Neither rain nor fourth-ranked Peabody could stand in the way of Beverly qualifying for the Division 2 tournament. The Panthers all but silenced the Tanners’ bats on the back of pitcher Alex Toomey and won, 6-1. Toomey pitched a complete game for Beverly (10-4), striking out six and giving up the lone Tanner run on an error. With the victory, the senior captain improved to 4-1 on the season and threw just 70 pitches to earn the win. ”To beat Peabody, [which] is an excellent team, you’ve got to play well in all phases of the game,” said Panthers coach Dave Wilbur. “They’re tough to beat . . . Alex was awesome, he was on his game. The thing with Alex today was he threw his breaking ball for strikes and had control of his fastball,” Wilbur said. Toomey also helped himself at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a home run. After a 30-minute rain delay, Toomey hit a solo shot off Pat Ruotolo to start the second inning. After the homer, Ruotolo came out of the game because of an uncomfortable feeling in his throwing arm, according to Peabody coach Mark Bettencourt. “Pat told me before he went out his arm wasn’t feeling really cherry. During the [rain delay], I knew it was going to be an issue . . . We’re not going to take chances with him. He’s too important to our team,” Bettencourt said. Brandon Butcher took the mound in relief for Peabody (13-2) and was able to keep Beverly’s hitters silent for some time with his curveball. It was in Butcher’s final inning that the Panthers’ bats came alive. With the score tied, 1-1, going into the bottom of the sixth, Toomey led off with a single that sparked the five-run inning. John Burchoff drove his pitcher in with an RBI double before being driven in himself by Harry Brown, who hit a two-run single. Anthony DiOrio blew the game open with a two-run home run. ”I feel at times we can be as good as anybody in the league but you have to prove it,’’ Wilbur said. “This is a big win for us because you want to try to play the best ball at the end of the year.”
Beverly 6, Peabody 1
Wednesday, May. 8, 2013, at Beverly
Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:38 p.m.