“I knew what we were going to have with (Nutter), and the minute two batters got on we were going to make the change,” Malenfant said. “(Webster) came in last week in one game in that situation and did a great job, so it was good to see again.”
Webster, who started behind the plate for only the third time this season after making the switch from second because of an injury, did surrender two runs on a fly ball that was lost in the sun.
“(Nutter) threw a great game, but I think it was time,” said Webster, a sophomore who struck out three of the seven batters he faced while earning his first career save. “It’s different (moving from catcher to the mound). Not many people do it.”
Mac Short had two of Amesbury’s four hits. The loss was Amesbury’s eighth in a row and dropped the Indians to 3-9. Newburyport still has a tough road, needing to win six of its final eight games to earn a postseason berth.
“We’re looking for some momentum,” Malenfant said. “We have to win some games to put us in the tournament, and that’s our intent. These are the type of kids that can do that.”