(Byfield) Triton was in trouble even before their game with Amesbury started.
Cape Ann League All-Star Shannon Sinton was sidelined because of a preseason injury. The Vikings shortstop will be back with the team in a couple of weeks.
In the season opener for both softball teams Amesbury came away with a decisive, 12-2, win on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians were 17-5 in 2012 and have plenty of that team back. They had hits and base runners in every inning.
And while the Indians were hitting and running the bases and building up an 8-0 lead, their pitcher (senior Carolina Merrill) held Triton scoreless scattering two hits and striking out five.
Amesbury had thirteen hits (by my count) and took the extra base time after time.
Amanda Boswell was the ideal leadoff batter for Amesbury in this one. The speedy junior reached base on all five at bats and scored four runs.
Mara Spears absorbed the loss for Triton. The Viking junior walked only one but despite some pretty good speed couldn’t keep the Indians from making good contact.
Cori Simons had a 2-run single for Triton in the final inning.
This was a non-league game. The CAL league game between the teams is on April 29th.
Today’s game featured three 2012 CAL All-League players – Cori Simons, Cassie Schultz, and Erin Leary. In this game, Erin had a home run down the left field line.
Kelsey Trudel, Shannon Sinton, Carolina Merrill, and Amanda Schell made the CAL All-Star team in 2012.
Last time I saw Amesbury play they were losing a tough 2-0 game at Danvers in the post-season tournament.
Triton’s next game is hosting Pentucket on Friday. Amesbury hosts Georgetown on Thursday.
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