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May 9, 2013

LIGHTS OUT: Peabody softball out duels Beverly in night thriller

BEVERLY – Peabody’s Shelbi Wilson and Beverly’s Emily Pitman were locked in a classic pitcher’s duel, combining to strike out 24 last night under the lights at Innocenti Field. Peabody came up with the go ahead run in the top of the seventh to pull out a 4-3 victory.

The Tanners built up a 3-0 lead, but Beverly roared back with three runs in the fourth to tie it up. The score remained knotted until top of the seventh when Olivia Brothers, who had struck out in her three previous at bats, delivered an RBI single up the middle to drive in Jess Raymond, who beat out an infield hit and advanced to second on a passed ball.

“Beverly always gives us a good game,” said Peabody coach Butch Melanaphy. “That’s a tough team to play against, and this was a very good pitcher’s duel. I’m just glad we came out of here with a win.”

Wilson scattered four hits and one walk while striking out 13 to get the win as the Tanners improved to 9-2. She kept the Panther batters off balance with her off speed pitch, and the defense was flawless behind her.

“My drop and change up were both working tonight,” said Wilson. “This was a fun game, and their pitcher did a nice job, too. My team played so well behind me; I have confidence in all of them.”

The Tanners took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Michelle McHugh was hit by a pitch, and Taylor Dabney walked. One run came home on a bunt single by Shannon Pires, and another scored on an RBI single by leadoff hitter Alex Romano.

They added another run in the third on a long home run to deep left field by Raymond. Wilson had been cruising along, retiring the first nine batters she faced with five strikeouts, but Beverly rallied with three runs in the fourth.

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