Lynnfield coach Peter Marinelli knew that he would need something to motivate his struggling softball team, something they could relate to and who better than teen pop singer Miley Cyrus. Marinelli showed up early to the home game Friday afternoon against Masconomet to write a message on the inside of the dugout. It was a line from one of Cyrus’s hit songs. In chalk he scribbled, “Life is a climb and the climb begins today.”
What Marinelli didn’t realize is how long a climb it would be in the 16-inning 4-3 victory.
The Chieftans took an early two-run lead which they held until the fifth when the Pioneers finally struck back. With a runner in scoring position, Melody Mancinelli doubled in Taylor Reska to make it a 2-1 game.
Pioneers' Kelcie Mancini got on base in the seventh, moving to third with one out. Brittany DeSantis's sacrifice fly to left field brought Mancini in with the tying run.
From the seventh inning on, both teams had many opportunities to score but stranded players on base. Both teams scored in the 11th, to keep the game locked, this time, 3-3.
The players were getting worn down as they entered the 16th inning which was noticeable by the increase in errors by both teams. Lynnfield's Katie Rowe doubled up the middle in the bottom of the 16th inning and was moved over on a bunt. Distracted by the runner on third, Masconomet pitcher Lisa Rescigno balked, allowing Rowe to score and finally ending the marathon game.
Mancinelli and Rescigno both pitched complete games for their respective teams. Mancinelli allowed 10 hits and struck out eight as Lynnfield managed to climb to victory over Masconomet and improve its record to 3-5.
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