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Amesbury’s 12-run fifth sinks Concord-Carlisle 13-1

Amesbury started making solid contact in the fifth inning
Liv DeLong
Madi Gambino

(Amesbury) Neither team had a hit through four innings.

Amesbury did have a run, however, as Ella Bezanson had walked, stolen second, and come home in the 4th inning after two wild pitches.

No doubt that Concord-Carlisle’s Madi Gambino and Amesbury’s Liv DeLong were in charge.

Phoebe Rodgers scored the CC run

But everything changed in the fifth inning.  In fact, the game ended before the fifth inning ended!

In the top of the fifth, the Patriots (2-4) got their first hit (Brooke Boyle) and it drove in Phoebe Rodgers who had walked and advanced to third on an infield error.

That tied the score at 1-1 and now it was Amesbury’s turn to bat in the fifth.

And did they ever bat….and score.  Eight hits and twelve runs before the mercy rule kicked in.

13-1 was the final.

Olivia Levasseur had two triples

“My team was competing for a while,” said CC coach Lisa McGloin afterwards.  “Give credits to Amesbury.  They made adjustments at the plate, and they hit the ball hard.”

Not only hard but far.  There were six extra-base hits among the fourteen players who batted for (9-0) Amesbury in their explosive fifth.

Alana DeLisle, Olivia Levasseur, Cali Catarius, and Lexi LeBlanc each scored twice during the inning.  The second time Lexi scored ended the game.

Ella Bezanson scored the first AHS run

Olivia Levasseur had two triples in the inning and drove in three runs.

Maybe the events of last night played a part in the way this game unfolded?  Concord-Carlisle played a game under the lights while the Amesbury girls had their prom.

“We had the prom last night,” said Coach Waters, “which is always a killer.  They were all out late which was why the game was moved to a 2PM start.”

“The prom wasn’t a problem,” countered rightfielder Lauren Celia.  “They were a good team.”

3B Jill Brennan throws to first

Madi Gambino impressed through four innings.  She had solid support behind her.  RF Lana Bardzik robbed Ella Bezanson of extra bases in the first inning with a running catch.  Shortstop Nicole Cela got in front of Olivia Levasseur’s line-drive laser in the second inning.

In the Amesbury fifth, their hard hits found space while the Patriots’ defense allowed extra at-bats. 

The nightmare inning (for CC) started with a fly ball that two outfielders went after.  They got tangled up and Amesbury had its first hit.  The home team went on to get seven more hits to gain the win.

The mercy ending kept Liv DeLong from pitching any longer.  She did finish with eleven strikeouts and gave up just one hit in the five innings.

Coach Waters and Coach McGloin

“They were definitely up there to hit,” recalled Liv.  “The strike zone was a little tight and I wasn’t getting much on the outside.  So, we worked inside.  I can’t, however, be afraid to throw outside.”

Amesbury faced Concord-Carlisle a week ago, in a game that went the full seven innings, winning 11-0.  Alana DeLisle pitched and had thirteen strikeouts.

“Our team today was resilient enough to know that we had to pick it up,” said Coach Waters.

Watching the game

“There are always a lot of coulda, shoulda, woulda’s but you can’t live in that world,” said Coach McGloin.

When the first Amesbury batter was robbed by a nice running catch in the outfield, I had an immediate flashback to last year’s title game against Turners Falls.  TF had three remarkable outfield catches in that 5-4 heartbreaker.

“Every close game we have at the start, I think ‘Turners Falls,’ said Liv DeLong.  “But we’ve learned from that experience.  It just took us a while to get going today.”

Concord Carlisle’s run today was only the second run scored against Amesbury through nine games.  Peabody had the first one on April 4th in the season opener.  Meanwhile, Amesbury has scored 112 runs over the same period.  We’re talking special team!

It was cold (50’s) and a little breezy at the start but the wind died down to make things more pleasant.

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Amesbury unofficial box
Concord-Carlisle unofficial box
Lauren Celia
Trouble in the Concord-Carlisle outfield
Shortstop Nicole Celi
CF Ella Bezanson
3B Alana DeLisle
1B Izzy Levasseur
Lexi LeBlanc scores the game-ender
Ella Bezanson gets into second
Super catch by CC outfielder Lana Bardzik

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Triton overtakes Malden Catholic 10-5

Emma Penniman pitched five innings of 3-hit relief
Haleigh Harris – 3 hits, 2 RBI

(Byfield) Triton had two runners thrown out at third and one at the plate.

But it didn’t matter.

“We were just being aggressive,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

The Vikings had baserunners in every inning and defeated non-league Malden Catholic, 10-5, on Friday afternoon.

Triton had thirteen hits and everyone in their lineup reached base.

“We’re swinging the bats well,” added Coach Noyes.  “Even some of the outs were loud.”

Grace Romine steals second

Things didn’t go so well, however, for the home team in the first two innings.

“We came out swinging,” said MC coach Ariel LaRosa. 

The Lancers (4-1) had three hits in that first inning including an RBI single by Zaria Jean-Pierre to get a run.

Control issues (three straight walks) and an infield error gifted MC with three more runs.

Reghan Haley tagged out at home

Their lead was 4-2 after two innings.

But freshman Emma Penniman came on in the third inning for Triton and pitched five terrific innings of relief.  Emma struck out seven and allowed only three hits and one unearned run.

“Emma came in and settled things down,” said Coach Noyes.

The Lancers struggled against Emma curveball.

“She had crazy spin on that ball,” said Coach LaRosa.

Popup drops in

The MC bats may have quieted down but Triton’s didn’t.

The Vikings batted around in the third inning and got four runs.  In the fifth they sent up eight batters and got four more.

Junior Haleigh Harris let the Vikings hit parade with three hits and two RBI.

“I haven’t been hitting the strongest lately,” Haleigh admitted.  “Today I was more relaxed, and the hits just popped off my bat.”

Sophomore Mallory Johnson cleared the bases with a double in the fifth inning.

Mallory Johnson – 3 RBI, 2 hits

“Mallory has been swinging a hot stick all year,” said Coach Noyes.

Junior Grace Romine had a two-run single in the third inning.

Rightfielder Molly Hickey had a big game for the Lancers.  Molly handled four chances perfectly in a tough sun field.  She also threw out a Triton baserunner at third plus she led the team with two hits.

A big moment in this game was in the third inning when senior Reghan Haley earned a 2-out, 3-2 count walk with the bases loaded to tie the score.  Grace Romine followed with a 2-run single to give Triton the lead for good.

Malden Catholic is in the All-Girls Conference.  “We’re in a weaker conference,” said Coach LaRosa, “but playing non-conference games like this will make us a better program.”

Wild throw

“Once we had three girls not hit (third inning) it got into the heads of all the girls,” added Coach LaRosa.

Emma Penniman only allowed one baserunner in innings three through six.  “I’m happy with how I did,” said Emma afterwards.  “I threw a lot of curves.”

Both coaches are looking for improvements.

“We’ve got to get better but we’re swinging the bats well,” said Coach Noyes.

2B Maddy Jacques throws to first

“It’ll definitely be a better game when they come to us later in the season,” said Coach LaRosa.

Maddy Jacques, Kyla Story, and Emma Penniman each scored two runs for Triton.

Jaelyn Walsh and Molly Hickey scored twice for the Lancers.

The weather at Triton always includes wind.  Put the breeze with temperatures in the low 50’s and keeping warm was challenging.

Malden Catholic   1   3   0   0   0   0   1   =   5

                    Triton   2   0   4   0   4   0   –   =   10

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Triton unofficial box
Malden Catholic unofficial box
Catcher Jaslyn Iraola waits for the throw
Alex McManus
Zaria Jean-Pierre
RF Molly Hickey had four putouts

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Lynnfield turns Amesbury miscues into 10-8 win

Henry Caulfield and Cam Stanley
Alex Gentile drove in the winning runs in the 7th inning

(Amesbury) Lynnfield came in struggling.

They were 1-6, scoring only sixteen runs.

They had lost four straight.

But today the Pioneers got runs and a happy-ending, 10-8, win over Amesbury on Thursday afternoon.

Lynnfield trailed 8-6 after six innings but put a four-spot up and Amesbury (6-3) didn’t recover.

“Both teams hits balls pretty well and put them in play,” said Lynnfield coach John O’Brien afterwards.  “They made some mistakes.  We made some mistakes.”

1B Aiden Donovan

Only in the Lynnfield fifth did a side go in order.

Sophomore David Tracy came on in relief for the Pioneers in the fifth inning.  He limited Amesbury to one run over the final three innings to get the win.

“David Tracy was clutch.,” said junior Alex Gentile afterwards.  “He did the job for us.”

Alex paced the Lynnfield attack.  He had two hits, two RBI, and scored two runs.

Pinch-hitter Nick Razzaboni tied the game in the 7th with a double.  After a walk to Henry Caulfield, Alex’s long single brought in both runners to gain Lynnfield a 2-run lead. 

David Tracy

David Tracy gave up a double to Will Arsenault leading off the Amesbury seventh but then retired the next three batters to clinch the victory.

You sensed “long game” for Amesbury as the first inning played out.  The Indians had four throwing errors in the infield, rolling up pitches on starter Drew Scaldone’s arm and handing Lynnfield three runs.

“We gave up seven outs in the first inning,” said Amesbury coach Joel Brierley post-game.  “Can’t give a team like that extra outs.”

But Amesbury can hit, and they got two in the first and two more in the second to get the lead.  Jake Harring drove in a run in the second with a triple and came home on a bad throw from the outfield to allow Amesbury to jump ahead, 4-3.

Trevor Kimball had solo homer

Lynnfield regained the lead in the fifth inning.  An error, a wild pitch, and Dan Dorman’s sacrifice fly were factors.

Lynnfield gifted Amesbury back with two runs in the fifth thanks to an error, hit batsman, a wild pitch, and a passed ball.

But the Pioneers would recover and pull this one out in the final frame.

“I’m proud of the kids,” said Coach O’Brien.  “They didn’t give up even when we were down going into the last inning.”

Henry Caulfield scores the 10th Lynnfield run

“This was a tough loss,” said Coach Brierley.  “We’ve been hitting well and bailing out our errors.  If we’re going to be a team that plans to do something we’ve got to be able to make routine plays.”

There were sixteen walks and wild pitches and passed balls were frequent. 

Alex Gentile on his hit in the seventh: “He kept giving me curveballs in the count and I knew he was going to come back with another one.  Luckily, I got a good piece of it.”

Junior Trevor Kimball had a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Will Arsenault

Will Arsenault led Amesbury with two hits.  Both Cam Stanley and Jake Harring scored two runs.

Drew Scialdone started for Amesbury while Dan Dorman started for Lynnfield.

The weather was definitely unpleasant.  The temps were close to 50 with an unwelcome wind.

Lynnfield     3   0   0   2   0   1   4   =   10

Amesbury   2   2   0   2   1   1   0   =     8

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Chasing a popup
Adventures in the tough rightfield sun
Tyler Bartniski and Dan Dorman
Jake Harring – on base four times
Catcher Devin Bolger throws to first
Lynnfield unofficial box
Amesbury unofficial box
David Tracy out at second
Watching the action
Drew Scialdone holds onto third base
Shea Cuccinotta and Aidan Burke
John O’Brien and Joel Brierley
Drew Scialdone out at home

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Cole Mellett perfect as Newburyport defeats North Reading 12-5

Cole Mellett on the attack after winning a faceoff
Jon Groth (3 goals) and Joseph Collins

(Newburyport) He was perfect.

“You can’t do any better than that,” said Newburyport coach Josh Wedge afterwards.

The NHS coach was referring to Cole Mellett and the twenty-one faceoffs he took.

“I don’t think I’ve seen anyone go perfect on faceoffs,” added Coach Wedge.  “He won 21-of-21!”

Cole’s perfect game was a key piece in the Clippers’ 12-5 win over North Reading on Wednesday afternoon.

The win keeps Newburyport undefeated (5-0) in the Cape Ann League.

Ball on the turf

The Hornets (4-5) opened the second half with goals from Dan Oliveira and Ryan Long to cut the Clippers lead to, 6-4.

But the Clippers responded with three unanswered goals (Ryan Philbin, Jon Groth, Cam Tinkham) in a three-minute stretch to close out the third period.

“We kept it close for as long as we could,” said North Reading coach Charles Campobasso post-game.

Hornet in the air

“We struggled with faceoffs and ground balls,” he added.  “If we can’t get possession there, we’re really in trouble and are limited getting down the other end of the field.”

Newburyport jumped ahead, 4-1, after a quarter and led, 6-2, at halftime.

“It was a 6-2 game that felt like it should have been 10-2,” said Coach Wedge.  “We could have shot better in the first half.”

Eli Sirota and Ryan Long (2 goals)

In the second half the Clippers did shoot better after the two early Hornets’ goals. 

Jon Groth and Cam Tinkham led Newburyport’s scorers with three goals each.  Zach McHugh and Ryan Philbin each had two while Ryan McHugh and Owen Kruez had one each.

Ryan Long scored twice for North Reading.  Teddy Suny, Dan Oliveira, and Sam Morelli had solo goals.

Ball in the air

North Reading has now lost four of their last five games.

“Josh (Wedge) does a good job of getting his guys prepared,” said Coach Campobasso.  “We knew going in that we would have our work cut out for us.  Our struggles with faceoffs and ground balls against a good team were a recipe for a tough day.”

North Reading will get another chance against Newburyport in a couple of weeks.

The Clippers were 14-1 last year and aren’t shying away from tough opponents this year with Cape Elizabeth, Portsmouth, and Concord-Carlisle on their schedule.
“Playing those teams will help our power rankings,” said junior Jack Hadden.  “They are all reigning state champions.”

Angus Webster

Jack Hadden: “Cole (Mellett) is unbelievable.  It’s his first year doing faceoffs.  He works so hard.  Lacrosse is all about the faceoffs.  If you can’t win faceoffs, you can’t win.”

Cole Mellett: “I guess it was my lucky day out there.  It’s my first year doing it.  My friend Colin McCoy took them last year and was very good at it.  He taught me over the summer, and I just picked it up.  It gave us a lot of possessions.”

There was a taste of winter in the air.  No snow but temperatures close to fifty with a strong wind.  It is still April.

Newburyport     6   6   =   12

North Reading   2   3   =     5

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Jack Hadden
Shot at North Reading goalie Andrew Peppe
Devin Tran
Cole Mellett was 21-for-21 on faceoffs

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Newburyport in control with 18-4 win over Ipswich

Rita Cahalane defended by Ella Stein
Olivia McDonald looks for a cutter

(Newburyport) They knew what to expect.

They prepared for it and executed against it.

The result was a convincing 18-4 win by Newburyport over Ipswich on Monday afternoon.

“We worked on moving the ball quicker and keeping our eyes open for off-ball cutters,” explained Clippers’ sophomore Rita Cahalane afterwards.

“They played a backer zone,” said NHS coach Catherine Batchelder post-game.  “That defense presented man-up opportunities for us.  We worked on it in practice and the girls saw it really well.  They were able to get some wide-open shots.”

Trying to get control

The Clippers (5-1) controlled the draws in the early going and locked the Tigers (2-3) into their defensive end.  In fact, Ipswich didn’t get into the Newburyport end with possession for the first 9 ½ minutes.

However, by the time Ipswich penetrated Newburyport territory they were already down, 5-0.

Three Newburyport goals later the Tigers called a timeout. 

The score was 12-0 at halftime.

Ball in the air

The Clippers showed patience on offense opting for high-percentage shots.

“We spaced wide and got a lot of cutters open,” said Olivia McDonald afterwards.

Nothing selfish about an attack that gets eighteen goals and has ten different players contributing scores.

Anna Affolter and Lilly Pons led Newburyport with three goals each. 

Anna Affolter – 3 goals

Avery Tahnk, Emily Fuller, Reese Bromby, and Olivia McDonald each scored twice.

Rita Cahalane, Maddie Heath, Sydney Turner, and McKenna Ward had solo goals.

The key contributor was probably Izzy Rosa who didn’t even score a goal but assisted on six of them.

The game went into running time with six minutes remaining in the first half and Newburyport ahead, 10-0.

Ball on the turf

The lead was stretched to 15-0 in the second half with eighteen minutes remaining.

Ipswich showed some scoring life thereafter with four goals including two from Halle Greenleaf.  Julia Moseley and Kayden Flather had single goals.

The most celebrated Newburyport goal was probably in the last minute when defender McKenna Ward moved up into the offensive end and scored.

Weather was pleasant with sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50’s.

Newburyport   12   6   =   18

             Ipswich   0   4   =     4

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Emily Fuller (2 goals) covered by Maddy Duffy
Brela Pavao and Julia Moseley
Claire O’Flynn chases Emily Fuller
Maddy Duffy chased by McKenna Ward
Ipswich celebrates a goal
Ava Horsman and Izzy Rosa
Reese Bromby (2 goals) alone in front
Repairs
Ball in the air
Anna Affolter (3 goals) heads for the net
Ipswich goalie Ashton Flather reaches for the ball
Maeve Sullivan, Azariah Leslage, Izzy Rosa
Lexi Wright carries the ball

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Triton powers by Newburyport 16-8

Freshman Emma Penniman had two home runs
Izzy Oldini – 4 hits, 3 RBI

(Byfield) The hits kept coming.

Triton batted around in three innings and launched three home runs defeating Newburyport, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon.

“The girls spent a lot of time yesterday in the cage inside and it paid off today,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

The Vikings (5-2) had fifteen hits and except for a quiet fifth inning gave the Newburyport defense plenty of action.

“We can’t give more than three outs an inning,” said Clippers coach Bob Gillespie.  “You give extra outs and they’re going to pound you.”

Emily Meleedy hit a grand slam in the Newburyport fourth

There were two Newburyport infield errors in the Triton five-run fourth inning.

“It was a great team effort for us top to bottom,” said Coach Noyes. All nine of the Vikings starters made contributions.

Junior Izzy Oldoni had four hits (including a homer) and a walk.  Izzy scored three times and did a good job battling the sun on fly balls in centerfield.

Grace Romine – 3 hits, 2 RBI

Freshman Emma Penniman had what Coach Noyes called, “her best game.”  Emma homered twice and pitched the final 3+ innings.

I saw Emma get a single in three at-bats against Lynnfield, so I was very surprised to see her stroke two solid shots over the rightfield fence.

“The pitches I hit were low and outside,” explained Emma afterwards.  “Those were my first homers for Triton.”

Junior Grace Romine batted ninth and had three hits and two RBI.

CF Nieve Morrissey battles the sun

The Clippers (2-5) were hardly held hitless.  They had hits in every inning but the seventh when Emma Penniman struck out the side.

Sophomore Emily Meleedy had a bases-clearing blast in the fourth inning. 

Emily’s shot, which would have disrupted a tennis match in the distance, narrowed the Triton lead to, 9-5.  However, the Vikings answered with five runs in their half of that inning to restore their big lead.

Emma Penniman pitched 3+ innings

“Mallory (Johnson) started for us and only made one bad pitch,” said Coach Noyes.  “Emma (Penniman) came in and closed it down.  We now have a pitching staff.”

“Hopefully, we’re building something special here,” he added.  “We haven’t lost at home yet.  We’ll see what happens as the season goes along.”

“We didn’t hit the ball well today and that’s a credit to their pitchers,” said Coach Gillespie.  “We play them again at our place.  We’ll see what happens there.”

Both shortstops (Kyla Story & Emma Keefe) made diving stops that kept hits from getting to the outfield and runs scoring.

Leftfielder Matigan Richmond made a nice running catch.

LF Matigan Richmon made a nice running catch

If you don’t dress warmly for an outdoor game at Triton, you haven’t been there before!  Temperatures were in the 50’s and there was a cold wind.  Fortunately, there was plenty of action on the field to lessen your awareness of the conditions.

Newburyport   0   0   1   4   2   1   0   =   8

             Triton   5   0   4   5   0   2   –    = 16

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Triton unofficial box
Izzy Oldoni arrives at home
Waiting on a popup
Newburyport watches
Sophie Lavallee and Emily Meleedy
Dakota Duncan and Skylar Colburn
Reghan Haley
Ball drops in
Triton watches
Shortstop Kyla Story on the ground for a grounder
Throw from third to first
Ball loose in the Newburyport infield
Emma Penniman

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Molly LeBel strikes out 15 in Pentucket’s 11-1 win over Georgetown

Freshman Molly LeBel struck out 15 Royals
Pentucket coach Deb Smith

(Groveland) “Molly (LeBel) pitched an excellent game,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.

The stats confirm the assessment: 15 strikeouts, four-hitter, two walks.

Pentucket defeated Georgetown, 11-1, on Monday afternoon.

“This was our first win, and we needed that,” added Coach Smith.

Pentucket (1-3) now has something to build on. 

Meanwhile, Georgetown (0-6) continues to chase that first W with a very young team.  How young?  Today they started six middle schoolers with the Royals only run today driven in by a seventh grader!

McKenzie Riley drove in the Georgetown run

Pentucket took control of this game in the first inning collecting five runs.

“We have been focusing on hitting,” said Coach Smith.  “Today it paid off.” Pentucket had eleven hits.

Five of Pentucket’s hits were in their productive first inning when Pentucket sent up ten batters.  Nikki Mitchell, Emma Lopata, Meg Hamel, Kayla Murphy, and Julia Daley all singled for the home team.

Georgetown coach Jay Santomassino thought that his team could have done better in the first inning.  “We needed to make a play or two to limit the runs they scored,” said Coach Santomassino.

Nikki Mitchell – 3 hits, 3 rbi

“We were much better defensively after that inning, but it was too late for us,” Coach Santomassino added.

Nikki Mitchell (3 rbi, 3 hits, 2 runs), Emma Lopata (3 rbi, 2 hits, 1 run), and Kayla Murphy (1 rbi, 3 hits, 1 run) put up the big numbers in the Pentucket offense.

“We’ve been working hard in practice to get better,” said senior Emma Lopata post-game.

While the hitting of Pentucket was very good, the pitching of freshman Molly LeBel was “very strong,” according to her coach.

“I was just trying to get it done out there,” said Molly afterwards.

Molly LeBel

Again, the stats confirm how successful she was. This game went the full seven innings and Molly had at least one strikeout in each inning. 

Innings four, five, and six were special.  Molly retired nine straight and eight of the outs were K’s.  “She was hitting her spots,” said Coach Smith.

While the Royals struggled to make contact, Pentucket started adding runs.  Emma Lopata drove in a run in the second on a fielder’s choice and two in the fourth on a loud double to left.  Freshman Kayla Murphy tripled in the third inning and scored on a wild pitch.  Nikki Mitchell knocked in two runs in the fifth inning with a single.

Pitcher Maddy Grant

The Pentucket bats were good, and their pitching was excellent.  Two things that will put a team into a good position to win a game.

The Royals (four hits) made solid contact in the seventh.  Gillian Figueroa rapped a double to left and McKenzie Riley followed with an RBI single to right.

Windy at Groveland Pines with temperatures falling as the game went on. 

Amesbury players were watching today’s action.

Pentucket seniors Emma Lopata (UMass Amherst) and Meg Hamel (Union) have settled on colleges.

Georgetown   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   =   1

    Pentucket    5   1   1   2   2   2   –   =  11

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Georgetown unofficial box
Pentucket unofficial box
Pentucket catcher Ella Agocs
2B Gillien Figueroa takes throw as Jocelyn Bickford slides in
Force-out at second
Shortstop Kayla Murphy throws to first
Georgetown 1B Ava Fair
Georgetown coach Jay Santomassino
Pitcher Maddy Grant throws to first
Kayla Murphy scores the 7th Pentucket run
Shortstop Alli Mansfield dives for a grounder
Shortstop Alli Mansfield
Pentucket 3B Emma Lopata
Kayla Murphy (three hits)
Play at second

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Ethan Hunt leads Pentucket to 7-4 win over Triton

Ethan Hunt pitched a 3-hitter and struck out nine
Cole Daniels slides home

(Groveland) “Great job by Ethan today,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray afterwards.

And who would argue unless all you saw was Triton’s half of the first inning?

Ethan Hunt settled in after that rocky start hitting a homer and pitching Pentucket (1-2) to a 7-4 win over Triton (0-3) on Saturday morning at the Pines Athletic Field.

“I came out feeling a little iffy but then I settled in,” recalled Ethan.

Joe Abt (3 RBI) and Griff Dupuis drove across runs for the Vikings in the first inning as Ethan struggled to throw strikes.

But Pentucket responded quickly.  After their first two batters (Trevor Kamuda & Kyle Ventola) got on, Ethan Hunt launched a 3-run shot to right that put the home team in front, 3-2.

Ethan Hunt after three-run homer in first inning

“My hitting approach the whole game was middle-away,” said Ethan.  “That home-run pitch was up and away.”

Joe Abt – 3 RBI

Triton fought back. A Joe Abt two-run double in the third inning returned Triton to the lead, 4-3.

Pentucket evened things on an infield error in the 5th as Trevor Kamuda scored the run.

Meanwhile, Ethan (the pitcher) had settled in.  The UMass Boston commit ended up retiring the last twelve Vikings in order.

“He was pretty much lights out those last four innings,” said Coach Murray.

Pentucket coach Kevin Murry

Ethan ended up with a 3-hitter striking out nine Vikings.

“I have been a pitcher who starts on the shaky end and then progresses well as the game goes on,” said Ethan. “My 12-6 was definitely on today.  I found location for my fastball later on.  Those two together kept hitters off-balance.”

Pentucket broke away from the tie with a three-run sixth inning as things fell apart for the Vikings.  After a Max Ligols double, Bryce Winter’s sacrifice-bunt attempt turned into a hit when no one covered first base.  Pinch-hitter Alex Robertson drove in the eventual game-winner with a wind-blown double to left and two wild pitches followed that allowed two more runs.

LF Jack Lindholm deals with tough wind in the Pentucket 6th inning

“The bunt was a big difference in the sixth inning,” said Triton coach Chris Lamothe.  “We weren’t ready for it.  It was my fault.”

“Tough loss but we battled,” he added. “Griff (Dupuis) gave us innings and kept them off-balance for a long time.  We’re back at it on Monday against North Reading.  DJ Watson will be pitching.”

Both teams entered the game looking for a W after two opening losses.  “It feels really good to get the first win,” said Pentucket catcher Kyle Ventola.  “We’ll build off this.  I think we’ll have a great season.”

Triton starter Griff Dupuis

Coach Lamothe: “Their pitcher settled down for the last four innings.  He dominated.  He had his fastball and his breaking ball working.  Not much we could do.”

Coach Murray: “Ethan settled in nicely.  We did a good job of making plays behind him.  He was throwing strikes.  When that happens, it gives us a chance to win.”

Today was a cloudy day with a threat of rain.  The wind is usually a factor at Pines.  High popups are always an adventure.

Every time I’m at this park, I get flashbacks to its Pines Speedway past.  I was there on occasion.  I remember Ollie Silva and Bentley Warren.  Okay, I’m old!

Triton          2   0   2   0   0   0   0   =   4

Pentucket   3   0   0   0   1   3   –    =   7

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Pentucket (unofficial) box
Triton (unofficial) box
Max Ligols led off the 3-run sixth inning with a double
Trevor Kamuda steals second – Connor Rumph takes throw
Triton coach Chris Lamothe
Pitcher Griff Dupuis sets to throw to first
Cole Daniels scored two runs
Play at first
Trevor Kamuda scored two runs
Cole Daniels leads off second base
Joe Abt and Trevor Kamuda
Will Roberts out stealing. Connor Rumph applies tag.

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Newburyport races by Hamilton-Wenham 20-10

Olivia McDonald (4 goals, 2 assists) was part of the fast Clippers start

(Newburyport) You have to be ready….or else.

For the second straight game Newburyport swarmed an opponent early and often.

Teammates Olivia McDonald and Anna Affolter look for a pass
Haley Hamilton – 8 goals

And for the second straight game an opponent needed an early timeout to try to get acclimated.

The Clippers defeated Hamilton-Wenham 20-10 on a chilly Thursday afternoon at Stehlin Field.

“I think we were a little stunned at the beginning,” said HW coach Abby Schibli afterwards.

The Clippers (4-0) had two goals in the first minute and a total of six unanswered goals after just five minutes played.

“We had to adjust to their level of play and their intensity,” added Coach Schibli.

Emily Fuller – 2 goals, 4 assists

The Generals (1-3) took a timeout down 6-0.  During those first five minutes already played, HW had only been into Newburyport territory once.

Senior Haley Hamilton (Middlebury commit) finally put HW on the board at 17:45 ending Newburyport’s seven-goal run.

Teammate Kara O’Shea and Haley combined to give the Generals their best run of scoring, transforming a 9-1 deficit into a competitive 10-5 game with five minutes left until halftime.

Izzy Rosa – 3 goals, 5 assists

The Clippers however finished the half with three straight goals (two by Olivia McDonald and one by Rita Cahalane) to move ahead by eight, 13-5.

In the second half an Izzy Rosa goal at the end of a long possession put the game into running time with a 16-6 score at 17:52.

The Generals, led by Haley Hamilton (eight goals), were able to get inside the ten-goal deficit and end running time several times in the second half but the Clippers just wouldn’t allow serious runs of goals against them.

Kara O’Shea (2 goals)

While Haley Hamilton and Kara O’Shea (2 goals) did all the scoring for HW, there were nine players contributing goals for Newburyport.

“On offense, the girls moved the ball really well,” said Newburyport coach Catherine Batchelder post-game.  “There were so many great assisted goals.”

“Assists on a goal show that we work well as a team,” said junior Izzy Rosa (3 goals, 5 assists).  “One-V-One works but assists are better for a team.”

Emily Fuller had two goals and four assists.  “On offense we played really well together,” she said.  “We did a good job of spreading out.”

Reese Bromby – 2 goals

Coach Batchelder saw the ten goals allowed as more than usual.  “We were trying out a new defense,” she said.  “We want to keep the team challenged and not just relying on what we always do.  As a result, we had some bumps and bruises along the way.  It’s a new zone.”

Coach Batchelder pointed out that Haley Hamilton would have been a problem against any defense.  “She plays fast and strong and we had a hard time stopping her.  She found lanes against our defense that aren’t always there.  We weren’t closing our zone as well as we should.”

Haley Hamilton looks to shoot

“She (Haley Hamilton) is a really good player,” said Emily Fuller.  “She made some strong dodges into our defense.  Playing against a good player like her only makes us better.”

“Haley is a special player,” added Coach Schibli.  “She scores a lot but also shares the ball.  She gives everyone a chance to finish.”

Coach Schibli didn’t make excuses for the loss.  “They have skilled players and Cat does a great job with them,” she said.

The Generals were missing three players, including Riley Clarke.

“Riley is one of our best players and it was hard without her in the mid-field,” said Coach Schibli.

Goalie Ava Vautour

“I ended up with a new player in our defense and that added to the obstacles we had to overcome,” she added.

Not the way you’d want to come out against a team that dominates the draws and scores early.

Holy Cross commit Anna Affolder had two of the Clippers first three goals.  Both goals had assists attached.  The first was set up by Izzy Rosa and the second by Emily Fuller.

Coach Schibli appreciated the play of Kara O’Shea (“She lifts everyone up with her energy.”) and goalie Ava Vautour (“She had some really great saves.”).

Newburyport           13   7   =   20

Hamilton-Wenham   5   5   =   10

The weather was close to unbearable.  Two days ago, at the same place, it was in the 60’s and sunny.  Today it was in the 40’s with a chilling breeze.

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Jackie Chapdelaine
Avery Tahnk
Ball on the turf
Dylan Whitman and McKenna Ward
Rita Cahalane (2 goals)
Lucy Ayers chased by a trio of Clippers
Reese Bromby (2 goals)
Coach Abby Schibli
Avery Tahnk
Maeve Sullivan (1 goal)
Ball in the air
Emily Fuller shoots
Congestion in front of the HW net

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Liv DeLong no-hits Newburyport in 9-0 Amesbury win

Liv DeLong and catcher Ella Delisle celebrate the no-hitter
Liv DeLong – 11 K’s

(Amesbury) Liv DeLong didn’t know until the game was over.

“One of the umpires said it would have been a perfect game without the walks,” said Liv.

Liv DeLong had a no-hitter, with eleven strikeouts, leading Amesbury (4-0) past Newburyport, 9-0, on Wednesday afternoon.

“She shut us down and there was nothing we could do about it,” said Newburyport coach Bob Gillespie post-game.

Emily Meleedy

Amesbury was in contact mode against the Clippers’ starter Emily Meleedy. They whacked thirteen hits, getting at least one in every inning.

“We knew that (Emily) Meleedy is good, so we wanted to attack at the plate,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters afterwards.  “We talked yesterday about going after the first strike.”  Amesbury never walked once.

Amesbury hit the ball hard and it was a credit to the Newburyport defense that they kept this one from entering the mercy-rule zone.

RF Matigan Richmond

3B Sophie Lavallee saved two runs snaring a line drive in the second inning.  RF Matigan Richmond made a nice running catch to start the Amesbury third inning.  Shortstop Emma Keefe kept numerous red-hot grounders in the infield and also made a good running catch in back of second base.

All these good plays lessened Amesbury’s run production and extended the game the full seven innings.

Amesbury turned three hits into four runs in the first inning.  Two Newburyport infield errors prolonged the inning.  Ella Bezanson, Liv DeLong, and Olivia Levasseur had the first-inning RBI’s.

Ella Bezanson – solo homer

Ella Bezanson had a solo homer over the centerfield fence in the Amesbury fourth.

“The pitch was right down the middle, and I saw it well,” said Ella afterwards.

Newburyport picked up their first baserunner (walk to Emily Meleedy) after Liv had retired eleven straight, striking out six of them.

Sophomore Grace Habib had a leadoff walk in the fifth inning.

“I gave up two walks, but that happens,” said Liv.  “Neither one of them got past first base.”

Nieve Morrissey

The closest Newburyport came to getting a hit was on a grounder to short by leadoff batter Nieve Morrissey.  Nieve is a fast runner and shortstop Olivia Levasseur’s throw to first just barely beat her.

The Clippers were unable to get the ball out of the infield.  2B Cali Catarius had four assists.

“They were up there to hit,” said Liv.  “My movement pitches were working especially my curveball.”

“Liv takes things in stride and is so easy to coach,” said Coach Waters.  “I don’t think she knew it was a no-hitter until the end.  We didn’t tell her. I think it was her 4th no-hitter.”

Liv DeLong – three singles

Liv is committed to play softball at Boston University next year.  “I’m not sure if it’s for pitching or hitting but if I’m being honest, it is probably hitting.”

Liv had three singles against Newburyport today.  I asked her about the two strikeouts she had against the slow-pitching, eighth grader from Georgetown recently.  “Getting the timing down is difficult.  Slow pitching brings out all the flaws in my swing.  There’s no time for that against fast pitching.  We do better as a team against fast pitching.”

Ella Bezanson, Lexi LeBlanc, and Lauren Celia each had two hits for Amesbury.

Alana Delisle and Sophie Lavallee

The Clippers (1-4) have three games next week.  “We’re looking to bounce back,” said Coach Gillespie.

So far, Amesbury has scored forty-three runs and given up only one (Peabody).

Amesbury has now defeated Newburyport three straight times.

Coach Gillespie took an Amesbury run off the books by appealing that a runner had left early tagging up.

Liv DeLong: “Winning the basketball championship was bitter sweet because I knew that I wouldn’t be playing basketball again but I was excited to win a championship.  There was only one day between basketball and softball.  I now want to get a softball championship.”

Wonderful weather for April 13th.

Newburyport   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   =   0

Amesbury         4   0   0   2   1   2        =   9

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Amesbury unofficial book
Newburyport unofficial book
2B Cali Catarius – four assists
Shortstop Emma Keefe makes a running catch
Catcher Ella Delisle dives for a popup
Freshman Lexi LeBlanc had two hits
Watching the action
Lauren Celia bunts
Watching the action
CF Nieve Morrissey makes a catch
Ball loose in the infield
Catcher Grace Habib chases a foul popup
Shortstop Olivia Levasseur throws to first
Ella Bezanson homered for Amesbury

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