Coming into Amesbury tied for first place in Cape Ann League Division 2, the Lynnfield softball team was unable to hang onto an early lead yesterday at Amesbury Middle School.
The Indians put together an eight-run bottom of the sixth inning to take sole possession of first place, 9-5.
“It seemed like we were the visiting team just getting off the bus,” said Indians coach Chris Perry. “We’ve been practicing in the mornings and everything, so it’s not like we didn’t have enough practice. But we’ll take (the win).”
Lynnfield wasted no time getting started, scooping up four quick runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-RBI triple from Jade Palladino. Palladino was then brought home, thanks to a home run from Malia Roberto, before Amesbury pitcher Carolina Merrill could find a groove.
Palladino found herself in a jam as well on the mound at the end of the first when Alexis Boswell reached with a lead off-double, followed by a single from Cassie Schultz. Both runners found themselves in scoring position thanks to Amanda Schell, but were stranded due to a pop-up.
Merrill struggled with her location in the top of the second, allowing Sydney Johnian to steal home before finding her footing in the third as Palladino kept cruising until the bottom of the fifth.
“She had us off balance,” Perry said of Palladino. “But I guess we got the message a little bit, hitting.”
Indians veteran Janine Fatal reached on a single at the start of the fifth, then moved to second base on a wild pitch. Lauren Fedorchak came to the plate next for the Indians, scoring Fatal with a double to centerfield to put her team on the board, 5-1.
“We started to hit the first couple of innings before that,” Perrry said of the fifth inning. “But that is what happens sometimes. We had a couple of runners, and there were those two line shots that they caught. Also, I didn’t know if we would have enough time to catch up.”