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May 6, 2014

Early runs send Peabody softball rolling by Swampscott

PEABODY — The Swampscott High softball team entered yesterday’s game having won eight of its last nine contests.

Shelbi Wilson made sure that streak would not continue.

Wilson, Peabody High’s ace pitcher, shut down the powerful Big Blue offense and helped herself with by driving in four runs as the Tanners scored seven times in the first inning and cruised to a 13-3 victory.

“We came out flying and set the tone of the game,” said Melanaphy, his team improving to 6-3. “Scoring those runs early was the key, and we were able to keep it going with hits up and down the lineup ... we got contributions from everybody.”

Wilson scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out three. She gave up two earned runs in the sixth when Tessa Beane walked, Christina King singled and Danielle Mayblyum delivered an RBI single. The second run came home on Leahy’s grounder to shortstop.

“Everybody hit well, which helped me,” said Wilson. “My drop was kind of off, but every other pitch was working. I try to focus on each batter and what they did the last time up.”

The first four batters for Peabody got hits in the first inning, where a total of 11 Tanners got to the plate. Leadoff hitter Nicole Grafton beat out an infield hit and Ashley Jenkins ripped a double off Mayblyum, Swampscott’s starter, before Ashley Ghostlaw delivered an RBI single. Wilson drove in two more runs with a single up the middle. Grafton’s three-run double in her second at-bat of the inning was the big blow.

Peabody added a run in the second inning on a double by Dom Delbene (who drove in Michelle McHugh) and the Tanners were off and running, 8-0.

“We were a tired team after playing four straight games,” said Big Blue (8-4) coach Frank Kowalski. “We didn’t play as the team we are.

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