Senior pitcher Mike Weisman gave up two earned runs and finished with 12 strikeouts in seven innings to lead North Andover over 5th ranked Malden Catholic, 7-5 at home Friday.
“We were very happy beating a big D-1 school,” said North Andover’s head coach Todd Dulin. “They have a really good team and some kids who could hit the ball hard.”
The Lancers exploded to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after first baseman Sean Glabicky nailed two-run homer to left center. After a Scarlet Knights’ error, the Lancer’s No. 5 hitter, third baseman Anthony Carbone, hit a double to drive in a run.
“After the first [inning], Mike was pissed off and gathered himself and started rolling the curve ball,” said Dulin. “In the second inning, he struck out three. In the third inning, he struck out two and you could kind of tell he was in a groove.”
The Columbia bound pitcher is known for his clutch performances after having gotten a save at the North Sectional championship against Reading last year at LeLacheur Park, Dulin said.
The Knights rallied in the second inning to tie the game 3-3.
Junior first baseman Daniel Laorenza had a single and then the Lancers put runners on second and third after an error. Senior Center fielder David Foote got an infield single that drove in Lorenza, and senior third baseman Dom Nicolosi for the tying run.
“Every time they scored we seemed to answer,” said Dulin.
The Knights(2-1) finally got the lead in the sixth after nine batters went to the plate after a series of walks. Shortstop Cam Couillard drilled a double to leftfield that drove Foote and senior leftfielder Jason Keshian to put the Knights up 6-5.
Couillard would then walk home after the Knights loaded up the bases and held onto a 7-5 lead.
Foote finished 3 of 3 from the plate with one RBI and two scored runs.
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