Monthly Archives: May 2017

Amesbury loses 3rd straight with 9-2 loss to non-league Concord-Carlisle to end regular season

Concord-Carlisle catcher Virgina Ryan had a huge day for the Patriots with two HRs and 6 RBI

Emma DiPietro tagged out at 2B by Emma Della Volpe

(Amesbury MA) Three days don’t make a season but the last three have been a disaster for the Amesbury Indians softball team.

I checked in (late) to the final of the three games this morning and saw Amesbury lose, 9-2, to Concord-Carlisle.

Trusting Mascores to have the right starting time cost me.  They said 11AM but the game started at 10AM.

Looking for a game story?  This wouldn’t be your place but I do have pictures and some general commentary.

The loss today was the Indians (14-6) third loss in three days.  Lest you think that Division 3 Amesbury has run out of steam late in the season, you need to check the caliber of the final trio: Andover (Division 1), Whittier (17-2), and Concord-Carlisle (Division 1, 17-2).

Alyssa Attonito avoids Maddie Napoli’s tag at 2B

The season now moves into the “one-loss-and-done” tournament section.

Nicole Small went the distance for the Patriots giving up six hits and striking out five Indians.

Virgina Ryan finishes her first inside-the-park homer in today’s game

Catcher Virginia Ryan was the hitting hero for the visitors.  I saw her hit two home runs.  She ended up with six RBI.

On one of Virginia’s at-bats, she had a loud foul down the leftfield line before, several pitches later, lining a 3-run homer to right over Brigid Ramsden’s head.

In the Amesbury fifth, Sage Dodier singled and was replaced by pinchrunner Abby Aponas.  That move paid off as the speedy Abby scored on Alli Napoli’s double.

Junior Caity Baker had a solo homer to left center for the home team in the sixth.

Perry Field is fenceless therefore to hit a homer requires a pretty good belt.  CC had their outfielders playing shallow which explained Caity’s home run.  Amesbury, however, was positioned much deeper so the two Virgina Ryan HRs were extremely well hit and would have left most fenced fields.

SS Maddie Napoli makes a great stop to force Maeve Devlin at 3B

Amesbury’s three seniors (Mikayla Porcaro, Brigid Ramsden, Maddie Napoli) were honored before the game……I am told.  Mikayla will be at Salem State next year.  Maddie is going to UMass Amherst.

Shortstop/Pitcher Emma Della Volpe will attend Tufts this fall.

The tournament placements come out on Tuesday.  Those final three losses could cost Amesbury a home game.  However, facing strong non-league opponents is a great way to get ready for good teams ahead in the tournament.

Any plans the Indians have to get to the state semifinals in Division 3 will certainly mean getting by either 17-2 Whittier and/or perennial powerhouse St. Mary’s.  Tough road for sure but successes in soccer and basketball this school year might make a difference in the big games ahead.

Concord-Carlisle is a tourney regular.  No state titles yet for the softball team but they’ve been close a number of times.  The Patriots have plenty of pitching as well as power.  Defensively, they are well-schooled.  I never saw a throw anywhere that wasn’t backed up.

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Caity Baker

Caity Baker finishes trip around the bases

Ball falls in front of LF Caitlyn Lewis

AHS seniors honored

2B Jill Chelton

Emma DiPietro and Emma Della Volpe

Emma DiPietro tries for 3B

young fan

CF Catherine Kingman

Alli Napoli

Abby Aponas scores the first AHS run

Virginia Ryan slides home safely

 

 

 

 

 

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North Reading runs CAL streak to thirty-two defeating Triton 11-9

Cassidy Gaeta (#11) had two home runs against Triton

Tara Driver put North Reading ahead in the 7th with a 2-out, 2-run single.

(Byfield MA) North Reading rallied for six runs in the final two innings to overtake Triton, 11-9, on a cold, drizzly Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Hornets (16-1) were two outs away in the seventh inning from getting their CAL winning streak stopped at thirty-one straight.

But the visitors capitalized on a throwing error (3B Tessa Boyle) and some daring baserunning by sophomore Emma Valade to tie the score.  Triton RF Kendall Mitchell ran toward the infield to record the 2nd out of the inning and might have had a play at the plate to end the game but didn’t throw home right away and Emma was in easily.

Now with runners on second and third with two outs, the Vikings faced Tara Driver (one home run).  The thought of walking Tara was probably considered but the next batter was Cassidy Gaeta (two home runs).

The choice was to pitch to Tara.  This time the junior did not go long ball but instead went “smart” ball driving an outside pitch through the Triton infield into right field scoring two teammates.

The two-run cushion held up in the Triton seventh and North Reading maintained their lengthy CAL winning streak that goes back to May 18, 2015 when they lost to Pentucket.

2B Emily Karvalis chases a blooper into center

The Vikings (10-7) have lost three tough ones (two by one run) in a row.

Triton whacked sixteen hits against Christina Simblaris and Cassandra Pascucci and had baserunners in every inning but the fifth.  Everyone in the Vikings’ batting order reached base.

Steady shortstop play by Bridget Sheehan continues.

Pitcher Katherine Quigley had a life-threatening moment when Cassidy Gaeta ripped a liner at her.  Nice to see that Katherine was wearing a mask.  I would like to see masks on everyone in the infield.

How did Triton lose this game?  Too many mistakes.

The home team survived an infield error (3B Tess Boyle) in the second but a drop by Kendra Beauparlant (LF) scored an NR run in the third.

Colleen McCarthy out at third

Bad baserunning caught up to Triton in the 3rd when pinchrunner Taylor Penniman tried to score from 2nd on an infield pop single.  In the 4th Colleen McCarthy attempted to advance from second to third on an overthrow but was gunned down by North Reading CF Haley MacIntyre.

Plenty of hitting stars on both sides.  Triton’s Zoe Cesati, Bridget Sheehan, and Olivia Doane each had three hits.  Zoe scored three times.  Emily Karvalis drove three runs across while Olivia and Colleen McCarthy had 2 RBI apiece.

North Reading collected eleven hits off freshman Katherine Quigley.  Three of them left the field.  Tara Driver had four hits, drove in three runs, including the game winners, and scored three.  Senior Cassidy Gaeta had two two-run homers.

The Hornets only loss so far was last Thursday 6-4 against Marblehead.

Triton can take heart that they gave NR a competitive game.  That hasn’t been the case in recent years.  In 2016 NR won 17-6 and 12-0.  In 2015 it was 16-0 and 15-1.

The weather continues to unimpress me!  I’m wearing winter boots and a winter hat on May 22nd?

It was an entertaining game despite the conditions.

Seniors from both teams were honored before the game.

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Triton starter Katherine Quigley

Cassidy Gaeta – two 2-run homers

Cassandra Pascucci was the winning pitcher

CF Taylor MacIntyre threw out a Triton runner at 3B

Triton shortstop Bridget Sheehan

Zoe Cesati had two doubles for Triton

Drop in the Vikings’ outfield

Force at second

Popup looking for a place to land

Courtney Luker runs into a bunt

Tara Driver batting

NR scored four times in the seventh inning

 

 

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Hamilton-Wenham rallies dropping Amesbury 11-5 in eight innings

Adam Parady hustles out an infield hit as Derek Beaupre stretches for the throw

Jake Lanciani touches home with the tying run in the 7th inning

(Amesbury MA) Very close…..but I’m sure that isn’t any consolation.

Amesbury put a solid six innings together and looked to be on the verge of ending a 10-game losing streak.

Hamilton-Wenham, however, opted not to cooperate.

The Generals (7-5) tied the score in the top of the 7th and then exploded in the extra inning for an 11-5 win.

This was a Saturday afternoon Cape Ann League contest played in cold (upper 40s) conditions.

Winning pitcher Jake Lanciani

Jake Lanciani (2nd team CAL All-Star last year) had plenty to do with the HW victory.  Jake had three hits and scored three runs.  He also transferred from shortstop to pitching in the 5th inning and was the winning pitcher.

The Indians (1-13) broke a 2-2 tie during Jake’s first inning of relief.  AHS collected three runs as the HW defense (Michael Crowley, Nick DiMarino) gifted the scores with drops in the infield.

After that rough fifth, the HW errors ended and Jake held the home team hitless and notched three strikeouts.

While Amesbury struggled in the late innings, the visitors tallied nine hits in the final two innings after having just four hits in the first six innings.

Zach Prentiss pitched his arm off for Amesbury.  He scattered four hits during the first six innings. The AHS senior was the frustrated losing pitcher.

In the comeback top of the 7th, HW had the three runs they needed back in a hurry.  Cam Vautour walked, and then consecutive singles by Conor Evers, Sal Gaurino, and Jake Lanciani followed.  A sacrifice fly by Hunter Wilichoski (3 RBI) tied the score.

In the put-away 8th inning, HW again started strong with a hit batsman, single, walk, and another hit batsman before AHS had an out registered.  Three straight singles followed and the Generals had a six-run, game-winning inning.

Ball drops in near CF Pat Birmingham

The ball did not seem to carry at all on this cold afternoon.  HW had a number of bloop hits landing just in front of diving AHS fielders.

Freshman Will Jones went the first four innings for the Generals.  He was adept at escaping jams.  Will stranded three in the first and two in the third and fourth.

Freshman Conor Evers had two hits and scored three runs.

Ray Arsenault, DJ Grandmaison, and Luke Lagos each recorded two hits for Amesbury.  The Indians had nine hits through five innings but none after that.

Adam Parady showed his speed beating out an infield hit in the HW seventh.

Luke Lagos pitched an inning of relief for Amesbury.

The two teams will go at it again on Monday at Hamilton-Wenham.

Right fielder DJ Grandmaison nearly had a force out at home after an apparent hit.  It became a hit after the runner scored.

The umpire ruled that shortstop Jake Lanciani missed the bag on this play

Hamilton-Wenham had two double plays nullified on close plays.  One involved touching second base before the relay to first.

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Nick DiMarino

Shortstop Derek Doherty

HW starter Will Jones

Ian Coffey greeted after scoring the go-ahead run in the 8th inning

Reliever Luke Lagos

Cam Vautour beats a force play at home

Hunter Wilichoski drove in 3 runs including the tying run in the 7th inning

RF DJ Grandmaison sets to throw home

Out at second

Zach Prentiss, covering 3B, avoids a sliding runner as HW coach Reggie Maidment and AHS coach Gene Burnham watch

SS Jake Lanciana drops a popup

AHS starter Zach Prentiss

Catcher Scotty Franco between innings

Michael Crowley set to apply the tag to Zach Prentiss

Logan Burrill

 

 

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Amesbury takes out Pentucket 13-4 with seven-run 4th inning

Sage Dodier had a 2-run homer in the decisive Amesbury 4th inning

AHS starter Hayley Catania allowed just three hits after the third inning.

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury (7-2) blew open a close game with a 7-run fourth inning and defeated Pentucket, 13-4, on a chilly Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians sent eleven batters to the plate in the deciding 4th and rattled seven hits around Perry Field including home runs by sophomores Kaylie Cloutier and Sage Dodier.

This game started as a slugfest with loud outs and hits by both teams.

The Sachems (8-4) were ahead 3-1 after 2 ½ innings thanks to an RBI triple by Taylor Fitzpatrick and a home run by Madi Codair.

The rest of the way AHS winning pitcher, Hayley Catania, limited the visitors to only three hits and one run.

The Indians pushed ahead in their half of the 3rd inning.  A dropped throw (2B Caitlin Kutcher) in the infield and a ball misplayed in the outfield (LF Mo Quinn) were crucial in allowing the home team to get three runs and take the lead (4-3) for good.

Caity Baker (3 hits, 2 rbi) drops down a bunt

Everything went right for the Indians in the game-deciding 4th inning.  There were solid hits, bloopers, and bunts to clog the bases and big hits (triple Hayley Catania) to clear them.

What happened after Mikayla Porcaro drove in the 4th run of the inning was what did in Pentucket.  Kaylie Cloutier, who had looked overmatched in striking out the inning before, got into a Julie Freitas fastball and lined it over the head of RF Taylor Fitzpatrick and circled the bases.

After Abby Aponas walked, Pentucket coach John Walsh brought in junior Mady Gatchell to face pinch-hitter Sage Dodier.  The sophomore matched the Cloutier shot over RF and also ran the bases.

Now in front, 11-3, the Indians had the margin to thwart any comeback plans by the Sachems the rest of the way.

Caity Baker paced the AHS attack with three of their sixteen hits.  Maddie Napoli, Emma DiPietro, Hannaih Burdick, Hayley Catania, and Mikayla Porcaro each had two hits.

Madi Codair homered in the 3rd inning

Junior Madi Codair had two hits and two RBI for Pentucket.

Busy schedule ahead for both teams as they have three more games this week.

Neither team had lost in May coming into this afternoon’s game.  Pentucket had won six straight.  Amesbury had now won four in a row.

Both teams have losses to North Reading.

The temperatures were in the mid-50’s even though the sun was shining.

It struck me as odd to have someone named “Autumn” (West) playing third at Amesbury.  Brought back memories of Autumn Kligerman.  What a senior year she had!

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Shortstop Maddie Napoli throws to first

Maddie Napoli flips to 2B Abby Aponas to force Autumn West as Emma DiPietro watches from the outfield

Mo Quinn

Julie Freitas

Sage Dodier

Fiona Hill makes a nice catch in center

Brigid Ramsden

The flip that ended the game

Emma DiPietro slides into 2B as Kim Kowalick awaits throw

2B Caitlin Kutcher

Hannaih Burdick (2 hits,2 runs scored) fields a single in right.

Senior Mikayla Porcaro (2 hits,3 rbi)

Taylor Fitzpatrick (triple,rbi) handles a single to right

 

 

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Rockport wildness hands Triton 10-7 softball win

Bridget Sheehan set to catch a wild throw.

Walks led to Triton runs in the 5th and 6th innings

(Byfield MA) Walks in quantity will always get a team in trouble.

That team was Rockport this afternoon as they handed Triton a 10-7 win on a misty, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Rockport was up 5-3 going into the bottom of the 5th inning.  Then finding the strike zone became a problem for pitchers Jordan Fears, Miranda Roller, and Taylor Frost.  Two innings and TEN walks later Triton collected seven runs and took the lead for good.

Credit the visitors.  Down 10-5 in the final inning, Rockport had consecutive singles by Katie Favaloro, Jackie Connelly, and Cassie Camille to close to 10-7.  They even had the tying run at the plate. The rally wilted, however, as Lauren Ryan was caught stealing and Triton pitcher Katherine Quigley registered her second strikeout getting Taylor Frost for the final out after a lengthy at bat.

Rockport (2-3) had ten hits including three by Katie Favaloro who also scored three times.

Triton (3-3) also had plenty of baserunners notching nine hits.  Bridget Sheehan had three hits and scored three runs.  Teammate Zoe Cesati had two hits while crossing the plate four times.

Miranda Roller homered over the fence in left center.  The senior was a CAL first-teamer last season.  She will be attending Merrimack in the fall and expects to try out for their softball team.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a play that a “6-3” in the scorebook would do zero justice to.  The sophomore dove to her right to stop a hard-hit grounder, got to her knees and made a long, accurate throw to nab Charlotte Salmon.

Later, Bridget backed up a play at third to prevent a run from scoring.

Katherine Quigley picked up the win for Triton. The freshman also had a 2-run double

Freshman Katherine Quigley had a 2-run double to right in the 5th inning to tie the score.

Rockport had defeated Triton four straight times before today’s game.

Rockport was 11-9 last season while Triton was 7-11.

Rachel Haselgard, Zoe Cesati, and Bridget Sheehan made the Cape Ann League second team last season.

The weather was just plain ugly.  Too cold.  Too damp.  The conditions, however, didn’t keep friends/family from both teams from attending.

Next game for Triton is at Hamilton-Wenham on Wednesday.  Rockport hosts Manchester-Essex tomorrow.

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Jackie Connelly (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 rbi)

Lauren Ryan catches a popup

Emily Karvalis waits to apply the tag

View from centerfield

Liv Doane ready to take a rip

Miranda Roller homered in the 4th inning

Emily Karvalis chases an infield bloop by Lauren Ryan

Kendall Mitchell

Cassie Camille (2 rbi and 2 hits) eyes a fly ball

Grace McGonagle catches a fly.

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