Nick Desrocher jumped Triton up one next with a three-run bomb to dead center before Hunt grounded out to stop the Clippers’ bleeding.
Both Habib and Cashman seemed to dial in at that point in the game, going 1-2-3 each in the fourth inning.
Fontaine tied the game again with an RBI double in the fifth, then the Clippers jumped up one once again on a sacrifice fly from Brian Fiascone. But Habib would find himself pulled from the mound after pitching himself into a two-out, bases-loaded situation. Freshman Scott Webster came in to relieve the situation and would get Hunt to ground out to end the threat.
The seventh inning began amidst some confusion when Clipper Brian Fiascone was called the third out after mistakenly walking back to the bench from first with only two out in the inning, resulting in Wile’s being ejected. Threats of protest were leveled by both coaches, but never recorded as Webster struck out the side to end the game.
Vikings coach Ryan McCarthy made no excuses after a tough loss.
“We had our opportunities, and we didn’t take advantage of them,” said McCarthy. “They made some plays in the field, and we didn’t. We needed to get hits in certain situations, and we didn’t. I feel bad for my seniors more than anything. This was their last chance at Newburyport, and they really wanted this game. I just thought that we would come out and do it for them, and we came up short.”
Back over .500 again, Malenfant said he feels good heading down the stretch.
“Colton Fontaine is back,” said Malenfant. “He played well. And right down the order. We hit well, we pitched well enough to win. It’s a rivalry win and it’s a good win. It’s one we needed.”