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

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

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

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

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

Phoebe Rodgers scored the CC run

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

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

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

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

13-1 was the final.

Olivia Levasseur had two triples

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

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

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

Ella Bezanson scored the first AHS run

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

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

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

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

3B Jill Brennan throws to first

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

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

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

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

Coach Waters and Coach McGloin

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

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

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

Watching the game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newton North’s Tony Oliveiro gets OT game winner versus Concord-Carlisle in D1 semis

Newton North Tigers celebrate Division 1 semifinal win over Concord-Carlisle
Rialto Janairo (7) and Kaden Lewis (27)

(Lynn MA) “I don’t know what I’m feeling right now.”

“Everything’s going through my head.”

Newton North senior Tony Oliveiro had just scored the game winner in the Division 1 state semifinals on Wednesday night.

The overtime winner at Fraser Field in Lynn sends the Tigers (16-2-4) to the finals on Saturday at the same place.

The opponent for the #3 seed will be a familiar Bay State Conference opponent…..Brookline.

The Warriors (13-3-5) have a win and a tie against Newton North this season.  Should be a good one.

Tony Oliveiro’s goal broke the scoreless tie 3+ minutes into the first overtime.

“You knew that someone was going to rise to the occasion,” said NN coach Roy Dow afterwards.  “I was glad it was someone on our team and not theirs.”

Concord-Carlisle (11-5-5) was the #18 seed and the underdog throughout their four tournament matches. But thanks, in part, to a magical run by Patriots’ goalie Ben Wasserman, had stayed alive.

Some of that magic continued in this game early in the second half.  Rialto Janairo had a clean look and launched a hard shot.  Ben was leaning left, but at the last split-second stuck out his right foot to deflect Rialto’s shot.

Concord-Carlisle GK Ben Wasserman sticks out right foot for a big save

“Tonight he (Ben Wasserman) saved a for-sure goal,” said teammate Carl Headges afterwards.

Tigers’ goalie Henry Baker had six saves.  Most of them were in the first half.

“The ball was sitting in their end most of the overtime,” recalled Henry.  “I didn’t have much to do, and that was good for me.”

Soccer is a team game and Tony Oliveiro was quick to point that out in my brief interview with him afterwards: “What a ride.  What a team.  What a team.  I’m so proud of this team.”

The throw-in by junior Matty Gillen on the game winner was where it needed to be.

“We were trying to exploit some space that they gave us,” said Coach Dow.  “We were finally able to do it.”

Tony Oliveiro established position on his defender to receive the bouncing throw-in.

Instead of trying to settle the ball, Tony opted to flip the ball up (and over) the defender.

Tony Oliveiro flips the ball over the defender

That maneuver worked. Tony found space and the ball behind the defender with GK Ben Wasserman ahead.

Tony Oliveiro finds space and gets off a shot

Tony got off a quick shot to Ben’s left that also went by another defender guarding the goal.

Tony Oliveiro’s shots goes into the left corner

When Tony’s shot went into the left corner the reactions were different to the extreme.

The effect of the game winner sets in on both sides
Newton North GK Henry Baker makes save

“I just saw the ball bouncing in,” said Newton North goalie Henry Baker.  “It struck Tony’s foot and I was waiting for the ball to hit the back of the net.  When it did, I started running down all the way to the corner.”

“I was a little bit behind the ball,” recalled Carl Headges.  “I did see it pretty well.  He (Tony Oliveiro) had a good touch.  It was an impressive goal.”

“He’s got some abilities,” added Coach Dow of Tony Oliveiro, “and it came through in a big moment in a big way.”

Tony Oliveiro had missed the three previous Newton North tournament games because of a concussion. He did not play the entire game tonight…..and that may have helped him at the end.

Carl Headges

“We were picking and choosing moments to give guys rest,” said Coach Dow.

Carl Headges regarding the tough loss: “We’ve got to keep our heads high.  We weren’t an over-matched team.  It certainly wasn’t the goalie’s fault.  It’s a team effort.  Ben (Wasserman) has been so big for us.”

The weather was cold but not too cold.

Rialto Janairo, Will Rooney, Danilo Talisayon, and Tony Oliveiro, were Bay State Conference All-Stars.  Will Rooney was the league MVP.

Both schools had student fans in the seats providing plenty of cheering and chanting.

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

Theo Hofman
Danilo Talisayon (6) and Brady Poor (13)
Action on a corner kick
Akash Sahadevan (11) and Ash Niemann (10)
Emiliano Gisholt (8) and Desmond Simon (20)
Liam Harrinton (9)
Danilo Talisayon (6) and Desmond Simon (20)
Theo Hofman
Ash Niemann CC and Will Rooney NN
Daniel Jaffe set to head
Danilo Talisayon
Andrew Nielsen

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Concord-Carlisle routs Amesbury 16-6 in nonleague softball

Ashlee Porcaro out at the plate as catcher Virginia Ryan applies the tag

Maeve Devlin had one of Concord-Carlisle’s two homers

(Amesbury MA) The undefeated Concord-Carlisle Patriots crushed Amesbury, 16-6, on Saturday morning in a non-league game.

The Patriots (3-0) batted around in two different innings and rapped out twelve hits including two homers in an impressive display.

Amesbury pitchers (Hayley Catania & Emily O’Donnell) were hit hard and surrendered twelve walks.  Seven of those walkers scored.

Senior Nicole Small went the distance for the team from the Dual County League.  Nicole gave up seven hits, two each to Hayley Catania and Karleigh Walker.

Fenceless Perry Field is not the easiest place to hit a home run but there were three in this game.  All three shots (Maeve Devlin, Virginia Ryan, Emma Catania) were to the right side and probably would have left a fenced field.  All three homers were so well hit that there wasn’t a play at the plate in any of them.

The Patriots had their two-run homers within the first three innings and jumped ahead 8-0.

Pitcher Nicole Small fields Emma DiPietro’s bunt

The Indians came back with two runs in the fourth inning.  Emma Catania drove in the first on a fielder’s choice while the other one came in on an infield error (3B Alyssa Attonito).

The visitors took the outcome doubt out of this one in the 6th inning.  A bad combination (for Amesbury) of four CC hits and four Amesbury walks resulted in a seven-run frame and substitutions that I won’t even attempt to describe.

The Indians put four runs up in their half of the 6th.  A two-out infield blooper by Hayley Catania brought in one run (Julia Campbell).  Sophomore Emma Catania went deep right to deliver the other three runs.

Against a good team like Division 1 Concord-Carlisle, the chances for a Division 3 teams like Amesbury to win would necessitate a lot of things going right.  Not on this morning.  Besides the hits and walks, the Indians twice ran into outs at home plate.  Credit CC on one of them: A Julia Campbell bunt, with Ashlee Porcaro on 3B, turned into a double play; pitcher to first to home.

Emma Catania’s home run celebrated

I have seen a few softball games, but I saw something happen in this game that was new to me.  During the 7th inning, CC coach Lisa McGloin visited with batter Nicole Seeley.  The conversation ended with Nicole being given a different bat.  Sure enough, Nicole would use the different bat to drive in the Patriots 16th run.  That’s what I call coaching!

Amesbury has now lost four straight to CC.

Amesbury was 17-7 last season while Concord-Carlisle was 18-3.  Two very successful programs.  Amesbury has won the Cape Ann League Baker division four straight years.

The sun was out but the breeze was too.  At least there weren’t snow flurries like yesterday.  One of the pictures I look today looked like there were ice-glazed trees in the background.

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

3B Alyssa Attonito

RF Audrey McKennitt

Shortstop Colleen Boyle makes a nice running, leaping catch

collision course

Catcher Virginia Ryan sets to throw to first

Virginia Ryan homered for CC

Catcher Virginia Ryan

2B Abby Aponas sets to finish a double play after a nice catch

Emma Catania out by plenty at the plate

Catcher Hannaih Burdick chases a foul ball

infield hit

RF Karleigh Walker catches a fly

Winning pitcher Nicole Small

Maeve Devlin, Madelyn DiPietro, assistant coach Adam Thibodeau

CF Catherine Kingman nailed a runner at the plate

Catcher Virginia Ryan ends the Amesbury 4th

Pitcher Haley Catania


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Amesbury loses 3rd straight with 9-2 loss to non-league Concord-Carlisle to end regular season

Concord-Carlisle catcher Virgina Ryan had a huge day for the Patriots with two HRs and 6 RBI

Emma DiPietro tagged out at 2B by Emma Della Volpe

(Amesbury MA) Three days don’t make a season but the last three have been a disaster for the Amesbury Indians softball team.

I checked in (late) to the final of the three games this morning and saw Amesbury lose, 9-2, to Concord-Carlisle.

Trusting Mascores to have the right starting time cost me.  They said 11AM but the game started at 10AM.

Looking for a game story?  This wouldn’t be your place but I do have pictures and some general commentary.

The loss today was the Indians (14-6) third loss in three days.  Lest you think that Division 3 Amesbury has run out of steam late in the season, you need to check the caliber of the final trio: Andover (Division 1), Whittier (17-2), and Concord-Carlisle (Division 1, 17-2).

Alyssa Attonito avoids Maddie Napoli’s tag at 2B

The season now moves into the “one-loss-and-done” tournament section.

Nicole Small went the distance for the Patriots giving up six hits and striking out five Indians.

Virgina Ryan finishes her first inside-the-park homer in today’s game

Catcher Virginia Ryan was the hitting hero for the visitors.  I saw her hit two home runs.  She ended up with six RBI.

On one of Virginia’s at-bats, she had a loud foul down the leftfield line before, several pitches later, lining a 3-run homer to right over Brigid Ramsden’s head.

In the Amesbury fifth, Sage Dodier singled and was replaced by pinchrunner Abby Aponas.  That move paid off as the speedy Abby scored on Alli Napoli’s double.

Junior Caity Baker had a solo homer to left center for the home team in the sixth.

Perry Field is fenceless therefore to hit a homer requires a pretty good belt.  CC had their outfielders playing shallow which explained Caity’s home run.  Amesbury, however, was positioned much deeper so the two Virgina Ryan HRs were extremely well hit and would have left most fenced fields.

SS Maddie Napoli makes a great stop to force Maeve Devlin at 3B

Amesbury’s three seniors (Mikayla Porcaro, Brigid Ramsden, Maddie Napoli) were honored before the game……I am told.  Mikayla will be at Salem State next year.  Maddie is going to UMass Amherst.

Shortstop/Pitcher Emma Della Volpe will attend Tufts this fall.

The tournament placements come out on Tuesday.  Those final three losses could cost Amesbury a home game.  However, facing strong non-league opponents is a great way to get ready for good teams ahead in the tournament.

Any plans the Indians have to get to the state semifinals in Division 3 will certainly mean getting by either 17-2 Whittier and/or perennial powerhouse St. Mary’s.  Tough road for sure but successes in soccer and basketball this school year might make a difference in the big games ahead.

Concord-Carlisle is a tourney regular.  No state titles yet for the softball team but they’ve been close a number of times.  The Patriots have plenty of pitching as well as power.  Defensively, they are well-schooled.  I never saw a throw anywhere that wasn’t backed up.

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Caity Baker

Caity Baker finishes trip around the bases

Ball falls in front of LF Caitlyn Lewis

AHS seniors honored

2B Jill Chelton

Emma DiPietro and Emma Della Volpe

Emma DiPietro tries for 3B

young fan

CF Catherine Kingman

Alli Napoli

Abby Aponas scores the first AHS run

Virginia Ryan slides home safely






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Shaky start dooms Amesbury 7-5 versus nonleague Concord-Carlisle

Amesbury pitcher Hayley Catania looks for the ball at home in a cloud of Jill Chelton dust

Amesbury pitcher Hayley Catania looks for the ball at home in a cloud of Jill Chelton dust

2B Lauren Fedorchak looks for the handle in the first inning

2B Lauren Fedorchak looks for the handle in the first inning

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury had three errors and a wild pitch in the first inning and never recovered from the consequences losing, 7-5, to nonleague Concord-Carlisle on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Giving up four unearned runs early to a very good Division One opponent was asking for trouble.

Division Two Amesbury (6-2), despite the defensive start, came out swinging early and often and had home runs (Zoe Fitzgerald, Megan Reid) in the first two innings off CC starter Haley McMorrow.

Zoe Fitzgerald congratulated after first inning homer

Zoe Fitzgerald congratulated after first inning homer

The Patriots (6-3) allowed Amesbury to close to 6-5 in the fifth when they had a defensive nightmare of an inning similar to Amesbury’s in the first.  Haley McMorrow, however, was able to end the 5th by getting Maddie Napoli to fly to right with the tying run on second.

Sophomore Catherine Kingman enabled CC to gain two-run separation in the next inning by whacking a home run over CF Megan Reid’s head. Reliever Nicole Small then came on for Concord-Carlisle and, after giving up a single to the first batter she faced (Caity Baker), retired the last six Indians to seal the deal for the visitors.

Catcher Virginia Ryan puts an end to the AHS second

Catcher Virginia Ryan puts an end to the AHS second

Good crowd on hand and why not with sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s.

Without any outfield fences there was nothing cheap about today’s home runs by Zoe Fitzgerald, Megan Reid, and Catherine Kingman.

Both teams had three errors and both teams bunched them into one inning.

In the Concord-Carlisle first, Emma Della-Volpe reached on 2B Lauren Fedorchak’s bobble.  Catherine Kingman flied out and then Scout Boynton got first on 1B Zoe Fitzgerald’s drop.  So instead of three outs, CC had a run in and a runner on base.  Another chance for an out (fly ball to LF Emily Robinson) was dropped and two more runs crossed.  A wild pitch by AHS starter Haley Catania allowed CC’s 4th run. (Note picture above.)

Virginia Ryan slides the ball and glove loose from Amesbury catcher Caity Baker in the Concord-Carlisle first

Virginia Ryan slides the ball and glove loose from Amesbury catcher Caity Baker in the Concord-Carlisle first

There was a point in the first inning when the Patriots had three runs in and AHS catcher Caity Baker in serious pain at home plate after trying to tag out Virginia Ryan.

Things did get better for the home team as they came out swinging with two homers in the next two innings and their defense got better.

AHS starter Hayley Catania allowed just five hits but had eight walks.  Those walks added base runners and helped CC to get single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings.

Ball goes through shortstop Scout Boynton in the 3-run Amesbury 4th inning

Ball goes through shortstop Scout Boynton in the 3-run Amesbury 4th inning

Trailing 6-2, the Indians cashed three runs in their fourth all unearned.  The elusive second out was dropped first by LF Audrey McKennitt and later went through the legs of shortstop Scout Boynton.  The outfield drop produced a run.  Then with two outs, Lauren Fedorchak’s high infield popup got into the sun for SS Scout Boynton and deflected off her glove for two more Indians runs.

Memorable sequences:

  • In the fourth inning Scout Boynton was on third with one out. On a line drive to right she did not tag up and try to score. The next batter made the third out.
  • In the second inning, after Megan Reid had homered, Caity Baker tripled. Good relay by CC forced third base coach Jim Hounam to hold Caity at third.  Starter Haley McMorrow then retired three straight and Amesbury was only able to get one run out of a very promising inning.


Emma Della-Volpe

Emma Della-Volpe

Concord-Carlisle is from the Dual County League and have been a powerhouse in that league the same way Amesbury has been in the Cape Ann League.

There will be a rematch between the two teams on Saturday May 21st at Concord.

Emma Della-Volpe was the co-MVP of the Dual County League in 2015.  She was 8-1 with 105 K’s in 97 innings pitched.  Amesbury can be thankful that CC’s four games in six days kept her away from them this time.

Amesbury will be facing Lynnfield on the road on Monday afternoon.  The Patriots visit Bedford tomorrow afternoon.

Modern equipment: You watch football and see armbands.  Now softball teams have them.  They have numbers on them and coaches use them for offensive and defensive situations.  So a coach yells out a number and all the players look at their armbands.  It will be very hard to miss a signal under this arrangement!

One coach in my (very) distant past would yell things like, “This is your existential moment.”  He taught philosophy.

It was good to see Augie the Amesbury mascot on hand.

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Teammates celebrate Catherine Kingman's HR in the sixth inning

Teammates celebrate Catherine Kingman’s HR in the sixth inning

1B Zoe Fitzgerald tags out Emma Della-Volpe

1B Zoe Fitzgerald tags out Emma Della-Volpe

Shortstop Maddie Napoli fires to first base

Shortstop Maddie Napoli fires to first base

Patriots reliever Nicole Small prepares to throw to first base

Patriots reliever Nicole Small prepares to throw to first base

Emma Della-Volpe scores the first CC run

Emma Della-Volpe scores the first CC run

Close play at third

Close play at third

Scout Boynton

Scout Boynton

Starter and winner Haley McMorrow

Starter and winner Haley McMorrow

The sun gives Scout Boynton trouble in the 4th inning

The sun gives Scout Boynton trouble in the 4th inning

RF Jill Chelton looks for a fly in right

RF Jill Chelton looks for a fly in right

3B Adrienne Harris settles under a popup in the 2nd inning

3B Adrienne Harris settles under a popup in the 2nd inning

Megan Reid smiles after her second inning homer

Megan Reid smiles after her second inning homer




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