, Salem, MA


May 1, 2014

Late Gloucester rally dooms Panthers

GLOUCESTER — The Beverly softball team has no problem establishing a lead and putting runs on the board. In the last three games, the Panthers have put up a combined 21 runs against their opponents, but somehow the final score doesn’t end in their favor.

Yesterday, the Panthers traveled to Gloucester and managed to establish a six run lead midway through the game. Beverly led from the first inning until the bottom of the seventh, when the host Fishermen walked-off with a 10-9 victory.

“When you get nine runs, you have to win a softball game,” said Beverly head coach Megan Sudak, whose team dropped its fourth straight. “It’s that simple. You score nine and you win, but we didn’t.

“We made some errors. I can take the physical errors, it’s the mental ones that hurt. Gloucester got the job done and they took advantage of our mistakes.

By the top of the sixth it was 9-4 in favor of Beverly, but the Fishermen’s bats started to heat up. Gloucester recorded four hits in the bottom of the sixth and scored four runs to cut the lead to 9-8. Kylie Allen drove in a pair of runs off a single and a pair of runners scored on errors for Gloucester.

“The weather hasn’t helped us, but it took us a few innings to get going,” said first-year Gloucester coach Sue Good. “We were sparked by a few runs and when things happens it seems to felicitate them to make more things happen.

“Once we got a girl on third base we were able to score her one way or the other.”

Beverly left two runners stranded in the top of the seventh, which could’ve helped cushion the lead.

Tess Benson opened the bottom of the seventh with a huge triple to third base. She stole home on the next at bat (Liv Legedre walked), which tied the game at 9-9.

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