(Newburyport) Pentucket scored three runs in the first and they held up as the Sachems defeated Newburyport, 3-1, in Cape Ann League softball on Wednesday afternoon at Cashman Park.
Weather conditions were challenging with a steady gale blowing in from right field under a cloudy sky. I thought I saw whitecaps on the Merrimac River in the distance!
Julianne Meehan struck out thirteen batters after she had those three runs to work with in the top of the first.
The Sachem runs were the result of two Clipper errors. Taylor Summit’s bobble on a grounder allowed Colleen Jenkins to reach safely and she was driven home on Julianne Meehan’s double to left. Beth Castantini had the next batter (Megan Haley) struck out but catcher Cassie Davis dropped the ball and then threw it into right field scoring Julianne with the second run. Bernadette Corrado long triple to left scored Megan with Pentucket’s third and final run.
Those runs didn’t seem like that many early on but as Julianne flashed the K pitch it became difficult for the Clippers to string hits together. In fact, they didn’t get their first hit until Shannon Brunault’s infield one in the 5th.
The Clippers (8-3) didn’t lack base runners through five innings. They stranded eight. The key for Julianne was her ability to strike out Kendra Dow. She did it in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th. Each time for the last out of the inning with runners aboard. Kendra ended up stranding seven runners.
The Clippers broke through for an unearned run in the sixth inning. Molly Rowe, who had replaced Beth Castantini in the fifth, hit a sinking liner to right that got by right fielder Julia Torvi and Molly reached third. Taylor Summit’s single to center drove in the run.
Newburyport didn’t get another hit or base runner over the final inning and 2/3.
Pentucket (7-5) has now won two straight.
CF Eleni Kacher and SS Kendra Dow had a near collision in the sixth chasing a pop fly.
Sarah Dickinson made several strong throws from short for Pentucket.
Pentucket stranded runners in every inning.
Julianna allowed just four hits.
Pentucket had seven hits including two infield hits by Kaci Dumas.
( I collect my own stats and take my own pictures. Mistakes sometimes happen.)