Coach Gold hits milestone as MHS softball ends season with two wins

The Marblehead High softball team (9-11) dropped a 7-4 decision to Danvers on May 22. The Magicians were on fire offensively, collecting 14 hits over seven innings, but the Falcons also had a whole bunch of hits, 12 to be exact. 

Marblehead pitcher Ruby Calienes gave up 12 hits, one walk and four earned runs, while fanning three. Calienes also tried to help herself out at the plate with three hits and one RBI.

Anna Bobowski was credited with two hits in three at-bats. Luka Bornhorst chipped in with a couple of hits as well. Tessa Andriano got the same number of hits while accounting for three RBI. 

On May 25, the Marblehead girls defeated Medford at Medford’s Columbus Park, 7-2. 

Calienes gave up six hits over seven innings in a complete-game effort. She was also credited with seven strikeouts and accounted for a single in the fifth inning. 

Bornhorst went 2-for-4 at the plate that included a fence-clearing round-tripper in the second. Ashley Mortensen also helped power the attack with two doubles and one RBI. She scored twice as well.

Lyla McGovern and Isabel Mortensen contributed one hit apiece to the winning cause. Andriano just missed two homers that would have been out of most parks, according to coach Johnny Gold. 

“This game was won by the outstanding play of our outfield that consisted of Sophia Hallisey, Ashley Mortensen and Clara Donovan,” said Gold. “Catcher Isabel Mortensen also had a great defensive game behind the dish.” 

Gold gets 200th career win

Coach Gold’s squad closed out the regular season with a win against host Ipswich, 12-0, on May 26. It was also Gold’s 200th victory during his two-plus-decade tenure as a Marblehead coach. 

Calienes gave up just four hits while striking out six to secure the win. She also contributed on offense with a hit in the fifth. 

Second baseman Eva Walton led the offense, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two singles while knocking in three. Shortstop Luka Bornhorst went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Catcher Isabel Mortensen was 3-for-5 at the plate and also made the defensive play of the game with a diving catch to end the contest. 

Ashley Mortensen, Lyla McGovern and Sophie Hallisey had two hits apiece to pace the offense. 

“We ended the regular season on a high note by winning our last two games (against Medford and Ipswich) while scoring 19 runs and giving up just two,” said Gold. 

According to the latest Division 2 power rankings as of May 26 in the early morning hours, these youthful Magicians, with many freshmen and sophomores on the varsity roster, are ranked 39th overall.

The top 32 teams automatically qualify for the postseason, while all others must post winning records.

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