By Nick Ironside, Globe Correspondent
Marblehead softball coach Johnny Gold knew he had a special player last season, when then-freshman catcher Emily Messinger led the Magicians with five home runs.
On Monday at Lynn English, Messinger hit her second home run of the year. She hit her third of the season Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Revere.
But on Saturday against Gloucester, Gold saw something he hasn’t seen in his nine years with the Magicians’ softball team. Messinger hit three fence-clearing home runs in a 10-5 win. The sophomore now has six on the season.
Gold raved about his sophomore, who drove each home run to a different part of the outfield.
“That’s the first time in all my years coaching that I’ve seen someone clear [the fence] three times,” Gold said. “She’s a good power hitter. She hit around .480 as a freshman, and she doesn’t strike out often.”
In the first inning, Messinger hit a two-run homer that cleared the center field fence. In the second, the sophomore drove a pitch over the left-field fence, giving her five RBIs.
The biggest moment of the day came in the fifth, though, when she led off the inning with an opposite-field home run to right.
“They were trying to pitch her outside,” Gold said, “and she took it the other way.”
According to Gold, Messinger’s teammates were excited for her.
“They went crazy,” he said. “They were jumping all over the place. It was pretty cool, and I couldn’t believe it.”
The Magicians improved to 7-4. Gold starts four freshmen, and was glad that his team had the chance to experience Messinger’s performance.
“She works at [softball] a lot. She threw out two players stealing [today], so she’s solid defensively. She’s had one [heck] of a week.”
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