By Joe Mitchell
The Lynnfield High School baseball team continues on a roll after winning two more games this past week against North Reading (6-1) and non-league Arlington Catholic (10-1). They are currently 10-2 in the Cape Ann League tied with Masco for first place, 12-2 overall.
The Pioneers went up against the Chieftains May 17 after press deadline in a late-season showdown for the top spot. They will then host Newburyport on Tuesday, May 22, which will also be Senior Day, giving the team an opportunity to recognize this year’s graduates one last time for their contributions to the program the last four years. The game itself will begin at 3:45 p.m.
Junior Fernando Gonzalez (4-1, 1 save) went the distance on the mound against the Hornets, giving four hits and no earned runs, while striking out nine. Gonzalez also helped out his own cause offensively with three singles and an RBI.
Cooper Marengi was credited with a single and a triple, driving home a run. Centerfielder Will Garafoli singled in a run, along with right-fielder Joey Mack.
Matt Fiore was the winning pitcher against the Arlington Catholic Cougars after going the first five innings. Fiore allowed just two hits and one walk, while fanning three. Nick Torosian pitched the final two frames, yielding only one hit, and he also whiffed one.
The Pioneers pounded out nine hits, led by shortstop Jonathan Luders with three singles and three RBI. Centerfielder Clay Marengi almost hit for the cycle after connecting on a single, double and triple to account for three RBI.
First baseman Dan Jameson drove home two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly. Gonzalez singled in two runs. Right-fielder Sal Marotta was credited with a run-producing base hit.
Coach John O’Brien’s team went up against Pentucket May 16 after press deadline. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but Mother Nature had other ideas. It made for a nice lead-in for what might be the game of the year in the CAL against aforementioned Masco.
The Pioneers are cruising, and appear to be destined for a top seed in Division 3 North, when the pairings are announced at the end of the month.