Monthly Archives: April 2014

Solid performance earns Newburyport 10-3 victory over Georgetown

Carley Siemasko gets congratulated by teammates after homer in the third inning

Carley Siemasko gets congratulated by teammates after homer in the third inning

Vicki Allman struck out nine Royals

Vicki Allman struck out nine Royals

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport put together a nice mix of pitching, hitting, and fielding to defeat Georgetown, 10-3, on Wednesday afternoon at cold and breezy Cashman Park in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (6-4) seemed fully recovered from an excruciating 5-4 loss to Manchester-Essex on Monday.

NHS pitcher Vicki Allman retired the first ten Royals she faced and ended up with nine strikeouts.  The senior walked one batter and allowed only one extra base hit.

Carley Siemasko led a 13-hit Newburyport attack with three hits including a home run and five RBI.  Junior Ashley Hodge also had three hits for the Clippers.  This was a game in which Newburyport didn’t have any walks.  Maybe they didn’t want to stand in the cold any longer than they had to??

The Clippers defense also had a good game with only one error (shortstop Morgan Johnson).

Danielle Quercia

Danielle Quercia

Georgetown pitcher Danielle Quercia kept Newburyport off the scoreboard in the first inning by striking out Stephanie Gleason with two runners in scoring position.

The Clippers broke through in the second inning.  A throwing error by GHS rightfielder Maggie Noelk enabled Lauren Singer to score.  Later, Jade Carpenter’s fielder’s choice brought Vicki Allman across.

The visitors unraveled defensively in the third inning with three errors.  Those miscues combined with five Newburyport hits paved the way for eleven Clippers to bat and six of them to score.

This was the inning Carley Siemasko homered.  The ball went over leftfielder Gianna Faragi’s head and rolled to the fence.  Later in the same inning, Carley singled to drive in two more runs.

Molly Kelley was called out for interfering with shortstop Kylie Hayward in that six-run third.

The Royals (2-6) cut into their 8-0 deficit with runs in the 4th and 5th.

Carley Siemasko (5 RBI)

Carley Siemasko (5 RBI)

In the 4th, Jen Nutter reached third after a bunt single, fielder’s choice, and a stolen base.  Freshman Kylie Hayward’s bunt single delivered Jen with the first G’Town run.

In the 5th, two singles (Danielle Quercia and Hannah Jannell) were followed by Morgan Johnson’s error on a hard-hit grounder by Maddy Crateau that Danielle came home on.

Carley Siemasko had two more RBI in the Newburyport fifth.  Both Ashley Hodge and Amy Sullivan singled and moved into scoring position.  Carley did the rest.

Georgetown ran into outs in the 6th and 7th innings.  Samantha Newbury was picked off first after Molly Kelley caught a popup in the sixth.  In the seventh, Shelby O’Brien speared a line drive at third and caught Hannah Jannell off of first before she could get back.

Kaylie Sapienza triples

Kaylie Sapienza triples

The Royals, despite the double play, did get a run in the seventh inning.  Junior Kaylie Sapienza opened with a long triple to left.  Hannah Jannell then placed a full-swing blooper in between the pitcher and the second baseman getting Kaylie home.

Injuries to Dana Edwards, Emily Fraser, and Meghan Stanton kept them out of today’s game.

Georgetown is scheduled to be at Pentucket tomorrow.  Newburyport will be at Rockport on Friday.

The Royals have lost five of their last six games.

Danielle Quercia and Hannah Jannell had two hits for Georgetown.  The Royals ended up with eight hits.

Vicki Allman and Ashley Hodge each scored two runs.

Jen Nutter made a nice catch in centerfield in the first inning to prevent a run from scoring.

Weather?  After being at Newburyport High School on Tuesday, today at Cashman wasn’t that bad.  It certainly helped that today’s softball game lasted 75 minutes while the baseball game on Tuesday was more than twice as long.

Newburyport box

Georgetown box

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shortstop Morgan Johnson

shortstop Morgan Johnson

Ashley Hodge (3 hits)

Ashley Hodge (3 hits)

Amy Sullivan slides home

Amy Sullivan slides home

Jen Nutter eyes a popup

Jen Nutter eyes a popup

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Shelby OBrien sets to throw to first

Shelby OBrien sets to throw to first

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Freshman Danny Ryan dazzles in Rockport’s 9-2 win over Newburyport

Danny Ryan pitched a complete game six hitter for the Vikings

Danny Ryan pitched a complete game six hitter for the Vikings

Hayden Roller slides for home as Leighton Paradise covers the plate

Hayden Roller slides for home as Leighton Paradise covers the plate

(Newburyport MA)  Freshman Danny Ryan pitched a complete game six hitter as Rockport ended a five-game losing streak and defeated Newburyport, 9-2, on a cold Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

This was a 2-2 game after four innings before the Vikings (2-6) put some timely hitting together with some Newburyport miscues to garner five runs in the fifth inning.  The visitors added two more runs in the sixth.

The Clippers (3-6) had the bases loaded in the fifth and two on in the sixth but didn’t score.  Credit Danny Ryan.  He struck out Travis Wile to finish the fifth and ended the sixth with a force out.

Anthony Ciaromitaro (#18) heads for third

Anthony Ciaromitaro (#18) heads for third

Senior James Nutter started for Newburyport.  He surrendered an unearned run in the first as Anthony Ciaromitaro scored on 3B Ryan Furlong’s 2-base throwing error.  The Vikings notched a second run in the third inning when Danny Ryan, who had doubled, came home on junior Josh Proposki’s single.

The Clippers got tainted runs in the first and third.  In the first inning, Caleb Stott reached on 3B Joe Scatterday’s throwing error and later scored on a passed ball by catcher Kyle Nelson.   In the third, Scott Webster struck out but reached when the ball eluded the Rockport catcher.  Ryan Furlong’s fielder’s choice brought Scott home.

Shortstop Caleb Stott gets pulled off second by a high throw from Matt Short

Shortstop Caleb Stott gets pulled off second by a high throw from Matt Short

This game was won/lost in Rockport’s five-run fifth inning.  The Vikings sent ten players to bat and had RBI by freshman Matt Rich, junior Kyle Nelson, and freshman Danny Ryan.  The Clippers inflicted pain on themselves in that inning by serving up two walks, allowing two runs to score on wild pitches, and making a costly error (2B Matt Short).

Rockport put across two more runs against reliever Leighton Paradise in the sixth inning.  A walk, an error (3B Ryan Furlong), and wild pitches enabled freshman Hayden Roller to score.  Later a fielder’s choice by Anthony Ciaromitaro drove in Matt Rich with the second run of the inning.

The Clippers threatened in their fifth and sixth but on this afternoon there was no late-game rally.

The Vikings were flawless in the field after Joe Scatterday’s error on the first Clippers’ batter.

First baseman Stephen Ryan scooped up two bad throws in the final inning.

Caleb Stott has the tag waiting for Josh Proposki

Caleb Stott has the tag waiting for Josh Proposki

Josh Proposki was thrown out twice by NHS catcher Scott Webster trying to steal.

Leighton Paradise was pulled from the game after experiencing arm trouble in the seventh inning.

Rockport was 7-12 last season.

Jeremy Grabowski came off the NHS bench and got two of the Clippers six hits.

Rightfielder Josh Proposki catches a deep fly

Rightfielder Josh Proposki catches a deep fly

Will Cataldo hit two deep flies to right field that were caught by Josh Proposki.

Newburyport had won three of four before the loss today.

The Clippers have scored more than five runs only once in nine games.  When the bats are quiet the pitching and defense has to carry the day.  Not today versus Rockport.

Next game (weather permitting) for Newburyport is at Amesbury.  The Vikings will be at Pentucket that day.

Weather?  It was winter weather minus the snow.

Rockport box

Newburyport box

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Freshman Matt Rich scored two Rockport runs

Freshman Matt Rich scored two Rockport runs

Travis Wile strikes out in the fifth inning

Travis Wile strikes out in the fifth inning

Leighton Paradise

Leighton Paradise

Freshman Hayden Roller fires from deep short

Freshman Hayden Roller fires from deep short

Danny Ryan (two hits and an RBI)

Danny Ryan (two hits and an RBI)

Matt Short leaps for a blooper

Matt Short leaps for a blooper

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Triton softball takes 2nd straight with 13-1 win over Ipswich

Triton pitcher Mara Spears sets to throw to first.

Triton pitcher Mara Spears sets to throw to first.

The Triton defense was flawless.  Here 3B Christine Ciccone catches a foul popup

The Triton defense was flawless. Here 3B Christine Ciccone catches a foul popup

(Byfield MA)  That’s two straight for the Triton softball team.

The Vikings (2-8) defeated winless Ipswich, 13-1, on a windy, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The game ended in the fifth inning when Taylor Johnson slid across after a wild pitch to kick in the 12-run mercy rule.

Mara Spears, coming off a 3-hitter in the Vikings, 2-0, win at Saugus on Friday, tossed another 3-hitter against the visiting Tigers.  Mara walked only one Tiger and the Triton defense was flawless behind her.

Carolyn Lynch scores the Ipswich run

Carolyn Lynch scores the Ipswich run

Ipswich put the three hits together in the second inning and got their only run as Amy Neenan drove in teammate Carolyn Lynch with a single.

The Vikings took full advantage of Ipswich walks, wild pitches, and errors through the first three innings to take a commanding, 9-1, lead.

In the final inning plus, Triton rapped six hits to collect four more runs.

The Vikings sent nine batters to the plate in three of the 4+ innings they batted.

Christine Ciccone paced Triton with two RBI both on walks.  Lily Anderson, Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, and Mara Spears had one RBI each.

The top three in the Vikings’ batting order (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Mara Spears) each scored three runs.  Mara had as many hits (three) as she gave Ipswich.

Second baseman Gabby DAgostino stops a grounder

Second baseman Gabby DAgostino stops a grounder

IHS starter sophomore Abby Sadoway issued nine walks in three innings of work. Five of the nine runners that scored did so on wild pitches.

Freshman Katie Lynch started the fourth and yielded four runs on six hits.

Ipswich (0-5) has allowed 83 runs through five games with the large number of free passes hurting the Tigers.  IHS coach Jim Hounam (coached Triton for 20+ years) will look to turn things around tomorrow when Ipswich hosts Georgetown.

Triton has turned its season around after starting with eight straight losses under first-year coach Michele Brewer.  In the string of losses, the Vikings were on the wrong end of three one-run games.

shortstop Rylee Culverwell

shortstop Rylee Culverwell

In the 2-0 win over Saugus, Rylee Culverwell had a home run.

Triton will be at Lynnfield tomorrow (Tuesday).

Carolyn Lynch (Ipswich) and Mara Spears (Triton) were Cape Ann League All-League selections in 2013.  Jill Lombard (Ipswich) was a CAL All-Star.

Sophomore Rylee Culverwell looks like a natural at shortstop.  She played 3B last year.

Triton catcher Julia Hartman walked all four times she batted.

Weather?  Any time you come to Triton there will be wind.  If you ever come there when it is cloudy you can expect it to be colder than you planned.

Triton used to only have a fence in right field.  It is now extended around the entire outfield.  There was no way a ball could ever be hit over that fence the way the wind was blowing in from left field this afternoon.

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Shannon Lyons about to catch a fly ball

Shannon Lyons about to catch a fly ball

Jill Lombard

Jill Lombard

Carolyn Lynch set to throw to first

Carolyn Lynch set to throw to first

Katie Lynch

Katie Lynch

Casey Ross get 3B as Carly Coughlin reaches for the ball

Casey Ross gets 3B as Carly Coughlin reaches for the ball

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

Kylie Gilroy fields a grounder

Kylie Gilroy fields a grounder

Abby Sadoway

Abby Sadoway

Julia Hartman (4 walks)

Julia Hartman (4 walks)

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Pentucket suffers tough 7-4 loss to Newburyport in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

(Newburyport MA)   Newburyport caught two Pentucket runners at home in their, 7-4, win over Pentucket on Friday morning in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (5-3) turned a five-walk second inning into five runs and held off the Sachems (4-3) the rest of the way thanks to clutch defensive plays and the pitching of Vicki Allman.

Pentucket was coming off a tough loss yesterday to North Andover as a 2-0 lead evaporated because of a 10-run sixth inning nightmare.  Today’s loss may have been just as painful.

After Newburyport loaded the bases in the second inning with one out, PHS starter Carley Desjardins walked Morgan Johnston, Ashley Hodge, and Amy Sullivan to force across three runs.  Coach John Walsh brought in sophomore Sarah Stewart and she walked Carley Siemasko to send in a 4th NHS run.  The consecutive walks ended as Shelby O’Brien flied to right bringing Ashley Hodge in with the 5th Clippers’ tally.

The Sachems had the makings of a big inning in the 4th when third baseman Shelby O’Brien’s error was surrounded by two singles (Maddy Ammon & MK Corrado).  After NHS pitcher Vicki Allman K’d Carley Desjardins, Sydney Snow’s grounder tallied Maddy Ammon with Pentucket’s first run.  On Sydney’s grounder, second baseman Molly Kelley opted to try for a play at the plate but Maddy beat the throw.  This left the bases still loaded with only one out.  Here’s where Vicki Allman’s clutch pitching kicked in.  She got Nikki O’Rourke to popup and K’d Jenny Nelson to limit the damage to one run.

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

The Sachems were right back threatening for more runs in the 5th inning.  A bad throw by shortstop Meghan Stanton and an infield out put pinchrunner Amy McDonnell on third with one out.  Newburyport first baseman Carley Siemasko followed with two huge defensive plays.  Maddy Ammon hit a grounder to third that Shelby O’Brien fielded okay but her throw reached first on several hops.  Huge play Number One: Carley scooped out the low throw to get the out at first.  The runner at third (Amy McDonnell) opted to try for home.  Huge play Number Two: Carley fired a strike home to catcher Lauren Singer to nab Amy on a very close play.  The unfortunate bottom line for Pentucket was that they came away with no runs.

That wasn’t the case with Newburyport as they added two runs to their 5-1 lead in the bottom of that same fifth inning.  Meghan Stanton singled and took second on a wild pitch.  Vicki Stanton singled to left scoring Meghan and got all the way to third base when leftfielder Jenny Nelson bobbled the ball.  Jade Carpenter ran for Vicki and raced home on Morgan Johnston’s infield grounder.

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Now down 7-1 after five innings, the Sachems had their most productive inning of the game as they pushed three runs home.  They could have had more…..but more on that later.  Junior Tyler Feeney led off by crushing a ball over leftfielder Amy Sullivan’s head and quickly circling the bases for a homer.

Pentucket was then able to get MK Corrado (3 hits) and pinchrunner Corie Lucier to second and third with one out.  Nikki O’Rourke followed with a hard-shot single to centerfield that scored two runs and went by centerfielder Ashley Hodge to the fence.  Ashley quickly retrieved the ball as Nikki circled the bases.  Ashley relayed to shortstop Meghan Stanton who threw a strike home to nab Nikki in a second close play at the plate.  This was the second time in the game that Newburyport turned an error into an out at the plate.  How often does that happen?

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

The Sachems threatened again in the seventh but came away empty.  Maddie Binding led off with a triple over Ashley Hodge’s head in CF.  With batters 2-3-4 coming up it wasn’t hard to envision a big inning.  Vicki Allman, however, struck out both Kassidy Kennefick and Maddy Ammon looking and then got Tyler Feeney (home run in previous inning) to pop out to Carley Siemasko.

Clearly a tough defeat for Pentucket.  They have been a 5-14 team the last two seasons but certainly look this time around to be much better than that.  They surely need to be a little more patient on the bases!

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Newburyport hit into a double play in the first.  Sachems’ second baseman Maddy Ammon made a nice catch on an infield popup to short center and doubled baserunner Amy Sullivan off of first.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday at home.  Pentucket hosts Lynnfield while Manchester-Essex comes to Cashman Park.

I saw at least one girl on the Pentucket side visibly upset as the game turned Newburyport’s way.  I trust that someone will remind the young lady that no one person ever loses a team game.

I learned (indirectly) at today’s game that Vicki Allman will be attending Regis College (Weston MA) next year.

Weather?  It went from sunny to cloudy but with little wind.  I wonder if yesterday’s wind had an influence on the Pentucket/North Andover game.

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

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Meg Hubbard

Meg Hubbard

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Carley Desjardins

Carley Desjardins

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

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Amesbury plays well in 4-1 loss to D3 powerhouse St. Mary’s of Lynn

Augie relaxes between innings of the St. Marys/Amesbury softball game

Augie relaxes between innings of the St. Marys/Amesbury softball game

Pitcher Mia Nowicki gets congratulated by teammate Katie Terban

Pitcher Mia Nowicki gets congratulated by teammate Katie Terban

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury didn’t make a full recovery from the nightmarish 16-15 loss to Newburyport last game but their improved play was noticeable.

The Indians (2-2) lost, 4-1, to a very strong St. Mary’s (Lynn) team in a non-league game on a beautiful Tuesday morning.

Sophomore Vanessa VanBuskirk drove in three runs for St. Mary’s (4-1).

The Spartans pitching (sophomore Michaela Hamill and freshman Mia Nowicki) gave up seven hits but it was their ability to strand nine Indians that made the difference.  Twice St. Mary’s pitchers were confronted with bases-loaded situations but yielded just one Amesbury run.

The Spartans scored two runs in the second and two more in the sixth.  The Indians collected their lone run in the fourth.

Pitcher Rachel Cyr gets one of her seven assists.

Pitcher Rachel Cyr gets one of her seven assists.

Rachel Cyr went the distance for Amesbury and pitched well.  The senior was victimized by a trio of infield bleeders in StM’s 2-run second and two walks in the 2-run sixth.

In the Spartans’ second inning, juniors Molly Doyle and Mollie Mello reached on slow rollers that neither AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli nor third baseman Autumn Kligerman had easy chances on.  (Senior Alexis Mango ran for Mollie Mello.)  A wild pitch moved both runners up and Mia Nowicki’s grounder to pitcher Rachel Cyr enabled Molly Doyle to score St. Mary’s first run.  Alexis Mango reached third on the play.  Vanessa VanBuskirk then hit a blooper over the pitcher, but in front of the shortstop, with plenty of spin on it that fell in and drove across the Spartans second run.  Nothing was hard hit but St. Mary’s was up, 2-0, after two innings.

Rachel Cyr gets back to third as Katie Terban applies the tag

Rachel Cyr gets back to third as Katie Terban applies the tag

Amesbury cut the lead in half in their fourth inning and came very close to having an even bigger inning.  Rachel Cyr started things off by reaching on a dropped popup by senior second baseman Jennie Mucciarone.  Autumn Kligerman bunted Rachel to second.  Next batter junior Meagan Aponas took a full swing and got a dribbler to go down the first baseline.  None of the St. Mary’s fielders reacted to it and so Meagan reached first.  Sophomore Sammy Stone then hit a grounder back to pitcher Michaela Hamill who tried unsuccessfully to get Rachel Cyr off of third.  So Amesbury now had the bases loaded with just one out.  They did get a run as Lauren Fedorchak’s fielder’s choice scored Rachel Cyr but Michaela got freshman Maddie Napoli to pop out ending what might have been a much bigger inning.

Mia Nowicki pitched the final three innings for the Spartans.

Against Mia in the fifth, the Indians got senior Lucy Scholz (3 hits) to third with two outs but failed to capitalize.

Jess Marinello scores the Spartans 4th run

Jess Marinello scores the Spartans 4th run

The Spartans put up two runs worth of insurance in the sixth inning.  Rachel Cyr’s only two walks of the game proved costly.  With two outs, St. Mary’s runners (Molly Doyle and pinchrunner Jess Martinello), who had reached on walks, were on second and third.  Vanessa VanBuskirk delivered the two of them with a hard shot to centerfield.

Amesbury trailed, 4-1, with two out in the bottom of the seventh.  But the Indians didn’t go quietly getting consecutive hits from Alexi Boswell and Lucy Scholz.  Amanda Schell extended the inning with a walk loading the bases.  However, Mia Nowicki got Rachel Cyr to fly to senior centerfielder Alex Fisher to end Amesbury‘s hopes for a last-inning comeback.

Amesbury is now in Division 3 as is St. Mary’s so it was a good chance for both teams to check each other out for a possible D3 North tournament game later on.

Vanessa VanBuskirk leads teammate Jennie Mucciarone to the bag

Vanessa VanBuskirk leads teammate Jennie Mucciarone to the bag

Jennie Mucciarone (going to Tufts) was part of St. Mary’s D3 basketball state champs as was Mia Nowicki.

Pitcher Rachel Cyr had seven assists.

St. Mary’s reached the state D3 final last year before losing, 5-2, to Assabet Valley.  The Spartans were 20-6 last season.  Amesbury was 19-3 in 2013 but in Division 2.

Amesbury is scheduled to visit Ipswich tomorrow for a 10AM game……..weather permitting.

Weather?  It is nice to go to an outdoor event in April and feel over-dressed. This was one of those mornings.

St. Mary’s box

Amesbury box

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Lauren Fedorchak eyes a popup

Lauren Fedorchak eyes a popup

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Maddie Napoli throws to first

Maddie Napoli throws to first

Vanessa VanBuskirk

Vanessa VanBuskirk

Mollie Mello

Mollie Mello

Michaela Hamill

Michaela Hamill

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8-run second inning keys 11-2 Chelmsford win over Newburyport

Taylor Rowsell scores the 8th Chelmsford run

Taylor Rowsell scores the 8th Chelmsford run

Amy Sullivan tagged out at the plate by Carly Rennie

Amy Sullivan tagged out at the plate by Carly Rennie

(Newburyport MA) Chelmsford defeated Newburyport, 11-2, in non-league softball game on a sunny Monday morning.

This game was settled in the second inning.  How?  Any time you have an inning in which one team slugs three triples and the other team commits four errors you can be sure the damage will be significant.  And it was.

Chelmsford (7-1) sent twelve batters to the plate in that second inning and eight of them crossed home plate before the inning was over.

Catherine Nestor, Carly Rennie, and Libby Mercuri each tripled over outfielder’s heads in the decisive frame off of NHS starter Vicki Allman.  Because the Lions were such good hitters, it was imperative that the Clippers limit the CHS at-bats with tight defense.  Not in this inning.  Infielders Molly Kelley, Jade Carpenter, and Meghan Stanton all picked up errors.

Abby Desrosiers (scholarship to Merrimack)

Abby Desrosiers (scholarship to Merrimack)

I’m going to beat that error thing to death but it was such a big part of this game.  Chelmsford scored a run in the first on an attempt by Abby Desrosiers to steal third.  The throw from catcher Lauren Singer went past third baseman Jade Carpenter enabling Abby to continue on home with the Lions’ first run.

Ahead, 9-0, after two innings, Chelmsford put runners on first and second with one out in the third inning with Stephanie Gleason now pitching for Newburyport.  A throwing error (Meghan Stanton) loaded the bases and Carly Rennie singled to center driving in two more runs.

A week ago Newburyport (3-3) was able to get a win over Amesbury, 16-15, because the Clippers were able to put an eight-run inning together.  Not against Chelmsford.  CHS coach Bruce Rich used three pitchers (Jackie Arndt, Meg Dugas, and Erin O’Keefe) and kept NHS away from a big inning.

The Clippers had five hits and stranded six baserunners in the first three innings but came away with no runs.  CHS starter junior Jackie Arndt K’d Lauren Singer to end a two-on, two-out situation in the first.  In the second, NHS had two more on (singles Molly Kelley and Vicki Allman) with only one out but Jackie escaped by striking out Morgan Johnston and getting Ashley Hodge to pop to shortstop Abby Desrosiers.  In the third inning the Clippers had a walk (Amy Sullivan) and two hits (Carly Siemasko and Lauren Singer) and came up empty again as rightfielder Catherine Nestor nailed Amy Sullivan at the plate after Lauren’s single.

Carly Siemasko (3 hits and an RBI)

Carly Siemasko (3 hits and an RBI)

Newburyport avoided the shutout with unearned runs in the sixth and seventh innings.  An error by shortstop Abby Desrosiers in the sixth gave NHS an extra out and the Clippers loaded the bases.  Carly Siemasko drove in the Newburyport run singling to deep short.  Outfielders McKenzie Lalumiere and Catherine Nestor ended that inning (bases loaded) nearly colliding on a fly ball to right center.  McKenzie, however, came away with the catch.

The NHS run in the 7th came after a second Abby Desrosiers error enabled Meghan Stanton to reach.  The Clippers would get runners on first and third.  With two outs the runner on first got in a rundown while Meghan scampered home from third.

Freshman Meg Dugas pitched 3 1/3 innings while senior Erin O’Keefe recorded the last two outs for the Lions.

Junior Carly Siemasko reached base all four times getting three hits and a walk.

Meg Dugas had three hits for Chelmsford.  Carly Rennie knocked in three runs to pace CHS in that category.

Catherine Nestor made several terrific plays in right field

Catherine Nestor made several terrific plays in right field

Catherine Nestor made a couple of tough catches in right field for the Lions.

Abby Desrosiers will be playing for Division 2 Merrimack next year.

Meghan Stanton made a nice catch on Abby’s liner in the seventh inning.

Division 1 Chelmsford was 9-10 last season.  They’re in the very strong Merrimack Valley Conference.

Next game for Newburyport is tomorrow (Tuesday) at Triton (10AM).

Wonderful weather at Cashman Park.

Chelmsford box

Newburyport box

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McKenzie Lalumiere and Catherine Nestor converge

McKenzie Lalumiere and Catherine Nestor converge

Shianne Sneider

Shianne Sneider

CHS coach Bruce Rich

CHS coach Bruce Rich

Erin OKeefe

Erin OKeefe

rundown scramble in the 7th inning

rundown scramble in the 7th inning

CHS starter Jackie Arndt

CHS starter Jackie Arndt

Lauren Singer makes a nice catch on a foul popup

Lauren Singer makes a nice catch on a foul popup

Shannon Garrity

Shannon Garrity

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Pat Slack and Georgetown hitting attack lead to 5-0 win over Amesbury

Pat Slack and teammates celebrate his two-hit shutout

Pat Slack and teammates celebrate his two-hit shutout

Colby Ingraham about to cross home with the first Royals run

Colby Ingraham about to cross home with the first Royals run

(Amesbury MA)  Now, that’s more like it!  (That was a reference to the weather.)

Georgetown had everything go their way as they defeated Amesbury, 5-0, on a sunny Saturday morning of Cape Ann League baseball.

The Royals (4-1) rode the arm of senior Pat Slack (two hitter) and a non-stop hitting attack (nine hits) to the victory.

While G’Town had hits and stranded baserunners (nine) in every inning, the Indians went through 4 1/3 innings without a baserunner.  Nick Hawrylciw was the first to reach for Amesbury beating out (barely!) a grounder to shortstop Colby Ingraham.  Later in that fifth inning Spencer Fournier would get a no-questions-asked single to right center.  But those two hits were all that Amesbury (3-3) could muster.

Spencer Fournier (#8) had one of two Amesbury hits

Spencer Fournier (#8) had one of two Amesbury hits

Spencer Fournier’s hit to right center was only one of two balls to reach the Georgetown outfield.  Pat Slack was that dominating in the complete game shutout.  He had four strikeouts and kept the ball down.  First baseman Nick Correnti ended up with ten putouts.

Junior Sam Burnham pitched six innings for Amesbury (3-3) in his first varsity start.  Levi Burrill covered the last inning for the Indians.

Sam Burnham was charged with five runs but only two of them were earned.

The first of the unearned runs opened the scoring for the visitors in the first inning.  After Colby Ingraham doubled with two outs, AHS shortstop Ben Cullen booted Kyle Nelson’s grounder allowing Colby Ingraham to get home.

Three more runs came across for the Royals in the second inning.  Kevin Terban singled to left and was driven home by Chris Chiklakis’s triple to right center.  An infield hit to deep short by Ben Noelk enabled Chris to get G’Town’s third run.  A two-out throwing error by shortstop Ben Cullen followed adding a fourth run to the Royals’ total.

Sam Burnham

Sam Burnham

Georgetown’s third unearned run came in the sixth inning.  Left fielder Brad Kelleher had trouble retrieving Mike Goddu’s single and as a result Mike reached second.  Sam Burnham balked Mike to third.  Sam would have gotten out of the inning but another infield error (second baseman Jared Dupere) gave Georgetown its fifth run.

So despite all the Georgetown hits and baserunners, this could have been a much closer game minus the five Amesbury miscues.

The Royals, meanwhile, were flawless in the field with few tough chances.  Amesbury’s hardest shot, other than Spencer Fournier’s single, was a line drive toward second by Mac Short that Kevin Terban snared about shin level in the fourth inning.

Pat Slack (three hits) had two doubles that were part of Georgetown’s four extra-base hits.

Amesbury starter Sam Burnham took a hard shot off the shin in the third inning but recovered to toss the hitter out at first.

Colby Ingraham

Colby Ingraham

Cape Ann League All-League performer Colby Ingraham is back.  He suffered a torn ACL in football.  He has a noticeable limp but still has enough range to handle the shortstop position.  Colby almost got himself into trouble with the first base umpire when he had a loud reaction to his throw in the 5th inning that didn’t result in an out at first.  GHS coach Justin Spurr was quick to pay a visit to the field to cool things down.

Mac Short, Colby Ingraham, and Ben Noelk were Cape Ann League All-League players in 2013.  Pat Slack was a CAL All-Star last year.

Kevin Terban had two hits and scored two runs for the Royals.

Ben Cullen showed terrific range tracking down a first inning foul popup down the third baseline.

I’m guessing on this one but I believe that Amesbury sophomore second baseman Jared Dupere is the brother of Sarah Dupere the very talented senior softball pitcher at Governor’s Academy.  I saw Sarah K seven Pingree batters and get three hits herself in a 13-0 shutout against the Highlanders.

Next game for Georgetown in Tuesday (10AM) hosting Hamilton-Wenham.  Amesbury will host Pentucket (3:45PM) on the same day.

The weather was terrific.  There was a pretty good crowd on hand and almost all of them were over-dressed.  It’s just hard to believe so far this season that sunny, breezy, and 60’s could all come together in a pleasant outdoor experience!

Georgetown box

Amesbury box

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

Pitcher Sam Burnham recovers after taking a shot to the shin

Pitcher Sam Burnham recovers after taking a shot to the shin

Jared Dupere

Jared Dupere

Levi Burrill

Levi Burrill

Pat Slack

Pat Slack

Nick Correnti stretches for his 10th putout

Nick Correnti stretches for his 10th putout

Ben Cullen tracks down a foul popup

Ben Cullen tracks down a foul popup

Pat Slack caught in a rundown in the third inning.

Pat Slack caught in a rundown in the third inning.

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