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May 8, 2013

Newburyport draws first blood

Clippers beat Indians in first of two-game season series

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Reidy found his groove again, going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth. He watched teammate Mac Short reach on a passed ball with one out in the top of the sixth. Shawn Bannon moved Short over with a single past shortstop. But MacRae settled down, getting Cullen and Fitzgerald swinging.

Morris hit a single with one out in the bottom of the sixth, and was pinch run for by Chance Carpenter, who immediately stole second and then scored easily on a single from Ryan Short. The Clippers had a 4-1 lead heading into the top of seventh. They saw a trio of base runners, but no damage done to the final tally as John Pesci was thrown out at the plate with one out and Devlin Gobeil struck out swinging.

“Our pitching is doing the job for us, and our fielding is coming up with big plays on occasion,” said Malenfant. “Ian Michaels’ throw to the plate (in the top of the seventh inning) to get an important run made a difference, and Connor (Wile) did a good job as well.”

Now at 6-6 on the season, Indians coach Gene Burnham tipped his cap to MacRae.

“MacRae pitched a very good game for them,” said Burnham. “I thought both pitchers pitched very well. In key situations, the Newburyport club seemed to get a couple of hits with base runners and we seemed to come up a little short. Sometimes it is a game of inches and stuff like that. But they put the ball in play.”

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