Published in the April 25, 2018 edition


LYNNFIELD — Last Friday morning, during school vacation week, the Lynnfield High softball team lost to guest Pentucket, 4-2. This game was supposed to have been played at Pentucket but their field was unplayable so they switched dates and will visit the Sachems later on in the season.

The visitors broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the top of the 6th.

Hayley O’Brien was the losing pitcher going to 3-3 overall. The senior gave up four runs (only one earned), six hits and two walks. She struck out eight.

“She pitched well,” said Pioneers manager Peter Marinelli. “Our defense struggled at key times.”

The four Lynnfield errors led to three Sachems runs.

JUNIOR Alexandra Wing had an RBI against Newburyport on April 18.  (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

Reilly Ganter led the offense going 2 for 3 with a home run to right field in the second inning as Lynnfield had four total hits. Fellow freshman, Chloe Shapleigh, had the other RBI as she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third.

With that defeat, the Pioneers fell to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Cape Ann League.

Can’t keep up with Clippers

On April 18, the Pioneers fell at home to Newburyport, 9-5.

“We had difficulty with our defense again,” said Marinelli, as his squad committed five errors. “We have to play more consistent out in the field.”

The five errors led to six Clipper runs.

O’Brien went all seven innings again allowing three earned runs, eight hits, four walks and fanning nine hitters.

Just like in the Pentucket game, the Pioneers had four hits. Ganter was 2 for 4 with two RBI while Breanna Serabian was also 2 for 4 with one RBI.

Mia Daly had an RBI on a fielder’s choice while Allie Wing had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Pioneers visit Georgetown. Next Monday, they go to North Reading. Both of those games will start at 3:45 p.m.