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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.

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

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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Logan MacDonald (11 K’s) leads Austin Prep to D3 North title 8-0 over Latin Academy

Austin Prep – Division 3 North Champs

Junior Logan MacDonald had eleven strikeouts for Austin Prep

(Beverly MA) It was a long afternoon for the #1 seed Latin Academy Dragons.

Not only did they have to deal with the pitching of junior Logan MacDonald (eleven K’s) but they also had a tough afternoon of defense.

Those two aligned themselves under a sunny sky at Endicott College on Saturday afternoon and the result was an easy 8-0 win for the #2 seed Austin Prep Cougars.

The victory gives the 22-2 Cougars the Division 3 North title and a Tuesday night, state semi-finals matchup against West Bridgewater (South champs) at Taunton High School.

The Dragons (23-3) had won ten straight games in a season in which pitcher Olivia McGrath (six K’s vs Austin Prep) had been dominant especially in the Boston City League.

Olivia’s pitching had carried the young (they started two eighth graders) Dragons but on this afternoon the AP hitters began making serious contact against Olivia early.  Both Lauren Sablone and Frank Frelick struck home-run distance foul balls to left in the first inning.

In the second, Lauren (freshman) straightened one out and over the left-centerfield fence it went for a two-run homer.

Freshman Lauren Sablone nears home after 2-run homer

Austin Prep led 4-0 after two and held that lead after four innings.  Meanwhile, during those four innings, pitcher Logan MacDonald had notched eight strikeouts and held LA to one hit (Mackenzie Theriault).

The team from Reading sealed this one in the top of the 5th inning.  The Cougars got two hits (Kendra Currier, Frank Frelick) but it was the miscues in the field that killed Latin Academy.  A mishandled bunt (catcher Shantary Pimentel) and two passed balls led to four unearned runs.

In that breakaway fifth, even a bad AP play, turned into a run.  Caroline Sablone did not tag up from 3B on a fly to left but went back and tagged up belatedly and then tried to score.  A certain out turned into a run for Austin Prep as the throw home was high.

Austin Prep had two errors of their own (Cristina Tighe, Kendra Currier) but Logan MacDonald followed with strikeouts to avoid damage.

AP shortstop Kendra Currier runs off the field covered with dust after an inning-ending play

Best play of the game?  Kendra Currier in the 5th inning.  The Dragons had runners on first and second with two out and trailed by eight.  Could they break through against the Cougars?  Kendra made sure it didn’t happen. Michaela Russell hit a hard grounder to Kendra’s left.  Looked like a run-scoring base hit but Kendra dove to make the stop and then flipped to 2B Ella Saracco to end the inning.

The Cougars finished with eight hits including three by Kendra Currier, and two each by Lauren Sablone and Frank Frelick.  Logan MacDonald had the other hit.

The Dragons were limited to three singles (Mackenzie Theriault, Emma Walsh, and Shamyia Banks).

AP tallied a run in the first.  Lauren Sablone singled, stole second, and was sacrificed (Alex Santostefano) to 3B.  Frank Frelick’s grounder to deep shot brought the run home.

Shaky defense caused LA trouble in the three-run Austin Prep second.  3B Jessica Rynne deflected Ella Saracco’s infield grounder to start the inning.  Logan MacDonald sacrificed Ella to 2B.  A passed ball got Ella to 3B and then CF Mackenzie Theriault dropped a fly ball allowing Ella to score.  Later in the extended inning Lauren Sablone had the 2-run homer.

Michaela Russell and Shannon Bedard converge on a popup

Those gift runs were just too much to get back against a pitcher of Logan MacDonald’s ability on this afternoon.

Neither pitcher walked anyone.

Olivia McGrath will be attending Keene State.

The possibility of a D3 state finals rematch between Turners Falls and Austin Prep is just a win away.  Turners Falls took the title in 2016 and I am certain that Austin Prep has not forgotten it.

Austin Prep only losses this season have been to Catholic Central League rival St. Mary’s.  AP did avenge those losses with a win over the Spartans in the D3 North semis.

Very nice softball facility at Endicott.  Beyond centerfield is a huge rock.  There was a plan to have a water fountain located there that would be similar to the one in Kansas City.

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

Olivia McGrath throws to 1B

Mackenzie Theriault drops a line drive

Shantary Pimentel

Lauren Sablone steals second

Latin Academy before the game

Shamyia Banks

Freshman Frank Frelick

Trophy pose

Shamyia Banks out swinging to end the game

8th grader Carleigh Schievink lines up a fly ball

Logan MacDonald

Ella Saracco scores on a passed ball

Frank Frelick tries for home as catcher Shantary Pimentel awaits throw

Kendra Currier scores on a passed ball

Dragons shortstop Michaela Russell

Olivia McGrath (six strikeouts)




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