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.