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Baseball Sachems still on brink of playoff bid

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Despite running into an untimely three-game losing streak in the late stages of the regular season, the Saugus High School baseball team still had a shot at reaching 10 wins and putting itself in position to qualify for the postseason. After consecutive losses to Beverly, Gloucester and Marblehead, the Sachems came alive with a 13-2 road defeat of Everett Wednesday to put them one win away from the 10-win plateau.


Saugus sported a 9-10 overall record entering Friday’s regular-season finale and rematch against Everett at World Series Park. Wednesday’s victory did not come as easily as the final score indicated.


The contest was tied at 2-2 through three frames before Saugus rallied for six tallies in the top of the fourth. The Sachems added five more runs in the sixth to put the game on ice. It ended after six innings due to the 10-run rule.


A triple and three RBI from Anthony Macone and two hits and three runs driven in by Cam Soroko helped lead the Sachems, who finished with 15 total hits for the game. Ryan Mebee had three hits and Michael Howard brought home two runs with a double.


Also contributing offensively were Nathan Ing and Ryan Anderson with two hits and an RBI each, and Drew Gardiner with a double and run batted in. Mabee was the winning pitcher, as he hurled four and one-third innings (two hits and six strikeouts). Macone and Danny Zietz also saw pitching duty in the win.


The news was not as good for the Sachems earlier in the week when they dropped their third consecutive game on Monday at Marblehead. Saugus did battle back late but came up short in a 12-7 final. The Sachems still have hopes of making the tournament but they will need to emerge victorious in their Senior Day game Friday against Everett to possibly receive a playoff nod.

Saugus catcher Michael Howard, head coach Joe Luis and pitcher Sean O’Rourke meet on the mound in a game against Winthrop earlier this season. The Sachems were one victory away from possibly qualifying a postseason berth after Wednesday’s win over Everett.

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