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Sachems edge Peabody in late-inning thriller

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  In another typical tight game for the Saugus High School baseball team, the Sachems came out on top by holding off the Peabody Tanners in a one-run, late-inning victory on Tuesday at Peabody. The win catapulted the Sachems back over the .500 mark for the season.

  In a contest that entered the seventh inning tied at 2-2, Saugus rallied for three runs in the top of the frame to jump ahead 5-2. Braden Faiella’s two-run single gave Saugus a 4-2 lead, and a passed ball led to the fifth tally. From there, the Sachems held on as Peabody threatened with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. But a line drive out to center field ended the game and secured a 5-4 win for Saugus.

  Reliever Ryan Mabee earned the save by registering the final out. Starting pitcher Nathan Ing notched the victory by going six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and fanning nine.

  Faiella finished with three RBIs for the game. Also contributing offensively were Ryan Anderson with a hit and an RBI, Cam Soroko with a hit and Drew Gardiner with a hit. Saugus led 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth when the Tanners struck twice to even the game at 2-2.

  The Sachems have a key Northeastern Conference matchup against Danvers at home Friday. The Falcons scored a 2-0 win when the two squads met back in April.

  Last Friday night, Saugus emerged victorious, 16-6, against Greater Lawrence Tech in the first-ever night game played at World Series Park. Several Sachem players had multiple-hit performances. Michael Howard drilled three hits, including a double, while Anthony Cicolini, Soroko and Faiella each had two knocks.

  Three pitchers combined to work the win. Mabee started and hurled two frames. He was followed by Anthony Macone, who worked two innings, and Matt MacEachern tossing the final two frames. The trio combined for 10 strikeouts.

  After Friday’s game against Danvers, the Sachems, who sat at 6-5 overall after Tuesday’s victory, hit the road for games at Hamilton-Wenham on Monday, May 9, and Masconomet on Wednesday, May 11.

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Anthony Cicolini belted two hits, including a double, in last Friday’s victory under the lights at World Series Park.

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