Amesbury’s outfielders also had some difficulty making routine catches at certain points, allowing the Clippers to extend their lead even further as the game went on.
In the top of the fourth, O’Brien hit a routine fly ball to left that should have ended the inning, but the ball was misplayed and fell in, allowing Siemasko to score. Singer drove in O’Brien the next at-bat, putting the Clippers up 8-2.
Then, in the top of the fifth, junior outfielder Meghan Stanton hit a catchable line drive to center that went over centerfielder Meagan Aponas’ head. By the time the ball was retrieved and thrown back to the infield, Stanton had already come around for a two-run home run to put Newburyport up 10-2.
Amesbury finally got another run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Kligerman, but Newburyport pitcher Victoria Allman shut the door before the Indians could get any closer.
“We have to catch the ball and hit the ball,” said Amesbury coach Chris Perry. “They just beat us. They hit the cover off the ball, they got some great hits and they made all the plays in the field.”
O’Brien finished the game 2-3 with a home run, 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored. All four times she came up to bat she hit the ball well into the outfield, with the first three resulting in extra bases.
“Shelby had probably her best game of the year, defensively and offensively,” Solazzo said after the game.
Despite her impressive performance, which also included a number of nifty plays on defense, O’Brien said she still felt she could have done more to help her team win.
“I felt pretty good. I could have done a little better, though, just some plays in the field,” she said.