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April 26, 2013

Newburyport baseball team answers Pentucket's call

The Newburyport and Pentucket baseball teams met at Pettingell Park for the first time yesterday and the Clippers showed their fans that they can rally, overcoming an early four-run deficit to tame the Sachems 9-4.

“It was a good response by our team after a disappointing loss (Wednesday),” Clippers coach Steve Malenfant said after taking a nine-inning, 2-1 loss to Hamilton Wenham the day before. “We responded well as a team and that’s extremely important.”

Newburyport left-handed senior Connor MacRae started the afternoon off in fine form at the top of the first inning, going 1-2-3. Pentucket countered with right-handed senior Gerald Scutt, who was making his second varsity start.

MacRae struggled mightily in the top of the second when he hit Connor McGuirk with a pitch, then allowed a triple to Jake Bordeianu to score Pentucket’s first run of the day. The second run was scored by the next batter, Pat Beaton, who scored Bordeianu with a single past shortstop; and the third run was driven in with a double from Dylan Wright. D.J. Englke stepped to the plate next, scoring Wright with a single before MacRae would strike out Josh Creamer to end the bleeding, down four.

Clipper Mike Sweeney started the bottom of the second with a single and steal, then grabbed third on a ground out. MacRae drew a walk next before Travis Wile scored him and Sweeney with a double to deep centerfield to draw Newburyport within two.

MacRae seemed to find his way in the dark in the top of the third, going 1-2-3 again, and his offense kept pace in the bottom the frame. Brian Fiascone reached with a single and stole second before grabbing third on a strike-out, throw-out play and scoring on a ground out.

Newburyport tied things up in the bottom the fourth when freshman Scott Webster hit a lead-off double then moved to third on a MacRae single. Travis Wile hit Webster home with a double out to left field that chased Scutt from the game in lieu of Bordeianu.

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