Baseball Magicians take down Saugus, Gloucester

The Marblehead High baseball team (4-5 in the Northeastern Conference, 6-6 overall) was all over visiting Saugus to win the game going away, 15-5, on May 3. They then doubled up Gloucester two days later at Seaside Park, 10-5. 

“Saugus got on the board first, but we took advantage of a young team that was missing several players due to illness, and as a result we were able to put up some big innings,” said coach Mike Giardi. “But credit Saugus for battling back in the fifth.” 

The Marblehead boys led, 14-1, after four innings, but the Sachems scored four times in the fifth to force another at-bat for the home team. They needed just one more run to invoke the mercy rule, and they got it to end the game early. 

The Magicians banged out 10 hits over five innings. Stefan Shepard helped power the attack with two doubles. Jake Scogland and Charlie Sachs each singled twice. 

Ian Maude pitched the first three innings, issuing one hit, four walks and one earned run to earn the win. He fanned one. Cody Selvais threw one inning, allowing just one walk, while whiffing one. Matt Mahan was on the mound in the fifth, and he gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits and one walk. He struck out one. 

The Magicians followed up the win over the Sachems by hooking the Fishermen to secure their second straight win. It was a back-and-forth game for almost five innings against their longtime Cape Ann rivals, before the home team was finally able to snap the 5-5 stalemate with some infield hits and walks in the home half of the fifth, which resulted in five more runs to account for the final score. 

Riley Schmitt (3 RBI) and Bodie Bartram (2 RBI) knocked in half of Marblehead’s runs, while also accounting for one hit apiece. Chris Cannuscio doubled once. 

Drew Whitman pitched the first four innings, giving up six hits, two walks and five runs, only three were earned. He whiffed four. Cannuscio went the final three frames on the hill to get the save. He allowed just one hit while striking out four. 

After a few days off from games, the Marblehead boys finally return to the diamond May 10, to host Masco, starting at 4 p.m. They will then board the bus the next day for a night game against host Swampscott at the Middle School, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Joe McConnell | + posts

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