, Newburyport, MA


May 13, 2013

wrong direction

Newburyport drops second game of weekend

NEWBURYPORT — After suffering a loss to Georgetown Friday afternoon, the Newburyport baseball team’s woes continued Saturday morning as the Clippers (7-6) dropped their second game of the weekend to Lynnfield 3-0.

Pioneer pitcher Greg Basilesco shut down the Clippers on the heels of Lynnfield’s 2-0 loss to North Reading Friday.

“We didn’t hit,” Clippers coach Steve Malenfant said. “Not as well as we’re capable of. We’re in a funk right now and we’ve got to get out of it.”

Senior right-hander Colby Morris took the mound for the Clippers and gave up a two-out double to Jordan Roper in the top of the first inning, then walked Nick Bruno. Roper grabbed third on a passed ball next as Morris struggled with his location and walked Connor Lordan to load the bases. Basilesco sent a single past third in the next at-bat to plate Roper before second baseman Brian Fiascone caught a liner directly at him to end the Pioneer rally at only one run.

Basilesco took the ball for Lynnfield (8-5) in the bottom of the first then proceeded to take down the order on five pitches. Morris found the plate in the top of the second, going 1-2-3 himself with two strikeouts along the way.

The sophomore Pioneer was perfect once again in the bottom of the second while Roper reached in the top of the third with a single. He was bunted over to second then moved to third on a ground out. But Morris got Lordan to pop out to center before the Pioneers could draw blood.

The Clippers had their first baserunner in the bottom of the third when Mike Sweeney hit a single past third base, then stole second. But that would be all Newburyport could muster as Basilesco’s defense looked good behind him.

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