NEWBURYPORT — Relentless offensive prowess and lights-out pitching propelled the Clippers to a 10-3 win yesterday over Georgetown, their third win in four games.
With rain threatening, the Clippers and Royals began their contest 20 minutes early in hopes of getting in a dry seven innings. They were successful, due in large part to the way Newburyport’s Victoria Allman pitched. Without allowing a hit until the fourth inning, Allman kept the Royals guessing and the game progressing.
“(Allman) had a no-hitter up through the fourth inning, so she was doing really well,” said Newburyport head coach Lori Solazzo. “She has been pretty solid for us throughout the year as long as the defense backs her up.”
While Georgetown’s bats were largely kept silent, Newburyport’s were anything but. Allman helped her own cause with an RBI single in the second inning, scoring Lauren Singer from first base with aggressive base running. A moment later, Allman would score on Jade Carpenter’s sacrifice grounder and it was 2-0 Clippers.
The third inning was more of the same for Newburyport, as six more runs crossed the plate. The rally started with Carley Siemasko’s lead-off, inside-the-park home run with a shot to deep left field. Shelby O’Brien followed that up with a single before Singer hit an RBI triple to score O’Brien for the home team’s fourth run. Allman then recorded her second RBI single of the game, and then Molly Kelly got an RBI base hit that scored Allman for the Clippers’ sixth run. Finally, Siemasko came up to bat for the second time of the inning, scoring Carpenter and Ashley Hodge with a single.
Needless to say, it was an offensive performance that a coach could be proud of.
“It definitely felt better for them to get some hits today, compared to some of the games we have had in the past,” Solazzo said.