AMESBURY — Coming off a week in which it outscored its opponents 48-2, the red-hot Amesbury softball team came back to earth yesterday afternoon, allowing a dozen walks en route to a disappointing 9-5 loss against Masconomet.
Normally a fundamentally sound team, Amesbury (4-3, 4-1 CAL) was undone by its inability to keep the Chieftains off the base paths. Masconomet (5-2, 4-2 CAL) had at least one base runner in every inning, including runners in scoring position in every inning from the second on.
All in all, Amesbury allowed 21 Masconomet batters to reach base, and despite taking a 4-3 lead into the fifth, the Indians were unable to keep the Chieftains at bay.
“We put too many runners on base, too many walks,” said Amesbury head coach Chris Perry after the game.
Masconomet got on the board first, scoring two runs in the top of the third inning. The Chieftains loaded the bases with one out and scored their first run after Rachael Cyr walked a runner in. The second run scored after a groundout to second, but the Indians were able to avoid any further damage when Cyr was able to get a fly ball to left field to end the inning.
The Indians came right back in the bottom of the third after sophomore Zoe Fitzgerald and senior Alexis Boswell started what turned out to be a four-run rally with back-to-back singles.
Senior Amanda Schell walked to load the bases with two outs, and then Cyr helped her own cause with a base hit to left field to tie the game. Junior Autumn Kligerman followed that up with another base hit to score two more, and just like that Amesbury led 4-2.
Masconomet chipped into the lead in the top of the fourth after scoring on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3, and then in the top of the fifth the Chieftains were able to take the lead back and keep it for good. The Chieftains batted around to score four runs, with the rally starting after Cyr walked the first two batters she faced.