By Tim Lima
---- — WEST NEWBURY — Just 24 hours after its game was postponed due to rain, Pentucket learned a hard lesson against North Andover on a sunny day yesterday: When it rains, it pours.
While the day began on a high note for the Sachems (3-2), North Andover (4-1) would take over in the later innings to earn a 10-2 win.
After pitching a no-hitter through the game’s first 11 outs, Sachems starting pitcher Carley Desjardins allowed three consecutive hits to load the bases with two outs in the fourth inning. While Desjardins was able to retire the next two she faced to get out of the inning unscathed, the Sachems were unable to put out the fire that started in the next frame.
Pentucket owned a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, a result of strong base running, extra-base hits early in innings, offensive sacrifices to move base runners and timely defensive gems. North Andover began the inning with a double — enough offense to quickly take control of momentum. Six runs and 11 batters later, the Knights had yet to record an out.
After not allowing a hit until the fourth inning, Desjardins gave up 7 hits, 6 walks, a hit batter and 9 earned runs in the sixth. Defensively, she didn’t find much support, as five errors were also committed in the inning.
“Carley pitched a really good game, we just didn’t make the plays behind her,” said Pentucket head coach John Walsh. “A couple errors and walks and that’s what it turned into. Overall, I thought she pitched a strong game, but we have to make the plays behind her.”
Desjardins was relieved with two outs in the inning and replaced by Jennie Nelson, whose wild pitch allowed the Knights’ 10th run.
For Walsh, the 10-run sixth inning was largely a result of mental errors, something that a veteran team should not be enduring.
“We weren’t making the plays,” he said. “We didn’t know where to go with the ball. A team with that many seniors and upperclassmen should know what to do at this point in the season.”
Though falling yesterday, Pentucket showed promise in many of its players. Tyler Feeney had a great day for the Sachems and had 2 hits, including a triple that would have left the park if not for strong wind gusts, and scored a run. Maddy Ammon began the game with a double, and later scored Pentucket’s first run of the game. Mary Kate Corrado also excelled at the plate, knocking in a run with a double and hitting a single.
On the other end, North Andover’s Keri Chesmore excelled on the mound, pitching the full seven innings and allowing 2 runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2.
“(Chesmore) pitched a great game,” Walsh said. “They hit the ball strong, put it in play and they deserved to win. They were the better team today.”
The Sachems will look to rebound this morning as they travel to Newburyport for a 10 a.m. match.