But the Salem defense faltered a bit in the seventh. Two errors, including a two-base throwing error, were followed by an RBI single by Masha Lange that tied the score, sending the game into extra innings and setting the stage for Morrissey’s clutch hitting. Freshman Kate Hoadley pitched a fine game for the Owls (10-1), who dropped their first game of the season. Through seven innings, she had given up just five hits and no walks while striking out five. She was also the recipient of some fine errorless defense.
Even on the winning hit in the ninth, center fielder Caroline Salvaneschi nearly made a fantastic diving catch before the ball trickled off her glove. Lange made several fine plays at shortstop and Jennifer Trodella made a terrific catch in right field.
“The intensity of play and the quality of play in the field makes me think we’ll be playing (Timberlane) them again,” said Sachs. “Their pitcher is a freshman playing at a senior level and they’ve got a solid team.”
By the same token, Timberlane coach Jim Clavette was far from devastated by the loss.
“We have character and I like the way we came back,” said Clavette. “I didn’t expect to be undefeated ... I think this game will help us and we’ll grow from it.”
agateHed:Salem 3, Timberlane 2
agateText:Timberlane (2): Lange ss 4-0-1, Salvaneschi cf 3-0-1, Nye lf 4-0-1, Madison Bishop ss 4-0-1, Meg Bishop pr 4-0-1, Collins pr 0-0-0, Durkee 2b 4-0-0, Freeman 3b 4-1-2, Harnois dp 2-0-0, Barrett dp 2-1-0, Trodella rf 3-0-1, McKinnon ph 1-0-0, Hoadley p 0-0-0. Totals 35-2-8
agateText:Salem (3): Cloutier ss 4-0-1, Rastello 2b 4-0-0, Latham 3b 3-0-1, O’Brien 1b 4-0-1, Davis pr 0-0-0, Williams lf 4-1-1, Morrissey 4-2-2, Bickford rf 4-0-2. Wallace c 3-0-0, Murphy cf 4-0-1 Dawson p 0-0-0, Arsenault p 0-0-0. Totals 34-3-9
agateText:RBI: T — Lange; S — Morrissey, Wallace, Murphy
agateText:WP: Arsenault; LP: Hoadley
agateText:Timberlane (10-1): 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 — 2
agateText:Salem (8-2): 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 3