Saturday, July 9, 2016

Friday: Beverly - 5, Ipswich - 4

The Beverly Giants used a four run 5th inning to move past the Ipswich Chiefs and pull out a 5 to 4 win Friday night at Bialek Park.  Ipswich tried to come back from 2 runs down in the 7th but fell just short, plating one run.  The rally was slowed by a 5-4-3 double play after the leadoff batter reached.

Eric Messina earned the win pitching 5 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) with 5 strikeouts.  Frankie Messina pitched a scoreless 6th in relief.  Then, Andy Brown earned the save pitching the 7th inning, allowing 1 run.  Offensively, Frankie Messina had the big blow of the 5th inning with a long two run double to left center.  Frankie finished 2 for 3 on the night.  Paul Drinkwater and Joe Bliss were each 2 for 4 at the plate.

Ipswich's Andy Carbone went the distance allowing 5 runs in 7 innings.  Greg Doucette had a monster day at the plate finishing 3 for 4 with a home run, triple, and two runs scored.  John Panaro was also 3 for 4 with a stolen base and run scored.