Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 31, 2019 Baseball: Sachems close with 14 wins, await playoffs By Greg Phipps H aving already achieved one of their best seasons in recent memory, the Saugus Sachems entered this week waiting to find out where they will land in the Div. 3 North baseball tournament. Saugus closed out its season on Monday at home by beating Medford, 4-1, behind a typically strong pitching eff ort from senior ace Todd Tringale. Having compiled 107 strikeouts, a 6-1 record, and four saves on the season thus far, Tringale, who is slated to compete for the University of Massachusetts next year, fanned his 100th batter against Medford. He punched out 14 hitters in all on Monday and gave up only two hits. The Sachems have been on the top end of numerous low-scoring games. Tringale and the rest of the Saugus pitching staff are a big reason for that. “It’s a great accomplishment. Todd has worked hard”" head coach Joe Luis told the Saugus ace Todd Tringale fi nished the regular season with 107 strikeouts and a 6-1 record to help the Sachems to a 14-6 fi nish. press after Monday’s game. “It’s great to coach a player like him and to have him on our team. We’re looking forward to his next start. We’re not done yet and he knows we’re not done yet.” Award-Winning Landscaping Servicing the North Shore for over 38 Years Catcher Jackson Stanton is batting well over .300 and has been an indispensable battery mate for the Saugus pitching staff this season. Over their fi nal four regularseason games, the Sachems went 2-2, losing to Peabody, 5-1, and Stoneham, 2-1. They beat Triton, 3-1, last Thursday. The Sachems fi nished 146, and Luis has said he’s hoping for a fi rst-round game at home. Saugus was seeded 15th in last year’s tourney but nearly upset second-seeded Lynnfi eld in the opening round. They were three outs away from pulling off the stunner before losing, 3-2. With Tringale and other starters Jason Casaletto and Skyler Smith leading the way on the mound and the team’s penchant for timely offense, the Sachems appear to be a genuine threat in Div. 3 this spring. Catcher Jackson Stanton has been a key fi gure behind the plate, helping to keep the entire pitching staff operating at a top level. Meanwhile his offense hasn’t been bad either, as he is hitting over .300 for the season. Jack Devereaux is also hitting well over .300, as is C.J. Graffeo, who has also been strong defensively at fi rst base. Shortstop Ronnie Paolo has also been eff ective in the leadoff spot with an on-base percentage of well over .400. In the win over Triton, Tringale fanned 11 and was reached for four hits. Stanton singled twice and drove in a run, and Devereaux drove in two with a three-for-three effort. NOW BOOKING NEW CUSTOMERS! DON’T WAIT! Call 781-321-2074 Pavers * Walkways * Patios * Driveways * Pool Decks Planting * Perennials * Shrubs * Trees New Lawns * Sod * Hydroseed Flowers/Annuals/Mums * Conventional Seeding * Synthetic Complete Maintenance * Cleanups (Spring & Fall) * Lawn Cutting, Edging & Weeding * Lawn Fertilizer Programs * Trim & Prune Shrubs * Mulching, Thatching Interlock Block * Fire Pits * Sitting Walls * Pillers Landscape Lighting * Design * Install * Repair * Night Illumination

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