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4-run first helps Amesbury defeat Boston Latin Academy 7-1 in D3 North Q’finals

Amesbury scored four runs in the first inning

Amesbury pitcher Alana Delisle survived a tense sixth inning

(Amesbury MA) Boston Latin Academy made mistakes in the first inning, fell behind, and never recovered losing 7-1 to Amesbury on Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians (19-3) get St. Mary’s tomorrow in the Division Three semi-finals at Lowell’s Martin Field.

Freshman Alana Delisle continues to impress everyone including her coach Jacqui Waters: “Alana was on top of her game.”

Alana walked only one batter and struck out ten.

No strikeout was bigger than the one she got versus Sophie D’Amico to end the sixth with the bases jammed with Dragons.

Alana Delisle had ten strikeouts

“She (Alana) was great,” said catcher Avery Hallinan.  “Her pitches have a lot of movement.”

The Indians put four runs on the board in the first inning.

“Every once in a while, we play young,” explained BLA coach Rocco Zizza.  “That is what happened in the first inning.  We gave them five outs.”

Amesbury had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Instead of conceding the run and getting the second out, shortstop Ellie Etemad-Gilbertson chose to go home with the grounder hit her way.  The throw was late.  The runner (Liv DeLong) scored and no out was gotten.

Liv DeLong out at the plate

The bases were soon loaded, and Avery Hallinan walked to force in the second run.

An infield error allowed the third run (Julia Campbell) to score.

Meg McElaney’s sacrifice fly brought Alan Delisle home for the 4th AHS run.

The early 4-run cushion was important.  “It was awesome to get that early lead,” said Alana.

“We were more relaxed after the first,” added Avery.

In the second inning, Liv DeLong singled, stole second and came home on freshman Olivia Levasseur’s double.

Senior Michaela Russell put the Dragons on the board in the third inning.  The Trinity (CT) commit singled and stole second.  As Michaela tried to steal third, the throw from catcher Avery Hallinan to 3B Olivia Levasseur went past third bringing Michaela across.

Coach Rocco Zizza

But that was all the scoring that the team from the Boston City League would do.

An infield throwing error in the 5th inning, and a drop in right by Brenna Emma allowed Julia Campbell to tally Amesbury’s sixth run.

The Dragons (17-7) had their chance in the sixth inning to put a dent in the Indians’ 6-1 lead.  They loaded the bases (singles by Carleigh Schievink, Caroline Conroy, and Brenna Emma) with two outs.  But Alana Delisle got Sophie D’Amico swinging, registering her ninth strikeout.

“We started getting our bats on the ball after the first few innings,” said Coach Zizza.

Amesbury added their final run in the sixth.  Meg McElaney tripled down the left field line and came home on junior Lauren Hale’s sacrifice fly.

Coach Zizza: “Credit Amesbury.  There are a good team and they beat us.  Those four runs in the first inning changed things.”

Coach Waters: “Alana is unusual.  She doesn’t get nervous before the game.  I hope she stays like that for the next four years.”

Nyla James battles the sun

The sun was tough in right field.

Both teams’ centerfielders (Julie Campbell & Sophie Rutstein) made terrific catches.

Boston Latin Academy was fifteen minutes late and the game started at 4:30 instead of 3:45. Trying to imagine what the traffic might be like going back to Boston after the game since the Red Sox had a 4PM start and the Bruins an 8PM start.

BLA has won the Boston City League championship fourteen straight years.

The Dragons were 12-10 last season but 23-3 the year before.

Amesbury gets a rematch with St. Mary’s.  The Indians defeated the Spartans last season at Martin Field after a string of losses to the team from Lynn.

Michaela Russell and Caroline Conroy each had two hits for Boston Latin Academy.

Leadoff batter Liv DeLong paced Amesbury with three hits and also scored twice.

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Abby Aponas (2B) catches the final out

Alana Delisle puts down a bunt

Carleigh Schievink

Ellie Etemad-Gilbertson

Shortstop Emma DiPietro

Foul ball

Michaela Russell scores the Dragons’ run

Shortstop Michaela Russell

Olivia Levasseur

Serena D’Amico

Julia Campbell (CF) on the run

Pitcher Michaela Barcelou

Michaela Russell sails into second as Emma DiPietro awaits the throw

Sophie Rutstein makes a running catch

 

 

 

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Freshman Alana Delisle leads Amesbury past Lowell Catholic 4-2 in D3 North tourney

Alana Delisle’s pitching and defense keyed Amesbury’s First Round win.

Emily Bartlett scores in the first inning

(Amesbury MA) Closer than you might have thought.

#18 Lowell Catholic scored early and pressured late in the game, but #2 Amesbury had enough to notch a, 4-2, win on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Amesbury (18-3) now faces Boston Latin on Tuesday in the Division Three North quarterfinals.

The Indians freshman pitcher Alana Delisle was the difference maker for the home team.

Alana struck out eight Crusaders including the last two batters in the 7th inning with two LC runners in scoring position.

She also, somehow, caught a do-or-get-hurt line drive the third inning.

Later, in the sixth inning Emily Bartlett doubled and teammate Brenna Riley singled her home with two out.  However, Alana cut off the throw home after Brenna’s single and threw to first to catch Brenna away from the bag for the final out of the inning and limit the LC runs to one.

Avery Hallinan tracks a popup

“Alana was fantastic,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters afterwards.  “We went back-and-forth as to who should pitch today and I’m glad we went with her.”

Lowell Catholic (12-10) put two hits together (triple Emily Bartlett & single Amanda Bursey) to jump out 1-0 in the first.

But then Alana settled down to retire fifteen of the next sixteen batters she faced.

“I threw some curves and some changeups,” said Alana.  Her changeup was a real problem for several of the Crusader hitters.

LC pitcher Emily Bartlett (6 K’s) escaped a bases-loaded situation in the 2nd and two runners on in the 3rd inning.

“One or two miscues caused the outcome of this game,” said LC coach Frank Nugent after the game.

One of those miscues was in the fourth inning and allowed Amesbury to tie the score.  Julia Campbell (three hits) hit a ball that right fielder Jillian O’Hearn nearly caught.  However, it bounced off her glove and went a distance away into foul territory.  While Jillian was getting the ball back into the infield AHS assistant coach Jim Hounam waved Julia on to third.  The throw from 2B Brenna Riley went past third and out-of-bounds allowing Julia to tie the score.

Near catch by Jillian O’Hearn in right field

Julia Campbell into third as the ball goes by

Umpire signals that Julia Campbell has been awarded home

It was 1-1 into the bottom of the 5th.

Meg McElaney after her hit drove in an Amesbury run

Amesbury picked up a decisive three runs in that inning.  A misplayed bunt and a wild pitch allowed tainted runs to score and moved AHS ahead, 3-1.  Megan McElaney followed with an RBI single that provided a crucial third run in that inning and gave the Indians a 4-1 lead.

In the sixth the Crusaders tallied a run but ended a promising inning with an out on the base paths.

The seventh was even more promising for the visitors.  “We rallied in the seventh and had a chance but couldn’t get it done,” said Coach Nugent.

LC’s Megan Murphy led off with a single.  Meg McElaney (LF) followed with a nice running catch of a long fly by Antonia Mukiibi that could have been run-producing.  Karlee Calavritinos then reached on SS Emma DiPietro’s throwing error.

Two on, one out, with a two-run deficit.  Re-enter pitcher Alana Delisle to K the final two batters and preserve a 4-2 win.

“They made a couple of miscues and that’s how we won,” said Coach Waters.  “They are a very good team and they made it tough for us.”

LC coach Frank Nugent

“Amesbury should be happy with their team,” said Coach Nugent.  “They don’t make a lot of mistakes.  Their pitcher threw strikes.  They have a very good program.”

Meg McElaney: “My friend Julia (Campbell) and I have been doing a lot of tee work because I have been in a batting slump.  My first two at-bats didn’t go that well, but I was really focused.  I told Coach Jim (Hounam) I was going to get a hit and I did.”

Amesbury reached the D3 North finals last season.  A rebuilding season looked to be realistic for this season, but a host of newcomers have stepped right in to continue the Indians winning ways.  Five freshmen (Avery Hallinan, Alana Delisle, Olivia Levasseur, Liv DeLong, and Ella Bezanson) were in the AHS starting lineup today.

Senior Amanda Bursey paced LC with a run scored, two hits, and an RBI.

Beautiful weather.

Lowell Catholic box

Amesbury box

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(3B) Antonia Mukiibi throws to first

Bat on the ball

Brenna Riley tagged out at first by Liv DeLong after a throw from Alana Delisle

Caroline Bond (6) runs the ball back into the infield

Indians celebrate a run

Emily Bartlett sets to throw to first

Emma DiPietro bunts

Grace Maston, Brenna Riley, and Carley Feingold pregame

Olivia Levasseur scores on a wild pitch

Pregame gathering

Karlee Calavritinos steals second.

Liv DeLong scores the second Amesbury run

Liv DeLong steals second as SS Grace Maston reaches to apply a tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Solid hitting and pitching sends Amesbury by Rockport 11-3

Freshman Ella Bezanson (2) hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Liv DeLong struck out seven Vikings.

(Amesbury MA) It is not unusual for even the winning coach to find something that the team could have done better.

Not today.

“I have no complaints about this game at all,” said Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters after the Indians had defeated Rockport, 11-3.

The hitting and pitching were nicely in place for the home team on this Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Amesbury (10-1) scored in every inning, including four runs in their half of the first inning.

“We all hit,” said AHS starter Liv DeLong.  “We made good contact.”

The Indians had thirteen hits.  Alana Delisle and Ella Bezanson homered, while Olivia Lavasseur had a triple.

Emma DiPietro (3 hits) steals second

Hitting like that can win you games but when you add excellent pitching, the opponent is in trouble.

Freshman Liv DeLong held the Vikings (6-8) hitless into the sixth inning.

“She hit her spots very well today,” explained catcher Avery Hallinan.  “Her inside fast ball was very effective.”

Today’s game was a rematch of an April 10th season opener in which Amesbury won, 5-3.

“This time we weren’t ready to play,” said Rockport coach Julie Ryan.  “Their pitching was amazing today.”

Rockport starter Kelsea Anderson

The Indians put four runs together in the first inning with only one hit.  Two errors (2B Abby Engel) extended the inning and two wild pitches (Kelsea Anderson) allowed runs to score.

In the AHS second, Avery Hallinan was hit by a pitch, went to 2B on a wild pitch, reached 3B on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a passed ball (Kylie Wheat).

In the Amesbury third, after Olivia Lavasseur was caught stealing, Alana Delisle homered over Taylor Frost’s (CF) head.

The Indians led 6-0 after three innings while Rockport was still looking for its first hit. Kylie Schrock (walk) was the Vikings only baserunner through three innings.

Amesbury collected ten hits over their final three innings scoring five runs and leaving the bases loaded twice.

Emma DiPietro (3 hits) and Liv DeLong had RBI in the 4th.

Zoe Lucido (shortstop) and Ella Bezanson (base stealer)

Ella Bezanson (3 hits) hit a two-run homer to right center in the 5th.

AHS starter Liv DeLong had a string of eleven straight batters retired into the sixth inning.

Rockport broke through in the sixth.  Errors by Emily O’Donnell (1B) and Ella Bezanson (CF) allowed Liz Higgins to reach third.  A perfect bunt by 8th grader Sophie Lucido scored Liz and gave the Vikings their first hit.

Amesbury got one of those runs back in their half of the 6th inning.  Olivia Lavasseur tripled off the chalk in right field and came home on a passed ball.

Rockport opened the final inning with three straight hits.  Liz Higgins drove home two runs (Kylie Schrock & Kelsea Anderson) with a ground ball through the left side.

Catcher Avery Hallinan tags out Kylie Wheat in the 7th

With runners on first and third in that promising inning, the Vikings tried to steal second.  However, AHS shortstop Emma DiPietro cut off the throw to second and fired home catching Kylie Wheat trying to score from third.

The Rockport coaches questioned the out call.  The catcher must have the ball in order to block the plate.  The ruling was that catcher Avery Hallinan did indeed have the ball when she made the tag.

“If I have the ball, and I did, I can block the plate,” said Avery afterwards.

Despite the loss, RHS coach Julie Ryan was optimistic postgame.  “We stepped up to the plate at the end.  We are still in contention for a playoff spot.”

Sophie Lucido had the first Rockport hit

The Vikings are currently in 3rd place in the Baker Division with Ipswich and Amesbury ahead of them. Rockport has two games left with Ipswich.  A second-place finish, even with a losing record, earns a tournament spot.

Coach Waters: “It was a great team effort.  Avery was excellent behind the plate.  Ella had three nice hits.”

Liv DeLong: “The defense behind me worked really well.  The end was a little rocky.  I mixed my pitches and hit my spots.”

Avery Hallinan: “I have probably caught Liv for seven years going back to Little League.”

The weather?  The calendar changes but the weather doesn’t.  It was cold and windy but NOT raining.

This was my first visit this year to the field at Amesbury Middle School.  Attempts have been made to minimize treacherous left field.  There is now a fence keeping left fielders from running onto pavement chasing foul balls out there.

Amesbury started five freshmen while Rockport started four freshmen.  Both team’s pitchers and catchers were freshmen.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Abby Aponas takes charge on a popup.

Abby Engel

Alana Delisle (home run) congratulated by teammates

Avery Hallinan, Liv DeLong, and Olivia Lavasseur

Catcher Avery Hallinan

Emily O’Donnell

Zoe Lucido (shortstop)

Emma DiPietro (shortstop)

Kylie Wheat (catcher) and run scorer Ella Bezanson

Lauren Hale

Lauren Ryan

Liz Higgins (3B) and base stealer Emma DiPietro

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton bats too much for Amesbury in 9-2 loss

Seniors Bridget Sheehan, Colleen McCarthy, and junior Katherine Quigley celebrate their 10th win

Carisa Boyle slides into 2B ahead of Emma DiPietro’s tag.

(Byfield MA) Sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off.

But it did for Triton this afternoon.

The Vikings struck Amesbury pitching for twelve hits and a 9-2 win on Thursday afternoon.

“We hit every day,” explained Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “Almost an hour and twenty minutes and it shows.”

The loss dropped the Indians (8-1) from the undefeated ranks.

“To be perfectly honest, we got beat by a better team today,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters.

Emilhy Karvielis – 2 hits, 4 rbi

The Vikings (10-1) jumped on Indians’ starter Liv DeLong for four runs on five hits in the first inning. RBI by senior Emily Karvielis (2), senior Colleen McCarthy (1), and junior Eve Paicos (1) sparked the fast start.

Junior Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter and retired the Indians in order in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.

“I have been shooting the strong-hitting teams inside fastballs this season,” said Katherine.  “Today Fay (catcher) was calling for outside pitches and they were hungry for them.  It worked to our advantage.”

The Indians got an unearned run (3B Collen McCarthy error) in the third inning.  Senior Emma DiPietro’s sacrifice fly brought across junior Meg McElaney.

Abby Aponas throws to first

The Vikings responded productively in their half of the fourth inning, putting hits together (four) and tallying three runs.

Freshman Molly Kimball’s bunt turned into an RBI (Darcie McDonough scored) and later Emily Karavielis’ shot to right center drove across two more (Carisa Boyle & Molly Kimball).

The 7-1 lead after four innings stood up for Triton.

The Vikings added two insurance runs in the 6th.  Colleen McCarthy (3 hits) drove across senior Grace McGonagle.  Eve Paicos (2 hits) later brought in Emily Karvielis by singling to right center.

Sophomore Julia Campbell (2 hits) knocked in Amesbury’s 7th inning run, scoring teammate Liv DeLong.

CF Grace McGonagle makes a running catch to save a run

Two tremendous running catches in the outfield today; Grace McGonagle for Triton and Ella Bezanson for Amesbury.

“She (Ella) has had a couple of great catches this year and today’s was certainly one of them,” said Coach Waters.

Freshman Alana Delisle pitched the last two innings for Amesbury.

The Indians started four freshman; Alana (RF), Olivia Lavasseur (3B), Liv DeLong (P), and Ella Bezanson (CF).

Coach Dupere: “It was a win we needed.  Timely hitting.  Our senior leadership showed.  Katherine hit her spots.  She really came through.”

Katherine Quigley: “We were a little nervous because they were undefeated.  I knew we needed to get a good jump on them.  We hit really, really well early in the game.”

SS Bridget Sheehan closes her glove on a popup

Bridget Sheehan: “We’ve got a great lineup.  I am planning to go to Penn State in the fall.  I visited there and it felt right.”

Emily Karielis: “The hits just kept coming in the early inning.  I will be enlisting in the Navy after I graduate.  I have been interested in doing that since middle school.  I want to get into law enforcement eventually.”

Colleen McCarthy: “Coming in we knew it would be a big game.  That they had to change their pitcher out was a good sign for us.  Our goals are to hit and play defense.  I will be going to Roger Williams (Bristol RI). I plan to try out for softball and maybe volleyball. I am interested in criminal justice.”

The Vikings have now won five straight.  Only loss was to North Reading, 10-7, on April 24th.

Amesbury’s last loss, before today, was back on June 16th in 2018 to Austin Prep in the Division 3 North finals.

Busy afternoon at Triton with tennis, lacrosse, baseball, and softball all going on at the same time.

Triton box

Amesbury box

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Watching the action

Meg McElaney

Liv DeLong

Liv DeLong sets to pitch

Katherine Quigley pitched a 4-hitter

Play at second

Molly Kimball

Grace McGonagle slides into 2B

Eve Paicos – 2 hits, 2 rbi

RF Eve Paicos in on a line drive

Emily Karvielis tries to turn two

Darcie McDonough

Colleen McCarthy rounds third

Carisa Boyle scores

Alana Delisle pitched two innings

 

 

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Triton wins 5th straight defeating Amesbury 6-4

Catcher Tyler Godfrey and pitcher Jared Berardino celebrate a win

Drew Parsons tagged out by pitcher Blake Bennett in the first inning

(Amesbury MA) Triton pushed their winning streak to five with a 6-4 win over Amesbury on Saturday afternoon in Cape Ann League baseball.

The Vikings (5-4) tallied four runs in the sixth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit.

Triton batted around in that decisive 6th inning.  Cael Kohan tied the game with a two-run single to left center.  Later in the inning, Kyle Odoy delivered the go-ahead runs with a double to left.

Blake Bennett drove in all four of the Indians’ runs.  Three crossed on his long home run to center in the third inning.  A two-out error by Drew Parsons extended that inning and gave Blake the chance to bat with two on.

Cael Kohan

Blake came up in Amesbury’s final inning with a runner (Logan Burrill) on base.  This time around Triton centerfielder Jack Tummino looked to be playing back somewhere in New Hampshire and was able to catch Blake’s long blast in his direction.

Cael Kohan started for Triton.  After Cael loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning, Coach Ryan McCarthy brought in Jared Berardino.  In a turning-point moment, Jared got Tucker Molin to ground into a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play to keep Amesbury from enlarging a 3-2 advantage.

Amesbury (5-5) was at times its own worst enemy.  Starter Blake Bennett yielded six walks and four of them scored.  Triton’s first two runs scored on wild pitches.  Twice innings ended for the Indians on the bases.  In the third, Derek Doherty was picked off first by Cael Kohan.  In the fifth, catcher Tyler Godfrey threw out Blake trying to steal third.

The Vikings scored a run in the second.  Cam Gilroy walked, stole second, and reached third on a fielder’s choice.  A wild pitch brought him home and gave Triton a 1-0 lead.

Blake Bennett rounds third

Amesbury took a 3-1 advantage in the third with Blake Bennett’s homer.  At first it looked as if Blake would only get a ground-rule double but the umpires gathered with the coaches and it was ruled to be a home run.

Triton got a run back in the fourth.  The Vikings loaded the bases with two outs before a wild pitch scored Tyler Godfrey to make it 3-2.

In the fifth inning a Logan Burrill double into the left field trees was followed by a Blake Bennett single to left producing a run and a 4-2 lead.

Triton won the game in the sixth.  The Vikings were helped along by three walks and a wild pitch. Cam Gilroy, Tyler Godfrey, Jared Berardino, and Cael Kohan were the run scorers.

The Indians have played all their home games at Town Park because the high school field is water logged.  Amesbury is fortunate to have an alternate field.  I read today that some of the schools in Maine have only been able to play two games so far because of the weather.

Left field at Town Park

What could go wrong in left field at Town Park?  In the picture you can see trees, branches, folks in lawn chairs, a car, and a dog all in the playing area.

Both coaches, before the game, considered me bad luck because I’ve only seen them lose this season.  I’m flattered to think that I have such an influence!

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Cael Kohan reaches home

Cam Gilroy (2B) in the middle of a 6-4-3 double play

Drew MacDonald

Drew Parsons handles a bad throw as Logan Burrill gets back to second

Shortstop Drew Parsons throws to first

Logan Burrill (3 hits) rounds third

Near collision in the Amesbury outfield

Shane Rooney, Drew Parsons, Blake Bennett, and Cam Gilroy wait for the umpires’ ruling

Shea Cucinotta under a popup

Triton celebrates

Jared Berardino pitched the final 3 2/3 for Triton

Jeremy Lopez reaches to pick up a grounder

Kyle Odoy drove in two runs in the sixth inning

 

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Newburyport hits and fields their way to 9-4 win over Amesbury

Tommy Murphy and Casey McLaren celebrate a 2-run homer

Parker McLaren limited Amesbury to four hits in six innings of pitching

(Amesbury MA) Plenty of baserunners.

Plenty of opportunities.

But on this Tuesday afternoon, Newburyport (6-4) turned in more big plays and defeated Amesbury, 9-4, at Amesbury Town Park.

Senior Casey McLaren led a 15-hit Clippers attack with three hits, including a homer, and four RBI.

Casey’s glove work at first was also important.  On three different occasions, two of which ended innings, he scooped low throws from infielders that kept runs from scoring.

“It’s all about getting down eye-level with the ball,” explained Casey afterwards.

The Clippers never stopped hitting in this one collecting at least one hit in every inning.  “We broke out of a hitting funk that we had been in the last couple of games,” said NHS coach Mark Rowe.

The Indians (4-4) had only four hits off Clippers starter Parker McLaren but used walks and Newburyport miscues to get runners aboard every inning.

Blake Bennett had two hits and drove in two runs

“We just couldn’t string anything together today,” explained AHS coach Joel Brierley.

“You could see that things weren’t going our way when twice we had our best hitter (Logan Burrill) up with the bases loaded and even though he hit the ball hard we had nothing to show for it.”

Trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning, the Indians loaded the bases with one out.  Logan hit a hard grounder down the third baseline that 3B Tommy Murphy turned into an inning-ending double play.  It did take a great scoop by 1B Casey McLaren to complete the DP.

Later (6th inning) now behind 9-0, Amesbury filled the bases with one out.  This time Logan hit a rope to left, that Ryan Archer managed to catch.  “Ryan (Archer) made a nice play on that line drive to left,” said Coach Rowe.  “It was a rocket.”

Casey McLaren after an inning-ending stop at first

At least in the 6th inning, Logan’s teammates were able to push four runs across after the catch in left.

Blake Bennett paced the AHS attack with two hits, including a triple, and two RBI.

Walker Bartkiewicz and Parker McLaren each had three hits for Newburyport.

Casey McLaren drove in the first NHS run with a single in the first.  He drove in their next two runs in the third inning with a HR blast over the head of CF Logan Burrill.

Two of the Cape Ann League’s best players; Casey McLaren and Blake Bennett

“It was a fastball, up and a little outside, and I was looking for it,” recalled Casey.

In the fourth, Ryan Archie reached on an error (Shea Cucinotta), stole second, and reached third on a wild pitch.  Tyler Koglin then singled him home.

In the 5th inning, Casey McLaren singled, stole second, and reached third on Thomas Greene’s single.  Walker Bartkiewicz delivered Casey with a single to center pushing the Clippers lead to 5-0.

Newburyport broke the game open in their half of the sixth with four runs.  Casey and his brother Parker had RBI.  Two other runs crossed after a throwing error by 3B Cam Chambers.

The Indians cut into the 9-0 deficit in the bottom of the 6th.  A bases-loaded walk (Tucker Molin), a passed ball, and Blake Bennett’s triple produced four runs.  But the inning ended there with Casey coming up with a low Ryan Archie throw to end the threat.

Freshman Jack Fehlner pitched the final inning for Newburyport.

Jeremy Lopez, Tom Flanagan, and Tim Gilleo pitched for Amesbury.

“Anytime we can beat a good team like Amesbury is a good win,” said Coach Rowe.  “They battle.  They don’t quit.  Like the first time we met (8-7 NHS win) they had a comeback in them.”

Derek Doherty (2B) throws to first

“We didn’t have very many quality at-bats,” added Coach Brierley. “When we did hit the ball, they made the plays.”

Casey McLaren: “It’s in my mind to play baseball at Tufts.  I haven’t talked to the coach yet.  We’ll see.  It would be tough to give up baseball.  There’s no doubt in my mind that I could pitch there.”

Newburyport has defeated Amesbury three of the last four times they met.

Amesbury had won three straight before today’s loss.

Amesbury’s Derek Doherty will attend Rivier University (Nashua NH) next fall to play baseball.

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Kyle Therrien

Nick White congratulates reliever Jack Fehlner

Play at third

Blake Bennett fields a grounder

Catcher Derek Beaupre corrals a popup

Sophomore Jeremy Lopez

Pitcher Jeremy Lopez sets to throw to third

Shortstop Ryan Archie collects a grounder

Shortstop Shea Cucinotta sets to throw

Thomas Greene

Tyler Koglin scores the Clippers first run

 

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Flannery O’Connor (24 points) drives Amesbury past Lynnfield 65-50

Flannery O’Connor (24 points) surrounded by Pioneers

Alli Napoli double-teamed

(Haverhill MA) There had been six lead changes and seven ties.

Then senior Flannery O’Connor took over in the third quarter.

The Cape Ann League All-Star engineered a run of nine unanswered points and a slim one-point lead (36-35) moved to a breathing-room 45-35 score.

The second-half surge of points was too much for foul-prone Lynnfield to overcome and they fell to (18-4) Amesbury 65-50 on Wednesday night at Whittier.

“We hung around for three quarters,” said Lynnfield coach Peter Bocchino afterwards.  “We ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.”

The Pioneers (14-9) did get within eight (51-43) with 5 ½ minutes to go in the game.

Ciara Sullivan

But then junior Alli Napoli set up teammate Ciara Sullivan for consecutive three’s and Amesbury’s double-digit spread was restored for good.

Tori Morelli and Cate MacDonald

Continuous fouling by both teams ruined any chance for patterned offense to be on display.  There were plenty of one-on-one’s which turned up fouls or layups.

Alli Napoli (Amesbury) and Tori Morelli (Lynnfield) were both in early foul trouble and on their respective benches for much of the first half.

The missing twosome were usually steadying influences on their teams and without them, the play was often ragged in the first half.

“I liked the way that the girls stayed composed with Alli out most of the first half,” said Amesbury coach Gregg Dollos.

Amesbury had a six-point lead (23-17) with two minutes left in the half but a three by freshman Riley Hallahan and a layup by Grace Klonsky and Lynnfield was back tight, 23-22, at the half.

Amesbury was 19-for-27 from the foul line

The Pioneers had a four-point lead (29-25) three minutes into the second half but two free throws by Alli Napoli and a layup by Flannery O’Connor, that Alli assisted on, and the teams were tied.

Three free throws by Melissa Morelli (14 points) had Lynnfield within one (36-35) with only three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

This was when Flannery took over and led AHS to separation.  Part of the nine-point run was a triple (McKenna Hallinin) set up by Flannery.

Lynnfield played a zone defense and Amesbury struggled to get open looks.

“They were playing a zone,” said Flannery afterwards.  “Moving the ball makes that defense work.  I try to find cracks and dive into them.”

Faced with tight coverage whenever she touched the ball, Flannery was quick to find open teammates.

McKenna Hallinan looks to the hoop

The Hallinan twins (Avery and McKenna) brought energy, points, and defense.  The two freshmen helped carry the scoring load for the Indians in the first half.

Avery ended the game with twelve points while McKenna totaled nine.

Freshman Cate MacDonald tallied twelve points for LHS.  “Our freshman (Cate) came to play tonight,” said Coach Bocchino.  “She got a learning experience.”

I was impressed with the ball-handling of sophomore Grace Klonsky.  Several times she took the ball the full length of the court for a score.

Amesbury will now face St. Mary’s (Lynn) at the Tsongas Arena on Saturday.  The Spartans had a decisive win over Amesbury during the regular season.

Lynnfield had two easy tourney wins before facing Amesbury in the D3 North semifinals.  The Pioneers downed Charlestown 53-9 and Greater Lawrence 69-43.

Peter Bocchino was the CAL coach-of-the-year.

Mary Bullis and Riley Hallahan

Lynnfield had been 5-52 over the previous three seasons.

The Pioneers tourney win over Charlestown was their first since 2009.

Despite missing most of the first half, Alli Napoli finished with eleven points.

The Pioneers missed thirteen free throws.

Amesbury box

Lynnfield box

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

McKenna Hallinan

Alli Napoli

Alli Napoli moves into an open space

Caroline Waisnor sets to receive a pass

Flannery O’Connor in traffic

Grace Klonsky

Grace Klonsky and McKenna Hallinan

Melissa Morelli and Avery Hallinan

 

 

 

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