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April 23, 2013

Beverly softball makes it two straight with win over Salem

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The Witches were a constant threat on the bases with their speed.

“We played pretty good today,” said Salem head coach Dan Bertone. “We had a couple of innings in which we made some mistakes, but we were right there until the end.

“We want to work on maintaining the lead. Once we get down, we don’t want to hang our heads. I thought we battled every inning and that’s all I can ask of them.”

The Witches picked up their first win of the season last Thursday against non-league foe Somerville and are working on putting a string of wins together. The young squad is still looking for that spark offensively, but plays solid defense in the infield led by third baseman Desiree Martin.

“This team is only going to improve as the year goes on,” added Bertone. “Even though we lost, this was probably our best game we played all year.”

Pitman extended the Panthers’ lead with another sacrifice fly in the sixth to bring home Kate Silvestri.

The Panthers begin NEC South play over the next few games, starting with Swampscott tomorrow.

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