(Amesbury) Lynnfield’s Mel Mancinelli tossed a 3-hit shutout as the Pioneers defeated Amesbury, 4-0, on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.
Mel was the big story as she only allowed four base runners the entire game. The CAL All-Leaguer issued just one walk and during one stretch retired fourteen batters in a row. She had seven strikeouts.
Amesbury (11-3) threatened in the first (Cassie Schultz triple) and second (runners on second and third with two out) but couldn’t do any damage.
Lynnfield (10-5) had eight hits and base runners in every inning except the fifth. However, it took Amesbury errors to put the finishing touches on all four of the Pioneers’ runs.
In the second, Jade Palladino and Mandy McQueen reached third and second with two outs. A routine grounder to second baseman Alexis Boswell looked to be the inning ender but first baseman Sarah McCullough couldn’t handle the throw and both runners scored.
In the third, Lynnfield put runners on first (courtesy runner Julia Eliopoulos) and third (Katie Rowe) with one out. Mel Mancinelli followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt that Sarah McCullough threw past first allowing Katie Rowe to score. Later in the inning, Mandy McQueen’s fielder’s choice enabled Julia Eliopoulos to cross with the fourth Pioneer run.
Those four runs were more than enough on this afternoon.
Carolina Merrill went the first five for Amesbury and gets a tough loss thanks to four unearned runs.
Cassie Schultz, Erin Leary, and Autumn Kligerman had the Indians three hits.
Katie Rowe paced Lynnfield with three hits. Jade Palladino had two hits.
Amesbury defeated Lynnfield, 5-2, in a nonleague game at Lynnfield on April 13th.
Amesbury has now lost two straight after winning seven straight.
With the tenth win, Lynnfield qualifies for the end-of-the-season state tournament. Coach Peter Marinelli told me that he nearly had that 10th win last game against Rockport. He also told me that Rockport coach Diane Parisi played for him when he coached Stoneham.
Next game (weather permitting) for Lynnfield is at Manchester-Essex tomorrow afternoon. Amesbury is at Triton on Wednesday.
When I see corner infielders not wearing face masks I ask myself the following questions: (1) Why do the players still make the final decision and (2) How serious an injury will it take before masks are required?
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