Published in the July 9, 2015

NORTH READING — On Monday night, the North Reading A’s baseball team lost to visiting Beverly, 3–1, at North Reading High. It was the sixth straight defeat as the A’s record fell to 3–12–1 in the North Shore Baseball League.

The Recs (8-5) scored twice in the top of the third inning and once more in the sixth. The A’s run came in the bottom of the third. North Reading had five hits led by Anthony Capuano who went 2 for 4 with the one run batted in.

“Anthony was an all-star for us and he is the best player on the team,” said A’s player-manager Joe Dardeno.

Bob Berry (0-1) was the losing pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs, five hits, four walks and struck out two.

“Bob pitched well,” said Dardeno. “We just struggled with their pitcher who did a good job of locating his fastball.”

On July 2, the A’s were blanked, 11-0, by the North Shore Storm at Peabody High School in a five-inning mercy-rule game.

“We had two close games with then before,” pointed out Dardeno. “We just didn’t play well in that game.”

John Sirois had the lone A’s hit in the game and pitcher James Mundy fell to 0-2 as he lasted only one inning.

In the league All-Star game against the Central New England Baseball League on Sunday night at Haverhill Stadium, the NSBL won, 1-0, as Capuano went 2 for 2 and scored the lone run. Antony Lupi, the A’s other All-Star, was the starting pitcher in that game.

Friday night at 6 p.m., the A’s host the Lynn Brickyard Legends. On Sunday afternoon, North Reading plays the Manchester Marlins at Fraser Field in Lynn. That game will start at 5:30 p.m. All of the league games are at Fraser Field that day as they league tries to raise money for the family of North Shore Phillies manager Jeff Blydell, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Next Monday night at 7:30 p.m,, the A’s visit the Swampscott Sox at Swampscott Middle School.