LOWELL – A night after struggling in the field and dropping a game to Methuen in the first round of the annual Spinners Cup Tournament held back on May 21st, the Tewksbury Memorial High School Baseball team rebounded and played much better in the consolation game before splitting two games in the Haverhill Tournament, losing again to Methuen in the first round, before beating in the consolation game.
Tewksbury was defeated by an outstanding North Andover team, 2-1, on a walk-off single, at LeLacheur Park and then followed that up with a 5-4 loss to Methuen on Friday in the Haverhill tournament before an 8-3 win over the Crusaders on Saturday.
The 1-2 week puts Tewksbury at 5-12 overall and the team has three games left on the schedule on consecutive days this week with Lawrence on Thursday, Amesbury on Friday and Methuen once again on Saturday morning.
In the loss to North Andover, Tewksbury trailed 1-0. In the third inning, consecutive singles by Matt Perron, Michael Polimeno and Kyle Zervas tied the game up at 1-1.
The score remained the same thanks to strong pitching by Nolan Timmons. He went into the sixth inning, giving up an unearned run and left with the bases loaded. His teammate Riley Frost was able to get out of the jam and the game remained tied.
"Nolan pitched great. He pitched more than well enough to keep us in the game and give us an opportunity to come up with the win," said Redmen head coach Kirk Monbleau. "We had guys in scoring position (all game) and we were one or two big hits away from putting up a couple of runs. All we needed was a couple of runs. Riley (Frost) came in relief and he always gives us a shot to stay in games as well."
Tewksbury had a golden chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Perron started things off with a single and Polimeno bunted him over to second. The next two batters were retired on a pop up and a fly out.
In the home half of the seventh, NA scored a run on a single, a bunt single, a sacrifice bunt with the runner at second safe at third om the throw, before Jack Morin singled to left center for the walk-off victory as NA improved to 12-3.
"Early on we had two on with two outs and went down looking to end the threat," said Monbleau. "Then in the sixth inning we had the bases loaded with our No. 4 hitter up and it's how you draw it up, but we didn't get the production that we were looking for.
"This is our fourth loss this season by one-run and in every single one of those games, we have had guys in scoring position and we are one or two swings away from coming away with a different outcome in the win and loss column. We left ten guys on base today."
Tewksbury had eight hits in the game with Perron finishing with three of them.
In the 5-4 loss to Methuen on Friday, the Rangers built a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning and the score remained that way until Zervas belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Garrett Kingston singled and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit and run single by Timmons. A wild pitch allowed Kingston to score and Matt Cahill followed later on with a sacrifice fly to score Timmons to make it 5-4.
Tewksbury had the bases loaded in the sixth but couldn't get any runners home.
Ryne Rametta finished with two hits including a double and Perron also had two hits.
The Redmen had just one game this past week, losing to Chelmsford 8-2, last Thursday. Jess Smith and Gianna Ragucci had RBI singles to score Alexa Harrington and Briana Iandoli with the runs.
It was a tied game at 1-1 until Chelmsford added one in the fourth, three in the fifth and three in the sixth to break it open.
Tewksbury is now 3-14 and have three games left this week to conclude the season. The Redmen faced Lowell Catholic on Wednesday with results not known as of presstime, before traveling to North Reading on Friday (3:45 pm) and Dracut on Sunday morning for an 11:00 am start.