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April 23, 2014

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Newburyport 5, IPSWICH 2

Newburyport got a complete game victory from senior co-captain James Nutter, who allowed no earned runs on 7 hits for the Clippers, striking out 6 while walking 1. The Clippers were led by the bat and speed of junior center fielder Chance Carpenter, who had three hits, three stolen bases and an RBI, while junior Jake Berger had a home run in the second inning to put the Clippers on the board. Will Cataldo also had 2 hits and an RBI. After the Clippers got out to a 1-0 lead in the second, they added runs in the third when Leighton Paradis led off with a hit, a stolen base and came home with one out on a gap double by Caleb Stott. Stott moved up on an error and came home on a single by Carpenter, who stole second, moved to third and came home on another error, putting the Clippers up 4-0. Ipswich scored an unearned run in the fifth and in the top of the next frame Travis Wile reached and Matt Short scored as a pinch hitter after consecutive singles by Berger and Cataldo. Ipswich scored one more in the seventh and Nutter closed it out.

The win was Newburyport’s second in a row. On Friday, the Clippers came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Beverly 5-4, thanks to the combined efforts of Cam Beaulieu, Cataldo and Mike Jayne on the mound. Ryan Furlong led the Clippers with two hits and two runs scored with Wile driving in two critical runs in the fourth inning to tie the Panthers before Jayne drove in the third run of the day for Newburyport to knot the game at 3-3. With one out in the fifth Stott reached on a bunt single followed by Furlong with an infield single. Nutter put the Clippers ahead 4-3 and Scott Webster roped a sacrifice fly to center to score the ultimate winning run. Beverly put one more on the board in the sixth. Beaulieu (4 innings, 3 runs, 2 strikeouts, 7 hits, 2 walks) was relieved by Cataldo, who picked up the win on the strength of his 2-inning performance. Jayne locked up the victory after inducing a foul pop up and getting the final two outs on a slick double play on a line out to Nutter, who doubled the runners up at second base to Travis O’Brien. Nutter and O’Brien had the defensive plays of the day for the Clippers.

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