MARBLEHEAD — Senior Michaela Leblanc didn’t let the fact that yesterday was her fourth game pitching in five days this week stop her from throwing a two-hitter against Gloucester.
The Marblehead High softball hurler was in control of her pitches, threw in some changeups and managed five strikeouts to help the Magicians to 3-0 victory over the visiting Fishermen.
Leblanc, a returning Salem News all-star, gave up a pair of hits in the second inning but followed it up with 1-2-3 innings the rest of the way.
“It’s hard to pitch four games in a row, but I know I have a good team to back me up,” said Leblanc.” My arm feels great. The only thing that’s bothering me a little bit is my lower back, but I’ve been icing every night.”
The Magicians (2-2) put a halt to their two-game skid after dropping back-to-back games to Winthrop and Lynn Classical while also getting a chance to play on their own field for the first time this spring.
Marblehead took advantage of an opportunity in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs on a pair of Gloucester errors. Rachel McKay doubled and scored the game-winning run on an overthrown ball to first base before Ali Kapoli came home from first on another error to give the Magicians a 2-0 lead.
“We capitalized on those mistakes,” said Marblehead head coach Johnny Gold. “I give Gloucester a lot of credit, their pitcher (Karina Keeran) did a nice job throwing different things at us.”
Marblehead’s Emily Trasher pinch hit for third baseman Alexa Brown in the sixth inning and drew a walk. McKay then notched her second single of the game to advance Trasher to second. Kapoli then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Trasher.