The Newburyport baseball team started its postseason off on a high note at Pettingell Park yesterday, taking down Charlestown decisively, 11-0.
“We take each game (as it comes),” said Clippers coach Steve Malenfant. “We had some good hits and everybody played -- 21 kids played, and that is nice in the tournament. You don’t usually get that opportunity and this time, we did. I’m proud of (the team).”
Eighth-seed Newburyport will next face the winner of today’s Division 3 North opening round matchup between top-seed North Reading (18-2) and 17th-seed Swampscott (10-11).
The Clippers (14-7) sent powerful left-hander Connor MacRae to the mound in their Division 3 North tournament opener, and other than giving up a walk to counterpart Luis Atiles, he struck out the side in the top of the first inning with no problems.
The right-handed Atiles took the ball for the ninth-seeded Townies (10-7) next and would let no base runners on in the bottom of the first.
The Clippers would bat around the order in the bottom of the second inning however, starting when Connor Wile drew a leadoff walk. Two batters later, Ian Michaels hit Wile in with a single and reached second base on an overthrow to first. Michaels scored himself on an error at second base that sent Chance Carpenter to first. Mike Shea then sent Carpenter to second with a single then went to second on a ground out from Ryan Short. Colt Fontaine sent both runners home next with a single past third base then went to second on another overthrow. Fontaine came home two pitches later on a throwing error at third during a Brian Fiascone at-bat. Fiascone then stole second and third and Colby Morris drew a walk.
Wile scored Fiascone with a single that dropped dead center in front of four Townies in centerfield, and MacRae did the exact same thing to score Short before Michaels popped up to end the inning that gave Newburyport a 7-0 advantage.