(Byfield MA) That’s two straight for the Triton softball team.
The Vikings (2-8) defeated winless Ipswich, 13-1, on a windy, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.
The game ended in the fifth inning when Taylor Johnson slid across after a wild pitch to kick in the 12-run mercy rule.
Mara Spears, coming off a 3-hitter in the Vikings, 2-0, win at Saugus on Friday, tossed another 3-hitter against the visiting Tigers. Mara walked only one Tiger and the Triton defense was flawless behind her.
Ipswich put the three hits together in the second inning and got their only run as Amy Neenan drove in teammate Carolyn Lynch with a single.
The Vikings took full advantage of Ipswich walks, wild pitches, and errors through the first three innings to take a commanding, 9-1, lead.
In the final inning plus, Triton rapped six hits to collect four more runs.
The Vikings sent nine batters to the plate in three of the 4+ innings they batted.
Christine Ciccone paced Triton with two RBI both on walks. Lily Anderson, Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, and Mara Spears had one RBI each.
The top three in the Vikings’ batting order (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Mara Spears) each scored three runs. Mara had as many hits (three) as she gave Ipswich.
IHS starter sophomore Abby Sadoway issued nine walks in three innings of work. Five of the nine runners that scored did so on wild pitches.
Freshman Katie Lynch started the fourth and yielded four runs on six hits.
Ipswich (0-5) has allowed 83 runs through five games with the large number of free passes hurting the Tigers. IHS coach Jim Hounam (coached Triton for 20+ years) will look to turn things around tomorrow when Ipswich hosts Georgetown.
Triton has turned its season around after starting with eight straight losses under first-year coach Michele Brewer. In the string of losses, the Vikings were on the wrong end of three one-run games.
In the 2-0 win over Saugus, Rylee Culverwell had a home run.
Triton will be at Lynnfield tomorrow (Tuesday).
Carolyn Lynch (Ipswich) and Mara Spears (Triton) were Cape Ann League All-League selections in 2013. Jill Lombard (Ipswich) was a CAL All-Star.
Sophomore Rylee Culverwell looks like a natural at shortstop. She played 3B last year.
Triton catcher Julia Hartman walked all four times she batted.
Weather? Any time you come to Triton there will be wind. If you ever come there when it is cloudy you can expect it to be colder than you planned.
Triton used to only have a fence in right field. It is now extended around the entire outfield. There was no way a ball could ever be hit over that fence the way the wind was blowing in from left field this afternoon.
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