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NORTHEAST BASEBALL LEAGUE: Tewksbury Edges Dracut, Falls To Billerica

Jun 24, 2017 09:38AM ● By Theresa Gilman

David Miller gets cut down at home on a great throw from the outfield.

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Tewksbury Northeast Baseball.)

Tuesday, 6/20
Dracut 4
*Tewksbury 5
The Tewksbury Northeast baseball team picked up its first win of the young season Tuesday night as it came from behind to defeat a game Dracut squad 5-4. Both teams went on the attack early, each posting a run in the first inning. Infielder Jared Whitby catalyzed the Redmen offense with a leadoff single. He advanced to second on a single by the next batter, catcher Derek Graffeo. Pitcher Kyle Obst drove Whitby in with a well-placed ground ball for an RBI to help his cause.

While the Redmen struggled to score over the next three innings, Obst settled in on the mound, yielding only five hits over seven innings of work. In the visitor’s half of the fifth, Dracut surged ahead with a two-base error, a walk and a single to take a two-run lead heading into the late innings. Kyle Almeida got the offense rolling with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth. He later came around to score on a messy throwing error by the visitors. After Obst retired the side in the top of the sixth, the home team capitalized on urgent hitting in the home half of the sixth. Colby Wilson recorded his first hit of the season to lead off the inning. A double by Obst brought Wilson around to score, evening the game up 3-3. Infielder Nathan Ell advanced Wilson and extended the no-out offensive attack by roping a single up the middle. After Ell advanced to second with a stolen base, Lucas Frost pushed the Redmen over the top with a two RBI single to plate Wilson and Ell. While Dracut threatened in the seventh, Obst got out of the inning with some help from his defense to secure the team’s first win of the season. The Redmen are now 1-2 and return to action Thursday at Billerica.

Thursday, 6/22
Tewksbury 6
*Billerica 8
Please see Photo Gallery for shots from Thursday's game.
The Tewksbury Northeast team dropped a tough one to league-leading Billerica in an away contest on Thursday evening by a score of 8-6. The team was missing their go-to number 2 starter to a family vacation, so Jared Whitby and Kyle Almeida stepped up and shouldered the load on the mound. Tewksbury’s bats were relatively quiet through the first three innings, producing only two hits and no runs. Meanwhile on the defensive side, after cruising through the first inning on only seven pitches, the wheels started to wobble for the Redmen.

Billerica scored one in the second on a passed ball before breaking open the game in the third when a bases-loaded triple cleared the bases. A passed ball allowed another run in the third to bring the score to 5-0 Indians. The Redmen showed signs of life in the top of the fourth. Designated hitter Kyle Obst roped a double to start the inning, and was later brought around to score when outfielder Kyle Lombardo added a double of his own. Tewksbury continued to chip away in the top of the fifth when first baseman Jack Menard led off the inning with a double. The inning ended as outfielder Colby Wilson drove in Menard from third while a strong relay from the Billerica outfield cut the trailing runner down at the plate. Wilson’s RBI brought the game to a 5-2 score.

In the sixth, the Redmen capitalized on fielding miscues, extra bases, and timely hitting. Kyle Obst continued his habit of leading off the inning by reaching base. Obst went first to third on a double by shortstop Nathan Ell that he drove the other way down the right field line. After a shallow fly out from Almeida failed to produce a run, Obst was able to score on a passed ball. The next two batters, Lombardo and outfielder Adam Trudeau each reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Then, Menard produced another big hit, bringing around Ell and Lombardo to tie up the game at 5-5. The attack didn’t end there as Whitby kept the train rolling with another single to score Trudeau for the go-ahead run. Hesitation on a scoring attempt on a passed ball cost the Redmen a run and an out which was followed by a ground out to end the rally.

In the bottom half of the sixth, the script was flipped on the team from Tewksbury, as Billerica led off the inning with two walks, a fly out, and a hit-by-pitch. All three free bases came around to score for the Indians, as they handed the Redmen their third loss of the season.

The Tewksbury Northeast team returns to action Monday against border-rival Wilmington as they begin a 5-game mid-season home stretch.
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