(Newburyport MA) Senior Bryana Michitson recorded her 500th strikeout as Haverhill defeated Newburyport, 13-4, on a sunny morning/afternoon at Pepe Field on Monday.
Bryana (Assumption commit) also had a home run in the Hillies 5th inning. She limited the Clippers to three singles.
Newburyport (0-4) fell behind by three runs early but were able to keep the deficit there until a 12-batter, 7-run Haverhill 6th inning settled this one.
The Hillies (2-2) had a tough loss to Merrimack Valley Conference rival Central Catholic on Saturday, after the visiting Raiders rallied for nine runs in the last two innings to win, 14-12.
No rallies in today’s game. Bryana saw to that striking out thirteen including two in every inning except the sixth.
That sixth inning looked promising for the Clippers. After a dropped fly ball (Lindsay Joubert CF) and a single (Meghan Winn), there was a single by Jade Carpenter. Bases loaded? Not today. Meghan overran second and Kerri McLaughlin’s throw to SS Molly McGonagle produced an out at second. Newburyport ended up getting just one run out of an inning that could have started with the bases loaded and no outs.
Sophomore Ashley Moore paced Haverhill with three hits (including a home run in the 7-run sixth inning), and three RBI. Ashley also stole two bases and made a nice running catch in the Newburyport 5th.
Sophomore Jadynne Hill scored three runs and drove in two runs for the Hillies.
Newburyport’s most productive inning was the third. Catcher’s interference and a Haverhill infield error turned into a run with an infield hit by Anne Siemasko. Later in that same inning Meghan Winn walked and the ball eluded Haverhill catcher Andrea Albano. Paige Gouldthorpe alertly came home and teammate Anne Siemasko followed when Andrea’s throw got past pitcher Bryana Michitson.
Haverhill collected four hits in a row (Lindsay Joubert, Andrea Albano, Jadynne Hill, Bryana Mitchitson) before Ashley Moore’s homer in the decisive sixth inning.
Today’s win was Bryana’s 34th. Quite a career and still counting. There have been four no-hitters so far and a perfect game. Most strikeouts in a game? Last year she had nineteen versus North Andover.
Coach Kara Milillo (3rd year) has also been a big story at Haverhill. She has definitely turned a team that was 29-67 around making the post-season last year for the first time in six years.
It has been a struggle for Newburyport. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games going back into last season. Playing two MVC teams (North Andover, Haverhill) back-to-back is a tough way to turn things around. Ahead is the Cape Ann League schedule and I would expect the Clippers to start putting W’s together.
Weather was remarkable for April.
This game actually started ten minutes early. Glad I decided to be ½ hour early!
Haverhill – 3-0-2-0-1-7-0 = 13
Newburyport – 0-0-3-0-0-1-0 = 4
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