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Junior Legion hopes to break out of slump




Middleton-Peabody junior legion head coach Kevin Bloom said his team can play better after M-P dropped its fourth straight game,16-7, to Marblehead-Swampscott in a five-inning contest on Monday at the Senior Baseball Field in Swampscott. M-P fell behind 6-0 in the top of the first inning and gave up seven more runs in the second to find itself looking up at a daunting 13-2 deficit early. They never recovered.

“That’s been the case the last few games, where we’ve come out and we’re in a deep hole before we’ve taken our first swing,” Bloom said after Monday’s game. “Credit Swampscott. They came out and swung the bats and they made the plays when they had to.”

M-P did produce decent offense, scoring seven times on 11 hits in Monday’s game. Simon Kotarski went three-for-three with two RBIs, Nick DiBlasi had two hits, including a triple, and Will Preshong clocked a two-run double. Despite that, M-P never really threatened for the lead.

Since going 6-2-1 over its first nine games and challenging for first place in the District 8 League, M-P had lost five straight after Tuesday’s 6-1 defeat at Lynn Connery. M-P sat at 6-7-1 after Tuesday’s loss with two regular-season games to play.

Bloom said his squad is capable of turning it around. “For whatever reasons, we’ve been in a funk here the last few games,” he said. “We just have to work our way out of it and get back to playing the way we’re capable of.”

M-P hopes to close out the season on a high note this week when they face Andover on back-to-back nights.

By Greg Phipps

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