BevLow wins Game 1
CAMBRIDGE – For the second consecutive day Derek Layton knocked in the game winning run as Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 scored two times in the top of the eight inning to defeat Cambridge Post 84 in the first game of a double header 8-6 Tuesday night.
Beverly/Lowell jumped out to an early 6-0 lead only to watch Cambridge come all the way back to tie the score in the last of the seventh.
Ethan Estes got the scoring underway for B/L with an RBI double in the opening inning and came into score on a Gunnar Smith ground out.
Beverly/Lowell scored four more times in the top of the third inning as they batted around off of Cambridge starting pitcher Ryan Lovette.
Estes and Lance Schafer got the inning started with back-to-back singles and Phillip Hoffman and Isaac Huffman chipped in with RBI singles to give Post 389/750 what appeared to be a comfortable 6-0 lead.
Cambridge began to chip away at the lead however as they scored a single run in the fourth inning and then added three more in the fifth with the big blow being a two-run double by third baseman Matt Tom.
Caleb Heller came on in relief of B/L starting pitcher Blake Kidder and allowed a single run in the sixth inning to trim the lead to 6-5.
Cambridge got a lead off double by Luke Larson in the top of the seventh and after Nick Ford grounded out to second to move Larson to third, Parker Evans laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to tie the game at 6-6.
Kyler Dennis reached base on a hit by pitch to open the eighth for Beverly/Lowell and after the next two hitters were retired, Gunnar Smith and Trace Schafer singled and walked respectively.
Layton then grounded a ball up the middle off the glove of the Cambridge shortstop to allow the go-ahead run to score.
Austin Hefter followed with another RBI single to add an insurance run and increase the lead to 8-6.
Heller retired Cambridge in order in the last of the eighth with a little help from a diving stop by Dennis at second base to secure the victory.
Estes led the B/L offense that totaled 13 hits with two singles and a double, while Hefter and Layton added a pair of hits apiece.
Heller was credited with the win for B/L (5-4) while Evans suffered the loss for Cambridge.
The second game was tied 2-2 in the 11th inning at press time.