ROCKPORT — The injury bug can derail a season in a hurry, especially for a team representing a small school.
The Rockport softball team is currently living through such a situation, and on Friday, the Vikings were without pitcher Jessica Collins and first baseman Kayla Parisi — both middle-of-the-order bats, too — for the second straight game.
It didn’t matter, though, when Pentucket took on the Vikings at Rockport High School. The Vikings took advantage of a sloppy first inning by the Sachems, scraped out the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning and pitcher Hannah Lorden did the rest as the Vikings pulled out a 3-2 win.
With the win, the Vikings (4-5) inched back toward the .500 mark as they approach the season’s midpoint.
“Right now, we’re out a couple of girls, so with that we’ve had a lot of changes this past week,” said Rockport coach Diane Parisi. “I keep telling them all the time that they’re softball players and they’re athletes. They should be able to adjust depending on the situation, and they’ve absolutely done that and risen to the occasion.”
With the struggling Sachems (2-9) in town, yesterday’s was an important win for the Vikings as they continue their swing through the Cape Ann League Large portion of their schedule.
Early on, though, it was anyone’s game. After Pentucket third baseman Kassidy Kennefick led off the game with a double down the left field line and later scored to give Pentucket the early lead, the Sachems had made it clear they wouldn’t be an easy out.
Their starting pitcher, however, gave the Vikings some life. First-inning control problems and defensive struggles gave the Vikings two charity runs early on — the Sachems walked four and committed an error in the first —before they settled down. Rockport got those two runs without a hit in the frame.