“We gave up runs early with errors, but our pitchers again pitched well,” said Malenfant. “James [Nutter] pitched another good game, he pitched four innings and [Michael] Jayne pitched three, both had five strikeouts, and neither gave up any earned runs. The runs we gave up were unearned; there were errors that hurt us.”
With the loss, Newburyport now falls to 0-3. The Clippers previously lost 7-5 to Saugus on Thursday and then 3-2 to Hamilton-Wenham on Friday after giving up a game-winning home run in the eighth inning.
“We have pitching that we needed, but we need to get critical hits, especially with players on base,” Malenfant said. “Overall, I don’t think we’re playing any different than last year, except we’re not getting the timely hits that we got last year.”
Malenfant expects that will change soon, and hopefully sooner rather than later. The Clippers’ next opponent is Masconomet, who followed their thumping of Triton with an 11-4 win over Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday to improve to 4-0.
Triton, meanwhile, faces Hamilton-Wenham today at 3:45 p.m.
North Reading 1, Pentucket 0
Despite another strong pitching performance by Ryan Kuchar, the Pentucket baseball team lost again this weekend to fall to 0-3 on the season.
North Reading scored its only run on a two-out RBI base hit in the second inning, and that would turn out to be all the offense the Yellow Jackets needed. The Pentucket hitters just weren’t able to get their bats going, and as a result North Reading was able to grab the 1-0 win.
“We competed hard, our approach to our at bats was OK, but it wasn’t great and that was ultimately the difference,” said Pentucket coach Tom L’Italien.
Though he picked up the loss, Kuchar was excellent once again, allowing just one run in six innings while allowing four hits with eight strikeouts. Going forward, L’Italien said he believes his team is going to be fine, and that their 0-3 start is as much a product of tough early season competition as anything else.