, Salem, MA

April 18, 2014

Malden gets better of Beverly softball in rematch

By Jean DePlacido

---- — BEVERLY — The only loss that the Malden High softball team has suffered this season came at the hands of Beverly last week.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, Malden had revenge on their minds during yesterday’s rematch.

The Golden Tornadoes never trailed in a 14-5 non-league victory over Beverly at chilly Innocenti Field.

Malden sophomore pitcher Alexis Brown was outstanding, holding Beverly to one run on three hits through five innings. She also helped herself with three RBIs, hitting a single, double and triple.

“Their pitcher had us,” said Beverly (2-2) coach Megan Sudak. “She’s very good and they hit well. We beat them, 7-4, last week, but (yesterday) we made some silly errors that hurt.”

Malden (4-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning without getting a hit. The visitors tacked on another run in the second on a sacrifice bunt by Haley Sutera.

Beverly got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Kate Silvestri walked and scored on a double by starting pitcher Emily Pitman. Silvestri was on base all three times with a single and a run-producing double.

Brown gave up nine hits, with six of them coming in the last two innings. She walked only two and struck out six. She also helped herself with some strong fielding plays on balls hit back to the mound, and robbed Panther freshman catcher Corinne Coults of extra bases with a nifty leaping stab on a hard line shot in the fifth inning.

The Golden Tornadoes scored in every inning but the sixth, when Beverly freshman reliever Jackie Pia set the side down in order. Pia took over for Pitman in the fifth inning and went the rest of the way, allowing four hits while striking out two.

“Jackie did a great job,” said Sudak. “My freshman battery of Pia and Coults played very well. It’s not easy to catch on a cold day like this.”

The Panthers played hard until the end and put together a four-run sixth inning when they batted around. Caitlyn Munzing got it started by beating out an infield hit and Megan Kelley worked a walk. Kate Silvestri ripped a double down the left field line to plate Munzing, and Jessica Cross followed with a two-run single. Jackie Pia singled to keep the rally going, and Cross came home on a sacrifice bunt by Molly Pitman.

Ali Pia collected a pair of hits for Beverly, beating out an infield hit in the third and getting on base in the seventh with a well placed bunt.