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Manchester-Essex outlasts Ipswich 10-9 in Cape Ann League baseball

Hunter Flood in the home run trot.  The sophomore had five RBI for the Hornets

Hunter Flood in the home run trot. The sophomore had five RBI for the Hornets

Liam Logue drives in the 10th ME run

Liam Logue drives in the 10th ME run

(Ipswich MA) If there is such a thing as a hitters’ duel this was it.

Both Manchester-Essex and Ipswich took plenty of good hacks but it was the Hornets coming away with a 10-9 win on a warm Thursday afternoon.

The Hornets (4-12) took the lead with a 3-run first inning and never trailed.  The Tigers (3-12) were within a run with two runners on in both the 6th and 7th innings.  ME sophomore reliever Brad Graves got Austin Rubino to pop out to the catcher ending the 6th while junior closer Craig Carter got an infield grounder from Erik Gongas to finish the game.

Today’s game was the last home game for six Ipswich seniors (Jon O’Brien, Erik Gongas, Freddy Cerendolo, Austin Rubino, Ryan Silva and Sean Whooley) and they were recognized by Coach Gardy O’Flynn before the game.

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Manchester-Essex jumped into a 7-2 lead after two innings thanks primarily to Hunter Flood.  The ME sophomore drove across two in the first with a single and three in the second with a homer over the leftfield fence.

Mike Loebelenz got the win for Manchester-Essex

Mike Loebelenz got the win for Manchester-Essex

Ipswich had eleven hits off of Hornets starter (and winner) Mike Loebelenz through five innings.  But the Tigers were never able to get more than two runs in any inning despite all the solid raps and trailed 9-7 after five.

The biggest run in the game was the Hornets’ tenth run.  The crucial insurance run came in the 7th inning.  Brandon Bartlett walked and pinchrunner Chris Carr stole second.  Liam Logue’s two-out single through the left side of the IHS infield brought Chris home.

Senior Sean Whooley had four hits and two rbi in his last game on Mile Lane for Ipswich.

Sophomore Alex Morris also had two rbi to go with three hits.

The good crowd on hand saw a very bizarre second inning.  After Sean Whooley singled, Mike Savoie grounded to third.  ME third baseman Kevin Carter threw wide to second but Sean didn’t realize he was safe.  So as he’s jogging off he’s suddenly caught in a rundown between 2B and 3B.  No sooner did Sean get tagged out when Mike Savoie is caught in a rundown between 1B and 2B.  Fortunately for Mike, the ME rundown ended with a throw into the woods by catcher Dom Cirone that allowed Mike to reach third.

Dom Cirone (3 hits) camps under a popup

Dom Cirone (3 hits) camps under a popup

Dom Cirone paced the Hornets scoring three times and getting three hits.  Hunter Flood and Ethan Ketchum each had two hits.  The ME hit total reached twelve off of IHS starter Ryan Silva and reliever Austin Rubino.

ME rightfielder Chuck Otterbein made a terrific running catch on Freddy Cerendolo’s drive in the gap in the third inning.

Manchester-Essex still has a chance to get into the Division 4 post-season tournament.  Only the Hornets games versus D4 opponents count toward making the post-season.  The Hornets have three games left with D4 opposition (Cristo Rey, Georgetown, and Rockport).  ME has to win two of those games to qualify.  It’ll be tough since the Hornets have already lost to Cristo Rey and Georgetown this season.

Dan Bennett looks for the plate

Dan Bennett looks for the plate

The Tigers defeated ME, 12-3, in an earlier meeting.

Today’s winning pitcher (senior Mike Loebelenz) also had victories over Triton and Hamilton-Wenham this season.

Weather?  Comfortably warm with clouds showing up to cool things a bit.

Manchester-Essex box

Ipswich box

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Sean Whooley (4 hits) in a rundown

Sean Whooley (4 hits) in a rundown

Jake Long finds a way home

Jake Long finds a way home

ME closer Craig Carter (#3)

ME closer Craig Carter (#3)

Freddy Cerendolo

Freddy Cerendolo

Kevin and Sean Whooley

Kevin and Sean Whooley

Chuck Otterbein dives into third

Chuck Otterbein dives into third

Leftfielder Jake Long eyes the home run ball (upper left)

Leftfielder Jake Long eyes the home run ball (upper left)

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Amesbury defeats Lynnfield 6-4 in eight innings in Cape Ann League softball

Amanda Schell and Rachel Cyr race home on a 2-run single by Zoe Fitzgerald in the 8th inning

Amanda Schell and Rachel Cyr race home on a 2-run single by Zoe Fitzgerald in the 8th inning

Second baseman Lauren Fedorchak squeezed the final out

Second baseman Lauren Fedorchak squeezed the final out

(Lynnfield MA) Converting second chances played a big part in Amesbury’s, 6-4, win over Lynnfield in eight innings on a sunny Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians (11-4) had the Pioneers (8-9) down by three runs, 4-1, with two outs in the seventh inning.  However, a boot by AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli and a dropped popup by second baseman Lauren Fedorchak delivered the tying runs for the Pioneers.

That exciting seventh inning ended for Lynnfield with Malia Roberto, carrying the winning run, getting tagged out at third by Autumn Kligerman.

The visitors had only five hits off of LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver but collected two of them in the extra inning.  Amanda Schell singled and Rachel Cyr walked to start the inning.  They both moved up on a fielder’s choice and scored easily on sophomore Zoe Fitzgerald’s sharp single up the middle.

Autumn Kligerman tags Malia Roberto to end the 7th inning

Autumn Kligerman tags Malia Roberto to end the 7th inning

Those two runs looked to be enough………..unless you recalled the previous inning in which three runs looked like enough!  After two outs Lynnfield had two straight singles (Lauren Guerra and Hannah Travers) and visions of the previous inning started dancing in everyone’s head.  But second baseman Lauren Fedorchak was given a second chance to end the game and this time held onto Rachel Buzzotta’s popup to do just that.

Amesbury has won five straight and have made the post-season tournament.  For the Indians the final five games will be about getting as high a seed as possible in the Division 3 state tournament.

Lynnfield still has to make the tournament.  Ten wins will do it.  They must win at least two of their last three games.  I like their chances of getting what they need since they’ll be playing three teams (Ipswich, Georgetown, Manchester-Essex) with losing records.

Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

The Pioneers certainly had plenty of hits (ten) off of AHS pitcher Rachel Cyr but stranded ten runners.  Why LHS didn’t score more times with all their hits was because three Pioneers (Hannah Travers, Annika Han, and Lauren Guerra) had eight of the ten hits.

Amesbury started the scoring with a tainted run in the second inning.  Autumn Kligerman doubled but reached third on a bad relay throw from leftfielder Malia Roberto.  Autumn later slide home on a wild pitch by Sadie Oliver.

The Indians started the fourth inning with two straight hits (Meg Aponas single, Amanda Schell double).  Rachel Cyr’s sacrifice fly scored Meg.  Before the inning was over Amesbury would get two more runners to third (Amanda Schell, Autumn Kligerman) and both would come home on wild pitches.

Amesbury carried a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning.  In that inning Annika Han of Lynnfield singled, stole second, and reached third on a passed ball.  Malia Roberto’s single into right field put the Pioneers on the board.

The exciting seventh saw Lynnfield rally to tie the score, only to lose in the eighth inning.

Hannah Travers (#20) made a super catch in center field

Hannah Travers (#20) made a super catch in center field

The good crowd on hand saw a terrific running catch by centerfielder Hannah Travers to take away a double and possibly more from Meg Aponas to end the sixth inning.  The LHS junior went straight back and dove to make the catch.

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman had a strong game at third for Amesbury especially in the third inning when the AHS junior had three assists.

Weather?  Just terrific.  After yesterday’s 50’s I was overdressed for today’s 70’s.

Autumn Kligerman and Amanda Schell each scored two runs for Amesbury.

Amesbury won the previous meeting this season between the two teams, 9-7, on April 11th.

Next game for the Indians is at Rockport on Thursday.

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Amanda Schell at third

Amanda Schell at third

Sadie Oliver

Sadie Oliver

Zoe Fitzgerald - two rbi in the 8th inning

Zoe Fitzgerald – two rbi in the 8th inning

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman throws to first baseman Zoe Fitzgerald

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman throws to first baseman Zoe Fitzgerald

Maddie Napoli looks for the handle

Maddie Napoli looks for the handle

MacKenzie Comeau

MacKenzie Comeau

Rachel Buzzotta

Rachel Buzzotta

AHS coach Chris Perry instructs Meg Aponas

AHS coach Chris Perry instructs Meg Aponas

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Lynnfield edges Amesbury 3-1 in Cape Ann League baseball

Winning pitcher Greg Basilesco (#18) after the game

Winning pitcher Greg Basilesco (#18) after the game

Shortstop Jordan Roper fields a grounder

Shortstop Jordan Roper fields a grounder

(Amesbury MA) Junior Greg Basilesco tossed a complete game, four-hitter as Lynnfield defeated Amesbury, 3-1, on an overcast Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Greg kept the Indians off the bases and faced only nineteen batters during the last six innings.  Amesbury left only two runners on base.

Lynnfield (11-5) had seven hits against AHS starter Nick Hawrylciw and stranded runners (12 runners total) in every inning.

Both teams scored in the first inning.  The Pioneers added single runs in the third and sixth innings.

The Indians (5-11) hurt themselves with wild pitches and over-aggressive base-running.

In the Lynnfield first, junior Nick Pascucci walked and took second on a Nick Hawrylciw wild pitch.  Nick Pascucci headed for third on a grounder to shortstop Jared Dupere.  Normally that’s a bad move but Jared opted to throw to first and Nick reached third with two outs.  The second wild pitch of the inning by Nick Hawrylciw allowed Nick Pascucci to score Lynnfield’s first run.

Amesbury came right back in their half of the first to tie the score.  Ben Cullen doubled to left center and Mac Short delivered him with a sharp grounder up the middle.

Jordan Roper

Jordan Roper

The Pioneers took the lead for good in the third.  Jordan Roper doubled down the left field line and raced home on junior Jake Rourke’s liner up the middle.  Jake’s hit was tipped by pitcher Nick Hawrylciw but not enough to keep in from reaching the outfield.

Ben Cullen ran into an out on the bases in the Amesbury third.  Ben singled, and stole second with one out.  He was on his way toward third but pitcher Greg Basilesco sniffed out what Ben was up to and ran right at him between 2B and 3B.  Ben was eventually tagged out by shortstop Jordan Roper.

The Pioneers came close to more runs in the 4th and 5th innings.  Ryan Battaglia was tagged out at the plate in the 4th inning.  In the fifth, Nick Hawrylciw escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation with a force-out at home and a strikeout.

Jared Dupere doubled to lead off the Amesbury fifth but Greg Basilesco retired the next three Indians.

The Pioneers added an insurance run in the sixth inning.  A hit batsman (Ryan Battaglia) and a walk (Jack Fraulini) set up a pitching change for Amesbury with Levi Burrill taking over.  Levi advanced the two runners with a wild pitch and intentionally walked Jordan Roper to load the bases with two outs.  Next batter Jake Rourke was hit by a pitch driving across Ryan Battaglia with the third Lynnfield run.

Ben Cullen caught in a rundown

Ben Cullen caught in a rundown

Now down 3-1, Amesbury had Ben Cullen back on base with a walk.  The AHS senior stole second and, because catcher Danny O’Leary’s throw went into center field, was able to reach third with one out.  On Mac Short’s infield out Ben started for home and was caught (and out) for the second time on the bases.

Scary moment in this game was when LHS shortstop Jordan Roper chased a high foul popup along the line in left in the sixth inning.  Jordan went into a slide knowing a fence was coming up but ended up sliding into one of the poles holding up the scoreboard.  Both coaches were out there in a hurry as well as the Amesbury High School medical staff.  To the relief of everyone, Jordan was up and back playing in a few minutes.

Jake Rourke drove in two of Lynnfield’s runs.  Jordan Roper paced the Pioneers with two hits.

Jordan Roper goes into a slide chasing a foul ball

Jordan Roper goes into a slide chasing a foul ball

Jordan, who made the Cape Ann League All-League team in 2013, has signed of letter of intent with Division 2 Assumption for next year.

Lynnfield tried a suicide squeeze but Tony Costa fouled off the bunt attempt.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield, 5-4, in nine innings on April 10th at Lynnfield.

Weather?  After yesterday’s 80’s, today’s 50’s were a rude shock.  The threat of rain was persistent.

Lynnfield box

Amesbury box

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Jack Aponas ready to tag Andrew McCarthy

Jack Aponas ready to tag Andrew McCarthy

Amesbury dugout

Amesbury dugout

First baseman Pat Scanlon gives pitcher Levi Burrill a big target

First baseman Pat Scanlon gives pitcher Levi Burrill a big target

Andrew Carbone reaches third

Andrew Carbone reaches third

Tony Costa

Tony Costa

Jake Rourke steals second

Jake Rourke steals second

Ryan Battaglia caught between third and home by AHS second baseman Jack Aponas

Ryan Battaglia caught between third and home by AHS second baseman Jack Aponas

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Jenny Nelson k’s eleven leading Pentucket past Triton 5-0 in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket sophomore Jenny Nelson dominated Triton

Pentucket sophomore Jenny Nelson dominated Triton

Pentucket shortstop Kassidy Kennefick chases down a foul popup

Pentucket shortstop Kassidy Kennefick chases down a foul popup

(Byfield MA)  Way too much Jenny Nelson for the Triton Vikings on this sunny Monday afternoon.

The Pentucket sophomore struck out eleven and scattered two hits (both by Mara Spears) as the Sachems defeated Triton, 5-0, in Cape Ann League softball.

The last three games for Triton (5-11) have been a big surprise to anyone connected to their program.  The Vikings had put five straight wins together but since then have not only lost three straight but haven’t scored a run in twenty-three straight innings.

Pentucket (7-7) has now won two straight.  They need to get to ten wins in the remaining six games to qualify for the post-season tournament.  You have to like their chances after the way they played today.

Mary Kate Corrado fields a grounder

Mary Kate Corrado fields a grounder

The Sachems collected an unearned run in the first inning.  Sophomore Maddie Binding and junior Kassidy Kennefick started the inning with singles.  Tyler Feeney’s sacrifice fly moved Maddie to third.  Mary Kate Corrado’s two-out grounder was booted by shortstop Rylie Culverwell scoring Maddie Binding.

Pentucket loaded the bases with singles in the third with one out.  Mary Kate Corrado’s grounder to short resulted in a baserunner interference call on Tyler Feeney but pinchrunner Sarah Stewart reached home with Pentucket’s second run.

confusion in the Triton outfield

confusion in the Triton outfield

Ahead 2-0, the visitors created two runs in the fifth inning off of Triton reliever Haley Johnson.  Kassidy Kennefick put down a perfect bunt to reach.  Then Tyler Feeney lofted a popup into right field that was misjudged by rightfielder Cailin Fraser allowing Kassidy to reach third.  Kassidy then scored on Sydney Snow’s RBI single with Tyler taking third.  Tyler surprised the Vikings by stealing home after a throwback from catcher Julia Hartman to pitcher Haley Johnson.

The final Pentucket run was set up in the sixth inning by a sacrifice bunt (Jenny Nelson) that alert baserunner Nicolette Kent used to get from first to third on.  That baserunning put Nicolette at third where she came home on senior Allison Knowles sacrifice fly.

Pitcher Jenny Nelson eyes an infield popup with second baseman Sydney Snow behind her

Pitcher Jenny Nelson eyes an infield popup with second baseman Sydney Snow behind her

And while Pentucket was finding ways to score runs, the Vikings struggled to get baserunners. They had only four in the entire game.  Triton had only one fly-ball out.  They did get runners to second and third in the sixth inning but pitcher Jenny Nelson handled Emma McGonagle’s popup to end the inning.

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick made a nice running catch in foul territory in the fourth inning.

Triton’s second baseman Kylie Gilroy put on quite a show in the Pentucket seventh.  The senior captain handled three tough chances flawlessly: (1) running catch on a popup, (2) speared a line drive to her right, and (3) came up with a hard-hit grounder to throw out Sydney Snow.  Good stuff!

The top four hitters in the Pentucket lineup (Maddie Binding, Kassidy Kennefick, Tyler Feeney, and Sydney Snow) each had two hits.  The rest of the batting order…………..not so much!

Triton’s next game will be at Masconomet on Wednesday.  Pentucket hosts Manchester-Essex tomorrow (Tuesday).

Weather?  When you get a breeze at Triton that feels good, you know it’s warm out and it was.

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Mara Spears

Mara Spears

Lilly Anderson

Lilly Anderson

Triton second baseman Kylie Gilroy had 3 defensive gems in the 7th inning

Triton second baseman Kylie Gilroy had 3 defensive gems in the 7th inning

Triton shortstop Rylie Culverwell throws to first

Triton shortstop Rylie Culverwell throws to first

Freshman Haley Johnson

Freshman Haley Johnson

Kassidy Kennefick heads home with the 4th Pentucket run

Kassidy Kennefick heads home with the 4th Pentucket run

Kylie Gilroy

Kylie Gilroy

Nikki ORourke

Nikki ORourke

Jenny Nelson

Jenny Nelson

Sydney Snow

Sydney Snow

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Amesbury holds off Ipswich 2-1 in Cape Ann League baseball

Pat Scanlon scores the second Amesbury run on a close play at the plate.

Pat Scanlon scores the second Amesbury run on a close play at the plate.

Ben Cullen gets the first Amesbury run on an infield out

Ben Cullen gets the first Amesbury run on an infield out

(Ipswich MA) Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning but only one team (Amesbury) came away with runs.

The two runs that the Indians scored in the first inning proved to be the difference as Amesbury defeated Ipswich, 2-1, on a beautiful Thursday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

The victory put an eight-game losing streak to rest for the Indians (4-9).

The Tigers (2-10) wasted a terrific pitching performance by senior Sean Whooley.  Sean allowed only four hits and had six strikeouts.

Chris Grady scores on a hit by Mike Savoie

Chris Grady scores on a hit by Mike Savoie

The missing ingredient for Ipswich on this day was big hits.  By “big hits” I mean ones when there are teammates in scoring position.  The only “big hit” for Ipswich was by Mike Savoie in the third inning when he drove in Chris Grady from third.  The rest of the opportunities, and there were ten of them, were squandered.

Nick Hawrylciw picked up the win for the Indians with a complete-game, six-hitter.  The senior stranded ten runners.

His biggest pitch of the game?  His last one.  The Tigers had runners on second and third with two out.  Austin Rubino was the batter with a 3-2 count.  Nick Hawrylciw’s pitch hit Austin but to everyone’s surprise Austin was called out.  Why?  Batter’s interference.  I spoke with both umpires afterwards and they explained that the batter (Austin) had leaned into the strike zone when he got hit therefore the pitch was called a strike. It ended the game with Nick Hawrylciw getting credited with a strikeout.

Austin Rubino about to be called for batter interference

Austin Rubino about to be called for batter interference

Amesbury capitalized on Ipswich miscues to get their two runs in the first inning.  The Indians started off the first with Ben Cullen getting hit by a pitch,  Pat Scanlon reaching on an error (Chris Grady), and Mac Short walking.  Nick Hawrylciw’s fielder’s choice brought Ben Cullen across.  Then pitcher Sean Whooley’s pitch in the dirt escaped catcher Jon O’Brien and Pat Scanlon was able to slide into home on a very close play.

Twice during the game Amesbury was able to pull their infield in and prevent runs from scoring on groundouts.

Ben Cullen tries for third base.

Ben Cullen tries for third base.

Amesbury sent only twelve batters to the plate in the final four innings.  In a bizarre fifth inning, the Indians had two hits (Chris Chioffi and Ben Cullen) but both runners were thrown out by IHS catcher Jon O’Brien.

In the seventh inning, Ipswich had a great chance to tie the game.  First batter Dan Bennett walked but then was picked off first.  Sure enough, next batter Sean Whooley singled, and after a popout, Freddy Cerundolo doubled.  Minus the pickoff, the Tigers have tied the game.

Leftfielder Alex Morris about to make a running catch

Leftfielder Alex Morris about to make a running catch

Alex Morris paced Ipswich with two hits.  He also made a great catch to end the second inning.

CAL All-League catcher Mac Short blocked a number of pitches in the dirt.

Ipswich won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 6-3, on April 18th.

Both teams return to action on Saturday morning.  Ipswich hosts Rockport and Amesbury hosts Manchester-Essex.

Ipswich has now lost seven straight games.

Weather?  Absolutely perfect.

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Sean Whooley

Sean Whooley

Mike Savoie

Mike Savoie

Chris Chioffi

Chris Chioffi

Nick Hawrylciw

Nick Hawrylciw

Pickoff attempt

Pickoff attempt

Chris Chioffi out stealing

Chris Chioffi out stealing

Chris Grady bunts

Chris Grady bunts

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Rockport ends Triton’s five-game win streak with 8-0 shutout

Jess Collins: 4 innings/1 hit/3 strikeouts

Jess Collins: 4 innings/1 hit/3 strikeouts

Hannah Lorden: 3 innings/2 hits/2 strikeouts

Hannah Lorden: 3 innings/2 hits/2 strikeouts

Emily Faulds tracks a popup

Emily Faulds tracks a popup

(Byfield MA)  Triton ran into some excellent Rockport pitching and defense and lost, 8-0, on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Senior Hannah Lorden and junior Jess Collins scattered three hits and never allowed a Triton baserunner to get past second base.  The defense behind them made every play without an error.

The home team certainly didn’t help their chances of scoring some runs by running into two outs on the base paths.

Rockport took charge of this game in the fifth inning.  Eleven batters came to the plate and six of them scored.  Two Triton errors extended the inning for the visitors.

Rockport (7-4) picked up an unearned run in the first inning.  Second baseman Kylie Gilroy dropped a popup by leadoff batter Hannah Lorden.  Later in the inning, junior Kayla Parisi’s long double to center brought Hannah across.

Second baseman Kylie Gilroy makes a nice catch

Second baseman Kylie Gilroy makes a nice catch

Triton (5-10) kept Rockport off the scoreboard in the third and fourth thanks to some terrific defense. Rightfielder Cara Orlandi ended the Rockport third with a nice running catch.  In the fourth, pitcher Mara Spears ended that one with a stab of a grounder that would have scored runs had it gone through.

Things unraveled for Triton in the fifth inning.  Errors by centerfielder Casey Ross and shortstop Rylie Culverwell gave Rockport extra at bats.  The visitors had six hits including doubles by Rachel Haselgard and Jess Collins which each delivered two runs.  CF Casey Ross was injured running in on a fly ball during the inning and had to leave the game.

Rockport loaded the bases in the seventh inning.  Hannah Lorden drove Meghan Tupper home with the 8th Rockport run.

Meghan Tupper had three hits, scored two runs, and had an RBI.  Teammates Hannah Lorden, Emily Faulds, and Rachel Davis all had two hits for Rockport.

Senior Mollie Watson will be attending Division 2 Southern New Hampshire next year.  Mara Spears will be going to Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Emma McGonagle had two of Triton’s three hits.

Weather?  Blue sky and no wind.  Beautiful afternoon.

Lily Anderson nearly picked off first base

Lily Anderson nearly picked off first base

Emma McGonagle and Lily Anderson made outs on the bases for Triton.

Rockport has won three straight.  They will be at Lynnfield on Monday.

Triton will be hosting Amesbury on Friday.

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Vikings looking for a handle

Vikings looking for a handle

Casey Ross battles the sun to catch a fly ball in center.

Casey Ross battles the sun to catch a fly ball in center.

Christine Ciccone fields a grounder

Christine Ciccone fields a grounder

Lily Anderson doubled off second

Lily Anderson doubled off second

Meaghan Wonson

Meaghan Wonson

Kayla Parisi beats Shannon Lyons to first for the final out of the game

Kayla Parisi beats Shannon Lyons to first for the final out of the game

Catcher Mollie Watson catches a foul popup

Catcher Mollie Watson catches a foul popup

Second baseman Emily Faulds makes a backhand stab

Second baseman Emily Faulds makes a backhand stab

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Joey Bertrand sparks 7-5 Saugus win over Ipswich in CAL baseball

Joey Bertrand congratulated after the game

Joey Bertrand congratulated after the game

Dan Bennett strikes out to end the game

Dan Bennett strikes out to end the game

(Ipswich MA)  Saugus ran its winning streak to six as they defeated Ipswich, 7-5, on a windy Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Ipswich (2-9) has now lost six straight and maybe none tougher than this one.  IHS coach Gardy O’Flynn wasn’t feeling well before the game and I suspect that this excruciating loss did nothing to improve his condition.

The infield play of both teams was very shaky.  Of the twelve runs scored only three were earned.

Mike Swanson heads for home with the seventh Sachems run

Mike Swanson heads for home with the seventh Sachems run

Saugus senior Joey Bertrand was the difference maker in this game.  His two-out, two-strike double scored pinchrunner Mike Swanson and gave the Sachems a two-run cushion in the top of the seventh inning.  In the bottom half, Ipswich put their first two runners on but Joey came up with an assist and two strikeouts to finish off the Tigers.

Both Kurt Martin and Anthony Freni pitched before Joey Bertrand closed out the final 2 2/3 innings.

In a game with eight infield errors, one terrific defensive play by Sachems first baseman Mike Molina stood out.  Why?  Ipswich had already scored a run in the sixth inning and only trailed 6-5 with a runner in scoring position.  Saugus third baseman Alex Pettanati fielded Alex Rubino’s two-out grounder cleanly but his throw was low.  However, Mike Molina scooped the ball out of the dirt preventing the tying run from coming across.

Ipswich had baserunners galore thanks to four Saugus errors, seven walks, and six hits.  The Tigers did get five runs but they stranded runners in every inning.

Luke Sirois (#4) caught in a rundown by catcher Johnny Prentice

Luke Sirois (#4) caught in a rundown by catcher Johnny Prentice

The biggest play in this game may have been in the fourth inning when Ipswich, with one run already in, loaded the bases with one out.  You had to assume that Chris Grady’s fly ball to centerfield would score Luke Sirois from third…….but instead it turned into a double play.  Luke was late tagging up and then was tagged out in a rundown.  Ouch!

Ryan Silva pitched the first four innings for Ipswich while Alex Morris pitched the final three.

The Tigers scored in the first when Dan Bennett was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, and third on a fielder’s choice.  Freddy Cerendolo’s sharp single to left brought Dan home.

The Sachems (8-5) picked up a run after singles by Pat Murray and Joey Bertrand in the second inning set up Alex Pettanati for a sacrifice fly.

The Tigers defense allowed two Saugus runs in the third inning.  A Ryan Silva strikeout escaped catcher Jay Galoski allowing the batter to reach first and a run to score.  Chris Grady also had an error at third in this inning.

Ball goes through second baseman Liam Sullivan

Ball goes through second baseman Liam Sullivan

Two more Ipswich miscues led to three unearned runs in the fourth inning.  First shortstop Mike Savoie and then second baseman Liam Sullivan booted what would have been the final out of the inning.

Credit Ipswich.  Though down, 6-1, they came up with runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th to close to 6-5.

An Alex Pettanati error set up the Ipswich run in the fourth.  That also was the inning an Ipswich run could have scored from third on a fly ball but didn’t.

In the Ipswich fifth, the Tigers picked up two runs.  Ryan Silva’s fielder’s choice drove across Austin Rubino.  An error by Saugus shortstop Jay Lever produced the second Ipswich run.

After Dan Bennett singled and reached second on a fielder’s choice, Jay Lever’s low throw to first on Freddy Cerendolo’s grounder allowed Dan to cross with the fifth Ipswich score.

Joey Bertrand

Joey Bertrand

But 6-5 was as close as Ipswich would get.  Joey Bertrand’s RBI in the seventh iced it for the visitors.

Dan Bennett had two hits and scored two runs for Ipswich.

Weather?  Sometimes the sun was out and sometimes it wasn’t.  The wind was steady and chilling when the sun went in.

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Ryan Silva

Ryan Silva

Dan Cacciola

Dan Cacciola

Austin Rubino (#14) looks to be in trouble

Austin Rubino (#14) looks to be in trouble

Third baseman Chris Grady throws to first

Third baseman Chris Grady throws to first

Mike Savoie

Mike Savoie

Johnny Prentice gets picked off first

Johnny Prentice gets picked off first

SHS starter Kurt Martin

SHS starter Kurt Martin

Ryan Silva steals second

Ryan Silva steals second

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