(Ipswich) The Ipswich Tigers got their elusive first win defeating Manchester-Essex, 5-2, at Bialek Park on a cloudy/windy/cold Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.
The Tigers, now 1-7, were led by the Glaubitz twins (Katie and Rachel). Katie pitched a complete-game six hitter, had two hits and three RBI. Rachel had two hits, scored two runs and drove one in.
Ipswich scored three in the first and added two in the sixth. They had runners on in every inning thanks in part to ME starter Paige Zeval’s eight walks.
The Hornets (3-6) defeated Ipswich, 14-10, on April 6th in the season opener for both teams at Manchester.
ME tallied solo runs in the second and seventh. Base-running miscues killed Hornet scoring chances in the fifth and sixth.
The first four Tigers reached in the first inning and two runs were quickly in. Leadoff batter Carolyn Lynch walked (she did it four times) and reached third on Rachel Glaubitz’ single to right. Rachel took second without a throw. Sister Katie’s fly ball to left caught Mel Tognazzi too deep. Mel charged in (there was some serious wind) for a catch attempt but the ball caromed off her leg out of bounds scoring both runners. Later, Becca Dunlop’s fielder’s choice delivered Katie from third.
The Hornets got a run back in the second. Rachel Gallagher singled up the middle with no outs. A Mel Tognazzi sacrifice bunt followed by Sarah Beckman’s fielder’s choice enabled Rachel to reach third. Sophomore Paige Zeval singled her home from there.
It was a tense/tight 3-1 game until the bottom of the sixth when Ipswich picked up two very-much-needed, insurance runs. Sophomore Carolyn Lynch’s 4th walk started the rally with two outs. Rachel Glaubitz followed with a blast over Hornet centerfielder Coco Bradley’s head. Carolyn scored the Tigers’ 4th run on the play and Rachel reached third on the RBI triple. Her sister singled her home from there with the Tigers’ 5th run.
ME put two runners on with one out in their final at-bat. Third baseman Sami Wideburg then fielded a grounder and touched third. However, her attempt to get the batter (Sam Taylor) at first for a double play resulted in a bad throw and allowed Paige Zeval to cross with the Hornets’ 2nd run. Bailey Graves ended the game with a ground-out to second baseman Becca Dunlop.
In the fifth inning, Bailey Graves was doubled off first after Ipswich shortstop Carolyn Lynch turned Nina Manzo’s line drive into an inning-ending double play. In the sixth inning, Hornets’ Rachel Gallagher doubled with two outs but was thrown out trying to steal third by Tiger catcher Molly Mello.
The Tigers ran into a double play in the third. Pitcher Paige Zeval snared Becca Dunlop’s hot liner and doubled Katie Glaubitz off of 3rd to end that inning.
Former Ipswich slugger Liz Glavin (Wentworth freshman) was on hand to cheer on the Tigers.
Paige Zeval allowed only six hits.
Katie Glaubitz struck out five and walked only one batter.
Nat Caponigro had a pinch hit single in the seventh for ME.
Rachel Gallagher led ME with two hits.
The National Anthem was played before the game started.
Next game for the Hornets is Wednesday at home versus Lynnfield.
Ipswich travels for a makeup game in Tyngsboro against Notre Dame in non-league action tomorrow.
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