Marblehead dominates Danvers in additional thriller | Sports
DANVERS – It was Water and Gatorade who made it into the Danvers High softball team on Wednesday afternoon.
Visiting Marblehead pitcher Lauren Donovan fell in the third inning and it turned out she was dehydrated. She immediately started taking fluids and after a back-and-forth battle that saw a number of head changes, Donovan returned to the mound in extra innings and tucked aside to save the thrilling 9- victory. 7 magicians.
“I was super dehydrated and drank a lot of water and a lot of Gatorade, I was so excited to really come back out there, Grace (Martin) threw a great shot,” said Donovan. “I felt really bad when I came out, but I was very excited to come back and help the team win.”
Tied 7-7 for extra innings, Marblehead (4-3) took the advantage over a fly sack from Jolie Quintana and a single RBI by Ashleigh Maude. They had taken a 7-5 lead in the sixth when Quintana netted a 2-point brace and Maude added a point by scoring twice her own.
Danvers (also now 4-3) was fearless. Senior captain Brooke Grassia tied up a brace to score Emily Goddard and Ashley Clark to force extra innings.
“I think we gave them a few points, and we left a lot of people on base, we made some mistakes and Marblehead took advantage of that,” said Danvers coach Colleen Newbury, whose team won. an equally thrilling 7-6 match against those Magicians on Monday mentioned. “We will resume practice and work on the little things, the basics and move on.”
It was 3-0 Danvers early when Grassia scored from a mistake in the first. In the third, Kaylee Marsello brought home Ava Gray and thumb runner Ava Messana scored on a fly sack from Goddard and the home team took three after three.
Marblehead had two in the fourth with Quintana and Maude delivered the first of their many hits. Danvers extended the lead to 5-2 when Grassia made a single and scored and fellow captain Becky Zellin netted a triple.
The Magicians regained the upper hand in their fifth half as Dylan Kerble walked forward to third on a single from Ila Bumagin. Kerble scored and Bumagin advanced a few goals on an error, Bumagin came home on the fly from the sack by Quintana. Marblehead was trailing at 5-4, but was not yet in the lead.
Grace Martin threw admirably in the mid-innings as Donovan rehydrated.
“They could have just mailed it in on a hot day, but they didn’t and I’m so proud of them,” magician trainer Johnny Gold said. “Lauren wanted to come back there and she did and she was great.”
Makayla Cunningham threw well for Danvers and Grassia even made a rare appearance in relief.