(Byfield) The Triton Vikings got all the runs they needed in the first inning and then rode the 8-strikeout effort of Marion Dullea to a 3-1 win over Ipswich on Tuesday afternoon at Triton. Marion allowed just two hits.
The victory gets Triton off to a nice 1-0 start in the Cape Ann League.
Even in defeat the Tigers had to be pleased by their effort. They were on the wrong end of a 15-0 mercy-rule disaster against Amesbury in non-league play the day before.
Ipswich pitcher Katie Glaubitz walked two of the first three batters she faced and both of them scored. Jenn Delaney drove in Cori Simons with a fielders choice while a single to center by Kelsey Trudel delivered Emily Jutras.
Those two runs were enough but the Vikings got another in the second when Cori’s double in the gap brought home Shannen Sinton with the third Triton run.
That 3-0 lead held up for a while as Marion retired eleven straight Tigers before Liz Glavin reached on an error by Jenn Delaney in the 4th inning. Sam Wideberg followed with a walk but Marion caught Cassie Taraska looking to end the threat.
The next inning (5th) Maddy Pinciaro led off for Ipswich and reached on a bunt single. The Tiger third baseman would get all the way to third before Marion K’d Michelle Mitchell to keep the Tigers shut out.
Ipswich scored its lone run in the 6th when catcher Liz Glavin ripped a ball down the left field line that Emily Jutras couldn’t cut off. Triton didn’t handle the relay back in cleanly and Liz scored standing up.
The Tigers stranded runners in both of the final two innings.
Marion threw plenty of strikes and caught five Tigers looking during her complete-game effort.
Katie Glaubitz settled down nicely over the final four innings allowing just two Viking base runners.
The Ipswich girls had a chant for almost every situation. There seemed to be no limit to their creativity.
The lack of seating and any sort of scoreboard might be enough to discourage the average spectator. I tried sitting on the edge of the field. That location stopped being a good idea when someone mentioned the abundance of deer ticks in the area.