Baseball Roundup: St. Mary’s clinches tournament spot

St. Mary's pitcher Bobby Alcock fanned 13 batters in Wednesday's win. (Item File Photo)

The St. Mary’s baseball team clinched a spot in the Division 2 North state tournament with a 9-3 win at Archbishop Williams Wednesday.

“That’s one of our goals and it’s nice to get that one out of the way,” St. Mary’s coach Derek Dana said. “Austin Prep is ahead of us in the league. Now we’re just playing to get as many wins as we can to improve our seeding. We still have the Clancy Tournament and we’re looking forward to that.”

Bobby Alcock provided another stellar effort for the Spartans on the mound. The junior right-hander threw seven innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out 13.

“Bobby did a great job on the mound,” Dana said. “It wasn’t a shutout but it was as dominant as any game he’s pitched this season for five of the six innings. He had command of the strike zone, his curveball was excellent. He just had a little bump in the sixth inning.”

At the plate, John Mulready went 3-for-4 with two doubles three RBI. Anthony Nikolakakis went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and Anthony Bono went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Bono started a four-run Spartans rally in the top of the third with a leadoff single.

St. Mary’s (10-5) hosts Winchester Saturday.

Swampscott 7, Danvers 1
Luke Marshall pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs, two walks and three hits with one strikeout.
“The other day in practice Luke said, ‘we have to hit the reset button'” Swampscott coach Jason Calichman said. “That kind of gave us a fresh start. We played like it was our first game of the season.”
Spencer Perkins went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Ryan Graciale went 1-for-3 with one RBI, Zach Elwell went 2-for-4 with one RBI, David Quill went 1-for-3, Graham Inzana went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Anthony Rakauskas went 1-for-3.
Swampscott (8-6) plays Melrose Sunday in the Rockport Tournament.

Beverly 13, Revere 3
Spencer Brown was the star of the afternoon for the Panthers. He pitched five innings and struck out 14 Revere batters. At the plate, Brown hit a 3-run home run. Matt Collins and Mike Brauninger each collected two hits.

The Panthers (13-2) host Masconomet Saturday.

Salem 3, Saugus 2 (F/11)
Troy Zipper’s RBI in the top of the 11th made the difference. Zipper tallied three hits.

Bryan Pena threw six innings and fanned six, while reliever Joey Baez threw five innings and fanned five. Baez earned the win.

Salem (8-5) hosts English Friday.

Malden 1, Marblehead 0
Max Karras pitched five solid innings, allowing five hits, one unearned run and tallying four strikeouts.

“We’re struggling a bit at the plate at times,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “We had a few baserunning issues that cost us tonight. Max did a nice job for us. He really came back for us and did a nice job on the mound.”

Marblehead (6-7) plays Gloucester Sunday in the Rockport Tournament.

Gloucester 4, Peabody 2
Jake Gustin went 4-for-4 with one RBI, Cole Cuzzi went 2-for-3 with one run scored and Ryan Knight went 1-for-2 with one run scored.

Alex D’Angelo pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts.

Peabody hosts Malden Catholic tonight (6:30).

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