Now that warm weather has arrived, the Duxbury bats have thawed out and begun to show the destructive power that Coach Barney Earle felt they had when the season began. Getting home runs from senior Brett Bartlett, junior Shane Dibona, and sophomore Matt Savard, the Dragons took out their frustrations after years of Hanover dominance and pummeled the Indians, 9-3, on Wednesday afternoon in Hanover.

Duxbury pitcher Jeff Blout was superb on the mound, as he held Hanover scoreless until the seventh inning when he began to tire and allowed three runs on five straight singles.{sidebar id=4}

But it was water over the dam at that point, as the Dragons had pushed across nine runs off Hanover pitching, with two of them coming in their first at bat.

With two outs in the first, Dibona ripped a line shot to deep right field for a 1-0 lead. Rich Sciretta followed and reached first on an error, followed by a Colin Woods single. Freshman Phil Sciretta stepped to the plate, and promptly knocked home his brother with a single for a two-run cushion.

Neither team could add any runs over the next three innings, but Duxbury added a single tally in the top of the fifth when Savard crushed a pitch over the left-field fence to make it 3-0.

With the outcome still in the balance, Duxbury entered the top of the sixth inning hoping to score some insurance runs.

Rich Sciretta started the inning with a full swing bunt single that dribbled down toward third. After Woods popped his bunt attempt to the catcher, Phil Sciretta reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Jack Garrity popped out to second, bringing Pat McWilliams to the plate with two outs and two on. The sophomore DH swung and missed at a dropped third strike, but hustled down to first and beat the throw to load the bases.

Baseball can be a game of inches, and McWilliams’ hustle was all the Dragons needed to blow the game wide open.

Savard stepped to the plate and unloaded a shot to left that bounced over the fence for two runs and a 5-0 lead. Bartlett followed and cleared the bases with a 3-run blast over the fence to make it 8-0.{sidebar id=1}

Everything turned to gold in the inning, as Sean Cross legged out an error by the third baseman, and Dibona crushed an RBI double that hit the base of the right field fence for Duxbury’s final run of the game.

“They knew they had the ability to hit the ball like this, but sometimes it just takes awhile to get going. Today they just came out and swung at good pitches. They weren’t chasing the breaking ball and stuck to pitches that were around the plate,” said Earle.

Earlier in the week the Dragons knocked off Silver Lake, 4-3, in Duxbury.

Bartlett continued his outstanding season, as he threw seven innings of four-hit baseball and struck out seven, while Dibona (2 for 3) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh when he raced home on an error.

The week concluded in Weymouth where the Dragons battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score at 4-4, then watched as the Wildcats scored in the bottom of the seventh inning in a heart-breaking 5-4 loss that evens the Dragons record at 4-4 as they entered the spring break.

John Fasciani was on the mound for Duxbury and didn’t last long, as the shoulder problem that has plagued the senior hurler this season forced him to the bench after two batters.

Junior Connor Anderson took over and closed out the inning for Fasciani, but not before the Wildcats had scored three runs to put the pressure on the Dragons.

Weymouth added another run in the bottom of the third, and it was beginning to look like Duxbury’s home opener all over again when the hosts knocked off the Dragons, 5-1.

The game changed dramatically in the top of the fourth when the Duxbury bats came alive. Freshman Phil Sciretta got things going when he reached base on an error and came home immediately when Jack Garrity tripled. Pat McWilliams followed with an RBI single to cut the lead in half.

Savard continued to swing a hot bat and singled to put runners at first and second. Bartlett also singled to load the bases for Cross, who grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated the third Duxbury run.

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Sean Cross

 

With runners at second and third, the ever-dangerous Dibona strolled to the plate and delivered a deep fly to right field that brought home the tying run.

Anderson kept the Weymouth batters off balance over the next three innings, but began to tire in the last of the sixth after getting two outs. Junior Tyler Genereux got the call from the bullpen and retired the only batter he faced.

After failing to score a run in the top of the seventh, the Dragons took the filed behind Genereux, who hit the first batter of the inning. A passed ball put the runner at second, who scored on a line shot to left field to end the game.

Anderson put in a valiant effort in relief, allowing just four hits and striking out two, while Garrity had a big day at the plate with a double and a triple, and Savard also had a pair of hits.

This Saturday night the Dragons will play their first night game of the season when they take on Plymouth North at Chandler Field at 6 p.m.{sidebar id=6}