Published May 15, 2019
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High softball team lost to host Triton 15-3 up in Byfield in a five-inning mercy-rule game on a damp, cool day on Monday afternoon. With that loss, the Pioneers record fell to 9-6 overall and 7-6 in the Cape Ann League.
“They have a good team that can hit and we made too many errors,” said Pioneers manager Peter Marinelli, whose team was swept by the Vikings this spring.
Reilly Ganter was the losing pitcher going 4.2 innings to fall to 8-6. She gave up six earned runs, 16 hits, no walks and struck out one.
The Pioneer offense had six hits led by Chloe Shapleigh who was 2 for 3 with one run batted in. Jenna Brodigan was 1 for 2 and had one RBI single.
The news was much better on May 10 as the Pioneers blanked visiting Ipswich 12-0 in a six-inning mercy-rule game. Ganter went all six frames allowing three hits, no walks and she fanned six Tiger hitters.
“We played a good all-around game,” said Marinelli, whose squad also clinched a bid to the Division 3 state tournament. “The girls were happy afterwards.”
Lynnfield’s offense collected 16 hits with five multiple hitters. Shapleigh was 3 for 4 while Ganter helped her own cause going 2 for 4 with a pair of runs batted in. Sam Lebruska was a perfect 3 for 3 with one RBI.
Jillian Babine went 2 for 3 while Sadie Gearan was 2 for 4 with three RBI’s.
Cruise past Clippers
On May 9, the Pioneers rolled over host Newburyport 14-2 in another six-inning mercy-rule game. Ganter gave up only one earned run, four hits, no walks and she struck out four.
The offense had ten hits off Clipper pitching. Breanna Serabian was 3 for 4 with three RBI while Shapleigh was also 3 for 4 with a team-high four RBI. Babine was 1 for 3 with two RBI and Taylor Tringali was 1 for 2 with two RBI.
Topped by Amesbury
On May 8, the Pioneers lost at Amesbury 15-3 in a five-inning mercy-rule game.
“They have a good team and a very good pitcher,” said Marinelli.
Ganter pitched 4.1 innings. She allowed six earned runs, nine hits two walks and she struck out four Indian batters.
Shapleigh had two RBI’s with a single and a sacrifice fly while Ganter had an RBI double to account for the other run.
The next two games for Lynnfield will be on the road. They visit North Reading on May 15 and Pentucket on May 20.
Both of those games will start at 3:45 p.m.