NEWBURYPORT — Just warming up after a rough first week of the season for both teams, the Newburyport and Triton baseball squads collided for the first time this season at Pettingell Park yesterday. The Clippers (2-2) squeaked out the win on a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning, taking down Triton, 4-3.
“We squeeze, we bunt,” said Clippers coach Steve Malenfant. “We knew coming into the game just how big a game this would be for Triton, and we knew how big of a game it is for us.”
Freshman Scott Webster took to the mound for Newburyport, facing off against sophomore Justin Cashman, and Cashman would get the Vikes’ first hit of the day in the top of the first with a single out to left. Cashman then grabbed second on an overthrow, but Webster got Nick Cornoni to ground out to third to end the threat.
Brian Fiascone had the Clippers’ first hit of the game in the bottom the first, a single to right, then grabbed second on an overthrow and third on a wild pitch. Colt Fontaine drew a walk and stole second then Fiascone grabbed Newburyport’s first run of the day on a passed ball. Connor Wile hit Fontaine in with a single to center in the next pitch to put Newburyport up by two.
“He had a slow start,” McCarthy said of Cashman. “But he’s a kid that, once he finds his groove, he’s tough to hit and that’s how he pitches.”
Cashman did become tough to hit in the bottom of the second inning, going 1-2-3 courtesy of a grounder and two strike outs, but faltered in the third when Fiascone reached on another single, promptly stole second and grabbed third on a wild pitch. Fontaine drew a walk next and Wile knocked in Fiascone with a sacrifice fly to deep center.