TOWNSEND — A five-run fifth inning outburst lifted Lunenburg to a 7-6 victory and ended North Middlesex’s season in a semifinal Senior Babe Ruth matchup at Schoppe Field.
“Lunenburg played well and deserved the victory,” said Manager Jim Canning.
Mike Skelly’s bomb double to right center gave NM some life in the bottom of the seventh inning. “Skelly’s shot almost left the ballpark and would have tied the game.” He was about to score the tying run when Matt Brown’s would-be single to the right side was stabbed by Lunenburg’s second baseman John Hinsley and the final out of the game was recorded.
“Hinsley made an outstanding play to salvage the game.”
North Middlesex threatened to take the lead in the sixth inning when Joe Tierney and Mark Canning scored, but an Andrew Jena liner to left was caught with Chris Canning and Tyler MacDonald in scoring position. NM’s Nick Barry, Kevin Powell, and Mark Canning each had two hits.
“Lunenburg made the defensive plays when it counted the most.”
NM catcher Chris Canning twice made strong throws to second base to nail runners attempting to steal. NM’s Kevin Quin made two excellent fielding plays of his own.
“We had a terrific season. The boys had great comraderie and lots of fun. We had the most animated dugout in the league and we finished 10-3 overall. It shows me, once again, that players perform best when they are loose and relaxed.”
The North Middlesex area has lots of talent and interest in baseball.
“Baseball is a great sport and we encourage youngsters coming up to stick with it. You can become a good player. Just play catch. Lots of catch.”
The team looks forward to seeing Ken Blanchette on the sidelines sometime in the near future.