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THE PEABODY ADVOCATE - Friday, August 4, 2017

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Peabody team notches 4th seed in North Shore League playoffs By Greg Phipps

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oncluding their regular season with a close 6-5 victory over the Newburyport Nor’Easters on Sunday at Twi Field in Danvers, the Peabody Champions notched the fourth seed in the North Shore Baseball League post-season. Led by player-manager Mike Giardi, the Champions finished 15-9 and in fourth, six points behind the first-place Swampscott Sox (18-6). Peabody is set to face off against the fifth-place North Shore Phillies (14-9-1) in the opening round of the playoffs this week. In Sunday’s win over the Nor’Easters, lefty starter David Hoar struck out 11 hitters but also walked eight. He gave up just five hits and was able to battle

Peabody’s David Ruggiero is greeted at the plate after smashing a two-run homer.

On Sunday at Twi Field in Danvers lefty David Hoar fanned 11 batters in his six innings of work to help the Peabody Champions to a 6-5 win in their final regular season game. (Advocate photos by Greg Phipps)

ERA) and Mike Driscoll (25.1 innings pitched, 2.49 ERA, 34 strikeouts). The league’s top eight teams made

Jon Cahill proceeds out of the batter’s box while lacing this third-inning single on Sunday.

through six innings. Greg Ladd pitched a perfect seventh to earn the win in relief. Meanwhile the offense produced enough run support. David Ruggiero tied the game at 2-2 when he smoked a two-run blast over the left field fence in the third inning. Mark Shorey also went deep for the Champions, who got two hits each from Chad Martin, Derek Lyons and Jon Cahill. Mike Manni drove in two runs. Entering this week’s playoffs, Peabody is led by Shorey’s 20 RBIs and 5 homers and Ruggiero’s 14 RBIs. Ruggiero and Lyons own the team lead in hits with 24 each. Shorey is a close sec-

ond with 22. On the mound, Mike Gallo has been the workhorse, going 4-5, hurling over 40 innings and fanning 40 while posting an ERA of 1.89. Tyler Fitzgerald has the next most innings pitched with 17.2. The sixth-place North Shore Storm (13-11) also play their home games at Peabody High School’s Bezemes Diamond. They open the playoffs against the third-place Beverly Recs (16-8). The Storm are led offensively by Jim Leavitt and Dan Bonito, with 15 RBIs each, and Jack Wilhoite with 14. The pitching is anchored by Steve Leavitt (4-0, 2.67

Peabody first baseman Chad Martin prepares to catch a foul pop in Sunday’s win over Newburyport.

the post-season’s opening round this week. Top-seeded Swampscott is set to meet the eighth-place Marblehead Seasiders, and the second-place Kingston Night Owls are scheduled to battle the seventh-place Saugus Wings.

Reunion Band Bluegrass Concert at the Peabody Institute Library

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he Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce that the Reunion Band will perform as part of its annual Fall Concert Series. The concert will be held on Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Known for its tight vocal harmonies and solid traditional bluegrass sound, the Reunion Band features veteran Boston-area musicians Richard Brown (mandolin), Dave Dillon (rhythm guitar), Margaret Gerteis (acoustic bass), Laura Orshaw (fiddle)

and, most recently, Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo). The band, which has been around since 2002, takes its name from the fact that its members have played together off and on and in various configurations for over 30 years. For more information and to reserve your seat, please call 978-5310100 ext. 10, or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary.org. The Fall Concert Series is generously supported by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation.

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