SOFTBALL

Masconomet 9, Amesbury 5

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014, at Amesbury

After giving up four runs in the third, Masconomet’s chances of winning were beginning to look bleak. After all, the Chieftains were on the road, the freezing weather and windy conditions weren’t favorable, and the team was missing three of its normal starters. >Despite the odds, the Chieftains (5-2) chipped away Monday and downed the Indians, 9-5, in an impressive all-around team effort. “We had a tough one coming to us today because we’ve never beaten Amesbury since we were here, and we were also missing three starters today. We felt like we were the underdogs coming in,” said senior catcher Alex Mendelsohn. The four-year starter certainly didn’t play like an underdog, going 2 for 3 at the plate with a walk, sacrifice fly, and three RBIs. After getting back three runs in the fourth, the Chieftains took advantage of four walks, three hits and a sacrifice fly for four runs and a 7-4 lead. They added two more in the top of the seventh. “We just wanted to do our best, hit the ball well, and I feel like we did,” added senior pitcher Emily Dow. In spite of her rough third inning, Dow managed to keep the Chieftains in the game, not giving up another run until the seventh. “Emily Dow always keeps us in games, and we just hope to salvage a few runs for her,” said Masconomet coach Mike Gibeley. “I have 15 starters, I don’t have nine starters. I want them to feel part of a team. We are a team of 15 girls that are all starters, and today they did a good job of showing that,’’ he said. Mendelsohn credited the team defense, specifically a few great catches in the outfield, for lifting spirits at the plate. “That one catch [right fielder] Cara [Shamon] had, when [left fielder] [Mackenzie Saitta] had the catch in left . . . it really kept our momentum going and kept us going forward,” she said. “I think we’re actually really good at coming from behind.”

 

Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:23 p.m.

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