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Aupont does it all for Fenwick in playoff win | Sports

PEABODY — It was the Gigi Aupont display at Bishop Fenwick Friday afternoon. The sophomore pitcher not only shut out Newburyport with a a person-hitter and 14 strikeouts but also broke open a scoreless activity with a two operate homer down the remaining area line, scoring Mia Mercurio forward of her for the only operates of the video game in an enjoyable 2- playoff victory.

“I got maintain of a high inside pitch, and understood it was gone as shortly as I strike it,” claimed Aupont. “I was just hoping it would keep (honest) in the field. Profitable a event recreation feels so very good. We had been having difficulties a bit at the beginning of the season, but picked issues up. I tried to get everybody heading just before the game, speaking it up, and we have been all fired up for this a single.”

It has been numerous years considering that Bishop Fenwick skilled for the event, never ever head successful their to start with game, but in his 1st season at the helm mentor Brian Seabury has turned items all around. The Crusaders, the No. 13 seed in Division 3 will now wait around for the winner of the Hudson-Bishop Stang/Medway sport which will be performed on Monday.

“We are going to give the girls the weekend off and then exercise on Monday and Tuesday,” said Seabury. “I be expecting we are going to be touring to Hudson on Wednesday. We understood in a game like this receiving out to a direct was significant. The ball Gigi hit was center in, and she jumped all more than it. She’s been incredibly hot at the plate lately, and having a 2nd operate on the play was massive. That was a large hit by Mia getting on in advance of Gigi.”

It was a pitcher’s duel from the start off with Aupont battling Newburyport ace Emily Meleedy, who gave up 3 hits and three walks when whiffing 6. Meleedy retired the very first 6 batters she confronted prior to strolling Guilianna Micciche to start off the 3rd inning. She went to second on a handed ball, but was out at the plate on a really shut contact trying to arrive residence on Hannah O’Brien’s solitary down the right subject line. Keira Dowell threw to Meleedy, who fired house in time for catcher Grace Habib to tag Micchiche out.

“We required to jump out to a guide, and that was a incredibly near play on the slide at home,” said Seabury. “It failed to do the job out, but we failed to permit it hassle us, and ongoing to enjoy our game. I understood from the starting Gigi had a large amount of zip on the ball. It was coming out of her hand with a ton of pace which had them guessing. Some online games she will not have that zip, but she absolutely sure did these days.

“I’m happy for the children, especially our seniors. They all loved this year, and becoming 12-9, heading on in the match is good. I know I’ve cherished the period and seeing the kids work so tough. This was a battle amongst two pitchers who have been throwing so very well.”

Fenwick designed each and every perform in the field guiding Aupont, and the few occasions she got in issues they bailed her out. Aupont struck out the initial four batters and five of the very first seven. She issued five walks, and the lone strike never ever remaining the infield. Dowell strike a shot back again to the mound that went off Aupont’s leg, but the runner was promptly erased when the up coming batter, Lea Quintiliani, lined to Aupont, who fired to next baseman Emma Burke alertly covering the bag at initially to comprehensive the double enjoy.

The Clippers threatened yet again in the sixth when Bolcome singled, went to second on a passed ball, and more than to third on a wild pitch. Aupont bought out of the jam by whiffing the next two hitters.

Newburyport, the No. 20 seed, completed the season with a 9-12 file. The 5 walks failed to damage Aupont because she bore down with runners on foundation to get out of any difficulty and made her two operate homer stand up as the change in a very well played match.

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