Newburyport reaches tourney with 10-1 win over nonleague Northeast Metro

Paige Gouldthorpe fired a 2-hitter and K’d eight Knights in a tournament-qualifying win over Northeast Metro

Annie Siemasko (7) lands on home plate after a third-inning homer

The Clippers stayed away from slugger Kayleigh Brammer

(Newburyport MA) It was the way life should be for the Newburport softball team.

“We kept it together the whole game,” said NHS coach Bob Gillespie after the Clippers had defeated non-league Northeast Metro, 10-1, on a cold Friday afternoon on Pepe Field.

The win gave the Division Two home team their ninth win and a berth in the post-season with two games remaining.

Junior Annie Siemasko said afterwards, “I am so excited about making the tournament.  It’s the first time for me.  We’ve been close before but now we’ve finally made it.”

Northeast Metro coach Bruce Rich and his team were dazzled by Clippers’ starter Paige Gouldthorpe.  The NHS senior tossed a 2-hitter and struck out eight Knights.  “Their pitcher was outstanding.  She’s about as fast as we’ve seen.  She had great location and mixed speeds well.”

Liv Salvatore (13) beats the tag attempt of Tae Scott

“I was able to throw strikes today and get them to hit,” said Paige post-game.

On this successful day, the Clippers (9-7) stayed away from error-driven innings in the field.  Newburyport survived a drop in the 7th (Annie Siemasko) and a collision in the outfield in the 4th.  Northeast Metro wasn’t as fortunate.

Two walks and two errors set up the Clippers for three runs in the first.  Both walkers (Paige Gouldthorpe, Courtney Walsh) and Annie Siemasko (who reached on shortstop Tae Scott’s error) came across.  Freshman Cali Caponigro drove a run in during the NHS good start.

A key to the win was the way Newburyport kept the Knight’s junior slugger Kayleigh Brammer from hurting them.  Kayleigh already has ten home runs this season.  The way Paige was mowing her teammates down, Kayleigh batted only three times and was walked twice.  The third time Paige got her to ground out.

Costly Knights’ error in Newburyport’s six-run 4th inning

“We kept her (Kayleigh Brammer) off the bases,” said Coach Gillespie.  “She has the ability to play at the next level.”

Annie Siemasko launched a home run to right center in the 3rd to boost the NHS advantage to 4-0.

The Knights (10-5) answered with a run.  Kayleigh Brammer walked and alertly reached third on Kat Zeylaya’s bunt when no one covered third.  Catcher Sarah Linehan’s wild throw to second allowed Kayleigh to score. Paige handled the two-on, two-out situation by striking out Joanna Agostini to limit the damage to one run.

The Clippers fourth was when they expanded their 4-1 lead and gained game-deciding separation from the visitors from Wakefield.

Cali Caponigro (11) drives in a run

Newburyport had tallied only two runs and had two outs in the 4th inning but the inning got extended when pitcher Julia Carrillo couldn’t handle Courtney Walsh’s grounder.  The Clippers would tack on four unearned runs after the miscue. Again, walks played a part.  There were four NHS walks and three scored.

The 10-1 lead carried the rest of the way.  The Knights did get two on in the 7th but a baserunning blunder ruined a promising two-on, no-out’s situation and no inroads were made into the Clippers lead.

Annie Siemasko paced Newburyport with three RBI and scored three runs.  Cali Caponigro drove in two Clippers with two hits.  Mikayla Vincent had two hits and an RBI.

Paige walked three.  Two were semi-intentionals to Kayleigh Brammer.  The Keene State commit handled five chances flawlessly.

Brooke Rogers tagged out at home by Sofie Wyzanski

Northeast Metro (Division Three) is in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with teams such as Whittier.  The Knights had won three of their last four games before the loss today.

It was a cold afternoon in the shade and not too bad in the sun.

I am always looking to expand my vocabulary.  New word: frenemy.  Paige dropped that one on me to explain her relationship to shortstop Bridget Sheehan of Triton who watched the game.

Bridget’s Vikings (15-1) take on undefeated North Reading on Monday afternoon at Triton.  That should be a game to see……..and blog about.

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NHS coach Bob Gillespie and Brooke Rogers

Seventh inning drop

Play at third

Annie Siemasko eyes a pitch from Julia Carrillo

Outfield collision but LF Cali Caponigro holds on

3B Liv Salvatore

2B Kat Zeylaya

Northeast coach Bruce Rich

Courtney Walsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim Tebow and Vladi Guerrero in Manchester (NH)

Tim Tebow takes a big hack

Catcher Pat Cantwell looks for a foul pop

(Manchester NH) The long ride didn’t seem to bother Binghamton.

The AA Rumble Ponies hosted Erie on Wednesday. A 5 ½ hour trip after the game to Manchester for a Thursday game would impact performance…….you would think.

Didn’t happen that way.  The RP’s clobbered the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 11-1.  The visitors were rude to every pitcher they faced.

Meanwhile, the heavy hitting home team didn’t even get a hit until the 6th inning off Nabil Crismatt.  That hit was a surprise because it took Vladi Guerrero legging out a grounder to deep first to do it.  It helped Vladi that Nabil was a little late getting over to cover.

The attraction for the Binghamton team is having Tim Tebow on their roster.  I suspect that everywhere Tim goes the crowd reflects it.  Tonight was no exception.  The weather helped the crowd size, but I’m sure that Tim brought many of them in.

Bo Bichette

I was at the stadium shortly after 5 for a 6:30 start.  There already were lines along the edge of the Binghamton dugout.  Granted, they have other good players including #4 Mets prospect Peter Alonso, but the sheer volume suggests Tim’s appeal.

Tim did do a pre-game interview in the dugout with a select group.  I saw Tim’s publicist nearby.

I wanted to get Tim warming up and did so from the left-field seats.  I thought that I might get him in left field during the game, but he was DHing.

Tim was noticed every time he came to the plate by the crowd.  That didn’t go so well because he struck out the first four times. Trust me, he wasn’t cheated, hacking frequently.  He had the out-of-the-park swing going.  He did hit a long foul to left (he’s a lefty) the first time up.

Tim’s worst at-bat was in Binghamton’s 4-run inning.  There had been a string of hits and runs before his appearance with the bases loaded.  He promptly K’d and the hitting resumed with the next batter!

Cavan Biggio continues to play well at Manchester

Vladi and Bo (Bichette) are still with the Fisher Cats.  Both are already showing the hitting/fielding skills to move at least to Buffalo (AAA).  Vladi made a nice play to his left on a grounder with a strong throw.

The “non-prospect” Cavan Biggio still looks (to me) to be a next-level possibility.  Very smooth in the field.

The defensive play-of-the-game was a leaping catch NH’s Harold Ramirez made in front of the right-field fence.

Peter Alonso was at first for Binghamton.  He was selected in the 2nd round in 2016.  He can hit and play the position.

Binghamton pitching coach Frank Viola was very interactive with NH fans before the game.  I remember him as a Twin.

Tim Tebow takes a knee

Weather was pleasant.  No jacket required or rain clouds hovering.

Minor league baseball is a great take.  Price is low and the closeness to the field is a reality.

I encountered two foul balls during this game.  One went over the backstop screen and caromed nearby off the dugout edge.  I was trying to take a picture at the time!  The other one happened as I was in the NH dugout.  This was a hard, low grounder that hit the board below the lower railing in front of me damaging it.  My ability to get out of the way of any hit ball is suspect.  Maybe I should consider a helmet and/or a mouth guard?

I activated my smallest, fast lens.  From the backstop screen the players were within three feet of me.  The lighting for the long-range pictures lessened as the night went on.  Adjusting (successfully) to it is what separates me from a “real” photographer!  I need to study and practice.

Getting to Manchester?  Best way from north of Boston is NOT via 93 North.  Did that during my first two visits and discovered that stop-and-go is a way of life there.  Best way?  North on 95 to the Hampton Tolls and then 101 West to 93 and then 293.  Took less than an hour both coming and going.  Slowest part?  Getting over the Merrimack River and into the stadium parking lot.

Thanks again to Tyler Murray for arranging the visit.

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Prospect Pat Mazeika

Prospect Jhoan Urena

Tim Tebow runs in the outfield

Nabil Crismatt got the win for Binghamton

Bo Bichette takes a cut

Vladi Guerrero takes a swing

Vladi beats Nabil Crismatt to first for a hit

Tim Tebow to the plate

Vladi at third

 

 

 

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Triton gets 11th straight with 8-3 win over Newburyport

Emily Karvielis waits for throw from Bridget Sheehan as Meg Winn slides

Triton coach Dave Dupere congratulates Zoe Cesati

(Byfield MA) “Where’s Triton?’”

“In Byfield, where’s that?”

I’m expecting some strangers to show up to watch Triton softball in the near future.  Possibly tomorrow at the Manchester-Essex game but certainly at Monday’s showdown with 14-1 North Reading.

What’s all the excitement?  The Vikings are having a season to remember.  They’ve won eleven straight and are making loud noises in Division Two.  The Boston Herald has Triton ranked 25th in that division today.

This afternoon, Triton (14-1) rallied past Newburyport, 8-3.

“We’ve been underestimated all season,” said CF Zoe Cesati afterwards.

Zoe bounced a two-run homer (first of the year) off the top of the center field fence in Triton’s three-run sixth that gave the home team a 7-2 cushion.

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn finishes a double play

I chose to do today’s game because I was certain that Newburyport (8-7) was better than the team I saw taken out 17-1 in five innings by Triton on May 1st.

And right I was.  For three innings today, the Clippers looked capable of pulling a huge upset.  Triton?  Very shaky in the field in the first inning and able to get only two hits in three innings off NHS starter Paige Gouldthorpe.

That shaky defense (three errors) cost Triton two runs and Paige’s pitching had the home team down, 2-0, after three.

“We’ve been down early before and have responded well,” said Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.

Bridget Sheehan (3) heads home on a triple by Emily Karvielis

And respond they did.  The defense tightened, and the hits followed.

“Everyone started hitting,” explained RF Dani West. “That’s what we needed.”

The Vikings batted around in the 4th inning, collecting four runs on five hits.  “Hitting is our primary focus in practice,” said Coach Dupere. “We play good defense, but we’ve got to hit to win games.”

Triton finished with eleven hits on the afternoon.  Junior Bridget Sheehan led the way with three hits and the Cape Ann League All-Star scored three times.

The Vikings would add a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Taylor Penniman beats out a bunt

Newburyport had seven hits getting three of them (Meg Winn, Annie Siemasko, Liv Salvatore) in the 7th and producing a run.

Annie Siemasko and Liv Salvatore each had two hits.  Meg Winn scored twice.

Taylor Penniman and Grace McGonagle had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

Annie Siemasko and Zoe Cesati both made nice running catches in center field.

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn turned a double play on an infield grounder.

“I have to credit Grace McGonagle,” added Coach Dupere. “The kid gets on every time up!”  Grace had two hits, a walk, and was hit by a pitch.

Carisa Boyle slides into second

Emily Karvielis had a run-producing triple in the sixth.  Defensively she had five assists and handled three popups.

SeniorDani West (RF) plans to attend Wentworth in the fall to study architecture.  Glad to learn from Dani that her mother was better.  Dani’s mother was hit by a foul ball at Amesbury earlier in the month.  “She has a little concussion and coach now has a special helmet for her to wear at our games.”

“Defensively, we were spotty in the first inning, but we cleaned it up after that,” said Coach Dupere.

Pitcher Katherine Quigley was the winning pitcher.  She is 13-1 this season.  The sophomore seldom overpowers anyone but pitches to spots and lets Triton’s defense take care of the rest.  Katherine gave up one earned run today.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan looks for the last grounder

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan finished the game handling an obstructed-view grounder.

Dave Dupere was leery about looking past the ME game tomorrow toward Monday’s rematch with North Reading.  So I’ll do it.  The Vikings lost 6-2 on April 18th at North Reading.  Catcher Tara Driver had three homers for the Hornets.  Tara will be going to D1 Niagara on a softball scholarship.  Find a way to minimize Tara and Triton could come away with a CAL title.  By the way, both teams are in Division 2 so a third game between the two might be in the cards come tournament time.  Pentucket did the Vikings a huge favor yesterday by defeating NR 7-3, ending a long (since 2015) winning streak the Hornets had going in the Cape Ann League.  The CAL title should be on the line on Monday afternoon in Byfield.

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Mikayla Vincent

Taylor Penniman

Shortstop Meg Winn hauls in a short pop to left

Annie Siemasko (2 hits) eyes a pitch

Triton fans

Katherine Quigley

Abby Maines

Zoe Cesati bats

Zoe Cesati

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton holds off Ipswich 6-5 for ninth straight win

Emily Karvielis safe at home with 6th Triton run

1B Taylor Penniman handles the final out for Triton

(Byfield MA) Triton (12-1) won their ninth straight game this afternoon but it was anything but easy.

The Ipswich Tigers (6-7) had the pitching and hitting to give the Vikings quite a battle before falling, 6-5, on Friday in Cape Ann League action.

Defense separated the two teams.  The Vikings played flawless defense while the Tigers allowed three unearned runs.

“If we don’t hit, we have to be perfect in the field,” explained Triton senior Taylor Penniman afterwards.

The Vikings had been averaging over eleven runs per game but today they ran into junior Katherine Noftall.  Katherine allowed three earned runs and had six strikeouts.

Equally impressive was the hitting of Katherine and her sister Erika.  Katherine was a triple short of the cycle while Erika had two singles and a double.

Katherine Noftall in home run trot

Katherine’s two-run homer over the right field fence in the top of the 7th brought the visitors to within a run with one out.  “It was a nail biter for sure,” recalled Triton coach Dave Dupere.  Pitcher Katherine Quigley, however, ended any further damage with a strikeout (Mya Cuevas) and a ground out (Rowan Galanis).

The streaking Vikings had single runs in the second, third, and fourth.  Their game-deciding runs came in a three-run fifth.

In that fifth, Triton’s Grace McGonagle (3 hits) singled and was joined on the bases by Bridget Sheehan who was intentionally walked.  Senior Emily Karvielis then singled sharply to right.  Grace would certainly have scored on the hit but when the ball rolled past RF Allie Comeau to the fence, Bridget and then Emily also crossed home.  Emily had actually stopped at 3rd but when the Tigers fumbled the relay, home she went with what turned out to be the winning run.  “Emily was there (home) before the throw got there,” said Coach Dupere.”

“That fifth inning was where one run turned into three and it cost us,” said Ipswich coach Brian Seabury.

Eve Paicos scores first Triton run

Triton scored a run in the second when Carisa Boyle drove in Eve Paicos with a double to left.

In the Ipswich third, junior Katherine Noftall drove in sophomore Erika Noftall with a single to center.  Later it was sophomore Mya Cuevas singling Katherine home.

In the Triton 3rd, a Grace McGonagle double was followed by a Bridget Sheehan RBI single to right.

The Vikings pulled in front, 3-2 in the fourth.  An infield bobble (2B Rowan Galanis) enabled Collen McCarthy to reach.  Colleen later scored on a sacrifice fly by Eve Paicos.

3B Colleen McCarthy started the Tigers 5th with a defensive gem stabbing Cat Seaman’s liner.  But Katherine Noftall followed with a double to CF and Mya Cuevas recorded her second RBI with a single.

Shortstop Erika Noftall dives for grounder

Erika Noftall reached base (single) before her sister took Katherine Quigley deep in the Ipswich 7th.

Tigers’ left fielder (Mya Cuevas) and center fielder (Cat Seaman) worked together in Triton 4th.  Cat looked as if she had a catch lined up in a tough sun with Mya nearby.  At the last second the ball bounced off Cat’s glove and nearby Mya was able to snag the rebound!

Ipswich had no luck when it came to strategy.  In the Triton 3rd, Coach Seabury wanted to walk Bridget Sheehan (CAL All-Star) but pitcher Katherine Noftall had struck out Bridget in the first.  So they pitched to Bridget and she had an RBI single.

Trouble in the Ipswich outfield in the fifth inning

In the fatal fifth, Bridget came up again and it was decided to walk her this time and face Emily Karvielis instead.  Emily hit an RBI single that ended up scoring three runs.

“When they were going to walk Bridget, I was thinking that our next hitter (Emily) is every bit as good,” said Coach Dupere.  “It sure worked out for us.”

“The Noftall sister were sure impressive,” added Coach Dupere.  “We tried to pitch them in and out, but they still hit.”

Katherine Noftall

“Katherine (Noftall) usually pitches against the large teams,” said Coach Seabury.  Sister Erika pitches the other ones.

“Grace (McGonagle) had three hits for us today,” said Coach Dupere.  “She usually plays small ball but today she was hitting the ball clean and getting on base.”

Sophomore Katherine Quigley registered her 11th win.  She struck out eight and walked one.

I told Coach Dupere that, according to my figuring, North Reading, going into today’s games, had won 45 straight CAL games dating back to 2015.  The Vikings are scheduled to play the Hornets at Triton on May 21st.  “It should be exciting if we can keep playing the way we’ve been playing.”

Taylor Penniman told me that in the fall she will be going to Mass Art in Boston to study graphic design and advertising.

Katherine Noftall also scored three runs for Ipswich.  I saw her drop twenty-five points on Newburyport, including three 3’s, during the basketball season.

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Emily Karvielis about to tag Mya Cuevas

Katherine Quigley

2B Rowan Galanis and sliding Colleen McCarthy

Trouble in the Ipswich infield

Mya Cuevas (2 rbi)

Emily Karvielis

Eve Paicos

Colleen McCarthy throws to first

Bridget Sheehan

 

 

 

 

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Amesbury boys/girls sweep Pentucket and Newburyport in outdoor track

Michaela Halloran quickly takes the lead for Amesbury in the 2-mile

Drew Everett and Brian Abel are 1-2 in the two-mile

(Newburyport MA) Good day for the boys/girls track teams of Amesbury.

The undefeated Indians came away with victories over Pentucket and Newburyport on a comfortable, then chilly, Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League outdoor track at Fuller Field.

Division 2 Pentucket and Division 3 Amesbury have two of the best track teams in the area.  Both were 7-1 last year. Be certain that when the CAL season ends, the Sachems and Indians will figure significantly in the post-season races.

Please permit a paragraph of whine: With no numbers, it is a challenge to  sort out names.  With no posted stats, it is a challenge to produce accurate results.

Reminds me of some Maine lore.  An out-of-towner drove into a small Maine village and hit a tremendous pot hole.  After coming to a stop, and checking his tire, the Flatlander expressed his displeasure to the first local he saw.  “Why don’t you have a sign warning about that pot hole?” he asked.  The local guy responded, “Everybody knows about it.”

Pentucket’s Keegan O’Keefe finishes the 4×100

Kind of like area outdoor track.  Who needs a program when everyone knows each other!

That’s one of the things I like about outdoor track; relaxed atmosphere.  There’s plenty of socializing and plenty of encouraging going on.

I thought that host Newburyport was wonderfully organized.  Things ran smoothly and quickly.

Fuller Field seems to be perfectly set up for outdoor track.  Are bleachers a necessity?  Not on this afternoon.

Prime reason for covering today’s meet?  Take a look at UNH commit Saige Tudisco.  The Pentucket senior delivered.  Won all four events (long jump, high jump, 100 hurdles, 200) and she was in with a next-level approach to each event.  The highlight for Saige may have been beating the very fast Caroline Schissel (Amesbury) in the 200.

Saige Tudisco edges Caroline Schissel in the 200

Caroline Schissel (left) nips teammate Schuyler Snay in the 100. Kaley Enright is 3rd.

Earlier, Caroline had a win over teammate Schuyler Snay in the 100 setting an Amesbury school record (12.19) in the process.

The Amesbury girls defeated Pentucket 79-66 while the AHS boys won 78-67.

The third school in the tri-meet (Newburyport) had wins from Sam Acquaviva (800) and Donte Harmon (100 meters).

Freshman Syeira Campbell takes the 400

Pentucket’s promising freshman (Syeira Campell) cruised in the 400 (59-84).

Amesbury’s Chelsea Lynch (400 hurdles, pole vault, 800) and Michaela Halloran (mile, two mile, 4 x 100 relay) finished first in three events.

The weather today highlighted the best of spring (sunny 60s) early on and later lowlighted the worst of spring (cloudy, windy, fog, 40s). How do you dress for such conditions?

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Charlie Schissel wins tight 200

Schuyler Snay finishes the 4 x 100

John Sydlowski wins 400

Amesbury’s Sydlowski twins

400 – Chelsea Lynch, Ellison Seymour, Maia Esty

Clippers Donte Harmon wins the 100

110 hurdles – Jack Clohisy wins

Saige in the 100 hurdles

Sam LaPointe, Zach Labrecque, John Nelson watch the shot put competition

Drew Everett and Chelsea Lynch

Saige in the high jump

Chelsea Lynch won the pole vault

Beverly Browne sets to pole vault

Peter Lopata takes the mile for Pentucket

Michaela Halloran cruises in the two-mile

Saige in the long jump

Saige Tudisco

Chelsea Lynch takes 400 hurdles

Newburyport senior Anastasia Hansen honored before the meet

 

 

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Manchester-Essex holds off Amesbury 5-4 in eight innings

Robbie Sarmanian settles under the final out.

Play at second

(Amesbury MA) “We have a lot of pitching options,” said Manchester-Essex coach BJ Weed.

And those of us watching yesterday afternoon at Amesbury High School saw five of them during an eight-inning game won by ME, 5-4, over the Indians on sunny Tuesday afternoon.

The Hornets (6-5) carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the 7th but Amesbury tied it on a sacrifice fly by Derek Beaupre.

Cosmo Pallazola escaped a 7th inning jam

Not only did the Indians tie it, but they had runners on first (Blake Bennett) and third (Logan Burrill) with only one out and a chance for a nifty comeback win. But not on this afternoon.  Reliever Cosmo Pallazola retired Derek Doherty on a popup and K’d Jeremy Lopez to extend the game.

AHS coach Joel Brierly told me after their last game, that his team needed to learn to be able to make the “routine plays.”

Their inability to make those routine plays gave the Hornets two runs in their half of the eighth.  A throwing error by 3B Tom Flanagan, a balk and wild pitch by pitcher Logan Burrill, and a misplayed fly ball in RF by Jeremy Lopez, were factors in the visitors collecting two runs.  Senior Jackson Levendusky drove across Robbie Sarmanian to get one of the runs.  Later Jackson scored, what proved to be the winning run, on the drop in right field.

3B Tom Flanagan makes a tough catch

Senior Robbie Sarmanian took over the pitching duties in the 8th for Manchester-Essex.  A walk and a fielder’s choice got Amesbury’s Tucker Molin to second.  Tucker scored when shortstop Bennett O’Leary threw away a two-out grounder.  Robbie, however, was able to catch the final out near the foul line to end the game and get the save.

Amesbury starter Graham Gannett gave up three runs on five hits during seven innings of work.

The Indians (5-6) flashed some pretty good defense through seven innings.  CF Logan Burrill turned a running catch into a double play in the Manchester third.  2B Derek Doherty handled a hard-hit, one-hopper to end the Hornets fourth.  3B Tom Flanagan ventured back toward the outfield and make a tough running catch to close the 7th inning.  Unfortunately, for Amesbury, the 8th inning wasn’t nearly as clean defensively and it cost the Indians dearly.

Elbow pain

Senior Mitch Paccone started for Manchester-Essex and left after three pitches to Amesbury’s second batter, complaining of elbow pain.  Dylan Wilson and Mason Paccone followed before Cosmo Pallazola came on for the 7th and Robbie Sarmanian finished for the visitors in the eighth.

ME got a run in the second inning.  Bennett O’Leary doubled to the fence in left and came home on a sacrifice fly by Cosmo Pallazola.

The Indians (3-7) evened the score in the 4th.  Derek Beaupre walked leading off and later was driven across on Tom Flanagan’s flair to right.

ME put two across in the fifth.  Mike Quill drove in Will Janowicz with a blooper to left field.  Later, Robbie Sarmanian’s fielder’s choice brought in freshman Will Levendusky.

The Division four Hornets have now defeated Amesbury four straight times.  The Hornets got by Amesbury 2-1 in April as Mitch Paccone K’d eight Indians and Jackson Levendusky drove in both runs.

Junior Mike Amundsen came off the AHS bench in the bottom of the 7th to provide some excitement on the bases.  Mike replaced Graham Gannett who had walked to start the inning.  Mike was then nearly picked off first and then second as many of his teammates were insisting that he stay closer to the base he was at.  Distracting a team’s defense without getting caught is probably a good thing.  Mike did get the 2nd AHS run.

3B Mike Quill battles the wind

Mike Quill and Will Janowicz each had two hits for ME.  Cosmo Pallazola had two rbi.

Tom Flanagan and Derek Beaupre each had an rbi for Amesbury.

Nice afternoon for baseball.  Later the shadows made it a little difficult for yours truly to see the ball.

Wondered why Mitch Paccone and his very sore elbow went from pitching to playing second base.  Probably not unusual.  I’ve seen pitchers throw many innings of pitches and then stop pitching and play shortstop.  Are those arms fooled??

ME pitcher Dylan Wilson stopped Tucker Molin’s hot grounder in the 4th inning with his stomach and then threw to first.

Coach BJ Weed watches from long range

ME coach BJ Weed served the last game of a two-game suspension by watching from the distant bleachers along the right-field foul line.

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Reaching for the bag

Will Janowicz had two hits

Shortstop Jon LaVerde calls

Pitcher Dylan Wilson

Lars Arntsen

Graham Gannett

Cosmo Pallazola

Mike Amundsen gets to third base

Mike Amundsen scores

Jackson Levendusky

AHS trouble in the eighth

 

 

 

 

 

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Vladi Guerrero does more to encourage promotion

Vladi Guerrero heads for home after second home run

Vladi leads Eastern League in batting and RBI

(Manchester NH) When Ross Atkins calls, it’s probably for Vladi!

Ross Atkins in the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

To say that Vladimir Guerrero is tearing up the AA Eastern League is an understatement.  Why?  VG has already been twice named Player of the Week in this very young season.  He also leads the EL in hitting, close to .400 and RBI (33).

Vladimir Guerrero Jr is currently in Double A with the Toronto Blue Jays farm team in Manchester (NH).  The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, if you will.

I got a second look at the 19-year-old and my immediate gut feeling is for his future to soon be elsewhere did not diminish.  In fact, it increased.

Bo Bichette and Vladi celebrate homer

The Fisher Cats routed the Portland Sea Dogs, 10-2, on Monday night and young Vladi highlighted the awesome NH attack with two home runs.

The first one was a laser to left that could have blown out a number on the scoreboard in Fenway. In Boston, Vladi probably would have gotten a long single or a close-play double.  But this was Northeast Delta Dental Stadium with a low left field and earned a home-run trot from Vladi.

The second homer was high and deep to right center.  Probably would have left Yosemite National Park!

Granted, this was against the last-place Portland Sea Dogs.  The Red Sox farmhands are last in striking batters out and second in giving up homers.  Tonight NH added three more (Cavan Biggio also had one) to the twenty-six already surrendered in the young season.

Vladi after 3-run homer

The game began ominously for the visitors’ starter Kevin McAvoy: walk, walk, Vladi homer.

A current bright spot is a dismal 7-19 start for Portland has been outfielder Cole Sturgeon.  Cole is now batting .378 after getting two singles vs the Fisher Cats.

You would think at first look that Cole’s chances to get to Boston would be seriously blocked by Betts, Bradley, and Benintendi.  Lately, however, Jackie’s lack of hitting may move the Boston brass to the “other options” level.  You never know.

Saw more of Toronto’s #2 prospect Bo Bichette. (He was named after Bo Jackson) This was a game that showed he had patience; three walks.

Bo Bichette

One sequence impressed me.  Bo swings with all his might every time.  I have no doubt that opponents aren’t enamored by his approach.  Sure enough, one of the Portland pitchers buzzed Bo and back he lurched.  Bo finished the at-bat with a double!

Bo also made a nice stop at short to set up a final-out force out.

More hits for the Blue Jays non-prospect Cavan Biggio.  I will predict that Cavan’s status within the BJ’s system is going to change.  The young man can hit (two more vs Portland) and plays 2B comfortably.  He is now batting .310.

Sean Reid-Foley (#10 Toronto prospect) continues undefeated (5-0) with his win tonight.  He throws strikes and had been blessed with tons of run support.

Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio

I found room to take pictures in the Fisher Cats dugout as well as in the area behind the backstop.  I was skeptical about shooting through a net, but it works.  The lighting was better.  Last time it was misty.  The players were on the field in the daylight before the 6:35PM start.

Getting to and from Manchester was an adventure this time.  Heading up 93 there had been an accident backing up and slowing traffic north.  Heading home afterwards, there was construction on 93 heading south narrowing that busy road to one lane.  I may try coming over 101 from the Hampton Tolls next time just to compare it.

More thanks to Tyler Murray for arranging the visit.

Plenty of good players at New Hampshire for the time being.  See them while you can before GM Ross Atkins calls to tell various players to report to AAA Buffalo!

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Vladi swings

Portland’s Conrad Gregor breaks a long hitless stretch

Pink clouds beyond Seas Reid-Foley

Play at third

Sean Reid-Foley

What dugout will these two be sitting in before this season is over?

Vladi checks out the crowd

Vladi at bat

Cole Sturgeon is 2nd in EL in hitting. Long overdue to move up in the Red Sox system.

Fooling around pregame

Jonathan Davis

Cavan Biggio

Bo Bichette

Some players have families

 

 

 

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