(Byfield) Have yourself a game, Mallory Johnson!
The Triton sophomore had everything going today and led the Vikings to a, 13-1, win over Lynnfield in Cape Ann League action.
Mallory gave the Pioneers (0-2) trouble whether she was pitching or hitting.
She pitched five innings (mercy rule) and gave up just one hit (Sophia Brown) and struck out seven batters.
“It was the best I’ve seen her pitch in the two years that I’ve been here,” said Vikings coach Alan Noyes afterwards.
“She’s now able to throw the ball by kids on the inside rather than nibbling away on the outside,” he added.
Mallory the hitter was equally impressive. She had a hit in each of her four at-bats including a solo homer in the third inning. She also scored three times.
Even Mallory, herself, had to admit (reluctantly) afterwards that she “thought she had a good game.” The stats were screaming that she had done just that!
“Triton is a strong team,” said Lynnfield coach Peter Marinelli post-game. “His infield is very good, and he has some real good hitters.”
Triton (2-1) scored in every inning and had contributions from every batter in their lineup.
Sophomore Kyla Story had a two-run homer during the bat-around fifth inning.
Reghan Haley had two hits and scored twice. Teammate Izzy Oldini drove in a pair of runs.
“We’re getting better every day,” said Coach Noyes.
It was a tough afternoon for Lynnfield.
“It was a very long day,” said Coach Marinelli. “We’re missing kids and we have people playing out of position. We’re inexperienced and some of the players are still learning what to do before the ball is hit to them.”
Several times this afternoon, Pioneers’ fielders would have the ball and hesitate, and Triton would take extra bases.
The Vikings were missing Haleigh Harris (concussion protocol) but Skylar Colburn filled in nicely behind the plate.
“Skylar was good back there,” said Mallory. “I threw mostly fastballs. I felt strong today, much better than usual.”
Sophia Brown pitched for Lynnfield and also had the Pioneers hit.
Sophia’s solid shot up the middle led off the Lynnfield fifth inning. Catie Kampersal ran for Sophia and scored the Pioneers run.
Triton 2 1 3 2 5 = 13
Lynnfield 0 0 0 0 1 = 1
Nice weather for April 11th. Temperatures were close to sixty with plenty of sun.
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