Young softball Magicians still alive for postseason after big wins over Winthrop, Swampscott

The Marblehead High softball team (6-6 in the Northeastern Conference, 7-9 overall) shut down host Winthrop, 12-0, in a six-inning mercy rule game on May 17.  

Pitcher Ruby Calienes scattered three hits and issued no walks while striking out 11 along the way. 

Freshman Isabel Mortensen had two hits in as many at-bats, including a triple, to help pace the offensive attack. Luka Bornhorst and Eve Walton also collected two hits in three at-bats. Sophia Hallisey went 2-for-4 during this blowout win.

Anna Bobowski knocked in the final run of the game with a hit after making solid contact in her other three plate appearances that went for naught, according to coach Johnny Gold, who wanted to single out his senior infielder for taking an aggressive offensive approach against the Vikings. 

It was more of the same for the Magicians against visiting Swampscott last Friday afternoon on Senior Day. They defeated the Big Blue going away, 12-1.

Before the game, Bobowski was honored for her contributions to the program throughout the last four years. Bobowski’s counterpart on the Big Blue, Meghan Baker, was also appreciated for her efforts during her tenure as a scholastic standout. 

Calienes gave up just three hits again to go along with 10 strikeouts. She also helped her own cause at the plate with two hits. 

Left fielder Sophia Hallisey (2-4), second baseman Eva Walton (2-4) and Mortensen (3-4) were the team’s leaders on offense. 

Freshman third baseman Tessa Andriano returned to the lineup after being out for several games with an ankle injury, and she made her presence known with an excellent catch in foul territory, as well as driving home two runs with a double to deep center field, noted Gold. 

The Marblehead girls are wrapping up the regular season schedule this week with four road games.

Needing just two wins to clinch a Division 2 state tournament berth, the team was set to take on Danvers and Malden Catholic on Monday and Tuesday, then they were set to be off to Medford’s Columbus Park on Thursday to face the Mustangs, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Cape Ann League Ipswich Tigers will then provide the competition the next day with a game beginning at 4 p.m.

If all goes well, the youthful Magicians will win at least two of those four games to qualify for the postseason that begins next week. 

Joe McConnell | + posts

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