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May 2, 2014

Fast Pitches: Magicians don't let injury slow them down

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Marblehead can quickly make its way back to .500 with a win against Beverly this afternoon and a victory over Salem Monday.

Veteran players like pitcher Michaela LeBlanc and first baseman McKenna Barrett have been staples in the Magician lineup for four years. They’re leadership and guidance has allowed Marblehead to stay in the playoff hunt.

There’s something to be said for a team that doesn’t let a loss get them down, and with good reason. With LeBlanc on the hill, the Magicians are fully capable of getting the job done.

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Big congratulations goes out to Peabody’s Shelbi Wilson, who threw the first perfect game of her career four days ago. A junior for the Tanners, Wilson struck out eight batters en route to a 9-0 victory over Gloucester.

“I don’t think she knew what she did because after the game I told her and her mouth dropped,” said Peabody coach Butch Melanaphy after Monday’s victory.

The last hurler to fire a perfect game on the North Shore was Danvers’ Kendall Meehan, who blanked Lynn English last year.

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Swampscott is 6-0 in their last six games with wins over Winthrop, Gloucester, Beverly, Lynn English, Salem and Lynn Classical. Its next opponent, Revere, is riding a three-game win streak, including a victory over Northeaster Conference powerhouse Danvers.

Since Christina King returned the Big Blue lineup, they’ve gone undefeated. The sophomore second baseman has gone 11-for-17 at the plate in the last six games with five homers (including 4 out of the park), three doubles and 17 RBI.

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Danvers natives Sam DiBella and Chrissy Gikas were recently named to the Commonwealth Coast All-Conference First Team for Endicott.

This is DiBella’s second season picking up First Team honors. This spring sophomore catcher posted a .349 batting average while driving in 26 runs, hitting four homers on 29 hits in the regular season.

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