Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Calling all ITL Alumni

 We are inducting another class into the Hall of Fame in May 2014,  and would appreciate your input.   Anyone willing to help us with the planning process please let us know by emailing Terry (itlbaseball@yahoo.com.) by the middle of November 

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!!!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

In the news.

Rockport Townies bid farewell to pair of longtime members

By Dom Nicastro/Wicked Local Gloucester

Rockport — While the Manchester-Essex Mariners were winning another title, two key cogs on the last team to dominate the league have retired.
Rockport’s Brent Currier, 29, and Jeremy Spittle, 34, called it quits after this season, ending careers that began when they were teenagers and the Townies were beginning a dominant run in the late 1990s. Spittle served as player/coach, and Currier was a catcher/infielder/pitcher known for throwing back-to-back no-hitters on his devastating knuckleball.
Rockport finished sixth in the seven-team league this summer with a 5-18 mark.
"Fifteen seasons with some of the best teammates you could find," said Currier, describing his career. That career ended with a complete-game effort victory on the mound at Evans Field earlier this month.
"A lot of friendships were made over the years," he added. "Hopefully the team carries on and one day my son will be able to be a Townie. To be able to have the extra time to spend with my son watching him grow up and be able to coach him will make everything worth it."
Spittle and Currier were on teams that won titles from 2005 to 2007. Rockport also won in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Spittle recalled how the Townies, down 7-2 bottom of the seventh with two outs in Game 3 of the 2007 finals against Hamilton, scored six runs all with two outs to cap off a sweep and to make it three straight titles.
"[The years of] 1999 to 2007 was an incredible stretch," said Spittle, who caught Currier’s consecutive no-hitters. "We could have added one more in '09, '10, or '11 but did not get it done. I really could not tell you what my personal numbers were. All I cared about was winning. That's all that mattered in the end."
Spittle was a fine player for Salem State College (now University). As a sophomore, he was part of the team that won the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title. In his senior year, Spittle batted .380 for Ken Perrone’s Vikings.
Currier was an all-star and multi-sport athlete at Rockport High School, and then played for Central Connecticut State University.
Spittle said he is leaving the Townies in "uncertain" but hopeful times. The team hasn’t won a title in six years now, and last year’s season was its worst in some time.
"The future of the Townies is uncertain," Spittle said. "There is some potential, but really what the team needs is a rebuilding effort led by someone locally with roots already instilled in the community. In other words, someone who is connected to the local baseball programs who can get guys to commit to playing. It will take time, but with the right effort, the Townies will be back. I have no doubt."

Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/gloucester/newsnow/x511615784/Rockport-Townies-bid-farewell-to-pair-of-longtime-members#ixzz2d5eENr5l

Thursday, August 22, 2013

From Gloucester Times

August 19, 2013

Mariners win second straight ITL crown

The Manchester Essex Mariners have been an Intertown Twilight Baseball League dynasty in every sense of the word over the last six years.

On Saturday, the Mariners added some more hardware to their already crowded trophy case with a 6-3, championship clinching win over Rowley Saturday on the road at Eiras Park. With the win the Mariners have now won two straight and five out of the last six ITL championships. The Mariners also avenged a 2011 ITL playoff loss to the Rams, who are the only team to have bested the Mariners in the last six seasons.

The Mariners took home the ITL title in dramatic fashion on Saturday, fitting for a series that has gone down to the wire in almost every game. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning Manchester Essex pulled ahead scoring four runs in the frame.

Centerfielder Rory Gentile, who picked up a win in Game 3 on the mound, delivered what turned out to be the game winning hit in the form of a two-out, bases clearing three-run double in the pivotal sixth inning. Gentile’s double scored Mike Cain, Ian Buckley with what ended up being the winning run, and Max Nesbit. Caulin Rogers drove in Gentile one batter later for another insurance run and the Mariners closed the door in the sixth and seventh to preserve the win.

Rusty Tucker picked up the win on the mound, his second win of the series as he also won a hotly contested Game 1. The former San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox farm hand used his signature fastball to keep Rowley’s high powered offense at bay.

Saturday’s win caps off a highly competitive ITL Championship series and the young Rams were right there in every game and proved that they will be a dangerous team in the ITL for years to come.

The Mariners took Game 1 3-2 in dramatic fashion with another late rally as they were trailing 2-1 heading into the sixth inning. A Cain home run tied the score at 2-2 and Rogers sent the Mariners home with a walk-off win in the seventh with a RBI single.

The next day Rowley pulled even with a tight 6-5 win at Eiras Park. Rowley trailed heading into the sixth in that game but scored a pair of runs in what turned out to be its last at bat to even the series at 1-1.

The Mariners, however, would take control three nights later in Game 3 with a 10-6 win. A five-run first inning gave the Mariners a comfortable lead, a lead that would balloon to 10-2 before Rowley predictably staged a late rally to cut the score to 10-6.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mariners 6 Rams 3

Manchester-Essex clinched the ITL championship last night in Rowley, winning Game 4 by a score of 6 to 3. The Mariners were trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the 6th, but pulled ahead scoring 4 runs. The inning was highlighted by a two out 3-run double off the bat of Rory Gentile.

More details to follow..

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mariners 10 Rowley 6

Manchester-Essex took Game 3 by a score of 10 to 6 in Essex last night. The Mariners now lead the series 2 games to 1.

M-E got on the board early as they plated 5 runs in the first inning and held onto the lead the remainder of the game.

Mike Cain hit a 3 run home run and Rory Gentile had a solo homerun leading off the game. Nate Bertolino and Caulin Rogers each had 2 hits.

Marco Luisi had 2 homeruns and Cam D'Agistino went deep for the Rams. Cory Ingraham, Koby Thibealt and Joe White each had 2 hits.

Rory Gentile got the win, going six plus innings, allowing 5 runs. Nick Liguori took the loss for the Rams.

The teams meet again in Rowley on Saturday, first pitch slated for 2:00PM.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rams 6, Mariners 5

Rowley scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th when Drew Carter scored from 2nd base on a Mariners error at third. Adam Newell got the win in relief and Joe Martin picked up the save. Ryan Marques took the loss for the Mariners. With the series tied at 1 the two teams head back to Essex Wednesday at 530 PM.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mariners 3 Rams 2

Mike Cain hit a game tying homerun in the bottom of the sixth and Caulin Rogers hit a walk off single in the 7th as the Mariners took game one 3 to 2. Mariners starter Rusty Tucker picked up the win. Mike Sloban pitched well in the loss and Justin Bolla hit a 2 run homer for the Rams.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Game 1 start time changed

The start of game 1 of the finals has been pushed to 4pm due to field conditions.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rams -15, Giants -6

Nick Liguori pitched 4 innings for the win as the Rams built a 15-2 lead through 5 and advanced to the finals with the 15-6 win.

Rams over Giants

The Rams won game one 10-1 behind 6 solid innings from Mike Sloban. Josh Levesque went the distance and took the loss for Beverly. Game 2 is tonight 5:30 PM @ Balch Park in Beverly.

Mariners 13 Chiefs 2

Manchester-Essex beat Ipswich 13-2 last night at Linebrook Field. With the win the Mariners have won the first round series two games to zero and advance to the ITL Finals this weekend.

Rory Gentile and Mike Cain powered the Mariners offense with three hits each and Peter Clark picked up the win in relief with 5 strong innings allowing just 1 run.

Ipswich was lead by Dylan Cain's 1st inning home run and Ryan Montecalvo's two hits.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Game 1 - Mariners 22 Chiefs 9

August 5, 2013

Late rally moves Mariners to within one game of ITL Finals

ESSEX-- Heading into the fifth inning of Sunday’s Intertown Twilight Baseball League semifinal tilt between the first place and defending champion Manchester Essex Mariners and No. 4 Ipswich Chiefs, it appeared that Ipswich was well on its way to a game one victory.
The Chiefs held an 8-2 lead over the Mariners while receiving offensive production up and down the lineup and solid pitching from starter Greg Doucette. But it all unraveled from there.
Over its final two offensive innings of the night, Manchester Essex showed off its offensive mettle exploding for 20 runs going from being blown out to blowing out the Chiefs to the tune of a 22-9 victory at Memorial Field.
With the win, the Mariners are now just one win away from their fifth trip to the ITL finals in six years. Manchester Essex has won four of the last five league titles and defeated the Chiefs for the ITL crown just last season.
“They just didn’t quit tonight,” Mariners manager Bryan Lafata said.
“We were pressing a little bit early after falling behind but we stayed focused and started squaring up on the ball which led to a lot of runs.”
The Mariners started the rally in the bottom of the fifth inning plating five runs to cut the Chiefs lead from 8-2 to 8-7. Nate Bertolino cut the Chiefs lead to 8-3 when he singled in Rory Gentile, who led off the inning by reaching on an error. Two batters later, Mike Cain singled in Bertolino to make it 8-4 and was followed by Max Nesbit, who singled in Brett Cahill (walk) to cut the lead to 8-5.
Cain came in to score from third on an errant pickoff throw to first base and Adrian Frattini doubled in Nesbit to cap the scoring in the inning, bringing the Mariners to within one run at 8-7 chasing Doucette in the process.
In the top of the sixth, the Chiefs answered back with an insurance run thanks to a Matt Small solo shot, but the Chiefs bullpen could not hold the lead.
In the decisive sixth inning, Manchester Essex sent 15 runs to the plate as the Ipswich bullpen came unglued.
The Mariners only had six hits, but two of them were grand slams off the bats of Bertolino and Frattini. On top of that, four Ipswich pitchers combined to walk four, hit three batters, and committed a balk that allowed a run to score while the defense committed three errors in the frame.
Ian Buckley drove in what turned out to be the winning runs breaking a 9-9 tie with a two RBI double scoring Bertolino and Cahill who each walked.
Mariners starter Ryan Marques bounced back from a tough first inning to pick up the win. It was a tough night for both starting pitchers as both the Mariners and Chiefs were putting good swings on the ball throughout the contest.
According to Lafata, the familiarity between the two teams may have been what led to such an offensive outburst.
“He didn’t have his best stuff tonight but the offense picked him up,” Lafata said.
“It was tough for both pitchers tonight because these two teams are so familiar with each other. These two guys faced off just last week so both teams know what’s coming. But Ryan hung in there and made some pitches to prevent the game from getting out of hand.”
The Chiefs started the game off on the right foot, plating five runs before the Mariners could even come to bat. Andy Knox delivered an RBI double to make it 1-0 and Tom Radzim followed with a two run shot to make it 3-0 Chiefs just three batters into the game. Chris Zaremba would make it 5-0 later in the inning with a two-RBI double of his own.
Doucette helped out his own cause in the fourth with a two run shot to make it 8-2 Ipswich, but it was all downhill for the Chiefs from there.
Frattini powered the Mariners offense Sunday with three hits and seven RBIs, Buckley had two hits and three RBIs and Bertolino had three hits and five RBIs. Radzim and Zaremba led the offense for Ipswich with three and two RBIs respectively.
The teams have no time to dwell on last night’s game one of the series because game two is tonight in Ipswich (5:30 p.m.).
The Chiefs must win to stay alive, the Mariners will be sending Adam Philpott to the hill with a chance to clinch a spot in the finals.
“We are looking to keep the momentum going and do what we did (last night),” Lafata said. “We just don’t want to put ourselves in a big hole again.”

Friday, August 2, 2013

Rams -7, Chiefs -0

The Rams won the final regular season game of the ITL season tonight 7-0. Playoff matchups are set with Ipswich travelling to Essex Sunday night while the Rams will host Beverly Monday night.

HW 3 - M/E 2

Hamilton defeated Manchester/Essex 3-2 Thursday night at Patton Park.  Avon Stewart broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to left.  Mike Chandler went the distance turning in another strong performance, finishing with five strikeouts to earn the win.  Rusty Tucker started for the Mariners and pitched four hitless and shutout innings.  Max Nesbit took the loss in two innings of relief.

The Generals finish their season in 5th place at 11-13.  Manchester/Essex finishes the regular season at 18-4-1 and enter the playoffs as the top seed.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Beverly - 10, Topsfield - 7

Sean Martin won his second start of the week as the Beverly Giants (13-11) close out the regular season with a 10-7 win over the Topsfield Tories (4-17).  The Giants started the season 2-8 before finishing on an 11-3 run to make the playoffs.

Beverly has moved into 3rd Place, one point ahead of Ipswich.  Final seeding will be determined by how Ipswich finishes out the schedule.

Manchester has clinched 1st Place and Rowley has clinched 2nd Place.

Mariners 6 Generals 5

M-E beat Hamilton with 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th to pull ahead 6-5, a lead they would hold onto. Caulin Rogers sparked the late Mariners rally with a lead off double, Rookie Cael Schwartz (2-2 3RBI) drove in Rogers on a suicide squeeze to tie the game, and a string of three walks allowed the Mariners to go ahead. Rory Gentile had the start for M-E going 5 2/3 innings allowing 5 runs (4 earned) but did not factor into the decision. Rusty Tucker went the last 1 1/3 innings for the win. For Hamilton, Jack Clay went the distance and Jim Maloney was 3-4 with a double. M-E improves to 18-3-1 while Hamilton drops to 9-13, the two teams meet again tonight at Patton.

Ipswich - 6, Rowley - 3

Ipswich beat Rowley last night in Georgetown. The win clinches a playoff spot for the Chiefs and with Beverly's win last night the playoff teams have all been determined. Ipswich and Rowley are scheduled top play again Friday night in Rowley.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Beverly - 11, Topsfield - 3

The Beverly Giants (12-11) clinched a playoff spot by beating the Topsfield Tories (4-16) by the score of 11 to 3 Wednesday night at Proctor School.  Frankie Messina pitched a complete game for the victory.  John Boyle was 3 for 4 with a HR, 3B, BB, and 5RBI to lead the offense. Paul Drinkwater, Conor Walsh, and Josh Levesque had two hits apiece. Erik Drown added a triple.


Due to a Legion playoff game, the Ipswich @ Rowley game tonight has been moved to Georgetown High School, 5:45 start.

Mariners 7 Chiefs 3

The Manchester-Essex Mariners (17-3-1) beat the Ipswich Chiefs (11-8-1) by a score of 7 to 3 at Memorial Field in Essex last night, with Ipswich playing as the home team. The Mariners got on the board first with Rory Gentile hitting a 2 run home run in the top of the 3rd inning, his 3rd of the year. M-E would tack on another run in the top of the 4th on an Adam Philpott sacrifice fly plating Brett Cahill. In the bottum of the 4th after a lead off single by Ryan Montecalvo, Ipswich's Greg Doucette touched up Mariners' starting pitcher, Ryan Marques, for a 2 run bomb to left, bring the Mariner lead to 3-2.
Scoring subsided until the bottum of the 6th, Doucette hit a 1 out single, moved to second on an outfield error then was knocked in by Kevin Michael on a ground ball between 1st and 2nd. A throwing error put Michael on third with 1 out, the Mariners able to get out of the jam by inducing 2 ground balls to 3rd base, leaving the score tied at 3.
In the 7th Manchester-Essex finally got to Chiefs starting pitcher, Doucette, scoring 4 runs on hits by Philpott, Bob Whynott, Gentile, Caulin Rogers and Adrian Frattini. With the score 7 to 3, the Chiefs did not go quietly as they loaded the bases in the bottum of the 7th on hits by Chris Zaremba, Andy Knox, and Montecalvo, but did not push across any runs. Marques went the distance and picked up his 7th win of the season, Doucette pitched well in the loss.
The Mariners host Hamilton tonight while the Chiefs travel to Rowley.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Beverly - 6, Hamilton - 3

The Beverly Giants (11-11) took a big step toward making the playoffs by beating the Hamilton Generals  (9-12) 6 to 3 Monday night at Patton Park.  Josh Levesque allowed only 1 unearned run over 6 innings for the win.  Beverly's offense was keyed by back to back home runs in the third inning by Conor Walsh (3 for 4, HR, 2RBI) and John Boyle (2 for 4, HR, 2B, 2RBI).

Austin Michel was charged with the loss allowing 3 runs over 6 innings.

Beverly finishes up the regular season with two road games at Topsfield on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hamilton plays Manchester on Wednesday and Thursday before traveling to Topsfield on Friday.

Rockport sweeps doubleheader against Topsfield - Two Townies announce retirement

Rockport Townies swept the Tories of Topsfield on a foggy afternoon at Evans Field in Rockport. 

Rockport took game one by a score of 13-2.  MacDowell went 6 innings for the win.  In game two, the Townies won 3-2 behind the complete game effort of Brent Currier. 

After the game, both Brent Currier and Jeremy Spittle announced their retirement from the ITL after 15 accomplished seasons. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Beverly - 7, Ipswich - 4

Sean Martin pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win.  Josh Levesque came on in the bottom of the 7th with 2 out and the bases loaded.  Levesque got a strikeout to earn the save.  Offensively, Chris Brewer had a two run single, and Abel Hernandez had an RBI single to key the offense.

Ipswich's Matt Small had a 2 run homer.  Andy Workman took the loss on the mound.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Manchester-Essex 10 Rockport 8

On a wet, rainy night at Evans Field, the Mariners upended the Townies 10-8.  The game was completed in 5 rain shortened innings.  Rockport managed to make one last rally scoring six runs in the bottom of the 5th, but it was not enough.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ipswich - 4, Beverly - 0

Generals 7 Tories 0

Hamilton picked up a 7-0 win in a rain/darkness shortened game that lasted five innings Friday night in Topsfield.  Bryan Vitale led the Generals offense with 3 RBI.  Hamilton used a patchwork pitching staff of Luke Painchaud for two innings and got one inning each out of Jack Clay, Mike Chandler and Jim Maloney to notch the shutout.  BJ Weed took the loss for Topsfield.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rams -2, Mariners -0

Joe White went the distance for the Rams. Ryan Marques  took the loss. The Rams broke a 0-0 tie with 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th. CJ Ingraham, Dmitri Hunt and Koby Thibault all had big hits in the 6th. The Rams are off until Monday when they travel to Ipswich, the Mariners are in Rockport Friday.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rams 7 Mariners 3

The Rowley Rams handed the Manchester-Essex Mariners there first regular season loss in "the pit" since 2011. D'agistino got the win going 5 strong for the Rams. The two teams meet again in Rowley on Wednesday.

Beverly @ Hamilton Postponed

Tonight's game at Patton is cancelled.  The makeup will be Monday, July 29th.  5:45pm start.

Ipswich over Rockport: 7-2

Ipswich concluded the first season sweep of Rockport in over 20 years last night in Ipswich.  It was a close game until the bottom of the 5th inning when the Chiefs broke it open with 6 runs to take a 7-1 lead.  The inning was capped off by a two run triple by Matt Small that was the longest hit ball at Bialek Park this year.  Ipswich starter Greg Doucette pitched a great game allowing 1 earned run over 6 innings while Chris Lane finished things off with a scoreless seventh.  The Chiefs return to action at the end of the week starting a home and home series with Beverly on Friday in Ipswich and Sunday in Beverly.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ipswich 14 Rockport 11

Ipswich jumped out to an early 9-1 lead after 3 innings, but Rockport fought all the way back to tie it up at 10 in the bottom of the 6th inning.  Ipswich scored four in the top of the 8th with Rockport managing to get one back, but it was not enough.  Ipswich 14-11. 

More game details to follow...

Rockport visits the reservation in Ipswich tonight. 

Hamilton - 10, Beverly - 2

Luke Painchaud led the Generals to a much needed win over the Beverly Giants Sunday evening at Cooney Field.  Painchaud (7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 8K) went the distance on the mound and also added two hits and three RBI at the plate to help his own cause.  Josh Levesque started and went four innings in taking the loss for Beverly.

Hamilton jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second.  Painchaud (2-for-4, 3B, R 3RBI) got the Generals on the board with a two-out RBI triple.  Dan Curran then walked and Jimmy Parr (2-for-5, 2R, RBI) beat out an infield hit for a RBI single.  Jim Maloney (2-for-2, 2R, 2B, 3BB) then singled to center, which was followed by a Bryan Vitale (4-for-5, 2RBI) two-run single, pushing the lead to 4-0.  Beverly cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom half on a two-run HR by Pat Doyle.  After Hamilton added another in the top of the third to go up 5-2, Jeff Barricelli made a bid to tie the game in the bottom half but with two on and two-outs was robbed of extra bases when Maloney made a sliding catch on the warning track to preserve the lead.

The Generals then blew the game open in the top of the fourth.  Maloney led off with a double off the fence in left and Vitale singled to center putting runners on the corners with nobody out.  Avon Stewart (1-for-4, BB, 2RBI) walked to load the bases and one out later Andre Painchaud added an RBI single.  With two-outs, little brother Luke then came through with a two-run single extending the lead to 8-2.  Hamilton added two insurance runs in the seventh.  Parr beat out another infield single, Maloney walked and Vitale singled to load the bases with nobody out.  Stewart then delivered a two-run single to round out the scoring.  Luke Painchaud then closed out the game getting back to back strikeouts.

The two teams play again on Tuesday night at Patton Park in another huge game with playoff implications.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mariners take 2 from Topsfield

Game 1 - Mariners 10 Tories 1

Rory Gentile hit a grand slam and Nate Bertolino hit his 3rd homer of the season as the Mariners rolled to a 10-1 victory in Essex. Ryan Marques picked up the win, going 5 innings allowing 1 run, Max Nesbit threw 2 scoreless innings of relief. Bertolino, Brett Cahill and Caulin Rogers each had a multi hit game. For Topsfield, Nolfi, Dyer, Lampkin and O'Leary all had hits.

Game 2 - Mariners 14 Tories 3

Max Nesbit had 3 hits while Alex Ray and Brett Cahill each had a pair of hits. Adrian Frattini had a pinch hit 2 run double to break a 4-3 game open in the 5th. Rory Gentile went 6 innings allowing 3 runs for the win. Heath had 2 hits for Topsfield.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mariners 7 - Tories 3

The Manchester-Essex Mariners beat the Topsfield Tories 7 to 3 last night in Topsfield. The Mariners were lead by Adam Philpott who pitched 6 innings, striking out 8 and Nate Bertolino who had a homer and three RBI's. Alex Ray also had 2 hits for the Mariners.

Travers and Cipriani each had 2 hits for Topsfield. BJ Weed pitched well in the loss, throwing 6 innings for the Tories.

Manchester-Essex improves to 13-1-1 while Topsfield drops to 4-10. The two teams meet again on Sunday in Essex for a doubleheader, first pitch 3:00pm.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Beverly - 8, Rockport - 5

Sean Martin led the Giants to their 7th win in their last 8 games.  Martin pitched two scoreless innings for the save.  At the plate, Martin was 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, and 3RBI.  Frankie Messina pitched 5 innings for the win.  John Boyle (2 for 4, 2B, 3RBI), Abel Hernandez (2 for 3, 2R), and Jeff Barricelli (2 for 4, RBI) contributed offensively.

For the Townies, MacDowell pitched a complete game in a losing effort and also went 2 for 3 with a HBP and an SB at the plate.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Generals' Chandler No-Hits Chiefs

Mike Chandler came up big Thursday night for Hamilton at Patton Park as he pitched a complete game no-hitter with five strikeouts to lead the Generals to a 5-0 win over Ipswich.  Chandler faced just one batter over the minimum as one batter reached on an infield error in the third and another walked to lead off the sixth before a caught steeling erased the baserunner.  In the top of the seventh, Chandler got the leadoff batter to line out to line out to medium depth center and then put his hammer down by getting back to back strikeouts to end the game.  Bryan Vitale started at shortstop for a shorthanded Generals squad and turned in several nice plays to preserve the no-hitter.

Offensively for the Generals, Avon Stewart had two doubles and an RBI and Jimmy Parr hit a two-run double.

Rowley by forfeit over Topsfield

Topsfield was unable to field a team tonight in Rowley.

Rockport forfeits to Beverly

Rockport informed Beverly this afternoon that they could not field 9 players for tonight's game.

The two teams WILL meet tomorrow at Rockport at 7PM when both teams should have 9 players.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rowley - 13, Rockport -2

The Rams used a 6 hit 8 run first and 5 innings of 1 run pitching from Tim Moore to earn the win. Rowley is back at it tomorrow in Rowley against Topsfield while Rockport travels to Beverly.

Mariners in the news

July 17, 2013

Mariners once again sit atop ITL

Manchester once again holds ITL top spot

It is a spot the Manchester Essex Mariners have gotten used to over the last half decade plus.
That spot is in first place in the Intertown Twilight Baseball League.
As the ITL season stretches past the midpoint, the defending champion Mariners record sits at 12-1-1 today after picking up a forfeit win Tuesday night when visiting Topsfield could not field a team.
With nine games remaining on the schedule, a scoreless tie against Rowley and a forfeit loss to Beverly on Sunday are the only blemishes on the defending champs’ record.
Manchester Essex already has a lead of four games over second-place Rowley, the 2011 champs, and Ipswich. The Mariners may have a bullseye on their backs with such a comfortable lead, but they have grown accustomed to being the team to beat having won four of the last five ITL titles while looking like the heavy favorite to make it five out of six.
Throughout the summer, Manchester Essex has been firing on all cylinders beating teams both with offense and pitching. On the season the Mariners are averaging just under six runs per game while allowing less than two. Of their 13 wins four have come by way of shutout.
On the pitching side the Mariners have been led by the one-two punch of Ryan Marques and Rusty Tucker at the top of the starting rotation.
Marques has been a work horse for the Mariners this summer compiling a 5-0 record. Tucker, on the other hand, has also been dominant as the former San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox farmhand has allowed just a pair of runs in three starts sporting a 3-0 record.
Rory Gentile and Brandon Bell have also factored into the Mariners pitching rotation each have a win to their name this season.
Manchester Essex has been known for its pitching during its recent run of dominance. But this season they have been just as impressive at the plate. Alex Ray and Gentile have been powering the offense for the Mariners as both are hitting above .400 and are tied for the team lead in RBI. Mike Cain, Nate Bertolino and Brett Cahill are also having strong summers with averages over .300.

Topsfield forfeits to M-E

M-E (12-1-1) wins by way of forfeit as Topsfield (4-8) could not field a team. The two teams are scheduled to meet again Friday night in Topsfield and then a double header is slated for Sunday in Essex.

Beverly - 8, Hamilton - 3

Josh Levesque allowed 2 runs over 6 innings for the win.  Paul Drinkwater's solo homer broke a 2 to 2 tie.  John Boyle's 3 run blast broke the game open for the Giants.

Jack Clay took the loss for the Generals.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chiefs 4 Generals 3

Ipswich defeated Hamilton 4-3 on Monday night on Linebrook Road.  Dylan Cain pitched a complete game and struck out seven to earn the win.  Luke Painchaud pitched a complete game in defeat giving up only two earned runs.

Hamilton went up 2-0 after two and a half on a Jim Maloney solo HR in the first and a Maloney RBI single in the third.  Andy Knox singled stole second and scored on a hit by Cain to cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third.  The Chiefs then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Jeff Doucette and Knox reached on singles, advanced on a wild pitch, and both scored on a hard hit by by Cain that was booted in the infield.  Knox would add his third hit of the night in the sixth to drive in the fourth Chiefs' run.  Hamilton pushed a run across in the top of the seventh on a balk, but with the tying run on second Cain recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rowley - 9, Topsfield - 0

In their first game at Triton in over a decade the Rams came out on top behind 5 shutout innings from Mike Sloban, 4 hits from Cam D'agostino and a 2 run HR from Koby Thibault.

Time Change

Sunday, July 21 game between Hamilton and Beverly will start at 5pm.  The game will be in Beverly at Cooney Field


Due to a scheduling conflict; tonight's Topsfield @ Rowley game will NOT be played at Eiras Field in Rowley. The 2 teams will play at the same time 5:45 at Triton Regional High School in Byfield.

Rowley 9 Rockport 3

Rowley defeated Rockport 9-3 on Sunday evening at Evans Field in Rockport. 

These two teams face off again on Wednesday in Rowley.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Manchester forfeits to Beverly

The Mariners lost their first game of the year by way of forfeit mustering only 8 players for the Sunday game. Beverly has now won 4 of 5 as they try to scratch their way back into the playoffs.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Beverly - 8, Rockport - 5

Beverly beat Rockport 8 to 5 at Cooney Field on Friday night.  Frankie Messina went 5 2/3 innings for the win.  Erik Drown entered with the bases loaded in the 6th and got out of the jam before pitching a perfect 7th for the save. 

Offensively, John Boyle hit a grand slam and Drown had a two run homer.  Paul Drinkwater went 4 for 4 with 3 doubles and 2RBI.  Frankie Messina helped his own cause with 3 walks and 2 stolen bases.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rams -7 Generals -0

Rowley used 5 shutout innings from Nick Liguori and an inning each from John Foster and Joe Martin to earn the 7-0 win @ Eiras. The two teams meet again Thursday in Hamilton.

Generals 6 Townies 5

Hamilton beat Rockport 6-5 on Tuesday night at Patton Park.  Jack Clay went six innings and gave up four runs to earn to win.  Cam Charette gave up an unearned run in the 7th, but recorded the save.  Hamilton trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the 5th, but plated three runs to take the lead.  Mike Chandler tied the game with a RBI double and Mark Ruggiero broke the tie with a dribbler up the third base line that went for a hit.

Ruggiero had two hits for Hamilton and Brent Currier led the Rockport attack with three hits.  McDowell contributed two hits for Rockport and went six innings on the mound in taking the loss.

Ipswich over Topsfield on Monday night

The Chiefs were able to secure a win in a rain shortened game on Monday night in Ipswich.  A combined pitching effort on both sides kept the game close until Ipswich broke it open in the bottom of the 4th.  Dylan Cain and Matt Small homered for Ipswich and Cain recorded the save getting three quick outs in the top of the 5th on ten pitches, just before the rain poured down in the bottom of the inning.  The two teams meet again on Friday in Topsfield.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mariners over Giants

The Mariners pulled out a victory tonight against the ageless Rocky Pisa and the Beverly Giants. Rocky battled through 6 complete innings, allowing 4 earned runs. Rusty Tucker picked up the win for the Mariners and Alex Ray hit a 3 run home run and a 2 run triple. The Mariners are now 11-0-1 and don't play again until Sunday.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday July 8th: Beverly - 4, Rowley - 2

The Beverly Giants beat the rain as the final out of the 5th inning was recorded just before the steady light rain turned into a downpour.  Rowley left the tying runs on 2nd and 3rd base when Josh Levesque got a strike out to end the inning and eventually the game.

Levesque pitched 5 innings allowing 2 runs for the win.  Newell and Martin pitched for Rowley.

Mariners 12 Chiefs 2

Manchester-Essex beat Ipswich last night 12-2 in Essex. Rory Gentile went the distance, striking out 7 and allowing just 2 earned runs. The Mariners improve to 10-0-1, Ipswich falls to 5-5.

Sunday July, 8: Beverly - 4, Hamilton - 1

Beverly's Frankie Messina allowed only 1 run over 7 innings for the victory over the Hamilton Generals Sunday night at Cooney Field.  With the score knotted at 1 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Erik Drown hit a two run homer to give the Giants the lead.  John Boyle would later triple and score to increase the lead to 4 to 1.  

For Hamilton, Mark Ruggiano knocked in the run.  Cam Charette allowed 1 run over 4 innings. 

Mariners 4 Townies 1 - (July 2nd)

The Manchester-Essex Mariners beat the Rockport Townies on Tuesday night in Essex by a score of 4-1. The Mariners were led by Mike Cain (2-3, 2sb), Rory Gentile (2-4), Bryan Lafata, and Alex Ray (1-4, 2B RBI).

Cain made a nice defensive play in the 5th on a hard liner to left field off the bat of Brian Lentz, Cain then immediately through the ball to first to double up the base runner to end the inning.

Newman (2-2, 2BB), Tommy Robertson, Brent Currier (2B), and Derek Osmund all hit safely for Rockport.

Ryan Marques went the distance for the win, scattering 5 hits allowing 1 unearned run. For the Townies, Derek McDowell started but was relieved by Currier in the 5th, who threw 2 scoreless innings.

The Mariners are now 9-0-1 and play again Sunday in Essex against the Ipswich Chiefs. Rockport falls to 3-8.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Generals 5 Chiefs 2

U.S. Army Specialist Michael Drinkwater made a triumphant return to the mound at Patton Park Tuesday night, getting the spot start and going six strong innings for the win.  Drinkwater, home on leave for the holiday, yielded only four hits and four walks and struck out eight in his first effort throwing off a mound in 11 months.  The Generals trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, but rallied for four runs to take the lead.  Cam Charette retired all three hitters he faced, two via strikeout, to earn the save.  Mike Chandler had two key hits for Hamilton.  Greg Doucette pitched a complete game for Ipswich, but was charged with the loss.

Monday, July 1, 2013

More Rainouts!

  • Chiefs vs. Mariners postponed on Monday, July 1st.
  • Chiefs vs. Rams was postponed due to Rain on Wednesday June 26th.
  • Chiefs vs. Rams was postponed due to Rain/Lightning after 4 complete innings on Wednesday June 26th
        Should be a fun second half of the season!

Sunday: Topsfield Sweeps Beverly

Topsfield took both ends of a doubleheader at Cooney Field on Sunday.  The Tories took Game One by the score of 8 to 4.  The visitors then took Game Two 4 to 2.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mariners 2 Generals 0

Ryan Marques outdueled Matt Greeke in a 2-0 Mariners win Thursday night in Hamilton.  Marques went the distance giving up six hits, striking out nine.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Beverly at Topsfield Rained Out

The Wednesday night Beverly at Topsfield game was rained out.  This marks Beverly's 5th rainout of the season.  The first of those makeup games will be played as part of a doubleheader with Topsfield on Sunday starting at 3PM.  Prior to that Beverly will host Rowley while Topsfield hosts Rockport on Friday night (weather permitting).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mariners Over Generals

M/E Mariners defended their home field last night with a win over the Hamilton Generals.  The two teams meet again at Patton Park this Thursday for a re-match.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Mariners 4 - Rams 3 (Friday 6/21)

The Manchester-Essex Mariners erased a 3 run deficit in the bottom of the 7th to beat the Rowley Rams 4-3.
The Rams built a 3-0 lead through 5 innings on hits by Hunt and D'Agistino.
In the 7th the first 2 Mariner batters reached via walk then a hits batsmen loaded the bases with no outs. The next batter reached on an infield error which brought the score within 2. Brett Cahill then walked making it 3-2 with no outs and bases loaded. The next batter hit an infield fly for the first out, then Mike Cain delivered a huge game tying single to left. The winning run was scored on a bases loaded walk to Ian Buckley.

Ryan Marques (7ip 2er 9k 0bb) recorded the win.
D'Agistino pitched 6 scoreless innings for the Rams allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.

Ipswich Sweeps Beverly

Friday:  Ipswich 10 to 2

Sunday:  Ipswich 6 to 4

Details to follow...

Rockport 2 Hamilton 1

Townies defeated the Generals 2-1 on Sunday evening in Rockport.  Derek Macdowell outlasted Luke Painchaud on the mound for the win.  Macdowell went the distance and scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th after getting on base with a 1-out triple. 

Rockport improves to 2-6 and Hamilton is now 4-4.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Topsfield 4 Hamilton 2

Topsfield rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Hamilton by a score of 4-2 on Thursday night at Patton Park.  Chris Costa went the distance, striking out nine for the win.  Matt Greeke went 6.1 innings for Hamilton and fanned 11 Tories, but was the tough luck loser.
The Tories took a 1-0 lead in the 4th.  BJ Weed led off with a single, was balked to second and scored on a single by Nahigian.  The Generals answered in the bottom half.  Jim Maloney led off with a double to the gap in left-center.  Bryan Vitale advanced the runner with a good piece of two-strike hitting that resulted in a ground out.  With two outs, Mark Ruggiero muscled a flair into right-center to tie the game.  After a passed ball advanced Ruggiero, Mike Chandler pounded a double to right-center to put the Generals up by a run.
The 2-1 score held steady as Greeke cruised through the first six.  In the seventh.  Costa led off with a single.  Max Travers sacrificed Costa to second and the throw to get Costa at second was thrown away, putting runners at second and third with nobody out.  Andrew Dyer then hit a dribbler down the third base line to tie the game, which he also beat out for a hit.  After Heath walked to load the bases and a strikeout was recorded, Weed had the biggest hit of the night as he dropped a two-run single into left to give the Tories a 4-2 lead and ultimately the win.
Weed, Nagigian and Costa each had two hits for Topsfield.  Chandler had two hits for Hamilton.  The two teams play again Friday night at the Proctor School.

Rowley - 3, Beverly - 0

The Rams used a strong complete game pitching performance from Nick Liguori to move their record to 5-2-1. Levesque was the tough luck loser for Beverly (2-3). Rowley travels to Essex tonight while Beverly is at Ipswich.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Beverly Makeup Dates

The Opening Day rainout versus Topsfield will be played as part of a doubleheader starting at 3PM on Sunday, June 30th at Cooney Field in Beverly.

The June 5th postponement versus Rockport will be played July 18th at 5:45PM at Cooney Field in Beverly.

Beverly has two road rainouts versus Rowley and Hamilton that will also be rescheduled.

Mariners-0, Rams-0

After completing 9 full inning scoreless, the 2 teams had to settle for the tie. Pitching was the name of the game as Rusty Tucker went 7 full innings giving up 1 hit with 15 strikeouts and Dylan Maki pitched 2 scoreless in relief. For Rowley Joe White went 5 giving up 2 hits and 2 BB, Mike Soban 3IP, 3K 0H and Ryan Browner 1IP, 1K 1BB, 0H. Ingraham and Esposito had the hits for Rowley while Gentile and Maki  had the hits for Manchester/Essex. Rowley moves to 4-2-1 and Manchester/Essex 5-0-1. Rowley hosts Beverly tonight and plays in Essex Friday night in a make up of Tuesdays rain out.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Makeup Dates

Friday June 21
5:45pm game time
Rowley Rams at Manchester/Essex Mariners
Memorial Park in Essex

Ipswich @ Hamilton
Tuesday, July 2nd
5:45pm start
@ Patton Park

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday 6/18 - Rowley at Manchester/Essex PPD

Tuesday (6/18) night's game between the Rams and Mariners has been postponed due to the inclement weather. 

The two teams are attempting to reschedule this game ASAP (potentially Friday 6/21) and will make the announcement shortly.

The Rams and Mariners do meet for a regularly scheduled game on Wednesday June 19th at Eiras Park for a 5:45pm start.

Beverly at Hamilton Postponed

Tonight's game in Hamilton has been rained out.

Chiefs take two from the Townies.

The Ipswich Chiefs were able to squeak out a couple wins against Rockport this week in two hard fought games.  Sunday night's game was a back and forth effort throughout the first 5 innings and continued when Rockport took the lead by one in the bottom of the sixth.  Greg Doucette then hit a 2 run homer to deep center field for Ipswich in the seventh to reclaim the lead.  It was the third hit of the night for Greg, and along with two more hits from his brother Jeff, it was a solid night for the Doucette family.  Rockport threatened again in the final frame, but Kevin Michael closed the door stranding a runner at third and preserving the win for the Chiefs.
Monday nights game was more of the same back and forth scoring, with the added bonus of two rain delays and pretty sloppy conditions.  Ipswich had the lead through most of the game until Rockport mounted a comeback in the 5th and tied the game.  Then, after a one out double by Matt Small in the sixth, Greg Doucette was the hero again with a RBI double to left field to drive in the winning run.  The game was called due to darkness after six complete innings.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Beverly - 1, Rockport - 0

Beverly (2-2) beat Rockport (1-4) 1 to 0 in 8 innings Friday night at Evans Field. Erik Drown earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Josh Levesque threw 6 shutout innings before giving way  to Drown.

The games only run scored in the top of the 8th. Paul Drinkwater led off with a single. Pat Cullen pinch ran. Brian Chirco moved Cullen to second with a sac bunt. Levesque then walked.  Jeff Barricelli singled to load the bases with 1 out. Chris Brewer then walked, pushing the to ahead run across. The next batter grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

In Rockport's half of the 8th they threatened but could not score. Tupper led off with a single and stole 2nd. After a strikeout, Brian Lentz singled to center but a strong throw from John Boyle held the runner at third. Lentz stole second moving the winning run into scoring position. Drown then got a strikeout and pop out to end the game.

Beverly only had 4 hits but totaled 9 walks on the night. Rockport's Lentz was the game's only multiple hitter going 2 for 2 with a walk, a hit by pitch, and a steal. McDowell pitched 7 shutout innings, striking out 8. Nelson was charged with the loss in relief.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ipswich @ Hamilton Postponed

Today's game at Patton Park is postponed due to the weather.  Makeup date TBD.

Beverly @ Rowley Rained Out

Tonight's game has been postponed due to weather. Makeup date TBA.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rowley-8, Rockport-5

Trailing 8-0 after 5, Rockport scored 3 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th but Rowley held on for the 8-5 win. Joe White earned the win with 5 scoreless innings. Rowley plays Beverly tomorrow in Rowley, while Rockport hosts Beverly Friday.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tories at Mariners - Tue 6/11 Game PPD

Tuesday Night's game between the Topsfield Tories and Manchester/Essex Mariners has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions and the forecast for more showers later tonight.

The 2 teams meet on Friday night (6/14) at Proctor Field in Topsfield (5:45), and a make up date will be set soon for tonight's cancelation.

Generals 3 - Ipswich 2

Hamilton trailed 2-1 going to the top of the seventh Monday night at Linebrook Road, but plated two runs to record a 3-2 come from behind victory over Ipswich.  Jimmy Parr walked to start the inning.  After a fielder's choice, Jim Maloney worked a walk after a ten pitch at-bat, setting the table for Bryan Vitale.  Vitale then split the gap in left-center with a double that scored both runners, giving the Generals the lead.
Luke Painchaud gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings to earn the win.  Cam Charette pitched a perfect seventh, striking out the side, for the save.  Alex Ministeri went five innings for Ipswich, giving up only one run, but did not figure in the decision.  Avon Stewart had a RBI single in the first for Hamilton and Tom Radzim hit a two-run HR in the second for Ipswich to account for the game's other runs.  The two teams play again Thursday night at Patton Park.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Rowley-9 Rockport-2

Rowley beat Rockport Sunday night 9-2 behind 5 scoreless innings from Mike Sloban. The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Rowley.

Manchester - 5, Beverly - 4

Manchester trailed 4 to 1 after 4 innings.  In the fifth, the Mariners busted out for 4 runs to take a 5 to 4 lead.  The big blow was a two out 3 run homer off the bat of Ian Buckley.  Ryan Marques, who went the distance, shut the Giants down over their next three at bats to clinch the victory.

For Beverly, Frankie Messina was 3 for 3 at the plate and pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief.  Josh Levesque gave up 1 unearned run in 4 innings on the mound.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mariners at Townies - Rained Out Friday 6/7

Tonight's game at Evans Field between the Manchester-Essex Mariners and Rockport Townies has been rained out.  A make up date will be announced later.

Generals defeat Rams @ Patton

Hamilton bounced back from an ugly loss the previous night by defeating Rowley by a 7-4 score Thursday night at Patton Park.  Matt Greeke went five innings for the win and Cam Charette pitched two perfect innings for the save.  Greeke allowed just one run through the first four innings, but tired in the fifth due to his heavy early season workload.  Moore took the loss for Rowley.  Newall pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Rowley scored an unearned run in the top of the first, but Hamilton answered with three in the bottom half.  Back-to-back walks to Jimmy Parr and Jim Love started the game and Jim Maloney followed with an RBI single to left to tie the game.  Mark Ruggiero would later add an RBI fielder's choice and Mike Chandler delivered a sacrifice fly.  The Generals stretched the lead to 5-1 in the second.  Austen Michel walked, Parr reached on an error and both came in to score on a Love two-run double to right.  In the fourth, Maloney led off the inning with a walk and then Ruggiero got the pipes extended and deposited a two-run job into the willow tree.
The Rams got to Greeke in the fifth.  After the leadoff man reached on an error. Conte walked and Dagastino delievered a RBI single.  Koby Thibault then came through with a two-run single to cut the gap to 7-4, which would be the final score.  Dagastino and Thibault had two hits apiece, as did Avon Stewart for Hamilton.
Rowley next plays on Sunday at Rockport while Hamilton will travel to Ipswich on Monday night.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mariners 11 - Townies 1 (Tuesday 6/4)

Essex - The M/E Mariners defeated the Rockport Townies 11-1 on Tuesday night in Essex. With the win the Mariners improve to 4-0. Rusty Tucker picked up his 2nd win of the season, striking out 11 over 5 innings. Brandon Bell and Rory Gentile threw a scoreless 6th and 7th, respectively. Alex Ray (2B, 2RBI), Nate Bertolino (4RBI), and Mike Cain (2-2B, RBI) all had 2 hits while Bertolino and Tucker went deep.

Jordan Pallazola, Mike Emerson and Ty Watkins had the hits for Rockport (1-2). The Townies play tonight in Beverly before the two teams meet again on Friday night in Rockport, first pitch slated for 6:00 PM.

Rams-7, Generals-1

Rowley defeated Hamilton 7-1 Wednesday night in Rowley. The two teams will meet again on Thursday in Hamilton.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

M/E Defeats Rockport 11-1

The Mariners defeated the Townies 11-1 last night.

Ipswich gets First win over Topsfield

Ipswich 7  Topsfield 0
Alex Ministeri, Greg Doucette combined on a no hitter as the Chiefs cruised to their first victory of the season.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Beverly - 5, Rowley - 0

Three Beverly (1-1) pitchers combined on a 2 hit shutout against Rowley (1-1).  Frankie Messina earned the win giving up just one hit and one hit batter over 4 innings. Rocky Pisa allowed a hit and walk in his 2 innings of relief. Sean Martin pitched a perfect 7th.

The Giants did all of their scoring in the fourth inning keyed by a Paul Drinkwater solo home run.  Drinkwater and Brian Chirco had 2 hits apiece. Jeff Barricelli and Abel Hernandez had RBI singles.

For Rowley, Joe White pitched three scoreless innings. Koby Thibault and Andy Fecteau had the hits.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rockport 3 Hamilton 2

Rockport bounced back from Thursday's loss to win 3-2 over Hamilton at Evans Field on Sunday night.

Tom Robertson (2b, rs), Mike Tupper (2-3, rs) and  Brent Currier (1b, rbi, rs, 2 bb's) paced the Townie offense.  Rob Nelson picked up the win going 3 1/3 innings of strong relief for the Townies.  For the Generals, Jim Maloney (2-for-3, BB, 2RBI, 2SB) and Avon Stewart (2-for-2, 2BB) paced the offense, while Greeke took the loss in relief.

Rockport faces Manch-Essex on Tuesday, while Hamilton faces off against Rowley on Wednesday.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Rams-10, Tories -7

Tied at 7 through 3 things settled down a bit down the stretch and the Rams held on for the win. Adam Newell earned the win with 4 scoreless innings in his ITL debut. The Rams travel to Beverly on Sunday while the Tories are off until Monday when they head to Ipswich to take on the Chiefs.

Manchester - 6, Beverly - 5

Manchester improved to 3-0 with a win over visiting Beverly (0-1) on Thursday night.  Beverly led 2 to 1 in the 5th inning when Manchester erupted for 5 runs to take a 6 to 2 lead.  Beverly loaded the bases with nobody out in the 6th and 7th innings but was only able to push 3 more runs across the plate leaving the tying run on third.  Brandon Bell earned the win for the Mariners.  Ryan Marques recorded the save.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Generals over Townies in opener

Generals 9 Townies 4
Hamilton defeated Rockport by the score of 9-4 on opening night at Patton Park Thursday.  Jack Clay (5+IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K) earned the win in his ITL debut with a solid performance.  Clay yielded just one run through the first five innings before tiring in the sixth.  Matt Greeke (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K) entered the game for the Generals and extinguished a Rockport rally to earn the save.  McDowell was charged with the loss for Rockport.
The Generals took a 2-0 lead after one inning.  Jim Love and Bryan Vitale walked and would later come around to score on a wild pitch and a Mark Ruggiero (2-for-4, RBI) RBI single.  The lead was extended to 4-0 in the bottom of the second when Mark Potter singled and Austen Michel (0-for-1, 2BB, HBP, 2R) and Jimmy Parr walked to load the bases.  Jim Maloney (2-for-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB, R, SB) followed with a two-run ground-rule double.  Rockport closed the gap to 4-1 in the third on a Brent Currier solo shot to left.
Hamilton got that run back in the fourth when Michel walked again and later scored on a Love sacrifice fly.  Another run was added in the fifth when pinch runner Nails Simmons came around to score after running for Mike Chandler, who had singled.  Rockport cut the gap to 6-4 by plating three in the sixth, highlighted by a Tommy Robertson (2-for-3, RBI, BB) RBI single.  However, Hamilton would tack on three of their own in bottom half as Avon Stewart drilled a three-run HR into the willow tree to round out the scoring.
The two teams will meet again Sunday night at Evans field in Rockport with a 6pm first pitch.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mariners Take 2 from Chiefs to Open Season

The Manchester-Essex Mariners and Ipswich Chiefs met on Monday night at Linebrook Field in Ipswich and Memorial Park in Essex on Tuesday to kick off the 2013 season. The Mariners won both closely contested games behind strong pitching and solid defense. Rusty Tucker picked up the victory in game 1 by a score of 8-2 in Ipswich. The Mariners broke open a 3-2 game in the top of the 7th by plating 5 runs. Tucker surrendered only one infield hit by Cain in the 6th inning, walked 2 batters, and struck out 16 Chiefs. Rory Gentile, Brett Cahill, Nate Bertolino, and Adrian Frattini all had 2 hits for the Mariners. Mike Cain was 1-2 w/2hbp and 2 runs scored. Rookie Danny Munn hit a 3 run double in the 7th inning to break the game open, in his first career ITL at bat. Kevin Michael took the hard luck loss by tossing 6 solid innings, surrendering 3 runs while scattering 8 hits, and striking out 5. Cain hit safely for the Chiefs and scored run. Galante scored the other run for Ipswich .

On Tuesday night in Essex, Ryan Marques and Mark O'Flynn squared off in a pitchers duel that the Mariners squeaked out 2-1 in just under 2 hours. Marques went the distance scattering 8 hits, striking out 4 and walking 2 with 1 earned run allowed. O'Flynn threw 6 complete innings, striking out 8, and only giving up 4 hits, while walking 5. Adrian Frattini led the Mariners with 2 hits and an rbi. While Nate Bertolino and rookie Cael Schwartz also hit safely; with Schwartz driving in a run as well and playing solid defense at 2nd base. Brett Cahill & Bryan Lafata scored the runs for the Mariners. Andy Knox led the Chiefs with 2 hits, while Cain, Tommy Radzim, Chris Zaremba (1 run scored), Curran, Doucette, and Gonges (1 rbi) all hit safely for Ipswich.

The Chiefs host the Topsfield Tories on Monday June 3rd, while the Mariners are back at it on Thursday May 30th by hosting the Beverly Giants in Essex.

Topsfield @ Rowley

Due to poor field conditions and a sketchy evening forecast, the game for tonight in Rowley has been postponed. Makeup date TBA.

Hamilton @ Rockport

Hamilton will play Rockport this Sunday, June 2nd at 6pm @ Evans Field.  This is a makeup from last Sunday's rainout.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mother Nature Pushes Opening Day Back in ITL

Both of Sunday's ITL opening games (in Beverly and Rockport) were canceled due to the unplayable field conditions. Memorial Day Monday features a rematch of the 2012 finals with Manchester-Essex traveling to Linebrook Field to play the Ipswich Chiefs at 5:45pm

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2012 ITL Results

2012 Playoffs

  • (3) Ipswich vs. (1) M/E
  • Mariners win series 3-1
  • Semi-Finals
  • (3) Ipswich vs. (2) Beverly
  • Ipswich wins series 2-0
  • (4) Rowley vs. (1) Man./Essex
  • M/E wins series 2-0
  • (4) Hamilton vs. (4) Rowley
  • Rowley wins

2012 ITL Standings

  • Man./Essex 18-6-0 (36)
  • Beverly 16-8-0 (32)
  • Ipswich 13-11-0 (26)
  • Hamilton 10-13-1 (21)
  • Rowley 10-13-1 (21)
  • Rockport 9-14-0 (18)
  • Topsfield 6-17-0 (12)