NEWBURYPORT — After a two-game slide, the Newburyport softball team made it to a .500 record at Cashman Park yesterday behind a complete game-performance from pitcher Beth Castantini.
Molly Rowe added an inside-the-park home run to sink Ipswich 4-1 at Cashman Park.
"We're even now, 2-2, hopefully we're moving in the right direction," said Clippers first-year coach Lori Solazzo. "Beth pitched a great game. We had a great home run from Molly Rowe, so you can't ask for much more right now. We're getting there."
Both Castantini and Tigers pitcher Katie Glaubitz started the day in fine form, going the first two innings without allowing a base runner. Then the bottom of the third inning hit, and so did the Clippers when Carly Siemasko tripled to left field. Rowe walked to the plate next and knocked in Siemasko with a sacrifice grounder to first.
The Tigers managed a hit at the top of the fourth inning, but were unable to capitalize when base-runner Jill Lombard was caught stealing at second base.
The Clippers took to the plate next and caught some luck, starting when Lauren Singer drew a walk, then moved over to second on a passed ball. A Castantini double directly down the left field line then plated Singer.
Castantini began to steal third base, and then made it all the way home on an overthrow for Port's third run of the day before the inning was over.
Glaubitz started the top of the fifth inning with a towering triple to left, then caught a bit of luck herself when a pop-up from Michelle Mitchell was bobbled by Clipper second baseman Amy Sullivan to bring Glaubitz home for the Tigers' only run of the day.
Rowe started the bottom of the fifth with her inside-the-park homer to center field. The ball just kept on rolling as Rowe kept running to put the Clippers ahead 4-1.