Gaeta brought in lefty Dante Deltorto to relieve Trainor in the bottom of the third, and Deltorto did everything he could to reverse his team’s fortunes, recording three quick outs. He then reached on a single in the top of the fourth and stole second. Trainor brought Deltorto in with a single next to put the Sachems on the board.
Fontaine started the bottom of the fourth off with a single and a steal as Wile walked again. Fontaine scored on a fielder’s choice. But Saugus would show some life in the fifth as Shane Ripley started things with a single, then grabbed third base on a wild pitch. Pete Pulicari walked and stole second before he and Ripley scored on a sacrifice fly from Victor DeMatteo.
MacRae struggled in the top of the sixth, giving up a walk, a double and another walk to load the bases with two outs. Two runs scored on a throwing error from Caleb Stott at short before MacRae caught Dan Cacciola looking at a third strike to end the threat.
Thankfully for the Clippers, the top of the order was next up in the bottom of the frame. Michaels reached first on a single, then stole second and third on an overthrow. Michaels then scored Newburyport’s ninth run on a wild pitch.
MacRae’s struggled again in the top of the seventh as the first two batters reached on a walk and an error at first, before the lefty found his groove again, getting the final two batters on a strike out and a pop up.
“We didn’t pack it in,” Gaeta said. “We fought and we fell a little short but we fought the whole game.”
“I’m happy for what our kids did, I really am,” Malenfant said. “It was well done. Connor pitched a very good game. He had his fastball working toward the latter part of the game. He had the curve when he needed it. Overall, he was keeping people off the bases and we played pretty solid defense.”