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April 25, 2013

Softball: Last inning heroics power Georgetown past Rockport

ROCKPORT — No team feels good after a loss.

There are certain losses, though, that sting a little more than others.

The Rockport softball team can attest to that after yesterday’s 7-3 loss to Georgetown at Rockport High School. After spotting the Royals an early two-run lead, the Vikings clawed their way back in and took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Georgetown responded with two home runs — a two-run shot by Shannon O’Brien and a three-run homer by Allie Newbury — to completely reverse the game’s momentum in the top of the seventh inning.

The Vikings went down in order in the bottom of the seventh and fell, 7-3, in dramatic fashion.

“I felt confident (heading into the seventh),” Rockport coach Dianne Parisi said. “There was just a couple of little things today, some physical errors and a couple of walks, and not hitting the ball. We hit the ball well the other day, what can you do?”

Georgetown (6-1) manufactured two runs — one in the first, one in the second — as Rockport pitcher Jessica Collins settled in.

Once she did, the game became a pitcher’s duel as Collins and Georgetown pitcher Jane Erlandson kept bats quiet for much of the game, and it appeared that early 2-0 lead might be enough for the Royals.

That was until the Vikings’ bats came alive for the first time all game. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Kayla Parisi (2-3, run) notched Rockport’s first hit of the game, giving a spark to a scuffling lineup.

Collins followed with the game’s first big blow, as she stroked a line drive over Georgetown left fielder Maggie Noelk’s head for a two-run home run to tie the game and swing the momentum.

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