Batchelder is now looking forward to the semifinals match against the Manchester-Essex Hornets. She hopes that this game will showcase Newburyport’s resurgence in the latter half of the season. The Hornets soundly defeated her Clippers while they struggled to find their feet at the beginning of the season.
“They’re very good, they’re very fast,” Batchelder admitted. “We’re gonna have to slow them down in transition.”
An emotional coach Stacey Beaulieu of Triton congratulated her team on making it to the quarterfinals. She felt it was a strong showing, coming from a disastrous season just two years ago.
“Two years ago, we just had one win, and now we have one win into the state tournament.” Beaulieu said. “I’m really proud of this team and the season they’re had...There’s no reason for any of these kids to hang their heads, they should be proud of themselves.”
Triton has faced off against Newburyport in two previous games this year, losing both times. But Beaulieu was happy with her team’s performance in this final face-off.
“We did everything we could, Newburyport just had a little more than us,” she said. “But we worked hard and looked at all the field...We knew what we had, we knew our opponent.
“I’d do nothing different. We put our kids where they needed to be, and they did a great job.”