)

Rockport over M/E 4-0

Rockport beat Manchester-Essex in the ITL Season Opener on Saturday afternoon in Essex by a score of 4-0... More details to follow.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alumni Game Called...

The alumni game scheduled for this Saturday has been canceled. Due to the weather this week the field is no longer available due to condition, and the High School teams will get first option for any make-up games.

The opening game between Rockport and Manchester/Essex is still on for a 4pm start. We hope you will still be able to attend to help us kick off another ITL season!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pitcher Documentary


Radical Media
1630 12th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Email: radicalbaseballshow@gmail.com


HOLLYWOOD, CA –April 22, 2011

Radical Media and a major corporate sponsor are teaming up with award-winning
Producer Evan Weinstein (“The Amazing Race”) to create an exciting new reality
show offering some lucky pitchers the chance to pitch with a major league team.

We’re looking for skilled, non-Major League Baseball (MLB) - affiliated pitchers
who have the ability to compete at the highest level but who, for one reason or
another, were never able to pursue their dreams of a professional career. We’re
going to choose a handful of lucky pitchers, provide them with pro coaching and
mentorship, and film them as they test their skills in a series of exciting

One lucky winner will get to experience the thrill of pitching in a major league

All qualified applicants must be over the age of 21 as of May 30, 2011.
Applicants should submit a photo and brief bio to
radicalbaseballshow@gmail.com. Our casting staff will contact them for further
information. We are accepting applications from both men and women.

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jade Donaldson Clubhouse Dedication

The dedication of the Jade Donaldson Clubhouse at Evans Field will be Saturday, April 30 at 6:30pm. The RHS Vikings will be playing Masconomet at 7:00. Jade is an ITL Hall of Famer and was a long time supporter ITL. His dedication to the league over the years is almost unmatched. We hope that you can attend this event. Thank you so much for those of you that have made donations and we hope to see you on Saturday night.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2011 ITL Alumni Game / Opening Day

Find your glove and and your spikes as it's that time of year again. Saturday May 21st will be the start of the 82nd ITL season. Opening day will once again feature the annual Alumni Game (open to all former players), 2010 Awards Ceremony, and will also feature the first regular season game. In a rematch of last year's finals, the Rockport Townies and M/E Mariners will square off once again to start the 2011 campaign. Should be a great day in Essex, we hope you all can make it!



SATURDAY MAY 21st, 2011

12PM-1PM ITL Alumni Batting Practice
1PM ITL Alumni Game
Immediately after ITL Alumni Game will be the 2010 Awards Presentation
(All Stars, MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of Year, Championship Trophy)

4PM (Approx.) Rockport Townies vs. M/E Mariners

Any former ITL players interested in participating in the game must email Bryan Lafata @ bryanlafata@hotmail.com or Terry Poste at itlbaseball@yahoo.com to reserve a spot on one of the teams.
Cost is $10 per player, and this includes a game shirt.

50/50 Raffle
Food Concession provided by the Essex Lions Club

Visit our Facebook Event page HERE.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


The Ipswich Chiefs; a local summer baseball team is looking to add some new players to the squad this year and also for someone to run the team. Many of the older veterans no longer can commit to playing but we are looking for a younger wave of ballplayers to help keep the club around for many years to come. If interested in playing or taking over the coaching responsibilities; please send an email to ipswichchiefs@gmail.com.

The Chiefs play in the oldest active amateur baseball league in the country (Intertown Twilight League) and teams consist of: Ipswich, Hamilton/Wenham, Manchester/Essex, Rockport, Rowley, Topsfield and Beverly. The season runs from the end of May until early August with 2-3 games per week. Most games will start at 5:45PM. We are looking for players 17 and up.