(Byfield MA) Triton ran into some excellent Rockport pitching and defense and lost, 8-0, on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.
Senior Hannah Lorden and junior Jess Collins scattered three hits and never allowed a Triton baserunner to get past second base. The defense behind them made every play without an error.
The home team certainly didn’t help their chances of scoring some runs by running into two outs on the base paths.
Rockport took charge of this game in the fifth inning. Eleven batters came to the plate and six of them scored. Two Triton errors extended the inning for the visitors.
Rockport (7-4) picked up an unearned run in the first inning. Second baseman Kylie Gilroy dropped a popup by leadoff batter Hannah Lorden. Later in the inning, junior Kayla Parisi’s long double to center brought Hannah across.
Triton (5-10) kept Rockport off the scoreboard in the third and fourth thanks to some terrific defense. Rightfielder Cara Orlandi ended the Rockport third with a nice running catch. In the fourth, pitcher Mara Spears ended that one with a stab of a grounder that would have scored runs had it gone through.
Things unraveled for Triton in the fifth inning. Errors by centerfielder Casey Ross and shortstop Rylie Culverwell gave Rockport extra at bats. The visitors had six hits including doubles by Rachel Haselgard and Jess Collins which each delivered two runs. CF Casey Ross was injured running in on a fly ball during the inning and had to leave the game.
Rockport loaded the bases in the seventh inning. Hannah Lorden drove Meghan Tupper home with the 8th Rockport run.
Meghan Tupper had three hits, scored two runs, and had an RBI. Teammates Hannah Lorden, Emily Faulds, and Rachel Davis all had two hits for Rockport.
Senior Mollie Watson will be attending Division 2 Southern New Hampshire next year. Mara Spears will be going to Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Emma McGonagle had two of Triton’s three hits.
Weather? Blue sky and no wind. Beautiful afternoon.
Emma McGonagle and Lily Anderson made outs on the bases for Triton.
Rockport has won three straight. They will be at Lynnfield on Monday.
Triton will be hosting Amesbury on Friday.
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