Then came Lauren Singer, who was playing in her first game back since breaking four vertebrae in the offseason. Earlier in the game Singer had jacked two triples with the bases empty, and this time she took advantage of the runner on third and drove Kelley home with a base hit in her next at-bat.
After Victoria Allman and Morgan Johnston each singled, the Clippers had the bases loaded again. Ashley Hodge walked to drive in the tying run, and then Carley Siemasko gave Newburyport the 11-8 lead with a bases clearing single.
Despite the dramatic rally, Amesbury didn’t stay down for long. The Indians came right back with six more runs in the top of the sixth inning, stringing together a series of RBI singles from Rachael Cyr, Autumn Kligerman, Meagan Aponas, Lauren Fedorchak, Madison Napoli and Alexis Boswell to make it 14-11.
In the bottom of the sixth, Newburyport threatened to tie it up again, but after getting two men on with one out, Amesbury got out of the jam. The Indians got an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Amanda Schell hit an inside-the-park home run, meaning the Clippers would have to score at least four runs in the bottom of the seventh to stay alive.
Wasting no time, Newburyport loaded the bases with one out, giving O’Brien a chance to tie the game for the Clippers with one swing of the bat. Amesbury pitcher Samantha Stone responded by striking O’Brien out, and after getting Stanton down to her last strike, it looked as if the Indians had the game in hand.
But it wasn’t to be. Stanton wound up connecting for an RBI single, and Kelley walked in her next at-bat to drive in another run. That brought Singer to the plate again, and she completed a four-hit day by hitting the game-tying single.