BYFIELD — The Triton baseball team hosted Newburyport yesterday as each rival squad battles for a postseason berth.
The Clippers (8-7) used the opportunity to jump above .500 again while slipping the Vikings (8-8) back to .500 by eking out an 8-7 victory.
“We struggled in some spots,” said Clippers coach Steve Malenfant. “We made some mental errors, but it was a great game. They had a great comeback.”
Triton’s impressive sophomore right-hander Justin Cashman took the ball for the Vikes and found himself in some trouble in the top of the first inning when Colby Morris hit a two-out double to deep centerfield, then scored on a single to right from Connor Wile. Ian Michaels kept the Clipper attack going with a double out to leftfield next and a single from Chance Carpenter put Newburyport up three.
Newburyport third baseman Colt Fontaine did his team no favors in the bottom of the frame when he allowed leadoff batter Dmitri Hunt to make it to second base on a throwing error. Cote Wolcik moved Hunt over with a ground out, then scored on a passed ball.
Cashman gave up a walk to Michaels to start the second inning and Chance Carpenter took advantage, knocking in Michaels with a double. James Nutter then plated Carpenter with a single to give the Clippers a four-run advantage.
The Clippers kept sailing in the top of the third as Nutter had another RBI single, but the Vikes would make more than a little noise at the expense of Port pitcher Evan Habib in the home half of the inning when Wolcik drew a walk, then moved to second on a single from Cashman. Nick Cornoni sent a single past third base next to load the bases with no outs for Adam Chatterton, who scored Wolcik with a single. Jack Germinara knocked in Cashman next before Brad Whitman plated a run with an overthrow to first.