LYNN — Pentucket baseball’s state tournament run came to an abrupt end yesterday, as the Sachems were no-hit by Hamilton-Wenham’s Austen Michel in the Division 3 North semifinals.
The Generals’ ace was dominant from the first pitch, striking out the game’s first six batters, finishing with a stunning 15 strikeouts on the day.
“Their kid pitched an excellent game and we made mistakes at the wrong time,” said Pentucket coach Tom L’Italien. “They deserved the game, they played better than we did.”
The first half of the game was a power pitching clinic, as Michel and Pentucket starter Bobby Barry both started sharp. In the first two innings alone, Michel and Barry combined for 11 strikeouts, and both teams would carry no-hitters into the fifth inning before Hamilton-Wenham’s Ian Dickey finally broke through with a single to center.
The Generals took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third after Generals senior Brett Harring walked, advanced to third on an error and then came around to score on a passed ball.
Pat Beaton came on in relief for Barry shortly after that, and Barry finished with the line of 3.2 innings pitched, one run, no hits, four walks and seven strikeouts.
The Sachems did have a few chances to put some runs on the board. In the first inning, D.J. Englke hit a towering fly ball to left field that would have easily been a home run had it not been foul.
Then in the top of the fifth, right fielder John Sirios was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then stole second to get into scoring position with no outs. Michel responded by striking out the next three Pentucket batters to get out of the inning unscathed.
Down three heading into the seventh, after the Generals scored twice in the sixth, Englke put down a perfect bunt and reached first after the third baseman fumbled the ball for an error.