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May 20, 2013

On the brink of tourney: Newburyport one win away

NEWBURYPORT – After hovering around .500 all season, the Newburyport baseball team pushed to two games over .500 once Saturday just as the team began its final quarter of the season.

Senior co-captain Ryan Short broke up Hamilton-Wenham pitcher Jack Clay’s no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Generals, 1-0.

“Today was a great team win,” Short said. “We came up big when we needed to. That sixth inning was huge.”

Newburyport right-handed pitcher Colby Morris took the mound and saw no base runners in the top of the first two innings, but unfortunately for the Clippers (9-7), Clay was just starting to spin his web, doing the same in the bottom of the frames to keep things scoreless.

Morris made the first mistake of the day in the top of the third, letting Pete Duval on with a one-out single. But a 5-3 double play would send the Clippers back to the plate where Clay made quick work in his half with only six pitches.

Brett Harrington started the fourth inning with a walk for the Generals (6-10), but was gunned down stealing second by Port catcher Jake Barlow. Drew Gallant followed that up with a single up the middle, and Ben MacDonald drew a walk to put a pair on with one out. But Morris would get Austen Michel to strike out then got Nick Tufts to slap a come-backer to him to end the threat.

The Clippers sent the top of the order to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, and they went down in a row as Hamilton’s Brian Nicoll led off the fifth inning with a single, then moved to second on a passed ball. Morris got Matt Andre looking next then got Duvall to pop out and Clay to strike out swinging to keep things scoreless.

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