EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

May 27, 2013

All dried out

Scionti, Methuen shut door on Whittier, advance to final

METHUEN — Perhaps no one was happier to be playing in the Methuen Tournament yesterday afternoon than Methuen pitcher Chrissy Scionti.

It sure beat playing in the rain Friday, when the Rangers and Whittier sloshed to a 2-2 deadlock before the game was suspended after one inning.

“I hate pitching in the rain, it’s a peeve of mine” said Scionti. “I can’t get a grip on the ball and it’s not fun. I was hoping they’d call it off.”

Under drier conditions yesterday, the talented senior shut down the hard-hitting Wildcats over the last six innings as Methuen (13-6) prevailed 5-2 to advance to today’s 4 p.m. championship game against Amesbury (18-1). Whittier will face Andover in the 2 p.m. consolation game.

“It was definitely better today,” said Scionti, who gave up four hits over the final six innings, striking out four without walking a batter.

The Rangers got the only run it needed in the second when Sydney Littlefield reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch.

Two much-needed insurance runs came across the plate in the fifth when Kelly Blackwell singled home Meghan Murphy and Kat LeFebre for the Rangers’ only two RBIs of the game.

The Wildcats avoided further damage in the inning when Whittier shortstop Cassey Glode ended the inning by starting a nifty if unusual 6-3-5 double play.

Whittier’s best chance to score came in the top of the fifth, which was the only inning yesterday when two batters reached base. But Scionti struck out power hitter Josie Sanchez to end the inning.

Destiny Jordan and Glode were both 2 for 4 for Whittier and hit the ball hard every time at-bat.

“We were a little sluggish — I don’t think we hit the ball as well as we can — but it was a sluggish weekend,” said Methuen coach Jason Smith. “We’ll have to play better tomorrow.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China
Boston Sports
3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? McNabb: Two games is not acceptable for me Ortiz, Price Feud Is Upsetting To Children - @TheBuzzeronFOX MLB Trade Deadline Talk: Price, Stanton, Kemp Tony Romo will be a full-go for camp Teammate's Advice For Johnny Manziel & Josh Gordon - @TheBuzzeronFox Helfrich praises Mariota's commitment to improve Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child Who will Brady turn to if Gronk can’t stay healthy? Gronkowski cleared to participate in Patriots training camp Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season