SWAMPSCOTT — An eight-run third inning, which included four home runs, highlighted the lopsided 14-2 win for the Beverly Recs over the Swampscott Sox of the North Shore Baseball League Friday night at Swampscott Middle School.
“We were short on arms today but no excuse,” Sox manager Joe Caponigro said. “Beverly came out swinging the bat and my hat goes off to them, they handed it to us today.”
Mike Davis pitched all five innings of the shortened game for the Recs, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven, walking two and hitting one batter.
Esteban Paula (1-for-3 with a solo home run) and Donnie Weisse (1-for-2) each had one RBI for Swampscott in the loss.
Beverly got on the board early in the first when Matt Burgess laced an RBI single sending home Ethan Trowt and giving the Recs a 1-0 lead. Things seemed to cool down when the Sox got out of the first and allowed no runs in the second, but the Beverly bats turned red-hot in the third.
Things got started with a leadoff home run by Beverly’s Dan Mello and it didn’t stop there. The next two batters, Trowt and Dillon Gonzalez each hit solo home runs to make it three in a row and put up 4-0. After a pitching change and walk, Frankie DiOrio added his own two run home run to extend the lead to 6-0. Later in the same inning, Mello drove in a run on a RBI single and Trowt recorded a two RBI single to give the Recs a 9-0 lead after three innings.
While Beverly was hitting the Sox struggled at the plate, at one point striking out in five at bats in a row through the second and third innings.
Paula finally broke the slump in the fourth with a solo home run over the left field fence to make the score 9-1. Later in the same inning, Elvis Rodriguez reached on a single and was eventually brought home on another single by Weisse to cut the lead to 9-2.
Despite only having one hit in the fifth inning, the Recs added five runs while drawing five walks and one hit batter. Gonzalez and DiOrio both walked with bases loaded to score runs for Beverly. Three more runs were added, one after a hit batter with bases loaded and two off RBI ground outs to put the game further out of hand 14-2.
When the Sox couldn’t get anything going in the fifth inning the game was cut short.
Swampscott won’t have much time to think about the loss as they play the Beverly Recs again Sunday at 5 p.m. at Beverly High School.
“I know these guys will come back ready to play on Sunday,” Caponigro said. “We have to throw strikes, good strikes, and keep [Beverly] off balance at the plate because they were locked in today. Then hopefully we make some contact ourselves.
“These guys, they have played a lot of baseball in their lives and they do not like getting beat like that,” Caponigro added. “This game didn’t go our way, but we’ll be back and ready to play on Sunday.”