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Tanners off to fast start




Through their first five games, the Peabody High School baseball team had allowed just four runs in going 5-0 to begin the 2017 season. The solid start was highlighted by a perfect game pitched by junior lefthander Alex D’Angelo, who blanked Northeastern Conference (NEC) foe Revere, 6-0, last Saturday at Bezemes Diamond.

“We had a plan going into the game, and that was to throw strikes and have [Revere] put the ball in play,” said D’Angelo, who fanned five in his complete game effort. “We didn’t go away from that game plan and my teammates had my back on defense.”

Despite D’Angelo’s dominance, the game remained close until the Tanners broke it open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth frame to turn a 1-0 lead into a 6-0 advantage. Defensively, Peabody aided its own cause as well when outfielder Nick Palma made a diving catch to take away a hit and Jake Doherty made a nice catch-and-tag play at first base to prevent another hit.

“The key for Alex today is that he pounded the strike zone. He had trouble locating his curveball early but he stayed with it,” said Tanners head coach Mark Bettencourt of D’Angelo’s performance. “Once he got control of his curve, it drastically changed the way he was throwing. He kept [Revere] off balance and kept them guessing. You didn’t see a lot of good swings against him. We made a couple of stellar defensive plays behind him, too. It was a great team effort overall.”

The Tanners followed up D’Angelo’s effort over the weekend with a 9-0 non-league blanking of Malden on Monday. Pitcher Pat Maquire threw five innings to earn his second win of the season, and Chris Gillen drove in five runs with three hits. Peabody scored two big NEC victories – 6-1 at Danvers and 7-2 over Saugus – last week. No. 1 starter Jake Zeuli notched the win over Danvers. Peabody was 3-0 in league play as of early this week.

“We don’t want to get too excited. We’re trying to be even keel,” said Bettencourt of his team’s strong start. “We’re obviously happy with the start but we’re not satisfied. We’re going to take it one game at a time, one inning at a time, one pitch at a time. We want to keep moving towards our goal to play well in June. The heartbeat of this team is to be ready to play our best in June.”

By Greg Phipps

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