Friday, November 9, 2012

Jay MacGilvary: ITL Hall of Fame

Jay Ellsworth MacGilvary, 67, beloved husband of Sally (Porter) MacGilvary, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage, passed away on Sunday, October 28th at his home. Born in Ipswich, he was the son of the late Forrest and Ruth (Bodman) MacGilvary. Jay grew up in Ipswich and graduated from Ipswich High School. He attended and graduated from Brewster Academy in Wolfboro, NH. He also attended and graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. For eleven years, Jay taught physical education at Ipswich High School and coached football, wrestling and baseball. He was involved in the inter town baseball league and is a member of its hall of fame. He also was a volunteer coach in Hamilton-Wenham little league and babe ruth league baseball program. Jay was also a member of the Ipswich High School Hall of Fame committee. In addition to his wife, Jay is survived by two sons: J.P. Mac-Gilvary of Ipswich, Casey MacGilvary of Denver, Colorado; two daughters: Megan Sukduang and her husband Suriyon of Houston and Sarah Falkanger of Ipswich; one brother: Ronald MacGilvery and his wife Susan of Venice, Florida; and four grandchildren: Marisa and Jake MacGilvary and Trin and Tola Sukduang. Services for Jay will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made in Jays Memory to the Jimmy Fund, C/O Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Arrangements by the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Condolences at

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Monday, August 27, 2012

North Shore Baseball...

"I recently found this picture of my Grandfather (Charles Grabowski) who worked for United Shoe in Beverly back in the day. He was a manager at United Shoe for years. He was on the Twilight League back in 1930 at 30 years old. So glad to see the league is still going strong. My Grandfather is in the very back row, last one on the right, white shirt and tie..........."
Linda Ternullo

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mariners wrap up 4th ITL title in 5 years

August 19, 2012

Mariners wrap up 4th ITL title in 5 years

The Intertown Twilight Baseball League title is back on Cape Ann.
With a 2-1 win over the Ipswich Chiefs in Saturday’s Game 4, the Manchester Essex Mariners have clinched a fourth ITL championship in the last five seasons. As a result the ITL title will stay in Cape Ann for the 13th time in the last 15 season as the Mariners have won seven league championships in that time span and their Cape Ann rivals the Rockport Townies have won six.
As they have all season long, the Mariners won thanks to strong starting pitching.Mariners starter Rusty Tucker followed up last Sunday’s complete game shutout, 19 strikeout performance with another gem in the series clinching game. Tucker picked up his second win of the series on Saturday going the distance allowing three hits and striking out 11.
Tucker out-dueled Chiefs starter Mark O’Flynn, who he also beat in game 2 of the series last Saturday, for the win. O’Flynn also went the distance allowing eight hits.
The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. O’Flynn led off with a single and advanced to third on an outfielders throwing error before coming home on a fielders choice.
Manchester Essex made sure the Ipswich lead would not last long as they took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a two RBI single from Ian Buckley.
From there it was all Tucker and O’Flynn cutting down any scoring chance. The Mariners also got some defensive help from Nate Bertolino who made a circus catch over his head for the second out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Rory Gentile, Pete L’Italien and Tucker powered the Mariners offense with two hits each. Manchester Essex, who finished the season in first place with a record of 18-6, finishes off the season with a stellar 23-7 record dropping only game 1 of the championship series.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Manchester-Essex ready to face Ipswich Chiefs in Intertown Twilight League baseball final

One Cape Ann baseball team is right where it feels comfortable: In the championship.
The other is in unfamiliar territory: At home.
Manchester-Essex returned to the Intertown League baseball finals after missing last year’s and not having the chance to make it four titles in a row.
Rockport, meanwhile, is done for the season, finishing with a 9-15 record and missing the four-team playoffs for the first time in at least 14 seasons. That many seasons ago, current player-manager Jeremy Spittle began his career, and he and Rockport haven’t missed the playoffs since.
But this time, it’s been all Manchester-Essex, the first-place regular-season finishers who swept Rowley, the defending champs that knocked them out one year ago, in this week’s best-of-three series.
Now, they have a championship date with Ipswich, the third-place finishers who ousted Beverly in another sweep. The best of five final series starts Saturday, Aug. 11, in Essex at 2 p.m. and continues Sunday, Aug. 12, in Ipswich (2 p.m.) and Wednesday, Aug. 15, back in Essex (5:30 p.m.).
"Timely hitting, pitching and defense – which has what it’s been all year for us," said Manchester-Essex player/manager Bryan Lafata, when asked about his team’s success in the playoffs first round.
The duo performing the lights-out pitching work is righty Ryan Marques and lefty Rusty Tucker. Marques held on strong in the last inning of his complete-game performance in Game 1 in Essex, leaving the tying run on second in a 4-3 win.
Tucker, the former Major League draft pick, struck out 13 and allowed one hit in his complete-game effort in the series-clinching, 2-0 Game 2 win in Rowley.
"Ryan pitched well, and Rusty was on," said Lafata, a catcher.
Meanwhile, Nate Bertolino (key homer in Game 1) and Alex Ray (key hits in Game 2) provided sparks on offense. Lafata would like to see the Mariners take better advantage of runners on base.
But either way, they’re in the finals again against what Lafata calls a worthy foe.
"Ipswich is another good, young team with a couple of veterans," he said. "They have solid pitching, and it should be an interesting series. They’ve beaten us on a walk-off double, and we’ve had some other nail biters with them."
Rockport’s Spittle called this season "frustrating for us, collectively."

Read more: Manchester-Essex ready to face Ipswich Chiefs in Intertown Twilight League baseball final - Gloucester, MA - Wicked Local Gloucester

Mariners one win from ITL title with Game 3 win

Mariners one win from ITL title with Game 3 win

ESSEX-- Ryan Marques was certainly laboring a bit in Game 3 of the ITL baseball finals against Ipswich Wednesday.
The Manchester Essex right hander was pitching on just three days rest after being the tough luck loser in his team’s 2-1 loss in Game 1 of the series and was facing an Ipswich lineup that can wear out the best of pitchers in the league.
Marques, however, dug down deep and made several big pitches in big spots allowing just a single unearned run in six innings pitched in the Mariners 7-1 win at Memorial Field in Essex. Marques worked around multiple errors and a couple of walks allowing four hits while striking out six and forcing the Chiefs to leave 10 men on base in the victory.
With the win the Mariners take a 2-1 lead in the best of five series and can clinch their fourth title in the last five years with a win in Game 4 Saturday in Ipswich (2:00 p.m.). An Ipswich win on Saturday means the teams will be right back at it for Game 5 on Sunday at Essex (2:00 p.m.).
“Marques came up huge for us tonight,” Mariners catcher Bryan Lafata said. “He came out on three days rest and you could tell he was tired. He really only had one long inning but he slowed his pace up and got through it. He made a lot of big pitches in big situations.”
The turning point of the game came in the third inning where both teams had prime scoring opportunities and one team took advantage of them.
Manchester Essex held a 1-0 lead but nearly imploded making three errors in the inning. Marques, however, worked around the errors and a pair of walks in the frame allowing just a single run in an inning that could have been much worse.
Manchester Essex then followed up with three runs of its own thanks to some sloppy play from Ipswich. Caulin Rogers led off the frame with a bloop triple that got past a diving Ipswich right fielder, he was driven in one batter later on a Rusty Tucker single. Nate Bertolino singled in Tucker two batters later then came in to score on a Mike Cain double. A fielding error from Ipswich allowed a third run to score in the inning giving the Mariners a 4-1 lead.
“The third inning was huge for us,” Lafata said. “We made a few mistakes in the top half but then got some key outs to get in without too much damage. In the bottom half we strung together some timely hits. That’s what these games come down to, who takes advantage of their opportunities and we did tonight.”
The Mariners opened things up with another run in the fourth on a Tucker RBI single and two more in the fifth, both unearned that scored on fielding errors. The game was called after the top of the sixth inning due to darkness.
Tucker, Bertolino and Ian Buckley powered the Mariners offense with a pair of hits each. Greg Doucette led the Chiefs by reaching base
in all three at bats with a hit an
The Mariners now turn their attention to Saturday’s Game 4, and they have every reason to be confident as staff ace Tucker will be on the mound. The south paw will be pitching on full rest and coming off of a start where he struck out 19 in game two’s complete game shutout.
Lafata, however, says the team needs to come out aggressive with its ace on the hill.
“We can’t hang back and relax the way some teams have a tendency to do with their ace on the mound,” he said. “We have to come out aggressive and get him an early lead. We have been in this spot before so we know what needs to be done, we just have
to go out Saturday and execute.”

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chiefs 2 Mariners 1

Kevin Michael pitched a complete game gem as the Chiefs won Game 1 2-1. Ryan Montecalvo homered in the first inning and Manchester tied it in the fifth. In the top of the seventh the Chiefs had three straight hits (Tom Radzim, Gardy O'Flynn and Chris Zaremba) and plated one that stood up. Matt Small made some tremendous plays at short in the final inning to secure the win. Game #2 is at 2pm at Bialek park on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Game Two: Manchester/Essex - 2, Rowley - 0

Manchester/Essex completed the sweep over Rowley by winning Game Two 2 to 0.  Rusty Tucker threw a one hit shutout for the win.

Manchester/Essex will host Ipswich in Game One of the Finals on Saturday.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Game One: Ipswich - 11, Beverly - 9

The Beverly Giants jumped out to a 6 to 0 lead in the first inning but lost 11 to 9.  The Ipswich Chiefs trailed 6 to 3 in the fifth inning when they exploded for 8 runs to take an 11 to 6 lead.  The Giants scored 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but left the tying run at the plate.
Kevin Michael earned the win for Ipswich pitching a complete game.  Michael was also 3 for 5 with an RBI at the plate.  Greg Doucette was 2 for 5 with a HR and 2RBI.  Chris Zaremba and Andy Knox both knocked in two runs.

Josh Levesque was charged with the loss for the Giants.  At the plate, Levesque was 3 for 3 with a run scored.  Ty Besse doubled twice and had 2 RBI.  Paul Drinkwater knocked in two runs.

Game Two is Monday night in Ipswich.

Rowley wins One Game Playoff

Rowley beat Hamilton last night in Essex to win a One game playoff and clinch 4th Place.  Rowley will match up with 1st Place Manchester/Essex in a 3 game Semi-Final Series starting tonight at 5:30PM in Essex.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Topsfield 2 Rockport 1

Topsfield beat Rockport 2-1 behind BJ Heath outdueling Matty Sharon.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Generals Lose, Rams Win - Force 1 Game Playoff

The Generals lost to M/E Mariners tonight and the Rowley Rams beat Ipswich on the last day of the season to force a one game playoff for the 4th seed.  The game will be held at Essex Memorial Field tomorrow night, 5pm start.  A coin toss will determine the home team.

The winner will earn the fourth and final playoff spot.  The Generals just edged the Rams in the season series but everything is all square heading into tomorrow's match up.

Due to the one game playoff, the ITL Home Run Derby will be cancelled.

HR Derby

Right now the ITL HR derby is scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1pm @ Patton Park.  All current ITL players are encouraged to participate.  Things could change however based on tonight's games as there could be a one-game playoff for the 4th seed.  If needed, that game will be held tomorrow and could conflict with the HR Derby.  Stay tuned....

Ipswich - 13, Rowley - 1

Chris Zaremba had 3 hits including 2 triples as the Chiefs (13-10) clinched third place with a win over the Rams (9-13-1).

In other ITL action Manchester (17-6) beat Hamilton (10-12-1) last night.  Those two teams square off again tonight.

Ipswich and Rowley also play again tonight.  Rowley needs a win and a Hamilton loss to force a tie for fourth place and a one game playoff.  Otherwise, Hamilton clinches fourth place.

Ipswich will play second place Beverly (16-8) in the Semi-Finals starting Sunday at 5:30PM at Cooney Field.

First place Manchester will host either Hamilton or Rowley on Sunday.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ipswich at Rowley Rained Out

The Wednesday Ipswich at Rowley game was rained out.  The two teams will play on Thursday and Friday to finish off the season.  Manchester and Hamilton also have games scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week.

Ipswich has already clinched a playoff spot but will finish in third place with one win or one Hamilton loss.

Hamilton's Magic Number is "2".  Hamilton clinches a playoff spot with a combination of two Hamilton wins or Rowley losses.  If there is only one Hamilton win or Rowley loss it would force a one game playoff for fourth place played on HR Derby Saturday.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Topsfield - 17, Beverly - 4

With the loss Beverly (16-8) finishes in 2nd place.  Manchester (16-6) clinches 1st regardless of what happens in final two games against Hamilton due to holding the tiebreaker over Beverly via 3 to 1 regular season edge.

Game details to follow...

Mariners Over Generals

M/E Mariners beat the Generals last night in a shortened game.   This game consisted of many interesting subplots and in the end the Mariners pulled out the victory.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rockport 4 Hamilton 3

Heard on the streets...

Ipswich - 1, Rowley - 0

The Chiefs (12-10) clinched a playoff spot behind the dominant pitching of Mark O'Flynn.  O'Flynn struck out 13 Rams while not allowing a walk.  Ryan Montecalvo scored Andy Knox with a single in the third for the game's only run.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rockport Sweeps Doubleheader Against Topsfield

Rockport took both games on Sunday afternoon/evening against Topsfield.  Rockport won the first game 1-0 behind the complete game shut out effort of Matty Sharon.  In the second game, Topsfield jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but Rockport got 4 runs in the bottom of the first and never trailed again, winning by a score of 10-4.  Brent Currier went the distance for the win. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beverly - 7, Ipswich - 1

The Beverly Giants (16-7) wrapped up homefield advantage in the first round of the playoffs by knocking off the Ipswich Chiefs (11-10) by the score of 7 to 1 Sunday night at Cooney Field.  Steve Palladino allowed only 1 run over 6 innings while striking out 8 for the win.  Offensively, it was a team effort as the Giants took advantage of 9 walks issued by the Chiefs pitching staff.  Derek Scialdone (2 for 2, 2RBI) and Sean Mitchell (1 for 2, 2RBI) contributed.

Beverly finishes the season at Topsfield on Wednesday.  Ipswich has three games with Rowley remaining.

Generals Over Tories

Hamilton (10-9-1) picked up a road victory by the score of 6-2 Friday night in Topsfield.  Luke "YOLO" Painchaud (7IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 1BB, 3K) went the distance to earn the win.  Painchaud carried a three-hit shutout into the 7th before a leadoff single and a two-base error by the rightfielder eliminated his chance at a shutout.  Beopple started and went six innings as he took the loss for Topsfield.
The Generals offensive attack was led by Justin Tilley (2-for-2, 2BB, R, 2RBI), who reached base all four times out of the leadoff spot.  Jim Maloney and Mark Potter also added two hits apiece for the visitors.  O'Leary (1-for-1, BB, RBI) and Alan Hatfield (2-for-3, R) had solid days at the plate for Topsfield and BJ Weed threw a scoreless 7th in relief.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Ipswich - 11, Beverly - 2

The Ipswich Chiefs (11-9) beat the Beverly Giants (15-7) by the score of 11 to 2 Friday night at Linebrook Field.  The game was tied at 2 through four innings when the Chiefs exploded for 3 runs in the fifth and 6 more in the sixth.  Kevin Michael earned the victory for the Chiefs with a complete game effort striking out 5.  Matt Small was 3 for 4 with a triple, double, an RBI, and 3 runs scored to lead the offense.  Greg Doucette was 3 for 4 with a double and 2RBI.  Ryan Montecalvo added a 3 run homer for the Chiefs.

For the Giants, Frankie Messina was charged with the loss allowing 5 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings.  Brian Chirco (3 for 4, RBI), Patrick Cullen (2 for 3, 2B), Derek Scialdone (2 for 3), and Jeff Barricelli (2 for 4) contributed for the Giants who mustered only 2 runs despite 14 hits on the night.

The two teams meet again in Beverly Sunday evening.

J. Stewart Walk-Off HR Powers Generals To Win

Hamilton found itself down 5-3 to Topsfield going to the bottom of the 7th on Thursday night at Patton Park, but came back to earn a walk-off win on a three-run Jered Stewart home-run to left-center.  Justin Tilley (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2R, RBI) led off the 7th with his second double of the night.  Jim Maloney (1-for-2, 2R, 2BB, 3SB) then hit a high fly ball to center that was dropped for an error, putting the tying run on base for Stewart.  Stewart (1-for-3, HR, BB, 3RBI) then came through with a blast to left-center, giving the Generals a 6-5 win in what was a must win game for the team. 
Zack Lampkin (6+IP, 6H, 6R, 5ER, 6BB, 7K) pitched a great game for Topsfield, but was the tough luck loser.  Despite not having his best stuff, Mike Drinkwater (7IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K) toughed it out on the mound to earn the complete game victory.  Heath (2-for-3, 2B, BB, R, RBI), Bunker (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Hittinger (0-for-1, 3BB, R, SB) led the Tories' offense.  Reggie Maidment (2-for-4, R, SB) also had a strong showing for the Generals.  With his walk-off HR, Jered Stewart matched the feat accomplished earlier this season by his big brother Avon, who had a walk-off HR in June against Manchester/Essex.  The Tories and Generals will matchup again on Friday night at the Proctor School.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rams - 4, Mariners - 3

The Rams earned a split with the Mariners behind 6 strong innings from Tim Moore.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mariners 5 Rams 0

M/E Mariners took care of the Rowley Rams last night in Essex 5-0.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beverly - 9, Hamilton - 5

The Beverly Giants (15-6) beat the Hamilton Generals (8-9-1) by the score of 9 to 5 Tuesday night at Patton Park. Beverly jumped out to a 9 to 0 lead but Hamilton fought back scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth before Sean Martin came in and recorded the last 5 outs of the game for the save. Steve Palladino earned the win for the Giants. Erik Drown homered and knocked in 3 runs. Ty Besse was 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Conor Walsh was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

For Hamilton, Jim Maloney had a 2 run homer and Mike Chandler had an RBI double.

Ipswich - 9, Rockport - 2

Details to follow...


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Topsfield- 6, Rowley- 4

Topsfield beat Rowley 6-4 last night, Matt Rogers went the distance for the Tories.

Rockport 13 Ipswich 2

Rockport Townies beat the Ipswich Chiefs 13 to 2 on Sunday night.  The win for the Townies broke a 5 plus game losing streak.  Matty Sharon went the complete game for the win.  Rockport visits Ipswich tonight to complete the season series.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Beverly - 9, Hamilton - 3

The Beverly Giants (14-6) used a 7 run fifth inning to beat the Hamilton Generals (8-8-1) 9 to 3 Sunday. Paul Drinkwater's grand slam was the big blow of the inning for the Giants. Drinkwater finished 2 for 3 with a HR, 4RBI, and 2R on the day. Also contributing offensively for the Giants were John Boyle (2 for 2, RBI) and Jeff Barricelli (1 for 2, 3RBI). Josh Levesque started on the mound and allowed only 1 unearned run over 4 innings. Steve Palladino earned the win allowing 2 runs in 3 innings of relief.

The Generals were led by Avon Stewart (3 for 4, 2RBI) and Jim Maloney (1 for 3, 2B, 2R). Matt Greeke was charged with the loss.

The two teams meet up again in Hamilton Tuesday night.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Beverly - 7, Rockport - 6 (8 innings)

It took extra innings for Beverly to beat Rockport 7 to 6 in a back and forth game Friday night at Evans Field.  The first four batters of the game scored for Rockport as they took a 4 to 0 lead in the first inning off Beverly starter Frankie Messina.  Dan Greel had the big blow with a 2 run double.  Messina settled down after that throwing 4 scoreless innings before being relieved in the 6th.

Beverly cut the lead to 1 in the third inning when Paul Drinkwater cleared the bases with a two out 3 run double.  In the fourth inning Conor Walsh came through with a two out 2 run single to give Beverly a 5 to 4 lead.

Beverly held the lead into the bottom of the sixth when Rockport rallied on an error and two walks.  Runners scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball to give Rockport a 6 to 5 lead heading into the seventh inning.

John Boyle led off the seventh with a solo homer to center to tie the game for Beverly.  Josh Levesque came on in relief in the bottom half of the inning and kept Rockport from scoring despite hitting two batters in the inning sending the game to extra innings.

In the top of the eighth Levesque led off with a double but was thrown out trying to steal third.  With two out, Kevin Harutunian reached on an error before stealing second.  Jeff Barricelli's single scored Harutunian with the go ahead run.  Levesque pitched a scoreless eighth to preserve the win and give Levesque his 6th victory of the season.

Beverly's offense was led by Barricelli (3 for 5, 2B, RBI, R), Boyle (2 for 2, HR, 2B, RBI, 3R), Levesque (2 for 4, 3B, 2B), and Chirco (2 for 3, R).

Rockport's Tommy Robertson reached base three times on a single and two walks and scored a run out of the leadoff slot. 

Hamilton 8, Ipswich 0

Hamilton rebounded from a tough loss on Monday at Ipswich by shutting out Ipswich Thursday night at Patton Park.  Mike Drinkwater (7IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 7K) was a boss on the mound for the Generals as he earned the win with a complete game effort.
The Generals went up 2-0 in the bottom of the second.  Bryan Vitale and Avon Stewart walked and would come in to score on an RBI groundout by Mark Ruggiero and a two-out RBI single by Jim Love.  In the third, Jim Maloney led off with a double and scored when Justin Tilley (two hits) doubled off the fence in left-center with two-outs, pushing the score to 3-0.  Hamilton would tack on five more runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Love and Reggie Maidement drew walks with the bases loaded and Jered Stewart and Tilley had RBI singles.  Austen Michel turned in a strong effort behind the plate and contributed two hits to the Generals' offensive attack.  But the story was Drinkwater who continued his dominance on the mound in cruising to victory.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday: Manchester beat Topsfield

Heard thru the ITL grapevine.  The grapevine didn't have the score.

Rams-10, Townies-3

The Rams broke a 3-3 tie in the 5th with a 7 run inning keyed by a bases loaded 3 run double by Jordan Silva. Tim Moore went the distance for the Rams. Rowley hosts Topsfield Sunday night and Rockport hosts Beverly Friday night.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chiefs 7 Generals 6

Ipswich scored three in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Hamilton on Monday night on Linebrook Road by a score of 7-6.  D. O'Flynn hit a one-out two-run double to secure the walk-off win for the Chiefs.  Mark O'Flynn (7IP, 7H, 6ER, 3BB, 12K)  went the distance to earn the win on the mound and was backed by the big bat of Matt Small who pounded Generals pitching for four extra base hits.  Chris Judd took the loss in relief for the Generals.
Matt Small (4-for-4, 2 HR, 2 2B, 3R, 3RBI) put Ipswich up 2-0 in the bottom of the first with a two-run HR.  Hamilton answered in the top of the second with a Matt Greeke two-run double and an RBI groundout by Jim Love to take a 3-2 lead.  Small went deep again in the bottom of the third to tie the game at three.  Ipswich then got to Hamilton starter Luke Painchaud again in the fifth to go ahead 4-3.  Zermbra singled, went to third a double by Small and then scored on a Doucette single.
Trailing 4-3 in the top of the seventh, Jim Maloney put the Generals up 6-4 with a three-run HR.  However, Ipswich came out swining in the bottom half of the inning.  Small led off the inning with yet another double and came in to score on a Doucette double.  Tom Radzim then walked before the first out of the inning was recorded on a strikeout.  After a single by Collins loaded the bases, D. O'Flynn ripped a line drive to the fence in left field that scored two, giving the Chiefs a thrilling walk-off win.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rowley 2 Rockport 0

The Rowley Rams defeated the Rockport Townies 2-0 on a hot and humid Sunday evening at Evans Field.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beverly - 3, Manchester - 2

The Beverly Giants (12-6) beat the Manchester Mariners (12-5) by the score of 3 to 2 Sunday night at Cooney Field.  Josh Levesque earned the win allowing 2 runs over 7 innings.  Mike Cain was the tough luck loser giving up just 3 runs over 6 innings with 8 strikeouts.

Manchester took a 1 to 0 lead in the first inning when Caulin Rogers led off the game with a triple and was knocked home by a Nate Bertolino single.  In the bottom of the second Paul Drinkwater knocked home Erik Drown with a sac fly to center to tie the game at 1.  Manchester re-took the lead in the top of the fourth on a Pete L'Italien solo homer to go up 2 to 1.

Beverly rallied in the bottom of the 5th.  Sean Mitchell singled, Kevin Harutunian walked, and Ty Besse singled to load the bases.  Jeff Barricelli gave the Giants the lead with a 2 run double.  Cain then bore down and struck out the next 3 batters to keep Manchester in the game.

The Mariners threatened in the top of the seventh.  Frattini led off with a single and was moved to second on a bunt by Ray.  Rogers then singled to center but the runner was held at third by a strong throw from Drown.  Levesque got the next batter to pop up and finished the game with a strikeout.

Ty Besse was 2 for 3 with a double on the night for Beverly.  Caulin Rogers finished 3 for 4 with a triple, double, and run scored for Manchester.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ipswich - 11, Topsfield - 6

As reported by Ipswich... 

The Chiefs flexed their muscles in the back and forth victory with a scrappy Topsfield team.  Trailing 2 to 1 in the fourth Ipswich scored 5 runs sparked by 2 run homers by Andy Knox and Ryan Montecalvo.  Topsfield fought back scoring 4 runs in the fifth tying it at 6 apiece.  The Chiefs used the long ball again to take control of the game.  Matt Small and Greg Doucette addd 2 more 2 run homers in a 6 run sixth.  The Tories loaded the bases in the seventh but the threat ended there.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Beverly - 10, Rockport - 8

The Beverly Giants (11-6) took a 10 to 2 lead through 5 innings and held on to win 10 to 8 over the Rockport Townies (5-10). Jeff Barricelli (3 for 4, HR, 4RBI), Ty Besse (3 for 4, 2RBI), Sean Mitchell (2 for 3, 2R, 1RBI), and Brian Chirco (2 for 4, R) led the offense for the Giants. Frankie Messina earned the win allowing 7 runs (3 earned) over 5 1/3 innings. Erik Drown pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save.

Rockport got strong performances from Brent Currier (2 for 4, HR, 2RBI) and Dan Greel (3 for 3, 3RBI).

Rowley 5 Hamilton 5

Hamilton and Rowley played to an exciting 5-5 tie in eight innings Thursday night at Patton Park.  Rowley led 5-0 after five and a half innings, but Hamilton scored three in the sixth and two in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.  The teams played a scoreless eighth inning before the game was called due to darkness.
Rowley went up 2-0 in the 2nd by scoring two unearned runs off Generals' starter Cam Charette.  The Rams extended their lead to 3-0 in the 3rd when Moore doubled and scored on a Joe White double off the fence in centerfield that narrowly missed being a HR.  Two more runs came in to score in the 6th on a Carter RBI double and a Hunt RBI single.  On Hunt's single, Hamilton leftfielder Justin Tilley made a perfect throw to the plate that appeared to handily beat the base runner, but in a controversial call the runner was called safe, giving Rowley a 5-0 lead.
Meanwhile, White cruised through the first five frames for Rowley allowing only two hits.  Hamilton finally got to White in the sixth when Mark Ruggiero and Justin Tilley walked and then with two outs Jim Maloney deposited a three-run HR into the pond, cutting the deficit to 5-3 after six.  In the seventh, Avon Stewart started the rally with a one-out bunt single and advanced to second on a Ruggiero single.  After a wild pitch advanced both runners, Tilley singled to center, cutting the Rowley lead to 5-4.  During the next at-bat, an attempt to pick-off the runner at first got away allowing Ruggiero to dive across the plate, narrowly beating the throw to tie the game.  Reggie Maidment was then hit by a pitch with two outs, bringing up Maloney, whose attempt to give the Generals the win came up just short as the Rowley leftfielder hauled in a long drive against the fence.
Matt Greeke retired the side in the top of the 8th thanks to a nice defensive play by Mark Potter at 2B.  Hamilton worked the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom half, but Martin entered the game for Rowley and got the final out on a strikeout, preserving the tie.

Manchester - 1, Rockport - 0 (8 innings)

Heard on the street...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ipswich - 6, Topsfield - 5

Ipswich beat Topsfield with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th as heard thru the ITL grapevine.

Generals 5 Rams 1

Generals 5 Rams 1
Mike Drinkwater led the Generals to victory Wednesday night in Rowley by turning in another complete game effort.  Drinkwater was in control all night allowing just four hits, striking out three to earn the win for the visitors.
Hamilton jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first, providing Drinkwater with all the runs he would need.  Leadoff batter Jim Love reached on an error and Justin Tilley followed with a walk.  Jim Maloney then connected for a three-run HR into the parking lot in left, putting Hamilton up 3-0.  After two outs were recorded, Kash Manzelli crushed a solo shot of his own to right increasing the lead to 4-0 after half an inning.
The Generals increased their lead to 5-0 in the third when Avon Stewart doubled with one out and came in to score on a RBI single by Love with two outs.  Rowley got a run back in the fourth when D'Agostino was hit by a pitch the lead off the inning and scored on a Bolla RBI double.  However, Drinkwater shut down the Rams the rest of the way and the Generals took the victory.
Maloney and Avon Stewart had multiple hit games for Hamilton, while Jered Stewart recorded his first hit of the season in his much anticipated return to the Generals line-up.  Steve McInnis notched his first career ITL hit in a pinch-hitting role in the 7th.  D'Agostino reached base in all three plate appearences for Rowley with a walk, HBP and single.  The two teams go at it again Thursday night in Hamilton.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Manchester - 6, Beverly - 0

The first place Manchester Mariners (11-4) beat the second place Beverly Giants (10-6) 6 to 0 behind a strong pitching performance from Rory Gentile. Gentile pitched 5 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts. Gentile was also 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Adam Philpott hit a 2 run homer and also pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief. Nate Bertolino was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

For Beverly, Brian Chirco was 3 for 3 and Jeff Barricelli was 2 for 3.

Topsfield - 4, Ipswich - 2

Heard thru the ITL grapevine.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Beverly - 10, Hamilton - 4

The Beverly Giants (10-5) scored the first 10 runs of the game on their way to a 10 to 4 victory over the Hamilton Generals (6-6) Sunday night at Cooney Field. Josh Levesque pitched 4 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts for the win. Sean Martin added 2 scoreless innings in relief. Offensively, John Boyle delivered the big blow with a 3 run homer in the third inning. Boyle also added an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Kevin Harutunian (3 for 4, 2 doubles, 2RBI), Ty Besse (2 for 2, RBI, SB), Derek Scialdone (2 for 3, SB), and Connor Walsh (2 for 3, 2R) all contributed with the bats. 

Hamilton scored all four runs on a 7th inning grand slam by Avon Stewart. Jim Love reached base 5 times with 3 hits and 2 walks out of the leadoff spot

Rams Over Tories

Rowley beat Topsfield last Friday night at Proctor Field.

Friday: Manchester - 7, Rockport - 1

Details to follow...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beverly - 5, Rowley - 3

The Beverly Giants (9-5) used a four run fourth inning to defeat the Rowley Rams (5-8) by the score of 5 to 3 Thursday night at Eiras Park. Ty Besse's two run triple and John Boyle's RBI double keyed the rally for the Giants. Besse and Erik Drown had two hits apiece for the winners. Frankie Messina earned the win allowing 3 runs over 4 innings with 5 strikeouts. Steve Palladino was stellar in relief with three shutout inings for the save.

For Rowley, Ralph Renzulli was 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Generals 3 Townies 2

Generals 3 Townies 2
Hamilton nipped Rockport by a score of 3-2 Thursday night at Patton Park.  Michael Drinkwater proved to be a horse for Hamilton going the distance giving up just five hits, while striking out three.  McDonell pitched well for Rockport in a losing effort while also pitching a complete game, yielding just three hits and striking out four.
Hamilton took a 1-0 lead in the first.  A Reginald J. Maidment HBP and a Jim Maloney single set the table for Kash Manzelli who delivered an RBI single in his first career ITL at-bat.  Rockport answered in the top of the second.  Dan Greel led off with a single and later scored on a fielder's choice.  Hamilton again went ahead in the top of the second when Matt Greeke walked with one out and scored on a two-out RBI single by Maidment.
The score would remain 2-1 in favor of Hamilton until the bottom of the sixth when the Generals would add an insurance run.  Manzelli walked and would score when the Rockport infield booted a groundball with two-outs.  The run would prove to be important as Rockport would not go down without a fight in the top of the seventh.  Chuck Anderson (2 hits) singled with one out and came in to score on a Tommy Robertson single.  However, with runners at first and third and two outs, Drinkwater was able to get the final out on a fly ball to close out the game.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Topsfield Forfeits Game at Beverly

Topsfield forfeited tonight's game.  Too many guys are away for the holiday weekend.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Beverly - 8, Rowley - 1

The Beverly Giants (7-5) beat the Rowley Rams (5-7) by the score of 8 to 1 Friday night.  The Giants scored four runs in the first inning and didn't look back.

Josh Levesque allowed 1 run over 6 innings for the victory. Lucas Shatford pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Ty Besse (2 for 4, 2R, SB), Kevin Harutunian (2 for 4, 2R, 2B, SB), Jeff Barricelli (1 for 3, 2RBI, 2B), and Levesque (1 for 3, 2R, 2B, SB) paced the offense.

For Rowley, D'agastino took the loss.  Silva was 1 for 2 with 2 walks, a run scored, and 3 stolen bases.

Beverly hosts Topsfield Sunday at Cooney Field and travels to Rowley Thursday.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Generals Win in Extras

Generals 4 Mariners 3 (8 innings)
Hamilton pulled out a dramatic extra-inning victory on Thursday night at Patton Park on the strength of a Avon Stewart III walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the eighth.  Manchester/Essex led 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Justin Tilley tied the game with a RBI double for Hamilton.  The Generals threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but Ryan Marques was able to record back-to-back strikeouts with runners at second and third to end the inning.
Mike Cain led off the top of the seventh with a solo HR, putting the Mariners back on top, 3-2.  In the bottom of the seventh, Jim Maloney doubled with one out and Hamilton's hopes rested on the shoulders Matt Greeke, who had entered the game late as a defensive replacement.  With two outs, Greeke fouled off several two strike pitches and was able to eventually deliver a base hit up the middle, scoring Maloney, to tie the game at 3-3. Mike Drinkwater entered the game and shut down the Mariners in the top of the eighth, setting the stage for Stewart.  Big Brother then came through by launching a towering fly ball to leftfield that left the yard, ending the game in dramatic fashion.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mariners 3 - Townies 2

The Mariners came from behind on Wednesday night to defeat the Rockport Townies in a make up game at Memorial Park in Essex. It was a pitcher's duel all night between Rockport's Matt Sharon and M/E's Brandon Bell & Mike Cain. Cain ended the game with a solo home run to left center field for the win.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Beverly - 5, Topsfield - 1

The Giants won 5 to 1 behind Steve Palladino's 6 shutout innings. Beverly scored 4 in the first inning and led the whole way. Erik Drown was 2 for 3 with a 3 run homer to lead the offensive attack. Ty Besse was 2 for 3 with a steal and a run scored. Derek Scialdone and John Boyle were each 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Rowley - 6, Ipswich - 1

Rowley beat Ipswich 6-1 behind 6 solid innings from Tim Moore. OFlynn took the loss for Ipswich. Rowley had multi hit games from Dimitri Hunt and Cam Dagastino while Montecalvo and Curran had hits for the Chiefs. Rowley plays Friday @ Beverly and Ipswich is off until Monday when they host Manchester/Essex.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HW @ M/E postponed tonight.

Game in Essex tonight has been postponed due to weather.  Makeup TBD.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Field Change

The Friday, June29th Rowley at Beverly game is being moved from Cooney Field to Balch Park due to a scheduling conflict

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beverly - 6, Ipswich - 2

The Beverly Giants (5-5) beat the Ipswich Chiefs (5-4) by the score of 6 to 2 Sunday night at Cooney Field. The game was tied at 2 in the bottom of the 6th when the Giants scored 4 runs to take the lead. Frankie Messina earned the win allowing only 2 runs over 6 innings while striking out 6. Erik Drown pitched a scoreless seventh to preserve the victory. Ty Besse was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Jeff Barricelli was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored. Paul Drinkwater knocked in 2 runs. Ipswich's Chris Doucette was 2 for 3 with a homerun. Conor McCarthy gave up 2 runs in 5 innings for the Chiefs.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ipswich - 10, Beverly - 1

The Ipswich Chiefs held a 4 to 1 advantage when they erupted for 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to put away the Beverly Giants. Kevin Michael allowed 1 unearned run in 6 innings for the win. Matt Small was 2 for 3 with a homerun to lead the offense. For Beverly, Josh Levesque fell to 2-1 with the loss allowing 4 runs over 5 innings. Ty Besse was 2 for 3 with a run scored.

The game was called for darkness after 6 innings.

 Ipswich travels to Beverly for a rematch on Sunday.

Tories over Generals

Rogers pitched six innings to earn the win.  Weed allowed a one-out double in the seventh, but recorded a strikeout and fly out with the tying run in scoring position to earn the save.  Drinkwater went the distance for the Generals, allowing only one earned run in taking the loss.
Weed led off the top of the seventh with a single, stole second and third, and scored the winning run with two outs when a groundball was booted by Hamilton.  Hittinger had a key RBI double for the Tories in the fourth.  Maloney had three doubles for Hamilton.  The two teams play again tonight in Topsfield.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beverly - 3, Rowley - 1

Steve Palladino improved to 2-1 allowing only 1 run over 6 innings for the win.  Erik Drown pitched a perfect 7th for his first save.  Derek Scialdone's 2 run double in the third was the only scoring Beverly would need.  Drown was also 2 for 3 with a walk, steal, and two runs scored.  Jeff Barricelli contributed 3 hits and a run scored.

Rowley's Hunt was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base.  Foster took the loss. 

Rams, Mariners Split

After dropping a 3-1 decision in Essex on Tuesday, the Rams earned the split with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night @ Eiras Field.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hamilton - 10, Beverly - 5

Cam Charette pitched a complete game for the win.  Brian Vitale (2-for-3, HR, 5RBI, 2R) and Matt Greeke homered for Hamilton.  Reggie Maidment was hit by 3 pitches and doubled scoring 4 runs out of the leadoff spot.  For Beverly, Kevin Harutunian homered and doubled knocking in 3 runs.  Paul Drinkwater also homered.
Vitale put the Generals up 2-0 in the first with a two-run homer.  In the third, he had a two-run single, on which a third run came home on a throwing error.  Matt Greeke followed with his first career ITL homer to push the Generals' lead to 7-2.  The Generals tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a Maloney (1-for-2, HBP, BB, 2RBI) bases loaded walk and a Vitale fielder's choice.  Maloney rounded out the scoring on the night with a RBI single in the sixth.
Kevin Hartunian (2-for-2, 2B, HR, 3RBI) and Paul Drinkwater (solo HR) provided the offense for Beverly.  Hamilton's Reggie Maidment (1-for-1, 3HBP, 2B, 4R) had yet another strong game from the leadoff spot, reaching base all four times and scoring four runs.  The Duval brothers and Austin Michelle had a nice showing for Hamilton in their ITL debuts.  Hamilton's offense created an early cushion for Charette, who allowed only five hits while striking out 11.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ITL Featured on MSO Radio

The ITL has a great opportunity to be featured on MSO internet radio.  Check out the first interview with ITL President Terry Poste Mansfield.

We'll keep you updated as they are planning to feature weekly ITL interviews and news as well as a few live broadcasts of games.

Makeup Announced

Rockport at M/E
Memorial Park in Essex
5:45pm start time
Wednesday June 27th

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ipswich takes two

Ipswich over Rockport 7-3 on Sunday night in Rockport.  Tonight, Ipswich beat Rockport 4-3.

Angelo C. Perna, 74

Ipswich — Angelo C. Perna, 74, passed away at the Masconomet Health Center in Topsfield, on June 17, 2012, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born February 8, 1938, in Highland Falls, N.Y. He was the youngest and last surviving sibling of 14 children. His parents were Carmine and Maria Perna, both born in villages near Naples, Italy. He served in the U.S. Army in postwar Korea, where he patrolled the DMZ for 13 months with his German shepherd, Klack. After military service, he graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in physical education and earned a master's degree in guidance and administration from Indiana State University. He went on to earn more than 60 additional graduate hours. 

Ang moved to Ipswich in 1968, taught physical education at Ipswich High School and started the high school boys soccer team. He was part of the coaching team that led Ipswich to its football Super Bowl championship in 1968. In addition, he also was the head wrestling coach. His 1969 wrestling team placed third in the state. After Ipswich he taught for 28 years in Gloucester schools, where he continued to coach a variety of sports, including soccer and track and field.
Following retirement, he became known as the voice of ACP Sports Videos and was a regular presence at Ipswich sports events. He was also familiar to many in town for lining the soccer fields for Ipswich Youth Soccer. 

He had many passions: his family, sports, dancing, his red Mercury Capri convertible, and his town. He participated in many town committees over the years and spent many volunteer hours improving fields and playing conditions for youth sports. He wrote a Citizen’s Petition to acquire land behind the former high school. Known as “Angie’s Field of Dreams,” it was unsupported by all the boards of Town Government, but Town Meeting voted to approve the purchase. It later proved instrumental in the plan of the present high/middle school. He also played a key role in acquiring funding to remodel the library at the former middle school.

He will be remembered by many as their Little League, Youth Hockey, or Youth Soccer coach. He was not only a great father to his own two sons, he was a father figure to innumerable boys and girls in Ipswich and Gloucester. 

He played varsity soccer, baseball, and lacrosse in college, ran track for the U.S. Army, played ice hockey with the Ipswich Hawks, many years for the Ipswich Chiefs baseball team and later for the Over-30 Softball League. After knee surgery, he gave up the field and became an umpire for the league, making his last call last summer. 

He was honored with induction into the Ipswich High School Sports Hall of Fame this year.
He is survived by his son Christopher Perna and his wife Amy; son Joseph Perna and his wife Jennifer and their three children, Amelia, Keegan, and Addison; his nephew Anthony Hashey of Scarboro, Maine; his companion Virginia Ciolino of Magnolia; his friend and former wife, Beverly Perna, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins across the country. He also will be missed by his friends in the Highland Falls, N.Y., class of 1957 who stayed in touch right to the end.
Bang the drum slowly and play the fife lowly. Those who loved him prayed for extra innings, but he was called up to The Show by the great General Manager. He played hard — he left it all on the field.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held Thursday, June 21, at 9 a.m. from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by the celebration of a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ang’s memory to the ACP Sports Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Institution for Savings, 2 Depot Square, Ipswich, MA 01938. The family requests that anyone who had Ang as a coach or was somehow touched by his life wear their Ipswich or Gloucester colors or team jersey. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Beverly - 6, Rockport - 2

Josh Levesque pitched a complete game for the victory.  Paul Drinkwater and John Boyle hit home runs to power Beverly's offense.

Chiefs Split with Generals

The Ipswich Chiefs beat the Generals Thursday night @ Patton 4-2.  The Generals threatened multiple times but the Chiefs were able to stop any potential big innings.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mariners 4 - Tories 0

The Manchester-Essex Mariners defeated the Topsfield Tories 4-0 at Memorial Park in Essex on Tuesday evening. The Mariners were led on the hill with 5 strong innings from Rusty Tucker, and Mike Cain picked up the save with 2 shutout innings

Ipswich Over Topsfield

Ipswich defeated Topsfield 8-2 last Friday.

Rams - 12, Giants - 8

Rowley held on in a game that had the two teams combine for 17 runs in the 5th inning. More details to follow.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Generals Blank Cheifs

Luke Painchaud pitched Hamilton to a 8-0 victory over Ipswich on Monday night on Linebrook Road.  Painchaud was masterful, allowing only four hits and no walks while striking out 11.  Hamilton featured a balanced offensive attack led by Jim Love, Bryan Vitale, Mike Chandler, Avon Stewart and Paul DiMarino, each of whom had two hits.  The two teams will face off again on Thursday night at Patton Park.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Manchester - 10, Beverly - 0

Manchester beat Beverly 10 to 0 Sunday behind 6 shutout innings from Brandon Bell.  More details to follow...

Rockport 10 Rowley 2

Townies defeated the Rams of Rowley 10-2 on Sunday evening in Rockport.  Brett Smith went the distance for his second win on the season.  Smith gave up 2 runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking one.  Tom Moore received the loss as his control got the best of him.  Moore allowed 7 runs on 4 hits, 4 walks and a few hit batsmen. 

For the Townies, Brent Currier paced them offensively with 2 hits, including a HR, and two runs scored.  Emerson, Noble and Sharon all reached base with a hit and a walk each along with 2 runs scored. 

For the Rams, Bolla and Renzulli (2 runs scored) each had two hits. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Rockport 6 M/E 4

Rockport defeated Manch-Essex 6 to 4 on Friday night in Rockport.  Matty Sharon went the distance for his second win on the young season. Sharon struck out 5, while giving up 4 runs on 5 hits.  Rockport hosts Rowley next on Sunday, while Manch-Essex travels to Beverly.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Generals Over Rams 7-0

Hamilton defeated Rowley 7-0 Thursday night at Patton Park behind a Connor Sullivan two hit shutout.  Sullivan looked great on the mound all game, striking out six in his complete game effort.  Hamilton score two runs in the third on RBI singles by Matt Greeke and Jim Maloney.  The Generals then erupted for four more in the fourth with two outs.  Maloney delivered a two-run double which was immediately followed by a Bryan Vitale two-run single.
The Generals were paced offensively by Reginald J. Maidment (0-for-0, 2 HBP, BB, SB, 2R), Maloney (3-for-4, 2B, 4RBI, R) and Vitale (1-for-2, BB, 2RBI).  Hamilton next plays on Monday in Ipswich while Rowley will travel to Beverly on Sunday.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hamilton 6 Rowley 4

Hamilton 6 Rowley 4
Hamilton picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday night in Rowley by the score of 6-4.  Mike Drinkwater went six innings to earn the win allowing four runs (zero earned) and striking out five Rams.  Cam Charette recorded the save pitching a scoreless seventh, striking out two.  Mike Sloban started for Rowley and took the loss.
Drinkwater put the Generals up 1-0 in the second, helping his own cause with an RBI single.  Hamilton then pushed its lead to 6-0 in the fourth with RBI coming from Drinkwater, Chandler and Maloney.  Rowley attempted to mount a comeback highlighted by a Dagastino two run single in the bottom of the fourth, but the Generals were able to hold on for the win.  Paul DiMarino had two hits for Hamilton in his ITL debut.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rockport @ Essex Game Postponed

Tonight's (Tuesday) game scheduled in Essex between the Townies and Mariners has been postponed due to weather.  No make up has been scheduled yet.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Rams, Tories Split Opening Series

Rowley won 2-1 last Wednesday night, but Topsfield returned the favor with a 9-8 win on Friday.

Rockport 8 Hamilton 2

Rockport beat Hamilton 8-2 on a windy and drizzly night at Evans Field in Rockport.  Brett Smith went 5 scoreless for the victory. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rockport 6 Hamilton 2

Hamilton broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 6th with a two run homer by Stewart.  However, Rockport chased Hamilton starter Mike Drinkwater out of the game in the 7th and scored six runs capped off by a three-run Brent Currier homer to give Rockport a 6-2 victory.  Matty Sharon went the distance for the Townies first win in 2012.

Manchester - 1, Beverly - 0 (8 innings)

The Mariners won an extra innings pitchers duel with the Giants 1 to 0 Thursday night. Caulin Rogers led off the bottom of the 8th with a double before scoring the winning run on a Rory Gentile suicide squeeze. For Manchester, Brandon Bell struck out 8 over 6 1/3 shutout innings before giving way to Adam Philpott. Philpott struck out all five batters he faced to earn the victory. Christian Maki was 2 for 3.
For Beverly, Steve Palladino was the tough luck loser allowing 1 run on 6 hits over 7 1/3 innings. Ben McLaughlin was 2 for 3 with a double.

Prior to the final inning both teams escaped jams.  In the top of the 7th McLaughlin led off with a double for the Giants.  Frankie Messina bunted him over to third.  Philpott then entered and struck out the next two batters.

In the bottom of the 7th Maki led off with a single.  The next batter attempted a sac bunt.  Beverly tried for the runner at second but he beat the throw.  The following batter bunted again and the throw to third was mishandled.  Palladino then bore down and got out of the bases loaded, no out jam by inducing a grounder to short, an infield popup, and a grounder back to the pitcher.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beverly - 9, Rockport - 3

The Beverly Giants beat the Rockport Townies 9 to 3 at Cooney Field Wednesday night.  Josh Levesque earned the win allowing only 1 unearned run in 5 innings while striking out 8.  John Boyle provided much off the offense going 2 for 3 with a HR and 5RBI. Mike LaMothe (2 for 2, 2RBI), Conor Walsh (2 for 4, 3R, RBI), and Ty Besse (2 for 4, 2R) also contributed.

For Rockport, Shutnik hit a two run homer.  Brent Currier doubled and walked twice.  Tommy Robertson singled and walked twice.  McDowell took the loss.

Beverly (2-0) travels to Manchester-Essex (2-0) on Thursday.  Rockport (0-2) goes to Hamilton (0-0) Thursday.

Manchester Sweeps Ipswich

The Mariners swept the Chiefs in their season opening series.  M/E won 2-0 Monday night followed by a 3-1 win Tuesday night in Essex.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Rams- 3, Townies- 2

Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the 7th Rowley loaded the bases with no one out.Ralph Renzulli walked to bring in the tying run with one out, with 2 out Tim Moore hit a hard single into center to complete Rowley's comeback.

Mike Sloban started and pitched 5 innings, Joey Martin got the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

Brett Smith went the distance for the Townies. Brent Currier drove in both Rockport runs with a long drive to right center in the 5th. Currier, Osmond and Emerson each had hits for Rockport.

Offensively for the Rams, Marco Luisi and Dave Smith led the way with 2 hits each.

Beverly - 1, Topsfield - 0

Opening Day in Beverly featured a pitcher's duel between Beverly's Joe Gill and Topsfield's Mike Gallo. The Giants scored the game's only run in the third inning when Ty Besse scored from second on an Erik Drown infield single. The shortstop bounced a throw to first on a very difficult play. That gave Besse all the time he needed to come in all the way from second.

Joe Gill was stellar all night throwing a 7 inning complete game shutout with 7 strikeouts. Gill scattered 6 hits and did not allow a walk. The Tories' Gallo allowed just one unearned run in 6 innings but was charged with the loss. Gallo struck out 8 while allowing 7 hits and 0 walks.

Beverly's offense was led by Besse (2 for 3, R, SB) and Drown (2 for 3, SB). Topsfield got two hits from Heath (2 for 3).

The Giants host the Townies Wednesday night at Cooney Field. Topsfield travels to Rowley Wednesday.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Opening Day 2012!

Opening Day is here.  There are two games on the schedule

Topsfield @ Beverly 4:30pm
Rockport @ Rowley 5:45pm in a rematch of last year's finals.

Good Luck!

2011 Season Recap

2011 ITL Playoffs

  • (2) Rockport vs. (1) Rowley
  • Rams Win 3-0
  • (4) M/E vs. (1) Rowley
  • Rams win series 2-1
  • (3) Hamilton vs. (2) Rockport
  • Townies Win series 2-1

2011 ITL Standings

  • Rowley 17-5-2 (36)
  • Rockport 14-9 (28)
  • Hamilton 13-10-1 (27)
  • Man./Essex 12-10-2 (26)
  • Ipswich 11-13 (22)
  • Beverly 8-15-1 (17)
  • Topsfield 5-18 (10)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ITL's Maidment wins coaching debut.

Around the Horn

Matt Williams

New Hamilton-Wenham baseball coach Reggie Maidment doesn't have to look far to find a visual motivator for his players.

All he has to do is point to the outfield.

"Patton Park? It's picturesque. You have the tank out there and pond — not many guys get to play at a park like this, and you realize that and take advantage," said Maidment, whose Generals topped North Reading, 3-1, yesterday at Patton, to give him his first win in his first game as head coach.

The 28-year-old Maidment graduated from Hamilton-Wenham Regional in 2002 and was a multi-sport standout. He graduated from Springfield College, coached baseball at H-W under Doug Hoak the last two years and has been one of Andrew Morency's football assistants at the school, helping the team reach the playoffs in back-to-back years.

Coming home to coach the Generals is a blessing for Maidment, and he hopes the players will feed on his intensity and gratitude.

"It's kind of surreal. I'm really grateful to (athletic director) Don Doucette for the opportunity," said Maidment. "There's tradition and these kids will know I live and breathe being a General. It's an honor."

In Hoak, who is semi-retired and coached the Generals basketball team to its third straight Cape Ann League Division 2 title this past winter, Maidment had an excellent mentor. Hoak led the baseball team for nearly a quarter of a century and won the Division 3 state title in 1988.

"Coach Hoak set us up well. He's run a great program over the years and he's a great baseball guy," Maidment said. "I learned so much playing for him and for coach (Rich) Butterworth."

As an assistant coach the last two seasons, Maidment picked up even more wisdom from Hoak than he did as a player. "As a player you don't see how much these coaches care — and that's Doug Hoak through and through. You don't see all the extra hours they put in after practice or after games," he said.

"We'll still do the same drills. Coach Hoak was always big in the fundamentals and we want to keep that. We have to play sound defense."

The Generals have six seniors, including captains Ryan Foringer, Paul DiMarino and Jimmy Parr. Foringer turned in a quality start on the hill to win yesterday and leads the pitching staff.

Tom Conville, Jack Keegan and Luke Wendt are the other seniors while Hamilton-Wenham is looking for contributions from sophomores Pete Duval and Jack Clay and junior Brian Nicoll.

Parr is a three-year starter in center field and the Generals feel good about Duval behind the plate, providing crucial strength up the middle on defense. Beyond ace Forringer, Hamilton-Wenham is excited about the potential of Wendt, a lefty transfer from Masco coming off an outstanding football season.

"We had 37 at tryouts, which was the most since I've been here, and we have 15 freshman that will play on junior varsity," said Maidment. "Baseball is growing. The numbers in town are up and the number for the Babe Ruth teams are up."

Morency is helping out on the coaching staff while assistant Bruce Lucas has invaluable experience. Mike Drinkwater, who recently graduated from Endicott, will handle the junior varsity.

"We're excited about our youth, not worried about it. We have a great senior class and hope it's going to be an exciting year," said Maidment.

Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 Schedule

The 2012 schedule is set. You can view the up to date schedule on the right column of this page. The schedule is available on google calender by searching for "ITL Baseball." Also, you can add it to your own by clicking the button "+ calender" at the bottom of the calender column to the right.

Dates and times are still subject to change but right now the schedule is up to date. Please check it out. The season is right around the corner!