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Tanners baseball gets back on track



The Peabody High School baseball team seemed a bit down following a tough Northeastern Conference loss to league-leading Lynn Classical early last week. It was Peabody’s second straight loss after opening the season with five consecutive wins.

But the Tanners got back on the winning track, beginning with a 3-1 home victory over Medford last Friday. They proceeded to polish off Somerville, 13-3, on Monday to improve to 8-2 on the season as of early this week.

Pitching has been Peabody’s biggest strength so far this season, with a team ERA hovering just above one. Ace Jake Zeuli went the distance against Medford, giving up just three hits and striking out six. He got help from his defense when a potential Medford run was thrown out at the plate in the second inning.

Zeuli also benefited his own cause by rapping an RBI single. Jake Gustin tagged a run-scoring double in the first inning and Nick Palma had a solid offensive game with two hits and two steals.

The offense, which had been struggling, came to life against Somerville. Palma smashed three hits, including two doubles, and Chris Gillen socked a three-run double. Vinny Orlando also chipped in with two hits.

Lefty Alex D’Angelo, who hurled a perfect game earlier in the season, earned the victory by going four innings and whiffing seven batters. Will Diezemann pitched the final three frames in relief and struck out six.

According to statistics published in the Salem News this week, the Tanners’ team ERA was an amazing 1.12. Starter Pat Maguire’s ERA was at 0.71 while Zeuli’s stood at 1.45 – a pretty formidable 1-2 tandem. The Tanners had allowed just 11 earned runs in 69 innings through their first 10 games.

By Greg Phipps

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