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Lynn Post 6 Legion grabs a win over Lawrence

Dayshon Anderson and his Lynn teammates are one win away from an appearance in the Babe Ruth World Series. (Item File Photo)

LYNN — The Lynn Post 6 American Legion baseball team grabbed another win Tuesday night, defeating Lawrence 6-3 at Breed Middle School thanks to a committee of solid pitching performances.

“We had four pitchers today, all throwing good and moving their pitches around,” manager Leon Elwell said. “They all did their part.”

“It was a good win,” he said. “Lawrence is always tough they are always running a good program over there.”

Starting pitcher Spencer DiVirgilio got the nod on the mound for Lynn, throwing two innings and allowing no earned runs on two hits while allowing one walk and recording a strikeout. Devin Curley pitched three innings of relief, allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out three batters.

Lou Vidal and David Barnard each also added an inning out of the bullpen for Lynn, both allowing no earned runs on a single hit each.

Lynn also had a stellar game at the plate, totaling 10 hits and drawing four walks. The offense was led by AJ Luciano (3-for-3 with a run scored) and Anthony Nikolakakis (3-for-3 with a run scored). David Barnard (1-for-4 with a triple), Dayshon Anderson (1-for-3), and Colin Reddy (1-for-3 run scored) each also added two RBI in the winning effort.

Lawrence got things started early, after a walk by Kebler Peralta and a double by Anibal Pena put runners at second and third. A failed pick off attempt then sent Peralta home, giving Lawrence the 1-0 lead.

Lynn bounced back in the next half inning when Barnard laced a triple to right field and scored Luciano from first. Barnard was then brought home after a ground ball to shortstop by Anderson giving Lynn the 2-1 lead.

The lead was extended in the second inning when Barnard added his second RBI of the game, sending home Reddy on a ground ball to second base with the bases loaded. On the next at bat Anderson would drive in another run off a single to give his team a 4-1 lead.

The lead was narrowed by Lawrence when Peralta came around to score again in the third off an RBI by Andy Acosta.

Lynn added its final two runs in the fifth inning when back-to-back singles by Nikolakakis and Zach Elwell and a walk by Brett Bucklin loaded the bases. Reddy then sent a hard ground ball to third base that was mishandled at second while Lawrence attempted at 5-4-3 double play. The mistake allowed two runs to score for Lynn giving them a 6-2 lead.

Lawrence could only tack on one more run in the seventh inning, earning Lynn the 6-3 win and adding to their excellent start to the season.

“We are 3-0 to start the season we are right where we want to be,” Elwell said. “We’re looking good.”

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