IPSWICH — The Masconomet Regional softball team isn’t taking anything for granted this season, especially with its packed schedule.
After being on the wrong end of a tough setback late last week, the Chieftains reversed their fortunes yesterday and bounced back into the win column with a 12-0, six inning-victory over Ipswich yesterday.
”We always have a chance to improve,” said Masconomet head coach Mike Gibeley, his team now 3-2 on the year. “We have an opportunity to get better and learned a lot after this win; (we) made some mistakes and can always improve our baserunning.”
Senior Rachel Shamon had one of her best outings of the season with six strikeouts, one walk, six hits allowed and no earned runs through her five innings of work. Shamon even helped herself at the plate with a RBI single in the fifth inning and finished 2-for-4 on the day.
“Rachel is obviously polished, established, experienced and tough,” added Gibeley. “She knows what to do out there, (she’s a) hard worker and all-around great kid.”
Ipswich countered with senior captain Sami Brouillette. The righty worked through 4 1/2 on the mound while giving up seven runs, four walks and struck out two before giving way to freshman Emily Demarco, who finished up.
The Tigers have three wins on the season, but are finding it difficult to string those victories together.
“We said at the beginning of the season we were going to struggle a little bit,” said veteran Ipswich head coach Doug Woodworth. “We’re very inexperienced; games like this it certainly shows. It’s frustrating, but not be unexpected. We hope to bounce back and learn from what happened.
“We’ve had a couple of good games, then we’ve had some games like this ... we just didn’t seem ready.”
Masco put up runs in every inning, but had its largest production in the sixth with four runs crossing the plate. Leadoff hitter Alex Mendelsohn went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Madison Kelly added two RBI on a double in the fifth.
Emily Dow, Sami Martin and Erin Campbell all finished with two RBI as the Chieftains got contributions from up and down their lineup.
The Tigers scattered six hits over the six innings. Carly Coughlin and Meredith Kercher each had a pair of hits, while Emily Sadoway and Jill Lombard added single hits.
“Couple of girls hit the ball pretty well for us,” said Woodworth. “I was disappointed that we took a lot of third strikes at the plate. We have to fight those off and work on that.”
The Chieftains are off today, but finish the week with three games in three days, including a non-league battle against Lynn English Thursday.
As for the Tigers, they face Pentucket tomorrow and host Triton on Friday.