Two-hitter by Stickney paces Malden to win vs. Marblehead
By Julian Cardillo
Billy Stickney pitched a fine game for Malden baseball on Wednesday night, striking out seven in a two-hitter against Marblehead. The Golden Tornadoes used Stickney’s strong performance on the mound to beat the Magicians, 1-0.
“We didn’t allow a hit after the third,” said Malden coach Steve Freker. “He retired eight of the last nine hitters and had a complete game. Stickney did very well, and we were error free behind him.”
Freker also singled out some quality fielding from Christian Monahan-Dasilva at shortstop, Juan Ortega at first and Reid Kankel in right field.
Malden’s run came in the bottom of the fifth. Lou LoConte singled and moved to second base on Monahan-Dasilva’s bunt. He later scored on a single by Tylor West.
That the Golden Tornadoes were able to win on Senior Day for their 10 graduating players was extra special, according to Freker. “We played a complete game,” said Freker. “We’ve been getting parts of a good game every day. Sometimes we’re hitting well but there’s no defense, or we’re pitching well but don’t have the runs to back it up. We got just one run but it was a solid game.”
Malden rounds out the season next Tuesday at home against Salem. They’ll also play in the Strike Out Colon Cancer Tournament this weekend, which features games against Somerville, East Boston and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School.
~ Malden Sports Round-Up ~
Taylor Bozzi’s RBI double scored Sarah Whitehouse in the fifth inning of Malden’s 7-1 loss to Marblehead on Wednesday night. Malden showed fight in their losing effort, but struggled to get any offensive action going in a dominant performance by Marblehead’s pitcher. Whitehouse led the way with two hits, while Alaina Giuliano and Maddy Smith each had one. Pitcher Ashlyn Fitzpatrick struck out three.
The Golden Tornadoes boys’ volleyball team clinched a playoff berth last week, and padded their stats last Thursday night in a 3-0 victory at Essex Tech. Malden is now 12-5 on the season.
Rachel Eaglin qualified for the state tournament and set school records in the 400m hurdles (69.1) and the long jump (16’6″) during a 72-50 victory over Gloucester.