(Newburyport MA) “It was a good baseball game for six innings,” lamented Newburyport coach Mark Rowe afterwards.
Triton erupted for five runs in the seventh inning and claimed a, 7-2, win over the Clippers.
Senior Cael Kohan was the complete-game winner for the Vikings.
“Cael was awesome,” said Triton coach Ryan McCarthy post-game.
“In this (hot) weather, I kept checking with him and he just wanted to go back out there,” said Coach McCarthy. “He was gutsy out there.”
Cael scattered four hits and recorded nine strikeouts. He also drove in the go-ahead run in the game-turning seventh inning.
“We’ve been in a bit of a funk at the plate the last couple of games but the pitching we’ve faced has something to do with it,” said Coach Rowe. “Cael pitched a great game.”
Cael said that he felt, “really great after the game. I could go again.”
Triton (7-6) went up by two after 3 ½ innings. Brady Lindholm and Joe Abt had RBIs.
The Clippers (10-3) tied it in their half of the fourth inning on a Ryan Archer two-run single to rightfield.
“We were up by two,” said Coach McCarthy, “but Newburyport came back. They are a very good team.”
The fourth was the only inning that Cael struggled as he gave up three walks and hit a batter. “I fell apart in that one inning,” said Cael.
But after the Ryan Archer two-run single, Cael regained control. A couple of strikeouts minimized the damage in the fourth inning. He allowed only two baserunners over the final three innings.
Luke Stallard started for Newburyport and limited the Vikings to two runs over 5+ innings.
Jack Fehlner finished the sixth for Newburyport.
“In the seventh there was a leadoff walk and then Triton really started hitting the ball,” recalled Coach Rowe. “Jack is one of the best pitchers in the league and they just teed off on him. But those things happen. He’ll be back.”
A walk (Tim Carter), a sacrifice bunt (DJ Watson), and a wild pitch put pinchrunner Stone Butler on third with one out. Next was a walk (Brady Lindholm). Still no runs yet but three straight run-producing singles followed by Cael Kohan, Kyle Odoy, and Joe Abt.
Later, Ryan Lindholm had an RBI double.
“We wanted to put some pressure on them,” said Coach McCarthy. “We had some great at-bats in the last inning.”
Cael enjoyed the five-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. “I was confident that my team would make plays behind me. I was just throwing strikes.”
Cael said, “My curveball was great. I was hitting my spots with the fastball.”
Junior Joe Abt led the Triton attack with three hits and two RBI.
Cael Kohan, Kyle Odoy, and Ryan Lindholm each had two hits for the Vikings.
Luke Stallard paced Newburyport with two hits. Ryan Archer had two RBI.
The two teams faced each other on opening day in May and the Clippers put a six-run inning together defeating Triton, 10-4.
The last ten times the two teams have faced each other they have each won five times.
The teams will meet again in the Spofford championship game on Saturday at Georgetown.
After two straight days of games being cancelled because of the heat, it was good to see games being played even with temperatures in the 80s.
Cael pitched an impressive game today, but his college future involves another sport, golf. He’ll be playing golf at Bryant University in the fall.
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