Keeran allowed on six hits, one walk and struck out one for Gloucester, but the Magicians were able put a string of hits together when it mattered.
“Our downfall was that our two errors scored those two runs,” said first-year Gloucester coach Sue Good. “Two errors might not seem like a lot, but two in one inning against a team that can hit the ball is tough.
“We’re a very young team other than two seniors and two juniors. We weren’t that patient at the plate and kept swinging at the first pitch.”
One of two returning seniors for Gloucester, Liv Legedre, played superb defense in center field. Legedre made three excellent catches to rob Marblehead of hits, including a diving catch on Kapoli’s laser to shallow center.
Sara Bornstein and Emily Messinger each had two singles for Marblehead. McKay was the only other hitter to have multiple hits and the only Magician with a two-base hit.
“We’re a lot better hitting team than we’re hitting right now,” added Gold. “We’ll break out of it; we just have to keep working at it. Our defense is pretty good ... now, we just have to get our bats going.”
The Magicians have few days to rest up before they’re back in action Wednesday against Danvers.