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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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Shelby O’Brien leads Newburyport past Amesbury 10-3

Celebrating begins as Shelby OBrien (#11) crosses home in the first inning

Celebrating begins as Shelby OBrien (#11) crosses home in the first inning

Shelby OBrien was flawless in the field and started a double play

Shelby OBrien was flawless in the field and started a double play

(Amesbury MA)  “Hey, she’s human!”

That’s what one of the spectators yelled after Amesbury’s Zoe Fitzgerald ripped a grounder down the line past third baseman Shelby O’Brien in the sixth inning.

Why?  Junior Shelby O’Brien was having a remarkable game in the field and at the bat.  She had handled tough chances and routine chances flawlessly.  She even had started a double play.  But there were equally good things when Shelby batted: a home run, two doubles and four RBI.

In the end, Newburyport defeated Amesbury, 10-3, on a sunny/windy Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Meghan Stanton finishes her run around the bases

Meghan Stanton finishes her run around the bases

Meghan Stanton also homered and Stephanie Gleason added a triple as part of Newburyport’s 13-hit barrage.

Amesbury (6-4) had plenty of hits (nine) but were short on the big hit.  The Indians left runners on base in every inning.

Amanda Schell led Amesbury with three hits and two RBI.  She also scored a run.

Lauren Singer also had a big day for the Clippers (7-5) with two hits and three RBI.

Newburyport picked up three runs in the first inning.  Morgan Johnson singled and Carley Siemasko reached on an error (Maddy Napoli) before Shelby launched a 3-run blast over centerfielder Meagan Aponas’ head.

In the third the Clippers added two more runs.  Carley Siemasko ripped a single off of AHS starter Sammy Stone’s glove before Shelby doubled to right center.  Lauren Singer’s single to right tallied both runners.

Amanda Schell (3 hits and 2 rbi)

Amanda Schell (3 hits and 2 rbi)

Behind 5-0, the Indians rallied back in their half of the third.  An infield hit and an infield error (Morgan Johnson) opened the door for Amanda Schell to drive in both baserunners (Alexi Boswell and Lucy Scholz) with a single to right center.

Newburyport put their big bats back to work in the fourth.  Stephanie Gleason tripled to right center and Ashley Hodge singled her home.  The Indians looked to be out of the inning after second baseman Lauren Fedorchak started a nifty double play.  But on this day the runs kept coming for NHS.  After Carley Siemasko walked, Shelby had a wind-blown double to left scoring Carley.  Lauren Singer added another run with a single bringing Shelby home.

Next inning (fifth) the Clippers would add two more to their 8-2 lead against Rachel Cyr who replaced starter Sammy Stone.  Amy Sullivan walked and was the baserunner when Meghan Stanton homered to right center.

Alexi Boswell at second base

Alexi Boswell at second base

Newburyport carried a 10-2 leading into the bottom of the seventh.  Amesbury put three hits together for a run as Autumn Kligerman drove across Amanda Schell but that was it for the Indians.

The win enables the Clippers to sweep the season series with the Indians.  Newburyport pulled out a walkoff 16-15 win in April in Newburyport.

Everyone in the Newburyport lineup either scored a run or had a hit.

Vicki Allman went the distance for the Clippers.  She surrendered nine hits but gave up no extra base hits and allowed only one walk.  Vicki certainly had plenty of run support in this one.

Zoe Fitzgerald had two hits for the Indians.

Amesbury was coming off of a 9-8 eight inning win over a North Reading team that had only lost once.

The sun was very tough for those playing on the right side of the field.

Amesbury returns to action tomorrow at Saugus.  Newburyport will wait until Wednesday to resume play when they will host Ipswich.

It takes ten wins for a team to qualify for the post-season tournament.

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Pitcher Vicki Allman (#4) congratulates her teammates after the game

Pitcher Vicki Allman (#4) congratulates her teammates after the game

Lauren Fedorchak about to tag Amy Sullivan

Lauren Fedorchak about to tag Amy Sullivan

Vicki Allman in her pitching motion

Vicki Allman in her pitching motion

Centerfielder Meagan Aponas tracks a fly ball and rightfielder Alexi Boswell looks on

Centerfielder Meagan Aponas tracks a fly ball and rightfielder Alexi Boswell looks on

Pitcher Sammy Stone readies to fire to first

Pitcher Sammy Stone readies to fire to first

Shelby OBrien bats

Shelby OBrien bats

Morgan Johnson sets to throw to first

Morgan Johnson sets to throw to first

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Newburyport holds off Amesbury 5-4 in Cape Ann League baseball

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

(Amesbury MA)  Amesbury changed dugouts, uniforms and even had some help from the sun but it wasn’t enough as Newburyport defeated the Indians, 5-4, on a sunny/cloudy Sunday afternoon.

With the victory Newburyport (4-7) ended a three-game winless streak.  The Clippers claimed four runs in the first inning and the eventual game-winner in the fourth inning.

Amesbury (3-9) saw its losing streak reach eight.  The Indians tallied twice in the first and sixth innings.

After the 4-run first, AHS starter Zack Fitzgerald yielded just a run and three hits the rest of the way.

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

James Nutter (5 1/3 innings) and Scott Webster (1 2/3 innings) handled the pitching for Newburyport.  They allowed only five hits and two walks.  Scott struck out the last two Indians to preserve the win.

Newburyport loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs.  Scott Webster drove in two of the baserunners (Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter) with a single to left center.  An Amesbury attempt to get the second runner at home allowed the other two NHS runners to end up in scoring position.  Later in the inning Dan Baribeault’s two-out, two-strike single to right delivered both Ryan Furlong and Scott Webster.

Ben Cullen heads for home

Ben Cullen heads for home

Amesbury came back in the bottom of the first to load the bases with one out.  Spencer Fournier’s fly ball scored Ben Cullen from third.  On that play the NHS throw from the outfield came home but the throw (catcher Scott Webster) back to second was wild and the two runners ended up in scoring position.  A passed ball (Scott Webster) allowed Pat Scanlon to cross with Amesbury’s second run.

So after one inning both teams, in my opinion, had given up an extra run.  At that point I envisioned a lot of runs the rest of the way.  But it didn’t go that way thanks to good pitching and sound defense.

The Clippers collected their important fifth run in fourth inning.  Caleb Stott reached on a perfect bunt and then stole second.  Caleb took third on Chance Carpenter’s fielder’s choice and scored on Ryan Furlong’s single to deep short.

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Newburyport came close to a second run in that fourth inning but a good throw by shortstop Ben Cullen to catcher Mac Short nailed Ryan Furlong at the plate.

Amesbury entered their sixth down 5-2 but added two runs with help from the sun.  After NHS starter James Nutter put two batters on with a hit batsman and a single, Scott Webster came on in relief.  After a strikeout, a wild pitch put two Indians in scoring position with two outs.  Then on an afternoon in which the sun was in and out, it popped out on a routine Brad Kelleher fly ball to centerfielder Chance Carpenter.  The result was that the two-out, routine fly ball turned into a two-run single.  Both Jared Dupere and Zack Fitzgerald came across.    Ben Cullen lined to Dan Baribeault to end the sixth but the Indians were within one run, 5-4.

Mac Short walked with one out in the Amesbury seventh but then Scott Webster caught Nick Hawrylciw looking and Spencer Fournier swinging to give NHS their 4th win.

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter paced Newburyport with two hits apiece.

Mac Short singled twice for Amesbury.

Third baseman Dan Baribeault played his second game with the Newburyport varsity and drove in two runs.

Weather?  Plenty of sun and plenty of clouds with a couple of sprinkles.

Amesbury was 11-9 last year while Newburyport was 15-8.

Amesbury’s next game is Tuesday at North Reading.  Newburyport will be at Masconomet on Monday.

Newburyport box

Amesbury box

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Scott Webster

Scott Webster

Pat Scanlon

Pat Scanlon

Dan Baribeault

Dan Baribeault

Zack Fitzgerald

Zack Fitzgerald

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

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Solid performance earns Newburyport 10-3 victory over Georgetown

Carley Siemasko gets congratulated by teammates after homer in the third inning

Carley Siemasko gets congratulated by teammates after homer in the third inning

Vicki Allman struck out nine Royals

Vicki Allman struck out nine Royals

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport put together a nice mix of pitching, hitting, and fielding to defeat Georgetown, 10-3, on Wednesday afternoon at cold and breezy Cashman Park in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (6-4) seemed fully recovered from an excruciating 5-4 loss to Manchester-Essex on Monday.

NHS pitcher Vicki Allman retired the first ten Royals she faced and ended up with nine strikeouts.  The senior walked one batter and allowed only one extra base hit.

Carley Siemasko led a 13-hit Newburyport attack with three hits including a home run and five RBI.  Junior Ashley Hodge also had three hits for the Clippers.  This was a game in which Newburyport didn’t have any walks.  Maybe they didn’t want to stand in the cold any longer than they had to??

The Clippers defense also had a good game with only one error (shortstop Morgan Johnson).

Danielle Quercia

Danielle Quercia

Georgetown pitcher Danielle Quercia kept Newburyport off the scoreboard in the first inning by striking out Stephanie Gleason with two runners in scoring position.

The Clippers broke through in the second inning.  A throwing error by GHS rightfielder Maggie Noelk enabled Lauren Singer to score.  Later, Jade Carpenter’s fielder’s choice brought Vicki Allman across.

The visitors unraveled defensively in the third inning with three errors.  Those miscues combined with five Newburyport hits paved the way for eleven Clippers to bat and six of them to score.

This was the inning Carley Siemasko homered.  The ball went over leftfielder Gianna Faragi’s head and rolled to the fence.  Later in the same inning, Carley singled to drive in two more runs.

Molly Kelley was called out for interfering with shortstop Kylie Hayward in that six-run third.

The Royals (2-6) cut into their 8-0 deficit with runs in the 4th and 5th.

Carley Siemasko (5 RBI)

Carley Siemasko (5 RBI)

In the 4th, Jen Nutter reached third after a bunt single, fielder’s choice, and a stolen base.  Freshman Kylie Hayward’s bunt single delivered Jen with the first G’Town run.

In the 5th, two singles (Danielle Quercia and Hannah Jannell) were followed by Morgan Johnson’s error on a hard-hit grounder by Maddy Crateau that Danielle came home on.

Carley Siemasko had two more RBI in the Newburyport fifth.  Both Ashley Hodge and Amy Sullivan singled and moved into scoring position.  Carley did the rest.

Georgetown ran into outs in the 6th and 7th innings.  Samantha Newbury was picked off first after Molly Kelley caught a popup in the sixth.  In the seventh, Shelby O’Brien speared a line drive at third and caught Hannah Jannell off of first before she could get back.

Kaylie Sapienza triples

Kaylie Sapienza triples

The Royals, despite the double play, did get a run in the seventh inning.  Junior Kaylie Sapienza opened with a long triple to left.  Hannah Jannell then placed a full-swing blooper in between the pitcher and the second baseman getting Kaylie home.

Injuries to Dana Edwards, Emily Fraser, and Meghan Stanton kept them out of today’s game.

Georgetown is scheduled to be at Pentucket tomorrow.  Newburyport will be at Rockport on Friday.

The Royals have lost five of their last six games.

Danielle Quercia and Hannah Jannell had two hits for Georgetown.  The Royals ended up with eight hits.

Vicki Allman and Ashley Hodge each scored two runs.

Jen Nutter made a nice catch in centerfield in the first inning to prevent a run from scoring.

Weather?  After being at Newburyport High School on Tuesday, today at Cashman wasn’t that bad.  It certainly helped that today’s softball game lasted 75 minutes while the baseball game on Tuesday was more than twice as long.

Newburyport box

Georgetown box

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shortstop Morgan Johnson

shortstop Morgan Johnson

Ashley Hodge (3 hits)

Ashley Hodge (3 hits)

Amy Sullivan slides home

Amy Sullivan slides home

Jen Nutter eyes a popup

Jen Nutter eyes a popup

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Shelby OBrien sets to throw to first

Shelby OBrien sets to throw to first

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Freshman Danny Ryan dazzles in Rockport’s 9-2 win over Newburyport

Danny Ryan pitched a complete game six hitter for the Vikings

Danny Ryan pitched a complete game six hitter for the Vikings

Hayden Roller slides for home as Leighton Paradise covers the plate

Hayden Roller slides for home as Leighton Paradise covers the plate

(Newburyport MA)  Freshman Danny Ryan pitched a complete game six hitter as Rockport ended a five-game losing streak and defeated Newburyport, 9-2, on a cold Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

This was a 2-2 game after four innings before the Vikings (2-6) put some timely hitting together with some Newburyport miscues to garner five runs in the fifth inning.  The visitors added two more runs in the sixth.

The Clippers (3-6) had the bases loaded in the fifth and two on in the sixth but didn’t score.  Credit Danny Ryan.  He struck out Travis Wile to finish the fifth and ended the sixth with a force out.

Anthony Ciaromitaro (#18) heads for third

Anthony Ciaromitaro (#18) heads for third

Senior James Nutter started for Newburyport.  He surrendered an unearned run in the first as Anthony Ciaromitaro scored on 3B Ryan Furlong’s 2-base throwing error.  The Vikings notched a second run in the third inning when Danny Ryan, who had doubled, came home on junior Josh Proposki’s single.

The Clippers got tainted runs in the first and third.  In the first inning, Caleb Stott reached on 3B Joe Scatterday’s throwing error and later scored on a passed ball by catcher Kyle Nelson.   In the third, Scott Webster struck out but reached when the ball eluded the Rockport catcher.  Ryan Furlong’s fielder’s choice brought Scott home.

Shortstop Caleb Stott gets pulled off second by a high throw from Matt Short

Shortstop Caleb Stott gets pulled off second by a high throw from Matt Short

This game was won/lost in Rockport’s five-run fifth inning.  The Vikings sent ten players to bat and had RBI by freshman Matt Rich, junior Kyle Nelson, and freshman Danny Ryan.  The Clippers inflicted pain on themselves in that inning by serving up two walks, allowing two runs to score on wild pitches, and making a costly error (2B Matt Short).

Rockport put across two more runs against reliever Leighton Paradise in the sixth inning.  A walk, an error (3B Ryan Furlong), and wild pitches enabled freshman Hayden Roller to score.  Later a fielder’s choice by Anthony Ciaromitaro drove in Matt Rich with the second run of the inning.

The Clippers threatened in their fifth and sixth but on this afternoon there was no late-game rally.

The Vikings were flawless in the field after Joe Scatterday’s error on the first Clippers’ batter.

First baseman Stephen Ryan scooped up two bad throws in the final inning.

Caleb Stott has the tag waiting for Josh Proposki

Caleb Stott has the tag waiting for Josh Proposki

Josh Proposki was thrown out twice by NHS catcher Scott Webster trying to steal.

Leighton Paradise was pulled from the game after experiencing arm trouble in the seventh inning.

Rockport was 7-12 last season.

Jeremy Grabowski came off the NHS bench and got two of the Clippers six hits.

Rightfielder Josh Proposki catches a deep fly

Rightfielder Josh Proposki catches a deep fly

Will Cataldo hit two deep flies to right field that were caught by Josh Proposki.

Newburyport had won three of four before the loss today.

The Clippers have scored more than five runs only once in nine games.  When the bats are quiet the pitching and defense has to carry the day.  Not today versus Rockport.

Next game (weather permitting) for Newburyport is at Amesbury.  The Vikings will be at Pentucket that day.

Weather?  It was winter weather minus the snow.

Rockport box

Newburyport box

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Freshman Matt Rich scored two Rockport runs

Freshman Matt Rich scored two Rockport runs

Travis Wile strikes out in the fifth inning

Travis Wile strikes out in the fifth inning

Leighton Paradise

Leighton Paradise

Freshman Hayden Roller fires from deep short

Freshman Hayden Roller fires from deep short

Danny Ryan (two hits and an RBI)

Danny Ryan (two hits and an RBI)

Matt Short leaps for a blooper

Matt Short leaps for a blooper

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Triton softball takes 2nd straight with 13-1 win over Ipswich

Triton pitcher Mara Spears sets to throw to first.

Triton pitcher Mara Spears sets to throw to first.

The Triton defense was flawless.  Here 3B Christine Ciccone catches a foul popup

The Triton defense was flawless. Here 3B Christine Ciccone catches a foul popup

(Byfield MA)  That’s two straight for the Triton softball team.

The Vikings (2-8) defeated winless Ipswich, 13-1, on a windy, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The game ended in the fifth inning when Taylor Johnson slid across after a wild pitch to kick in the 12-run mercy rule.

Mara Spears, coming off a 3-hitter in the Vikings, 2-0, win at Saugus on Friday, tossed another 3-hitter against the visiting Tigers.  Mara walked only one Tiger and the Triton defense was flawless behind her.

Carolyn Lynch scores the Ipswich run

Carolyn Lynch scores the Ipswich run

Ipswich put the three hits together in the second inning and got their only run as Amy Neenan drove in teammate Carolyn Lynch with a single.

The Vikings took full advantage of Ipswich walks, wild pitches, and errors through the first three innings to take a commanding, 9-1, lead.

In the final inning plus, Triton rapped six hits to collect four more runs.

The Vikings sent nine batters to the plate in three of the 4+ innings they batted.

Christine Ciccone paced Triton with two RBI both on walks.  Lily Anderson, Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, and Mara Spears had one RBI each.

The top three in the Vikings’ batting order (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Mara Spears) each scored three runs.  Mara had as many hits (three) as she gave Ipswich.

Second baseman Gabby DAgostino stops a grounder

Second baseman Gabby DAgostino stops a grounder

IHS starter sophomore Abby Sadoway issued nine walks in three innings of work. Five of the nine runners that scored did so on wild pitches.

Freshman Katie Lynch started the fourth and yielded four runs on six hits.

Ipswich (0-5) has allowed 83 runs through five games with the large number of free passes hurting the Tigers.  IHS coach Jim Hounam (coached Triton for 20+ years) will look to turn things around tomorrow when Ipswich hosts Georgetown.

Triton has turned its season around after starting with eight straight losses under first-year coach Michele Brewer.  In the string of losses, the Vikings were on the wrong end of three one-run games.

shortstop Rylee Culverwell

shortstop Rylee Culverwell

In the 2-0 win over Saugus, Rylee Culverwell had a home run.

Triton will be at Lynnfield tomorrow (Tuesday).

Carolyn Lynch (Ipswich) and Mara Spears (Triton) were Cape Ann League All-League selections in 2013.  Jill Lombard (Ipswich) was a CAL All-Star.

Sophomore Rylee Culverwell looks like a natural at shortstop.  She played 3B last year.

Triton catcher Julia Hartman walked all four times she batted.

Weather?  Any time you come to Triton there will be wind.  If you ever come there when it is cloudy you can expect it to be colder than you planned.

Triton used to only have a fence in right field.  It is now extended around the entire outfield.  There was no way a ball could ever be hit over that fence the way the wind was blowing in from left field this afternoon.

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Shannon Lyons about to catch a fly ball

Shannon Lyons about to catch a fly ball

Jill Lombard

Jill Lombard

Carolyn Lynch set to throw to first

Carolyn Lynch set to throw to first

Katie Lynch

Katie Lynch

Casey Ross get 3B as Carly Coughlin reaches for the ball

Casey Ross gets 3B as Carly Coughlin reaches for the ball

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

Kylie Gilroy fields a grounder

Kylie Gilroy fields a grounder

Abby Sadoway

Abby Sadoway

Julia Hartman (4 walks)

Julia Hartman (4 walks)

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Pentucket suffers tough 7-4 loss to Newburyport in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

(Newburyport MA)   Newburyport caught two Pentucket runners at home in their, 7-4, win over Pentucket on Friday morning in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (5-3) turned a five-walk second inning into five runs and held off the Sachems (4-3) the rest of the way thanks to clutch defensive plays and the pitching of Vicki Allman.

Pentucket was coming off a tough loss yesterday to North Andover as a 2-0 lead evaporated because of a 10-run sixth inning nightmare.  Today’s loss may have been just as painful.

After Newburyport loaded the bases in the second inning with one out, PHS starter Carley Desjardins walked Morgan Johnston, Ashley Hodge, and Amy Sullivan to force across three runs.  Coach John Walsh brought in sophomore Sarah Stewart and she walked Carley Siemasko to send in a 4th NHS run.  The consecutive walks ended as Shelby O’Brien flied to right bringing Ashley Hodge in with the 5th Clippers’ tally.

The Sachems had the makings of a big inning in the 4th when third baseman Shelby O’Brien’s error was surrounded by two singles (Maddy Ammon & MK Corrado).  After NHS pitcher Vicki Allman K’d Carley Desjardins, Sydney Snow’s grounder tallied Maddy Ammon with Pentucket’s first run.  On Sydney’s grounder, second baseman Molly Kelley opted to try for a play at the plate but Maddy beat the throw.  This left the bases still loaded with only one out.  Here’s where Vicki Allman’s clutch pitching kicked in.  She got Nikki O’Rourke to popup and K’d Jenny Nelson to limit the damage to one run.

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

The Sachems were right back threatening for more runs in the 5th inning.  A bad throw by shortstop Meghan Stanton and an infield out put pinchrunner Amy McDonnell on third with one out.  Newburyport first baseman Carley Siemasko followed with two huge defensive plays.  Maddy Ammon hit a grounder to third that Shelby O’Brien fielded okay but her throw reached first on several hops.  Huge play Number One: Carley scooped out the low throw to get the out at first.  The runner at third (Amy McDonnell) opted to try for home.  Huge play Number Two: Carley fired a strike home to catcher Lauren Singer to nab Amy on a very close play.  The unfortunate bottom line for Pentucket was that they came away with no runs.

That wasn’t the case with Newburyport as they added two runs to their 5-1 lead in the bottom of that same fifth inning.  Meghan Stanton singled and took second on a wild pitch.  Vicki Stanton singled to left scoring Meghan and got all the way to third base when leftfielder Jenny Nelson bobbled the ball.  Jade Carpenter ran for Vicki and raced home on Morgan Johnston’s infield grounder.

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Now down 7-1 after five innings, the Sachems had their most productive inning of the game as they pushed three runs home.  They could have had more…..but more on that later.  Junior Tyler Feeney led off by crushing a ball over leftfielder Amy Sullivan’s head and quickly circling the bases for a homer.

Pentucket was then able to get MK Corrado (3 hits) and pinchrunner Corie Lucier to second and third with one out.  Nikki O’Rourke followed with a hard-shot single to centerfield that scored two runs and went by centerfielder Ashley Hodge to the fence.  Ashley quickly retrieved the ball as Nikki circled the bases.  Ashley relayed to shortstop Meghan Stanton who threw a strike home to nab Nikki in a second close play at the plate.  This was the second time in the game that Newburyport turned an error into an out at the plate.  How often does that happen?

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

The Sachems threatened again in the seventh but came away empty.  Maddie Binding led off with a triple over Ashley Hodge’s head in CF.  With batters 2-3-4 coming up it wasn’t hard to envision a big inning.  Vicki Allman, however, struck out both Kassidy Kennefick and Maddy Ammon looking and then got Tyler Feeney (home run in previous inning) to pop out to Carley Siemasko.

Clearly a tough defeat for Pentucket.  They have been a 5-14 team the last two seasons but certainly look this time around to be much better than that.  They surely need to be a little more patient on the bases!

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Newburyport hit into a double play in the first.  Sachems’ second baseman Maddy Ammon made a nice catch on an infield popup to short center and doubled baserunner Amy Sullivan off of first.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday at home.  Pentucket hosts Lynnfield while Manchester-Essex comes to Cashman Park.

I saw at least one girl on the Pentucket side visibly upset as the game turned Newburyport’s way.  I trust that someone will remind the young lady that no one person ever loses a team game.

I learned (indirectly) at today’s game that Vicki Allman will be attending Regis College (Weston MA) next year.

Weather?  It went from sunny to cloudy but with little wind.  I wonder if yesterday’s wind had an influence on the Pentucket/North Andover game.

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

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Meg Hubbard

Meg Hubbard

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Carley Desjardins

Carley Desjardins

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

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