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Struggling Tornadoes baseball team routed three times

The Malden High School baseball team has struggled to keep from conceding runs in recent games. Malden fell to Lynnfield, 13-2, last Saturday; 6-0 to Gloucester on Monday; and then-Coach Stephen Freker lost to Saugus, his former team, 14-1, on Wednesday night.

“The last few games we just haven’t started out well, and it shows,” said Freker. “We’re giving up a lot of runs early and we’re struggling to come up with a response.”

Lynnfield registered 13 hits on the Golden Tornadoes. The Pioneers scored thrice in the first inning and once in the second, then broke the game open with a five-run fourth.

By then, the game was out of reach. However, Malden showed some signs of life later on. In the seventh inning, with the score 13-0, the Golden Tornadoes scored two off a pair of RBI singles by centerfielder Lou LoConte and third baseman Tyler West. LoConte was two for four and also had a walk to go with his RBI.

A poor first inning doomed the Golden Tornadoes against Saugus on Wednesday night. Freker, who left the coaching gig with the Sachems to return to his alma mater, met with his former players before the game to say hello. The Sachems ran away with the game from the first pitch, as they scored nine runs in the first.

Malden scored their one run off a double against the Sachems’ reliever in the seventh inning to thwart the shutout.

“We’re not really scoring that much, either,” said Freker. “We’ve looked at the lineup, changed things around with the batting order. We just need to be better.”

The Golden Tornadoes are now 4-10 ahead of Monday’s clash with Danvers.

“We’re not playing well at the wrong time in the season,” added Freker. “We need to be better, and that means starting better.”

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