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May 10, 2013

Fast Pitches: Marblehead's Messinger has field day against Gloucester

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So far this season, she’s batting .430, with six homers, four triples and 16 RBI. Part of her success, Messinger says comes from the fact that she’s plays ball all year round.

“Part of my success has to do the summer team I play for (Northeast Hurricanes),” explained Messinger. “The other part of it is that I’m always trying to improve. After some games and practices I’ll come home and take a few buckets in the cage.

“Another contributing factor is that I’ve been playing for a long time so I have a lot of experience. I’ve played at all levels and seen all different types of pitchers so I don’t see many new things.”

The sophomore catcher is just as reliable behind the plate as she is slugging. Messinger has a very strong arm is getting better every game with blocking and calling the pitches.

Messingers’ clutch hitting has peaked at the right time of the season, as the young Magicians are undefeated in the month of May with wins over Revere, Gloucester, Salem and Saugus.

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Danvers’ Kendall Meehan threw her eighth shutout of the season on Wednesday night against Swampscott. Meehan went the distance with five strikeouts and allowed five hits for her 12th win of the season.

The Falcons (12-0) qualified for the postseason after defeating Salem, 5-1 last week. Since head coach Tara Petrocelli took over 10 years ago, Danvers has made the tournament every season.

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GAME CHANGE: The Marblehead-Danvers games scheduled for tomorrow afternoon has been moved to next Thursday, May 16 (5 p.m.) at Great Oak Park in Danvers.

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If you’re not busy tomorrow, be sure to swing by Bishop Fenwick High school and support the softball team. The Crusaders are holding a carwash from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the circle of the school, five dollars per vehicle. Fenwick is also hosting a “pub bash” fundraiser tomorrow afternoon at The Onion Town Grill in Peabody (3 p.m. - 7 p.m.), proceeds will go to the softball team.

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