Page 14 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 Baseball Sachems lose in extras to Swampscott M By Greg Phipps uch like last season, the Saugus High School baseball team has been involved in some tight games. A recent extra-inning win over Masconomet was indicative of Saugus baseball over the past two seasons. Last Friday’s Northeastern Conference tilt at Swampscott was another example. The Sachems have played down-to-the-wire contests against the Big Blue over the past couple of seasons. Saugus beat Swampscott in a close aff air in last year’s playoff s. Friday’s battle was no different. Swampscott ended up pulling out a 2-1 victory on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth frame. To that point, both teams managed to cross the plate just once. Saugus’s Nathan Ing returned from an injury sustained in a loss at Beverly two days earlier to smack two hits. Saugus’s Matt MacEachern had a hit and an RBI in Wednesday’s loss to Gloucester. Anthony Cicolini also had two hits and Ryan Anderson stroked a base hit for Saugus. Nathan Ing returned from an injury to smack two hits in last Friday’s road loss to Swampscott. Ing was the starting pitcher and hurled fi ve innings, giving up two hits and fanning four. He was relieved by Cam Soroko, who then gave way to Matt MacEachern. Lady Sachems softball team grabs comeback win over Pentucket By Greg Phipps T hrough eight games, the Saugus High School softball team sits at 4-4 on the season. The Sachems were able to reach the.500 mark when they staged a mighty comeback against Pentucket on Monday at home. The Sachems fell behind 6-1 before coming alive to tally eight of the next 10 runs and come away with a dramatic 9-8 win. Starting pitcher Fallon Millerick once again threw a complete game. She struck out six batters and surrendered nine hits in her seven innings of work. Meanwhile, the offense was ignited by Gianna Costa, who drilled two hits and drove in two to lead the way. Single hits were supplied by Ava Rogers (RBI), Bella Natalucci (RBI), and Alexa Morello (2 RBIs). It was a big win for the Sachems, as they were coming off a tough 10-1 home loss to Beverly last Friday. In the Beverly game, Ryann Moloney provided most of the offense by drilling two of Saugus’s three total hits in the contest. Taylor Deleidi had the other hit. The day before, the Saugus’s Ava Rogers had RBIs in recent wins over Somerville and Pentucket. Saugus’s Ryann Moloney drove in a run in a win against Somerville and bashed two hits in a loss to Beverly last week. storyline was much more positive for Saugus, which beat Somerville, 6-1, in a non-league clash. Millerick had perhaps her best pitching effort of the season so far. She gave up just four hits and fanned three in another complete-game performance. The off ensive attack was highlighted by Costa’s three hits and two RBIs, as well as RBIs from Moloney, Felicia Reppucci and Rogers. Millerick also helped her own cause On Wednesday, in a game that was originally scheduled to take place at World Series Park but moved to Gloucester, the Sachems suffered their third consecutive defeat by losing a 6-3 decision to the host Fishermen. The loss dropped Saugus under.500 at 4-5 for the season. Cicolini was the lone Sachem with multiple hits (two), followed by one hit each from Anthony Macone, MacEachern, Ryan Anderson and Braden Faiella, who tripled. Macone, MacEachern and Drew Gardiner drove in the Saugus runs. The Sachems hope to end their losing skid when they host Greater Lawrence Tech in the first-ever night game (scheduled 7 p.m. start) at World Series Park this Friday. Saugus rolled to a 10-0 victory when the two squads faced each other in the season opener at Lawrence. The Sachems are then off until next Wednesday, May 4, when they travel to take on Peabody. Pitcher Fallon Millerick struck out six in her complete-game victory over Pentucket on Monday. with two hits in the win. A scheduled game at Swampscott on Wednesday was postponed due to wet field conditions at Swampscott’s home fi eld. The Sachems travel to face Winthrop, a team they scored 15 runs against in the season opener, this Friday, and follow that up with a game at Melrose on Monday, May 2.

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