Monday, July 22, 2013

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.