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May 8, 2014

CAGING THE TIGERS

Newburyport softball keeps Ipswich winless, wins 9-2

NEWBURYPORT — Eight of Newburyport’s nine batters either scored a run or drove one in as the Clippers downed Ipswich 9-2.

The Clippers and Tigers are very different teams having very different seasons. Newburyport (8-5) has won two of three by scoring double-digit runs, while Ipswich (0-9) entered yesterday’s contest winless in nine tries.

Regardless, Ipswich appeared to have life early on. The Tigers opened the game with a single and a double, taking a 1-0 lead before Newburyport had recorded an out. The Tigers reached again just minutes later and had a two-run lead, but then Clippers starting pitcher Victoria Allman came alive.

“(Allman) did what she needed to,” said Newburyport head coach Lori Solazzo. “Our defense backed her up for sure.”

Allman allowed six hits, three in the first inning, and struck out four over seven innings. After allowing two runs in the first, Ipswich was held scoreless for the remainder of the game.

While the Tigers were quiet at the plate, Newburyport scored early and often. The Clippers scored in every inning except the third and sixth, tallying nine runs off 11 hits while getting offensive contributions from each of their batters.

“It was awesome, especially in a game when we have to adjust to a different pitching style,” Solazzo said. “They did well at just trying to wait on the ball and keep their hands back. It was good to see the girls adjust.”

The Clippers immediately bounced back from Ipswich’s early offensive production by scoring a run of their own. Carley Siemasko drew a walk to reach first base before quickly stealing second. Shelby O’Brien then knocked her in with an RBI single.

In all, six would reach home for Newburyport while two of the three that didn’t recorded an RBI. It’s a performance due in large part to a steady mindset and a refusal to overlook an opponent.

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