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.