(Byfield) The hits kept coming.
Triton batted around in three innings and launched three home runs defeating Newburyport, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon.
“The girls spent a lot of time yesterday in the cage inside and it paid off today,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.
The Vikings (5-2) had fifteen hits and except for a quiet fifth inning gave the Newburyport defense plenty of action.
“We can’t give more than three outs an inning,” said Clippers coach Bob Gillespie. “You give extra outs and they’re going to pound you.”
There were two Newburyport infield errors in the Triton five-run fourth inning.
“It was a great team effort for us top to bottom,” said Coach Noyes. All nine of the Vikings starters made contributions.
Junior Izzy Oldoni had four hits (including a homer) and a walk. Izzy scored three times and did a good job battling the sun on fly balls in centerfield.
Freshman Emma Penniman had what Coach Noyes called, “her best game.” Emma homered twice and pitched the final 3+ innings.
I saw Emma get a single in three at-bats against Lynnfield, so I was very surprised to see her stroke two solid shots over the rightfield fence.
“The pitches I hit were low and outside,” explained Emma afterwards. “Those were my first homers for Triton.”
Junior Grace Romine batted ninth and had three hits and two RBI.
The Clippers (2-5) were hardly held hitless. They had hits in every inning but the seventh when Emma Penniman struck out the side.
Sophomore Emily Meleedy had a bases-clearing blast in the fourth inning.
Emily’s shot, which would have disrupted a tennis match in the distance, narrowed the Triton lead to, 9-5. However, the Vikings answered with five runs in their half of that inning to restore their big lead.
“Mallory (Johnson) started for us and only made one bad pitch,” said Coach Noyes. “Emma (Penniman) came in and closed it down. We now have a pitching staff.”
“Hopefully, we’re building something special here,” he added. “We haven’t lost at home yet. We’ll see what happens as the season goes along.”
“We didn’t hit the ball well today and that’s a credit to their pitchers,” said Coach Gillespie. “We play them again at our place. We’ll see what happens there.”
Both shortstops (Kyla Story & Emma Keefe) made diving stops that kept hits from getting to the outfield and runs scoring.
Leftfielder Matigan Richmond made a nice running catch.
If you don’t dress warmly for an outdoor game at Triton, you haven’t been there before! Temperatures were in the 50’s and there was a cold wind. Fortunately, there was plenty of action on the field to lessen your awareness of the conditions.
Newburyport 0 0 1 4 2 1 0 = 8
Triton 5 0 4 5 0 2 – = 16
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