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Yarmouth 2015 Class B softball champs 7-5 over Hermon

Yarmouth (2015 Maine Class B softball champions)

Yarmouth (2015 Maine Class B softball champions)

Clippers start to celebrate

Clippers start to celebrate

(Standish ME) Plenty went right for the Yarmouth Clippers as they defeated the defending champion Hermon Hawks, 7-5, to take the Class B softball title at St. Joseph’s College on Saturday afternoon.

Yarmouth (17-3) wins its first Class B title while Hermon (17-3) falls short on a title defense.

Yarmouth took the lead in the second inning and never trailed.

Hermon was within one (4-3) in the 4th and had two runs in with a runner on second with one out in the bottom of the seventh trailing 7-5. Yarmouth, however, turned a double play to end the game.

There were plenty of big plays for the Clippers but if you’re looking for a key player it would have to be junior Colleen Sullivan. The YHS centerfielder had three hits out of the 9th spot and drove in four runs including the winning run in the 5th inning.

Colleen Sullivan - 3 for 3, 4 RBI, run scored

Colleen Sullivan – 3 for 3, 4 RBI, run scored

Mari Cooper collected the complete-game win for the Clippers. The scary moment for Clippers Nation was the liner off the bat of Hailey Perry that caught Mari on her right index finger ending the Hermon 5th. The injury effected Mari’s control over the final two innings (3 walks) but Yarmouth’s 4-run cushion after five innings (7-3) was too much for the Hawks to overcome.

Karli Theberge of Hermon surrendered twelve hits but had eight strikeouts. At the bat, the talented junior had two hits and scored two of Hermon’s runs.

Kallie Hutchinson, Cat Thompson, and Eleanor O’Gorman each had two hits for Yarmouth. Kallie and Cat also scored two runs for the 2015 state champs.

I wondered early if it might be Yarmouth’s day after Kylie Kennedy ripped a first-inning liner to right that freshman Sophie McGrath was positioned perfectly for. Assistant YHS coach Richard Ashley had just positioned Sophie closer to the line and that was exactly where she needed to be to get Kylie’s laser.

The Clippers got their first run in the second inning. Eleanor O’Gorman reached on a flair over shortstop that Hermon’s Emily Perley nearly caught. Cate Ralph was hit by a pitch and Sydney St. Pierre’s attempted sacrifice bunt turned into a successful bunt hit. That loaded the bases. Colleen Sullivan then hit a blooper down the rightfield line that scored Eleanor O’Gorman. HHS pitcher Karli Theberge retired the next two batters (Andrea St. Pierre & Kallie Hutchinson) to limit the damage.

Catcher Hailey Perry jumps for a high throw as Cat Thompson nears the plate

Catcher Hailey Perry jumps for a high throw as Cat Thompson nears the plate

The Clippers would add three more runs in the third inning. Cat Thompson flaired a hit into short left with one out. The Hawks tried for a force play at second on Eleanor O’Gorman’s grounder back to Karli but 2B Claire Petersen dropped the throw. That drop proved costly. Cate Ralph singled up the middle bringing home Cat Thompson. The runners moved up on the throw to the plate. Sydney St. Pierre walked loading the bases with two outs. Colleen Sullivan delivered two more runs with a long single into the gap in left. Karli K’d Andrea St. Pierre to hold the damage to three runs.

Now down 4-0, the Hawks put three runs together in their half of the 4th inning. After a single by Karli Theberge, Hailey Perry reached on Cat Thompson’s bobble. Kylie Kennedy singled to CF driving in Karli and the runners moved up on the throw home. Sydney Addessi’s sac fly to center tallied Hailey Perry. Katie Windsor hit a two-strike single to right scoring pinchrunner Laura Zenk. Big moment alert! With three runs already in, pitcher Mari Cooper K’d both Emily Perley and Deanna Phipps to get out of the inning.

With their lead slimmed to 4-3, Yarmouth got a run back in their half of the 4th. After Kallie Hutchinson was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple (nice throw LF Jaelen Albert) Cat Thompson singled to CF with two outs. Cat took second when a pickoff throw from HHS catcher Hailey Perry bounced off 1B Sydney Addessi’s glove. Eleanor O’Gorman made Hermon pay for the miscue by doubling to right bringing Cat home with Yarmouth’s 5th run.

Yarmouth enlarged their cushion in the fifth inning by two more runs. Sydney St. Pierre reached on 3B Kylie Kennedy’s error. Colleen Sullivan’s fly ball into right fell in between RF Lexey MacManus and 2B Claire Petersen and the two fielders collided. By the time Lexey got up to chase down the ball Sydney had scored from first and Colleen was on third. Kallie Hutchinson beat out a two-out infield grounder to deep short that brought Colleen home. Those two “extra” runs became crucial in the final inning.heya-A8-Claire-Lexey-2heya-A9-Clair-Lexey-2-+heya-A7-Claire-Lexey-3heya-Clair-Lexey-4

The Hawks’ Lexey MacManus reached on 3B Cat Thompson’s bad throw. Later Karli Theberge walked to put runners on 1B and 2B with one out. Hailey Perry brought them both in with a loud double in the LF/CF gap. Now down two (7-5) with one out and a runner (Hailey Perry) on second things were set for a tense ending. 2B Sydney St. Pierre raced in to catch Kylie Kennedy’s bloop and was able to flip to her sister (Andrea) to catch Hailey who had broken toward third to end the game.

The press box was an excellent spot to view the game from.

Weather was excellent…….70’s with an occasional breeze.

I had a number of mess-ups in my scorebook. That’s one of the reasons I do a recording of the game as well.

Yarmouth box

Hermon box

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Mari Cooper (seven strikeouts)

Mari Cooper (seven strikeouts)

Mari Cooper and Coach Amy Ashley after a scarey 5th inning

Mari Cooper and Coach Amy Ashley after a scarey 5th inning

Kallie Hutchinson runs into an out at 3B

Kallie Hutchinson runs into an out at 3B

Cat Thompson looks for the handle

Cat Thompson looks for the handle

looking for a bunt

looking for a bunt

Shortstop Emily Perley attempts a running catch

Shortstop Emily Perley attempts a running catch

Karli Theberge (8 strikeouts)

Karli Theberge (8 strikeouts)

Catcher Hailey Perry

Catcher Hailey Perry

friendly rivals

friendly rivals

Claire Petersen (1 hit, 1 run scored)

Claire Petersen (1 hit, 1 run scored)

Eleanor OGorman (2 hits, 2 runs scored)

Eleanor OGorman (2 hits, 2 runs scored)

 

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Amesbury rallies past Rockport 6-4 in D3 North softball quarterfinals

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

(Amesbury MA) Rockport built up a 4-run lead after three innings but the #1 seed Amesbury took over from there getting a 6-4 decision on Monday afternoon.

The Indians (19-2) now advance to the D3 North semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (4PM) against Winthrop at Martin Field in Lowell.

#9 seed Rockport (14-6) hit the ball hard (six hits in the first three innings) and benefited from two Amesbury defensive lapses to get ahead 4-0 after three innings.

But after the third inning Amesbury tightened up their defense and took advantage of errors and wild pitches to get the lead in the fifth. An insurance run was added in the sixth.

Hayley Catania - 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania – 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania, after not holding a runner on third which allowed her to score in the Rockport second, was masterful thereafter. In the fifth Hayley, protecting a one-run lead with a runner (Miranda Roller) on third, got a strikeout and a flyout to end the threat.

Hayley at the bat? Timely. The freshman had two-out, RBI singles in the 4th and 5th.

The game ended on a play at third. Jess Collins grounded out shortstop-to-first with one out but baserunner Miranda Roller (on second) decided to try for third after the out at first. Unfortunate decision. First baseman Zoe Fitzgerald fired a strike to teammate Autumn Kligerman at third and Miranda never came close to reaching the base.roam-A16-throw-to-Autumn-from-Zoeroam-A17-Autumn-about-to-apply-the-tagroam-A17-tag-has-been-applied-for-the-final-out

In the Rockport second, Rachel Balestraci doubled in Emily Faulds. Rachel was sacrificed to third by Allie Davis with one out. Allie’s sister Rachel grounded back to AHS pitcher Hayley Catania. Instead of looking the runner back at third, Hayley threw to first which allowed Allie to score Rockport’s second run.

In the Rockport third, an Emily Faulds’ single to right with two outs drove in Miranda Roller. On the same play Kayla Parisi reached third and literally stole home unnoticed by the Amesbury infield. Meagan Aponas made a nice catch in center to end that inning.

In the Amesbury fourth, Autumn Kligerman’s sinking fly to left fell off Allie Davis’ glove allowing Autumn to get second with two outs. Hayley Catania delivered Autumn.

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

The Vikings still held a 4-1 lead but the Amesbury fifth would give them the lead. A walk, a play that wasn’t made at second, and a wild pitch all led to Indians’ runs. It was only a great running catch by RHS centerfielder Rachel Haselgard for the final out that kept the damage to four runs.

In the Rockport sixth, the Vikings had two on and two out when Rachel Haselgard drilled a liner to AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli.

Now up 5-4 after five, the Indians added one more. Megan Reid reached on an error but was cut down on Lauren Fedorchak’s fielder’s choice. From there Lauren stole second and went to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Maddie Napoli’s ground single to deep third scored Lauren.

Meaghan Wonson was injured (nose) during Rockport’s pre-game infield practice but recovered in time to play the game. Yet another reason for infielders to wear masks.

Rockport catcher KT Favoloro made several nice plays on foul pops.

Amesbury defeated Rockport in April (14-9) and May (10-5).

Miranda Roller had a 3-run homer in Rockport’s opening round win over Greater Lawrence.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Miranda Roller

Miranda Roller

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

close play at first

close play at first

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

trouble in the Rockport outfield

trouble in the Rockport outfield

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

AHS coach Chris Perry

AHS coach Chris Perry

close play at second

close play at second

 

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Amesbury recovers to win First Round softball 14-5 over Lynnfield

Zoe Fitzgerald races to first with the final out.

Zoe Fitzgerald races to first with the final out.

Annika Han scores the first Lynnfield run

Annika Han scores the first Lynnfield run

(Amesbury MA) The #1 seed Amesbury recovered from a 3-run Lynnfield first inning and went on to defeat the Pioneers, 14-5, in Round One of the D3 North softball tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians (18-3) will now face another Cape Ann League team (Rockport) in the quarterfinals on Monday afternoon at Amesbury’s newly named Chris Perry Field.

The #16 seed Pioneers (13-9) came out of the gates hitting AHS starter Hayley Catania hard getting three hits and three runs in the first inning. After that the Indians freshman scattered five hits (and two runs) while striking out five.

Meanwhile the Amesbury bats were loud and never seemed to quiet down against LHS starter senior Sadie Oliver. Everyone in the Indians lineup had hits in Amesbury’s fourteen-hit afternoon. Also, every batter scored at least one run. It was quite the hitting show.

Sam Stone paced Amesbury with three hits. Autumn Kligerman and Zoe Fitzgerald each homered. Autumn’s was down the left-field line and seemed to roll forever. Zoe’s was a blast over leftfielder Leigh Guerra.

Seniors Hannah Travers and Kelly Hosterman each had two hits for Lynnfield.

Very impressed with LHS centerfielder Annika Han. The Lynnfield junior had a quick jump on fly balls and registered six putouts.

Maddie Napoli on her way to a terrific running catch

Maddie Napoli on her way to a terrific running catch

Another defensive standout was Amesbury shortstop Maddie Napoli. The AHS sophomore recovered from a first-inning bad throw to stay clean the rest of the way. Maddie turned in the play-of-the-game in the 4th inning with a running catch toward the left-field foul line off the bat of Olivia DeLuca. In the promising Pioneers’ (two on, nobody out) sixth, Maddie caught an LHS baserunner off second base.

Sadie Oliver tossed a 2-hitter in Lynnfield’s 12-0 win over O’Bryant in the preliminary round.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield in April (8-3), May (9-1), and today in June.

Amesbury box

Lynnfield box

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Hayley Catania was the complete game winner

Hayley Catania was the complete game winner

Hannah Travers had two hits for Lynnfield

Hannah Travers had two hits for Lynnfield

Kelly Hosterman had two hits

Kelly Hosterman had two hits

AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli

AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli

LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver

LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

tough chance in left field

tough chance in left field

LHS coach Peter Marinelli visits his pitcher

LHS coach Peter Marinelli visits his pitcher

Kelly Dillon (#6) after interfering with Lauren Fedorchak (#15)

Kelly Dillon (#6) after interfering with Lauren Fedorchak (#15)

close play at second

close play at second

AHS coach Chris Perry puts the stop on baserunner Hayley Catania

AHS coach Chris Perry puts the stop on baserunner Hayley Catania

Kelly Dillon fires to first

Kelly Dillon fires to first

Autumn Kligerman jumps for joy at the end of the game

Autumn Kligerman jumps for joy at the end of the game

 

 

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