NEWBURYPORT — After getting off to a rough 0-2 start, the Newburyport baseball team tallied its first win of the season yesterday, taking down Saugus, 9-5.
“We played Clippers-style ball,” said Clippers coach Steve Malenfant. “We played with the lead, which we didn’t have the first two games. And I think that was significant for everyone. That really helped us out a lot.”
The Clippers sent Connor MacRae to the hill at Pettingell Park, and the senior left-hander held the Sachems scoreless in the top of the first naming, allowing for Ian Michaels to start the bottom of the frame with a single. Michaels was bunted over to second, then came home on a crushed triple to leftfield courtesy of Colt Fontaine. Connor Wile drew a walk next, stole second, then followed Fontaine home on a double from MacRae to end the first inning up 3-0.
MacRae went 1-2-3 in the top of the second inning, and teammate Scott Webster started the bottom off with a single, then stole second. Webster was moved to third thanks to a single from Michaels, who stole second himself. Fontaine capitalized on an error at shortstop to score Webster. Wile drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. The Clippers’ fifth run of the day came on a walk next, followed by the sixth as Sachems’ starting pitcher Tom Trainor struggled mightily to find the plate. Wile came home on a wild pitch for the seventh run before Trainor finally got Mike Sweeney to ground out.
“He didn’t get a lot of help early on,” Sachems coach Tom Gaeta said of Trainor. “We made a couple of errors, and there were a couple of tough plays. It was his first start of the year. He’s mainly in relief, but we had some extra games and some long games early in the week. But it was just a tough start early on for us.”