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April 25, 2013

Triton's competitive response

Vikings bounce back after Newburyport's big 7th inning

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Allman started the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, then grabbed third on a single from Ashley Cassalini. Allman then reached home on a double-steal to inch Newburyport a run closer at 7-4.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Clippers shortstop Kendra Dow began Newburyport’s comeback when she reached with a single, and Casey Barlow drew a walk. Siemasko loaded the bases next with a single before Shelby O’Brien had a single herself, forcing Dow out at the plate. But Allman wasn’t through making an impact when she cleared the bases, tying things at 7-7 with a triple to send things into extra frames.

“We made some mistakes on the bases, but they hit the ball well,” Hounam said of his squad. “That’s what I love about this team. They get out there and they take their hacks. We gave up the three in the seventh. Then we bounced back in the eighth and got back three.”

That comeback began when Spears hit a one-out single and was moved over by a single from Culverwell before both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Spears was scored on a double from pinch hitter Kylie Gilroy before Kelsey Trudel cleared the bases with a single to give Triton the win after a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame.

“It was a good game,” Clippers coach Lori Solazzo said. “They came out playing better, and they came out wanting to win more than we did apparently. Comebacks are good, but they don’t always win games. You’ve got to work hard every inning.”

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