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Sires' no-hitter shuts down Berlin



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JEFF SIRES (left) and catcher Albie Jacobs celebrate Sires’ no-hitter over Berlin on Wednesday, May 5. Dennis Coughlin. (click for larger version)
May 10, 2010
NORTH CONWAY — It was a good week in many ways for the Kennett baseball team.

Not only did the Eagles net three wins in three games, senior Jeff Sires tossed a no-hitter to beat Berlin and help move the Eagles to 6-3 on the season.

"He did a good job," coach Bob Burns said of the senior hurler, who allowed just two runners in seven innings of work against the Mounties on Wednesday, May 5. One runner reached on an error in the second and another was hit by a pitch in the fourth.

Third baseman Josh Drew had a big hand in preserving the no-hitter, making two plays that stood out to Burns when thinking about the contest.

In the first inning, Drew stabbed a line drive that was ripped down the third base line and in the seventh inning he was able to knock down a tough bouncing ball and recover quickly enough to throw out the runner.

That win came on the heels of a 13-7 win over Plymouth on Monday, May 3. In that game, Drew and Nick Massa each had three hits and Alex Milford, Sires and Albie Jacobs each chipped in with a pair of hits. The Eagles knocked out 13 hits on the afternoon, scoring four runs in the first, one in the second, three in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth.

"Plymouth is a much better ball club," Burns said, comparing the Bobcats to when they hosted the Eagles in the season's first week. "They played pretty well, but we played pretty well too."

Michael Larson pitched five innings for the win and Sires finished up with two innings of relief work in advance of his no-hitter two days later.

The Eagles followed up Sires' no-no with a 5-2 win over Oyster River on Friday, May 7.

Kennett plated tree runs in the second, one in the fifth and another in the sixth. They pounded out 10 hits on the day, while Larson allowed only six hits to the Bobcats, who scored one in the fourth and another in the seventh.

Drew again had three hits, while Dave Ingram, Massa and Sires each had two hits.

"We were pretty much in control the whole game," Burns said.

The veteran Eagle coach was certainly pleased with the team's move from 3-3 to 6-3 on the season.

"It's a good week when you go from 3-3 to 6-3," he noted.

The Eagles will be in action on Monday, May 17, when they travel to Durham for a rematch with Oyster River at 4:15 p.m. On Wednesday, May 19, they head in the other direction, getting a rematch with Berlin at 4 p.m.

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