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Dan Manning leads Georgetown to 7-3 Division 4 North quarterfinals win over Matignon

Dan Manning had a huge part in the Georgetown win over Matignon

Dan Manning had a huge part in the Georgetown win over Matignon

Duncan Hough tags out Brian Raimo for the final out of the game

Duncan Hough tags out Brian Raimo for the final out of the game

(Georgetown MA) Georgetown defeated #11 seed Matignon, 7-3, in a Division 4 North quarterfinals matchup on sunny Saturday afternoon.

The win puts the #3 seed Royals (14-7) into the D4 North semifinals for the second straight season.  This time around they’ll face #2 seed Boston International next Wednesday.

Senior Dan Manning had a big day for the Royals scoring twice, getting three hits, stealing two bases, and driving in two runs. The Georgetown catcher also gunned out two Warriors attempting to steal.

In defeating the Warriors (6-14), the home team took liberties on the base paths (two double steals) and advantage of Matignon wildness (four hit batsmen).

Georgetown had nine hits and bunched eight of their hits into the first three innings and took a 4-1 lead.

Winning pitcher Pat Slack

Winning pitcher Pat Slack

The Warriors totaled eight hits and had hits in six innings and left baserunners in each of those innings.  Georgetown starter Pat Slack (5 2/3 innings) allowed only two runs.

One of the baserunners gunned down by Dan Manning was JT Nichols in the first inning.  The inning started with Nick Valdario walking and JT reaching on 3B Kyle Nelson’s error.  Brian Raimo’s sacrifice fly got Nick to third.  That was when JT tried to steal and didn’t make it.  Cam Monagle followed with an RBI double to the fence in left.

Georgetown got that run back in the bottom of the first inning.  Two batters (Ben Noelk and Kyle Nelson) were hit by pitches and both moved into scoring position thanks to a well-executed double steal.  Pat Slack’s single to left brought Ben home to tie the score.  Matignon starter Jimmy DeAngelo limited the damage to one run by retiring Ryan Slack and Chris Chiklakis to end the inning.

The Royals took the lead for good with a run in the second.  Dan Manning singled to deep short and then stole second and third.  Kevin Terban’s hot shot over the third base bag scored Dan.

Georgetown picked up two more runs in the third.  Pat Slack, after nearly being doubled off first on his brother Ryan’s line drive to second baseman JT Nichols, was driven home on Chris Chiklakis’ shot to the fence in left.  When Chris tried to steal third the throw from catcher Kevin Olsen went past third allowing Chris to cross with the Royals fourth run.

Tyler Hanlon reaches third

Tyler Hanlon reaches third

Matignon (Catholic Central League) cut into their 4-1 deficit with a run in the fourth.  Tyler Hanlon singled to deep short and came all the way around on a double by Kevin Olsen to center.  CF Mike Goddu dove after Kevin’s long shot and just missed getting it.

Georgetown collected three runs worth of insurance in the 5th inning.  The first two Royals (Ryan Slack and Chris Chiklakis) reached and executed the team’s second double steal.  Later LF Tyler Hanlon rushed in on Dan Manning’s sinking line drive and had the ball one-hop off of him allowing both G’Town runners to get home.  Jared Fernandes came on to relieve Jimmy DeAngelo at this point.  A single (Mike Goddu) and a sacrifice fly (Colby Ingraham) produced Georgetown’s seventh and final run.

Matignon put a run on the board against the relief combo (Alex Bornholdt and Duncan Hough) in the final inning.  JT Nichols’ fielders choice tallied Jared Fernandes.

The ball gets past a diving Tyler Hanlon (above his foot) in the 5th inning

The ball gets past a diving Tyler Hanlon (above his foot) in the 5th inning

Weather?  After getting caught in the rain at Tewksbury yesterday I was leery of the clouds I saw today but the sun dominated the quick (less than two hours) game.

Mike McPherson hit into the rare 9-6 force out when Georgetown rightfielder Ben Noelk dropped a routine fly in the sixth inning but recovered to force Cam Monagle at second.

Georgetown third baseman Kyle Nelson chased a foul ball out of my sight into the crowd in the Matignon seventh.  It sounded as if Kyle introduced himself to a lawn chair but he quickly returned to the playing field.

Jared Fernandes and Cam Monagle paced Matignon with two hits each.

Mike Goddu and Pat Slack had two hits for Georgetown.

Georgetown boxscore

Matignon boxscore

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JT Nichols steals second

JT Nichols steals second

Colby Ingraham

Colby Ingraham

Ben Noelk heads home with the first Georgetown run

Ben Noelk heads home with the first Georgetown run

Kyle Nelson ventures into the crowd

Kyle Nelson ventures into the crowd

Pat Slack tries to get back to first

Pat Slack tries to get back to first

Kevin Terban waits to tag out Mike McPherson

Kevin Terban waits to tag out Mike McPherson

Cam Monagle (#24) gets an unassisted out

Cam Monagle (#24) gets an unassisted out

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Shannon McLaughlin and Brooke Hardy lead Tewksbury to 6-0 win over Newburyport in D2 North First Round

Shannon McLaughlin (one hitter with eleven strikeouts)

Shannon McLaughlin (one hitter with eleven strikeouts)

Brooke Hardy (three hits,three runs, one RBI)

Brooke Hardy (three hits,three runs, one RBI)

(Tewksbury MA)  Shannon McLaughlin allowed just one hit and struck out eleven as Tewksbury defeated Newburyport, 6-0, on a cloudy/rainy Friday afternoon in the first round of the Division 2 North softball tournament.

Tewksbury (15-6) had eleven hits and at least four very loud outs.  The biggest Redmen hit was a two-run homer by junior Anna Sessa in the sixth inning that gave Tewksbury its final two runs.

Senior Brooke Hardy also had a big part in the Redmen attack.  Brooke singled three times, stole two bases, scored three times, and had an RBI.  She has a scholarship to D1 Jacksonville next year.

Shannon McLaughlin (committed to St. Anselm’s) dominated the Clippers (11-10) in the first three innings getting seven strikeouts.   Newburyport got its first baserunner with two outs in the third inning when Stephanie Gleason was hit by a pitch.

Tewksbury built up a 3-0 lead in those first three innings.

Brooke Hardy steals second as Morgan Johnston waits for the throw

Brooke Hardy steals second as Morgan Johnston waits for the throw

In the first inning, Erin Walsh hustled a single to center into a double and came home on Brooke Hardy’s grounder up the middle.  Brooke stole second and reached third on a passed ball (Shelby O’Brien) and came home on Adrianna Favreau’s single up the middle.

In the third inning, Brooke Hardy beat out a grounder to second baseman (Molly Kelley).  When Molly’s throw toward first was wild Brooke reached second.  Shannon McLaughlin’s single into right center brought in Brooke with the Redmen’s third run.

Newburyport had a baserunner in both the fourth and fifth innings.  Carley Siemasko reached in the 4th on a drop by centerfielder Marissa Doherty while Vicki Allman walked in the 5th.

Teagan Trant (3 hits) scored on the Anna Sessa two-run homer

Teagan Trant (3 hits) scored on the Anna Sessa two-run homer

Tewksbury doubled their lead in the fifth inning.  Brooke Hardy singled and stole second with no outs.  Two very hard outs followed: sharp grounder by Shannon McLaughlin to shortstop Morgan Johnston and a rope to centerfielder Ashley Hodge.  Teagan Trant kept the inning going with a single to right that scored Brooke.  Anna Sessa followed with an inside-the-park homer that went over leftfielder Amy Sullivan to the fence.  Teagan was running with two outs and scored easily. The Clippers had the ball back in the infield as Anna finished circling the bases.

That 6-0 lead after five innings looked pretty safe the way Shannon McLaughlin was pitching.  The big question was whether the Clippers could get a hit off of her.  Ashley Hodge took care of that in the top of the sixth flairing a single down the rightfield line.  Amy Sullivan bunted Ashley to second but Shannon McLaughlin ended the inning getting two infield popups.

Amy Sullivan runs off with teammates after two catches in the sixth inning

Amy Sullivan runs off with teammates after two catches in the sixth inning

Senior Amy Sullivan made two terrific running/sliding catches in left field in the seventh inning.

In some pretty serious rain, Newburyport put two runners on to start their final at-bats.  Meg Stanton walked and Morgan Johnston was hit by a pitch.  But three infield outs followed and Tewksbury moves on.

The Redman will face Arlington at Arlington on Sunday afternoon (1PM).

Newburyport, with two seniors (Vicki Allman and Amy Sullivan), will have plenty of experienced players returning for the 2015 season.

Shelby OBrien takes a cut

Shelby OBrien takes a cut

Tewksbury never recorded an outfield putout in this game.

Teagan Trant had three hits, scored a run, and had an RBI for Tewksbury.

Newburyport High School had its senior prom last night.

Special thanks from me to the wife of Tewksbury coach Leo DiRocco.  The rain that started midway through the game had me wishing I had brought an umbrella.  Mrs. DiRocco offered me one of several she had in her car.

Anna Sessa (2-run homer)

Anna Sessa (2-run homer)

This is the second time I’ve ever seen Tewksbury play.  Last time?  Division 2 North finals at UMass Lowell last year when they lost 6-5 to Burlington.  Key to that Burlington win was keeping Brooke Hardy off the bases.  The Clippers weren’t as fortunate!

We all know that umpires make mistakes.  It’s always nice to know that they can admit it and change a call.  That change happened when a Tewksbury runner had been ruled safe on a play that was a force-out.  It did get straightened out.

Tewksbury is in the Merrimack Valley Conference. Newburyport is from the Cape Ann League.

Tewksbury box

Newburyport box

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ball drops into the Tewksbury outfield

ball drops into the Tewksbury outfield

Brooke Hardy

Brooke Hardy

Molly Kelley takes a throw at second

Molly Kelley takes a throw at second

Pitcher Vicki Allman throws to first baseman Carley Siemasko

Pitcher Vicki Allman throws to first baseman Carley Siemasko

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Top Red Sox prospects litter Portland Sea Dogs roster

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero

catcher Blake Swihart and pitcher Henry Owens

catcher Blake Swihart and pitcher Henry Owens

(Portland ME) Do you want to see the top Red Sox prospects?  Portland, Maine should be your destination real soon.

The Portland Sea Dogs’ roster (according to MLB.com Prospect Watch) currently has three of the top five Red Sox prospects (Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, and Mookie Betts) as well as #13 Deven Marrero.  Highly regarded Sean Coyle is also on the team along with recently arrived Bo Greenwell (Yes, Mike is his father.).

I was at Hadlock Field this morning/afternoon as the Sea Dogs pushed their won/loss record to 35-18 with a 2-1 win over the New Britain Rock Cats.

The Thursday weather for the 11AM start was downright awesome: sunny but not too hot.

Hoping to see some of the six prospects, I was blessed into a game in which all six took part.  You talk about photo ops!

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

#1 prospect Henry Owens was very impressive.  The tall lefty went seven innings facing only twenty-five batters.  Henry allowed three hits and kept the Rock Cats from making solid contact most of the time.

This was the first time I have seen #3 prospect Blake Swihart catch.  Henry’s control gave Blake an easy-to-handle game.

I came to this game suspecting that it might be a last chance to see Mookie Betts (#5 prospect) in action.  I am envisioning Pawtucket in his June future.  The Sea Dogs centerfielder had a rare game for him………never got on base.

The best play I saw today?  Easily it was what shortstop Deven Marrero did with Kennys Vargas’ grounder up the middle.  It would have been a terrific play if Deven had just stopped the ball but he added to it by getting off the ground and getting the out at first.  Granted, Kennys Vargas (6’5 – 275 pounds) appears to have David Ortiz-like speed, but the play was remarkable nonetheless.  I have read in several places that Deven’s glove is major-league ready.  Today I confirmed the fact for myself visually.

This young fan toasted Slugger

This young fan toasted Slugger

Mascot Slugger added to his losing streak as yet another young fan got the best of him circling the bases. This race should be under review because the young fan started halfway up the first baseline.  This unfair start put Slugger way behind early and he just didn’t have the closing kick needed to win the race.  Of course the way I saw it, the young fan should have been disqualified.  I am starting to think these races may be fixed.

Plenty of Maine school kids in the house.  There were some educational activities before the game and fun activities during the game.  The Portland Sea Dogs management aims to please the attendees and again today they hit the target.

Thanks to Assistant GM Chris Cameron for arranging my visit.

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Deven Marrero dives back to first

Deven Marrero dives back to first

Tony Thomas (former Sea Dog)

Tony Thomas (former Sea Dog)

Sean Coyle

Sean Coyle

Mookie Betts signs

Mookie Betts signs

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Deven Marrero

Deven Marrero

Mookie Betts pregame

Mookie Betts pregame

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Deven Marrero

Deven Marrero

Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

Nick Kvasnicka

Nick Kvasnicka

Bo Greenwell

Bo Greenwell

Deven Marrero steals second

Deven Marrero steals second

pregame rocket launch

pregame rocket launch

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2014 Cape Ann League All-Star softball team (pictures)

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

Autumn Kligerman

Autumn Kligerman

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher

Hannah Travers (#20)

Hannah Travers (#20)

Paige Zeval

Paige Zeval

Julianna Kostas

Julianna Kostas

Alex Mendelsohn

Alex Mendelsohn

Kylie Currier

Kylie Currier

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

Ashley Hodge

Ashley Hodge

Catcher Sophia Warner

Catcher Sophia Warner

Kassidy Kennefick

Kassidy Kennefick

Maddie Binding

Maddie Binding

Kayla Parisi

Kayla Parisi

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

(Annika Han, Melanie Carter, and Jackilyn Murphy also made the team.)

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2014 Cape Ann League All-League softball team (pictures)

Amanda Schell (Player-of-the-Year)

Amanda Schell (Player-of-the-Year)

Emily Dow (Player-of-the-Year)

Emily Dow (Player-of-the-Year)

Carolyn Lynch

Carolyn Lynch

Shortstop Rachel Gallagher

Shortstop Rachel Gallagher

Maddie Kelly

Maddie Kelly

Carley Siemasko

Carley Siemasko

Cassidy Gaeta

Cassidy Gaeta

Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Tyler Feeney

Tyler Feeney

Hannah Lorden

Hannah Lorden

Jess Collins

Jess Collins

Kylie Gilroy

Kylie Gilroy

(Jackie Whelan of Lynnfield also made the CAL 2014 All-League team.)

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Masco gets two in the bottom of the 7th to defeat North Reading 7-6

Jordan Murray about to score the winning run on a wild pitch

Jordyn Murray about to score the winning run on a wild pitch

Tayla Murray slides across with the tying run in the 7th inning

Tayla Murray slides across with the tying run in the 7th inning

(Topsfield MA) For 2 1/2 innings Masconomet looked like anything but a softball team on a twelve game winning streak.

The rest of the way?  The Division 1 Chieftains (17-2) overcame a five-run deficit and overtook Division 2 North Reading, 7-6, with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

The Hornets (14-5) carried a 6-5 lead into the top of the seventh inning and were in an excellent position to pad their lead as they loaded the bases with one out.  But Masco’s complete game winner, Emily Dow, struck out Emma Santosuosso and got Bryanne Riley to fly out keeping NR off the scoreboard.

Masconomet celebration begins

Masconomet celebration begins

Now Masco needed a run to tie and another run to win.  They got both.  Emily Dow hit a two-strike single on the ground up the middle.  Tayla Murray ran for her.  Jordyn doubled sending her sister to third with one out.  Second baseman Carly Swartz opted to come home with Kylie Currier’s grounder but Tayla Murray slid home safely to tie the score.  Her sister (Jordyn) reached third on the play.  A fly to center wasn’t deep enough so Jordan held at third with two out.  Jordyn did get home standing up on a Kendra Butner pitch in the dirt, that eluded NR catcher Sophia Warner, to give the Chieftains the win.

The victory gives Masco the Cape Ann League Kinney Division title.

Catcher Sophia Warner waits for the throw as Sarah Webster prepares to slide in with the first Masco run

Catcher Sophia Warner waits for the throw as Sarah Webster prepares to slide in with the first Masco run

I came away impressed with the Chieftains’ hitting.  They collected thirteen hits and everyone in the lineup had at least one of those hits.  Eight of the hits came in the final three innings.

Junior Sophia Warren was a perfect four-for-four.  She also scored a run and had an RBI for North Reading.

Kendra Butner launched a no-doubter over the fence in left in the NR fourth.

The Hornets did get five runs in the first three innings but they also stranded five runners.  Once the Masco bats came to life those stranded NR runners became very important.

Julianna Kostas paced Masco with two RBI.  Maddie Kelly, Alex Mendelsohn, Emily Dow, and Kylie Currier had one RBI apiece.

North Reading captains Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

North Reading captains Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Cassidy Gaetta, Tarah Reilly, Sophia Warren, and Kendra Butner had the RBI for North Reading.

Errors by shortstop Casey Maidment (fielding) and rightfielder Jordyn Murray (throwing) gave NR two unearned runs in the first inning.

The last Masco loss?  6-5 in nine innings at North Reading.  The Hornets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send that April game into extra innings.

The other Masco loss?  4-1 to Newburyport in the season opener.

This was the fourth one-run loss for North Reading in the Cape Ann League.  The other one-run winners?  Amesbury, Lynnfield, and Pentucket

A young Masco fan was hit by a hot grounder.  Two North Reading players were quick to bring ice packs.  Somewhere they learned that there is more to life than softball.

Emily Dow

Emily Dow

Emily Dow played the National Anthem with her trumpet.

A key to the Masco win was limiting 2013 CAL All-League Tarah Reilly to just one hit.  As shortstop, Tarah made a sure-handed play to end the sixth inning preserving NR’s one-run lead.

Maddie Kelly (2013 CAL All-Star) had a double, triple and scored a run.

Weather?  Perfect with plenty of sunshine.

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Kendra Butner reaches home after a shot over the fence in left.

Kendra Butner reaches home after a shot over the fence in left.

attempted steal

attempted steal

Tarah Reilly takes in a popup as baserunner Maddie Kelly ducks out of the way

Tarah Reilly takes in a popup as baserunner Maddie Kelly ducks out of the way

Emma Santosuosso tries to bunt as first baseman Kylie Currier charges

Emma Santosuosso tries to bunt as first baseman Kylie Currier charges

Cassidy Gaeta

Cassidy Gaeta

Kendra Butner

Kendra Butner

Maddie Kelly

Maddie Kelly

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Newburyport takes a tight one from Triton 2-1

Jeremy Grabowski (#11) points baserunner Caleb Stott to home

Jeremy Grabowski (#11) points baserunner Caleb Stott to home

Coach Steve Malenfant congratulates reliever Will Cataldo

Coach Steve Malenfant congratulates reliever Will Cataldo

(Byfield MA) It was not as if the Newburyport Clippers weren’t in familiar territory.

For the ninth time this season the Clippers found themselves in a one-run game and this time it went their way, 2-1, over Triton on a cloudy/sunny Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Newburyport (7-11) is now 5-4 in one-run games.

The loss pushes Triton (7-10) to the brink of elimination from post-season play.  The Vikings must win their final three games starting with North Reading on Thursday.

Caleb Stott and Scott Webster combined (twice) to give the Clippers the runs they needed.  Caleb  reached base in the first and third innings, stole second both times, and scored both times on singles by Scott.

Triton had the makings of big innings in place in the second and sixth innings when they loaded the bases in each inning with one out.  The Vikings only came away with one run.  NHS starter Cam Beaulieu struck out Michael Talbot and Brad Whitman to end the second.  In the sixth, reliever Will Cataldo K’d Jack Germinara and got a ground out from Michael Talbot to keep Triton from getting any runs in that inning.

Adam Chatterton

Adam Chatterton

Junior Adam Chatterton (4-3) certainly deserved a better fate for his complete-game effort.  The Triton righty allowed only four hits to go along with ten strikeouts.

Adam was the winning pitcher in Triton’s 4-1 victory over Newburyport in April.

Adam and Billy Mical paced the Vikings with two hits apiece.

Second baseman Matt Short was on the tagging end of Nick Desrocher’s steal attempt in the first inning and came up limping.

Other than Scott Webster’s throwing error in the second inning, the Clippers were flawless in the field.

Chance Carpenter looked like a dead duck when he tried to stretch a single into a double but somehow found a way to get around Brad Whitman’s tag at second.  Chance then stole third with one out but Adam Chatterton retired Scott Webster and Ryan Furlong to end the threat.

Billy Mical (#9) scores the Triton run in the second

Billy Mical (#9) scores the Triton run in the second

On Caleb Stott’s single in the fifth inning (that led to Newburyport’s second run) third baseman Billy Mical was in on the grass guarding against a bunt.  Billy never had a chance at Caleb’s liner down the line.

Shortstop Caleb Stott was part of Newburyport’s 6-3 double-play that ended the fifth inning.

Junior Will Cataldo set the last five Triton batters down in order to get the save.

Newburyport will host Pentucket on Saturday.

Newburyport box

Triton box

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Chance Carpenter avoids the tag at second

Chance Carpenter avoids the tag at second

close play

close play

Scott Webster steals second

Scott Webster steals second

Caleb Stott starts a double play

Caleb Stott starts a double play

Starter Cam Beaulieu

Starter Cam Beaulieu

Justin Cashman

Justin Cashman

Scott Webster (2 RBI)

Scott Webster (2 RBI)

Billy Mical tracks a popup

Billy Mical tracks a popup

Nick Desrocher slides into second baseman Matt Short

Nick Desrocher slides into second baseman Matt Short

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