School Roundup: English baseball rebounds against Swampscott

Hold on to your hats, folks. This weekend’s Nipper Clancy baseball tournament should be a beauty.The English High baseball team came into Thursday night’s showdown with Swampscott needing to win its final three games to qualify for the state tournament. Still reeling from an 11-0 loss to Classical the night before, the Bulldogs regrouped and defeated the Big Blue, 16-6, at Fraser Field.”We went from total despair yesterday to feeling pretty good today,” English coach Joe Caponigro said.English is 8-10 and heading into the tournament, which means the Bulldogs need to win the whole thing to stay alive. St. Mary’s, at 8-8, needs to win one game and Classical needs to win two of its last three to reach the postseason.The lead bounced back and forth over the first four innings with Swampscott tying the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth. The Bulldogs responded with a seven run fifth inning to pull away for good. Jairo Valdez keyed the rally with a 3-run home run.Carlos Baez and Corey Enquist each had RBI singles and Santiago Pena, a two-run single for the Bulldogs. David Burke went six innings for the win. He allowed eight his and fanned eight.”He gutted it out,” Caponigro said. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he wanted to win.”Fenwick 6, Shawsheen 5At Peabody, Fenwick, trailing 5-1, scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to escape with the win. Steve Anderson went the distance with a seven-hit, five-strikeout performance.T.J. Fossa and John Squires had RBI singles and Justin O’Brien had a two-run single. Fenwick is 9-8.Marblehead 5, Saugus 0At Saugus, Kurt Grossman threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout, striking out seven along the way. Mike Sahigan went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and Lyle Curtis had two hits and two RBI for the 7-11 Magicians.GIRLS LACROSSEFenwick 9,Matignon 2At Matignon, the Crusaders (6-9-1) finished up their season with Bridget Dullea netting three goals and Michelle Alessi, Meghan Botticelli, Mary Kelleher, Ellen O’Leary, Casey Otovic and Colby Amor, one each.BOYS LACROSSEDanvers 14, English 3At Danvers, the Bulldogs (1-14) had goals from Brian Romanowski, Josh Seaman and Robert Mudri. It was their final game of the season.Swampscott 13, Manchester-Essex 5At Blocksidge Field, the Big Blue finished 14-6. Seth Yellen had two goals, and A.J. Zarinsky had three to bring his season total to 40. Ben Wolershied had three goals as did Drew Capozzi. Colin Fields and John Poth had one each.

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