LOWELL, MA--Lisa Iancin and Sara Jewett each belted her second homerun of the yearand Lyndsey Angus had a bases loaded double to lead the New England Riptide to a 6-1 victory over the New York Juggernaut last night at Martin Softball Field.
Jodie Cox and Leigh Ann Ellis battled for two scoreless innings before the Juggernaut broke through in the top of the third. Natasha Watley hit a triple in the left center gap to drive in Heather Scaglione, who had reached on a fielder's choice after Kim Ogee drew a walk. That gave the Juggernaut a 1-0 lead and it was the only run that Ellis would allow as she scattered three other hits, all singles as she picked up a complete game win, striking out five and walking three. Ellis was aided in the sixth and seventh by excellent Riptide defense turning double plays to end both innings.
The Riptide took the lead for good in the third when Jess Allister opened the inning
with a sharp single to left. Iancin (3 for 4) followed with a single of her own to
put runners at first and second. Ashley Courtney struck out, Kellie Wilkerson hit
into a fielders choice and Jess Merchant drew her second walk of the evening to load the bases. That set the stage for Angus who doubled deep to right field to clear the bases and give the Tide a 3-1 lead.
That lead grew to 5-1 in the fourth when Jen Scavone led off with a single and scored on Iancin's home run. The Riptide added one more in the sixth on a solo homerun by pinch hitter Jewett off reliever Auburn Signurdson who came in for Cox in the fifth. Cox pitched four complete innings allowing five runs on six hits while striking out four and walking four.
The two teams complete their seasons with four more games on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all games at 7:05 at Martin Softball Field.