NEWBURYPORT — In the moments that followed Triton’s 24-6 beating at the hands of Masconomet on Thursday afternoon, Vikings coach Ryan McCarthy gathered his players and challenged them to be better.
The Vikings took McCarthy’s words to heart, and on Saturday they rebounded in a big way, beating Newburyport 4-1 by making plays in the field, getting clutch hits with men on base and shutting down the Clippers’ bats. In other words, they did everything they couldn’t do against Masconomet.
“The way we played against Newburyport is the way I’ve expected this team to play, and I told them that,” McCarthy said. “It was a team win, it wasn’t an individual win, with the defense, the at-bats each kid had, Adam’s pitching, we earned the win. We talked about that on Friday at practice, going to Newburyport and earning the win, and I think we did that.”
Triton pitcher Adam Chatterton set the tone for the Vikings, pitching a complete game while allowing just one run on three walks and two hits with five strikeouts. The Vikings also got timely hits from Spencer Norton, Justin Cashman and Billy Mical, who had two big sacrifice bunts, including one that resulted in a run.
“It was great to bounce back,” McCarthy said. “To go up to Newburyport and win like that is important to us. We had some great games against them last year, and all three times we didn’t come out on top.”
The one run allowed by Chatterton came in the sixth inning after Newburyport’s Jake Berger walked, reached second on an error, moved to third on a single by infielder Caleb Stott and was then driven in on an RBI single by Scott Webster.
After the game, Newburyport coach Steve Malenfant said his team’s shaky defense was an issue, but otherwise they played fairly well.