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Good shooting gets Georgetown past Triton 65-49

Griffin Dupuis and Matthew Torgerson (8 points)

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Grant Lyon (17 points)

(Byfield MA) Georgetown can shoot and they’re not hesitant to give up a shot to get a better one for a teammate.

“It’s all about trusting your teammates,” said senior Matthew Torgerson afterwards.  “They all can shoot.”

There were plenty of extra passes as Georgetown defeated Triton, 65-49, on Monday night.

The Vikings (3-6) hung with the Royals (7-2) for a quarter.

“In the beginning they were really hitting us on the glass,” said Georgetown coach Josh Keilty post-game.  “In the second quarter our guys really committed to rebounding.”

Dylan Wilkinson (22 points)

The Royals limited the home team to just seven points in that decisive second quarter and gained permanent separation (35-21) at halftime.

Georgetown tortured Triton with three’s in the first half netting six.  Junior Cory Walsh (15 points) drained three of them in the second quarter alone.

“Georgetown moves the ball really well,” said Triton coach Ted Schruender.  “They made a lot of three’s, and that’s hard to stop.”

Cory Walsh (15 points)

The Vikings were better in the second half, but the Royals never lost their double-digit lead.

Georgetown showed in the second half that they’re not all about long-range shots although they did have four more 3-pointers.

The Royals interior game was also strong because of their ability to pass into high percentage, around-the-basket, scoring opportunities.

Harrison Lien (15 points) and Grant Lyon (17 points) scored almost all their points from close to the basket.

Dylan Wilkinson shoots from close

Triton’s Dylan Wilkinson led all scorers with twenty-two points.  On at least four of his baskets, Dylan secured a rebound and maneuvered his way through the entire Georgetown defense for a successful layup.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, Dylan was the only one in double figures.  The Royals had three players in that zone.

“We’ve been grinding at every practice,” said Matthew, “and it showed tonight.  “We’ve been playing together all summer and in fall leagues.  We play like a family.”

Harrison Lien (15 points)

“I thought we shot it pretty well tonight,” said Coach Keilty.  “Cory Walsh played great with those five three’s.” 

“Anytime you can make shots like we did it gets your defense going,” added Coach Keilty.

The Royals have now won three straight.  Last year they were 5-0 before ending their season.

Both Georgetown and Triton have lost to Amesbury.

Coach Schruender is still optimistic.  “I know where we’re at, but I like the way my team competed.  We need to reach another level and I think we’re going to get there.”

Jack Lucido in Triton traffic

Jack Lucido was limited to three points tonight.  He had five 3’s in the Royals’ 2-point win over Newburyport.  Fewer points by Jack didn’t matter tonight because they have multiple scoring options and will share the ball to locate the hot hands.

Both schools were well represented in the stands.

Georgetown   16   19   15   15   =   65

Triton               14     7   17   11   =   49 

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Quintin McHale gets fouled
Ball on the floor
Griffin Dupuis sees an opening
Battle for the ball
Tegan Mead
Quintin McHale closely guarded
Jared Leonard guarded by Jack Lucido
Enjoying the moment
Triton box
Georgetown box

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Clippers now 12-0 after 3-0 win over Royals

Georgetown GK Kyle Davies under attack from Henry Acton (6) and Max Gagnon (10)
Georgetown concentrated on defense

(Newburyport MA) All Georgetown wanted to do was keep the game close on the scoreboard.

So they packed in the defense around goalie Kyle Davies.

The undefeated Clippers (12-0) were still able to win, 3-0, but their high-powered offense was slowed down a bit.

“We were just trying to keep it close,” said Georgetown coach Chris DiFranco afterwards. “I thought our guys did a good job at that.”

Zack Rosa and Griffin Cobb

The Royals (3-8) gained some satisfaction defensively, but in doing so, they surrendered on the offensive end.

About thirteen minutes into the game, a weak roller reached Newburyport goalkeeper Owen Tahnk.  That was the ONLY time he touched the ball the entire game.

Down the other end, Georgetown goalkeeper Kyle Davies was busy.

Max Gagnon looks to pass

“It was crazy back there,” said Kyle postgame.  “They had a ton of shots on net (20?), but I had my defense in front of me keeping me alive.”

Jameson Brooks and Henry Acton scored in the first half while Caelan Twitchell added a goal in the second half.

“Georgetown had a defensive plan for us, and it frustrated us for a bit,” said Coach Shawn Bleau of Newburyport afterwards.  “They made it difficult for us after the first two goals.”

“They dropped a lot of guys back and were well organized,” added Coach Bleau.  “They always had 2-3 players around our top players.”

Jack Fehlner

“We did well possessing the ball,” recalled Clippers senior Jack Fehlner.  “They didn’t seem to want to go on attack.  They would boot it out.  We would settle it and pass it around some more.”

“The score doesn’t show how well we played,” added Jack.

The Clippers moved closer to the school’s record for goals scored in a season.  The record is currently forty-five.  By adding three goals today they have now reached forty-four.

“We had some great goals today,” said Coach Bleau.

Jameson Brooks

“We work in practice on getting the ball to the end line and then cutting it back,” said Coach Bleau.  “That’s what happened on the first goal. Great timing and the shot (by Jameson Brooks) went inside the side post.”

“The shot was unstoppable,” said Royals GK Kyle Davies.  “He got it at the top of the box and turned and shot.  It went in the bottom corner.”

Jameson’s goal happened four minutes into the game.

Thirteen minutes later (23:21) it was Henry Acton’s turn to score. Instead of a pass to get closer to the goal, a back pass set Henry up further away from the goal. Henry had time to really get his foot into a shot.

Henry Acton

“It was a complete bomb from twenty-five yards,” said Coach Bleau.  “He couldn’t have gotten a much better hit.”

“It was just a rip to the top corner,” recalled Kyle Davies.  “I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Coach DiFranco said that he, “hadn’t seen a shot like that all year.”

The Royals persisted with the defensive strategy in the second half. 

“Their goalie was good,” said Jack Fehlner.  “He’s big and he came out and caught a lot of our crosses.”

Although the outcome was settled, the Clippers wanted at least another goal.

Caelan Twitchell

“We pressed and pressed at the end to try and get one more goal on account of the ranking stuff,” said Coach Bleau.

With 7:50 remaining, Caelan Twitchell ruined Georgetown’s second-half shutout.

“It was off a side volley which is a pretty impressive shot,” recalled Coach Bleau.

“He made a good move,” said Kyle Davies.  “It was a good turn-and-shoot.”

It has now been eight years since Georgetown had a win versus Newburyport.

Dylan Slimak (18) and GK Kyle Davies

The Royals have now lost four straight games.  They have wins over Triton, Cristo Rey, and Hamilton-Wenham.

The twelve wins to open the season are the best in NHS history. 

The Clippers have nine shutouts in their twelve wins.  I did see NHS goalie Owen Tahnk make some saves in practice!

Newburyport is 49-14-17 since the start of the 2017 season.

I asked Coach Bleau what makes the 2021 team so good. “We have a lot of kids who came up through our youth system.  They’ve been together for a while.  We’ve got depth.  We’re playing a lot of guys, so we don’t have any injuries.”

Mark Rose and Brady O’Donnell

Coach DiFranco was very optimistic about the future for Newburyport this season.  “They have a good chance at a state championship.  It’s a special year for them.”

Senior Jack Fehlner has been a terrific athlete for NHS in soccer, basketball, and baseball. I asked him about next year: “I haven’t really decided.  I probably won’t play soccer at the next level.  It could well be baseball.”

New England weather!  A nice warm morning and afternoon turned into a cold, windy evening. 

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Brady O’Donnell
Will Acquaviva on the attack for Newburyport
Henry Acton’s goal celebrated
Graham Billington
Ronan Brown
Graham Smith
Traffic in front of the Georgetown net
Caelan Twitchell and Graham Billington
Jake Gilstein
Will Acquaviva gets off a shot
Caelan Twitchell’s goal celebrated

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Georgetown defeats Amesbury in surprising fashion

Iain Kantorski tagged out at home by catcher Tim Gilleo
Garrett Sedgwick tagged out at 3B

(Amesbury MA) Georgetown certainly didn’t do it the easy way.

The Royals had two runners thrown out at home.

They had two others caught at third.

Didn’t matter, Georgetown still came away with a satisfying, 6-3, season-ending win over Amesbury on Tuesday afternoon.

The sunny skies at the start gave way to dark clouds, thunder, and then game-ending lightning as the Amesbury half of the sixth inning was about to start.

I usually talk to coaches and some players afterwards but not today.  That lightning changed my plans and had me and my camera equipment beelining it immediately for the AHS parking lot.

Ayden Kent was one of six Royals pitchers

Not only did Georgetown (6-10) run into outs on the bases but they also used a different pitcher in each inning. Those frequent pitching changes would seem to have been a recipe for disaster sooner or later but not on this afternoon.

We’ll never know what the Indians (8-7) might have done with two more innings of batting, however.  I’m betting though that we would have seen two more Georgetown pitchers.

The Royals had eleven hits, at least one in every inning, off Amesbury pitchers (Trevor Kimball & Josh Sorgini).

Georgetown got off to a great start with RBI doubles by Nick Gaeta (two hits) and Jack Lucido in the first inning.

That inning ended with Jack getting caught trying to steal third base.

Amesbury got a run back in their half of the first inning.  Jeremy Lopez (three hits, two RBI) doubled home Shea Cucinotta.

Drew MacDonald out stealing

Drew MacDonald was caught stealing in that inning.

Georgetown continued to hit during the next three innings but ran themselves into outs on the bases that kept them from scoring runs.

Great throws by LF Drew MacDonald (2nd inning) and RF Drew Scialdone (3rd inning) were key plays for the Indians in staying close on the scoreboard.

In the fourth inning, Garrett Sedgwick tried to go to third (from second) on an infield out but was thrown out at third on a good throw by 1B Tiernan Bentley.

I thought that the wasted opportunities might catch up to Georgetown, but it didn’t happen. 

2B Nate Giguere makes a play to first

New pitchers came and went each inning for the Royals, yet the one-run lead stayed in place.

The Indians loaded the bases against Ayden Kent in the third inning but a two-out liner by Trevor Kimball was snagged by 1B Nick Gaeta to end the threat.

The Royals finally scored more runs in the fifth inning.  RBI by Iain Kantorski & Carter Lucido finished starter Trevor Kimball’s afternoon. 

Josh Sorgini came on in relief.

Twice Georgetown, with runners on first and third, sent the runner on first and were able to score the runner from third and add two more runs to their total.

Amesbury did not recover completely from those four additional runs.  They did score two runs, however.

Jeremy Lopez had 3 hits and 2 RBI

Jeremy Lopez doubled to the rightfield corner sending home Drew MacDonald.  Later, Jeremy stole third and came across when the throw (from the pitcher) to third was wild.

That 6-3 score turned out to be the final as the threatening weather kicked in.

Everyone in Georgetown’s starting lineup had at least one hit.  Rob Popielski and Nick Gaeta each had two hits for the Royals.

Jeremy Lopez had a perfect day going three-for-three with two RBI.

Drew MacDonald and Trevor Kimball each had two hits for the Indians.

The Georgetown season ends on an upswing as they finished winning three of their last five.

Amesbury will be in the post-season tournament.  They suffered losses yesterday and today.

Amesbury defeated Georgetown, 5-4, in early May at Georgetown.

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Ayden Kent caught off 3B by Josh Sorgini
Drew MacDonald – 2 hits and an outfield assist
2B Jake Harring tags out Nick Gaeta as a run scores
Shea Cucinotta, Jake Harring, and Trevor Kimball wait on a pitching change
Josh Sorgini pitched in relief
Rob Popielski scores a run for Georgetown
Nate Giguere slides in safely
Jake Gilstein
Carter Lucido pitched for Georgetown
Baserunner Iain Kantorski and SS Shea Cucinotta
Nice running catch by CF Carter Lucido
Shea Cucinotta heads for home
Nick Gaeta scores in the first inning
Trevor Kimball started for Amesbury
Coaches go over the rules pregame

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Liv Kiricoples (21 points) leads Triton past Georgetown 48-35

Sophomore Liv Kiricoples (21 points) took over the second half for the Vikings

Liv Kiricoples found sixteen points for Triton on the inside in the second half

(Byfield MA) Way too much Liv Kiricoples for Georgetown to cope with in the second half.

Liv turned in a 16-point second half as Triton defeated the Royals, 48-35, on Monday night at Triton.

“#10 is a great player,” said Triton coach Bryan Shields afterwards referring to Liv.  “She works as hard as she can and is never satisfied with what she’s doing.  Only a sophomore, I can’t wait to see how she develops in the seasons ahead.”

The Vikings (2-0) needed that strong second half because the Royals only trailed by a point (23-22) halfway through the third quarter after a Brook Higgins put-back basket.

“We played hard,” said Royals coach Kevin Fair post-game.  “I definitely liked our effort.”

And through 2 ½ quarters the effort and hard work was enough because both teams missed shots and turned the ball over with an alarming regularity.

Georgetown pressure

Triton pressure

The last half of the third quarter, however, Triton put together a string of unanswered points (thirteen) and were in control, 36-22, at quarter’s end.

A Riley Bell runner, a Molly Kimball triple, and a Caitlin Frary layup blended with six points from Liv Kiricoples to gain separation from the pesky Royals.

“That third quarter killed us,” admitted Coach Fair.  “We had too many turnovers and too many missed layups.”

Even when the visitors successfully broke the persistent Triton pressure, they often missed the in-alone layup at the other end.

Caitlin Frary (11 points) gets to the basket

“We want to play fast on both ends,” said Coach Shields.

The Vikings missed plenty of shots too.  Decisive for them was taking advantage in the last part of the game of having Liv Kiricoples in close to the basket.

The new rules eliminate, for the most part, taking the ball out under the basket.  Triton used sidelines out-of-bounds to their advantage.  The Royals tried to front Liv in the post, but the inbounds passers often lobbed over the defenders to Liv who had the lane to herself.

Neither team gave the other any kind of defensive break.  Both teams committed twenty-seven turnovers by my unofficial count.  Most of Georgetown’s were in the backcourt while most of Triton’s were in the frontcourt.

“We struggled against their press,” said Coach Fair.  “It was disappointing because we practiced really hard against it.”

“This game was real tight early on,” said Coach Shields.  “Georgetown stuck right with us.”

Liv Kiricoples finished with twenty-one points.  Teammate Caitlin Frary added eleven.

Freshman Tyrah Marcelin (9 points) at the line

Tyrah  Marcelin (9 points) and Carena Ziolkowski (8 points) paced Georgetown.

Everyone played even though the game was a close one for quite a while.  I think, after seeing two games, that the short season and no post-season will encourage coaches to use more players.  Enjoy the moment, seems to be the approach.

Triton box

Georgetown box

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Meaghan Loewen in a Triton double-team

Georgetown coach Kevin Fair

Caitlin Frary

Carena Ziolkowski guarded by Emily Hoggard

Bodies flying

Meghan Loewen in for a layup

Fight for the ball

Fifty-four turnovers in this game

Riley Bell

Ref repair

Ryan Gentile

Ball heading out of bounds

Maeve Heffernan set to defend

Maeve Heffernan looks to pass

 

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Brady O’Donnell (2 goals/2 assists) in Clippers 5-0 shutout vs Georgetown

Brady O’Donnell (2 goals/2 assists) and Carson Purcell

Max Gagnon and Cam Rooney

(Newburyport MA) The weather changed but the Newburyport Clippers didn’t.

On a cloudy/rainy/sunny Saturday morning, the home team was consistently persistent and earned a 5-0 win over Georgetown.

“We have depth,” said NHS coach Shawn Bleau afterwards.  “We can run eighteen players out there and not have much of a drop off.”

Pacing the Clippers (3-0-2) was junior Brady O’Donnell with two goals and two assists.

“Super exciting to win this one,” said Brady who had a hat trick against Amesbury last week.  “Georgetown is always tough.”

Some NHS starters sat out 4th quarter

Newburyport was up by three at halftime and added two more in the third quarter.  Many of the Clippers’ starters sat out the entire final period.

“Give Newburyport credit,” said Georgetown coach Chris DiFranco post-game.  “They really dominated the play.”

The Royals (1-2-2) were missing their top two goalies (Luke van Galen & Riley Soucy) because of injuries.

Freshman Jake Gilstein started as a result.  Sophomore Kyle Davies took over in the second half.

The Clippers poured into the Royals half of the field from the get-go.  A direct kick by Trevor Ward turned into a rebound in front that senior Owen Spence cashed with an assist to Owen McNeil.  Just over two minutes had gone by.

Ryan Archer (goal and assist)

Less than two minutes into the 2nd quarter, another direct kick from the left (Ryan Archer) caromed loose on the right side and Brady O’Donnell hit the open spot.

Just over a minute later Max Gagnon boosted the NHS advantage to three.  Max was in the middle with plenty of players in the way of an open, low shot on net.  Instead of trying to shoot through the players, Max lofted a shot over them. It worked. Max caught the GHS goalie out from the net and his shot went just under the crossbar.

The Clippers, in five games, have only been scored on once and that was off a penalty kick.  That 3-0 halftime lead was going to hard to come back against for the Royals.

“We’ve got to find our scoring,” explained Coach DiFranco.  “We had chances today but didn’t finish.”

The Clippers, however, weren’t done finishing.  They added two more goals in the third quarter.

Brady O’Donnell came in from the right, after a pass from Ronan Brown, with a defender (Cole Zadina) to his left.  Brady was able to get off a low shot that went through the legs of GK Kyle Davies at 9:45.

Three + minutes later the “prettiest” goal of the day was scored.  Brady O’Donnell had possession on the right side and was able to send a pass across the front.  Ryan Archer, with perfect timing, redirected the pass past Kyle Davies.

Ryan Archer converts a crossing pass

“We’ve been working on crossing the ball on the ground, since we can’t head it,” explained Coach Bleau.  “We’ve had similar chances this season, but this was the first one that ended in a goal.”

“It was an awesome pass (by Brady O’Donnell),” said Ryan Archer afterwards.

Coach Bleau rested numerous starters for the final quarter.

Coach DiFranco: “There’s no blame on the fill-in goalies today.  They’re young and we didn’t help them very much.”

Ryan Archer: “The game (this year) is very different.  You have to play a whole different style because there’s no heading.”

Coach DiFranco: “The season is so short (ten games) that every game really counts.”

Ryan Archer: “I am hoping at the end that there is a Cape Ann League tournament going and we get a championship here.”

Newburyport seniors honored

Newburyport seniors were honored pre-game.

The Clippers are undefeated in their last seven meetings with the Royals.  There have been three ties.

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Sean Lavell and Ronan Brown

Evan Philbrook and Spencer Colwell

John Donovan makes a save for NHS

Zach Rosa and Adam Sadler

Ryan Archer and Brady O’Donnell

Graham Smith and Aidan Maguire

Kyle Davies makes a leaping save

Ronan Brown and Cam Rooney

Kyle Davies saves in front of Brady O’Donnell

Aidan Maguire kicks. Chris Thoreson defends

loose ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alyssa Pettet (3 goals) leads Amesbury by Georgetown 6-1 in season opener

Alyssa Pettet (5) had three goals vs Georgetown. Megan Skahan (21) defends

Alyssa Pettet splits the Royals defenders

(Amesbury MA) Senior standout Alyssa Pettet scored three times in the first half leading Amesbury to a 6-1 win over Georgetown on Monday afternoon.

The Indians (1-0) rode Alyssa’s twenty-two goals last season to the D4 state semi-finals.  In the process she gained recognition in New England and will play for the Holy Cross Crusaders in 2021.

“Alyssa’s ability to run off the ball makes her so special,” explained AHS coach Adam Thibodeau post-game.  “She requires so much attention that she opens up the field for her teammates.”

Containing Alyssa became extremely difficult for the Royals (0-1) when defender Erin Irons went out with a sprained ankle just four minutes into the game.

Alyssa Pettet and Erin Irons early in the game

“Erin is not someone we can replace,” said assistant Georgetown coach Kevin Fair, who was filling in for head coach Colleen Gibbs.

The Royals trailed by four at halftime but were the better team for most of the third quarter.

“Our compete level was good, and we finally got a goal for our efforts,” said Coach Fair.

The Royals goal was set up by freshman Kayla Gibbs (coach’s daughter).  “She made a nice steal and put a beautiful ball to sophomore Carena Ziolkowski for the scoring play,” said Coach Fair.

There were other chances for the visitors to Landry Stadium but netminder Julia Campbell was “fantastic” according to her coach.  “She had new players in front of her and she communicated well with them,” added Coach Thibodeau.

GK Mary Surette and Callie Catarius

The Georgetown goal seemed to wake up the Indians.  In the final two minutes of the third quarter, MK McElaney and Callie Catarius elevated the Amesbury lead to, 6-1, and stopped any comeback plans the visitors might have had.

“It was a good first game for us,” said Alyssa Pettet afterwards.  “A lot of times against Georgetown we kind of struggle because they clump things up so much in the back.  But this time we found space.”

Alyssa finished with three goals, an assist, as well as two hit crossbars.  The girl can play!

Maddy DiPietro shoots

Two of Alyssa’s goals in the first half came after she had drawn penalties from the Georgetown defense.  One earned her a penalty kick and the other a direct kick from a short distance.  She collected goals in both instances.

Royals keeper Mary Surette had a busy afternoon.  She, in fact, was injured in the final quarter and was carried off the field by Coach Fair.

McKenna Hallinan followed Alyssa’s successful penalty kick with a long-range goal in the first quarter.  Goalie Mary Surette came out to kick a ball away and it went directly to McKenna.  The AHS junior wasted no time in taking a high shot on goal that Mary couldn’t recover to save.

Alyssa had her goal off the direct kick in the second quarter.

She also added another one in that quarter.  This time she made a long run down the right side with defenders on either side.  She got in close to goal with defenders still nearby and found room to squeeze a shot into the net.

MK McElaney (19) reacts to the goal she just scored

MK McElaney had one of Amesbury’s two goals in the third quarter.  Alyssa Pettet set it up with a kick from the side that went past several players into the middle in front of the net.  MK came down the middle and one-timed a shot for a score.

Later in that quarter, newcomer Callie Catarius hit a long-range shot from the right.

“Callie is a good counterpart to Alyssa,” said Coach Thibodeau. “She can score.”

The grass at Landry Stadium was long and it affected play.

“I love Cashman because it’s a hard, fast surface,” explained McKenna Hallinan.

The Indians practice at Cashman.

Coach Fair: “We had a couple of defensive breakdowns.  We have to do a better job of marking people.  I loved the effort, though.”

Avery Hallinan (11) shoots

McKenna Hallinan: “It was nice to be able to play.  I wasn’t sure it was going to happen.”

Looking forward to next Saturday (10AM) when Newburyport comes to Landry.  That one will feature two players (Alyssa Pettet & Allie Waters) who are committed to Holy Cross.

“The Holy Cross coach has already asked for the film from that game,” said Alyssa.

Georgetown had two close games with Amesbury last season but have lost ten of their last eleven to the Indians.

Ideal soccer weather with plenty of sun.

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Rylie Lasquade

action in front

Sydney Aldrich (2) in on goal

Julia Mabius and Alyssa Pettet

Callie Catarius

Alyssa Pettet’s direct kick that became a goal

Elle Schneider and Sydney Aldrich

Alyssa Pettet over GK Mary Surette

Ella Marinopoulos watched by Riley Smith

McKenna Hallinan and Sarah Chace celebrate a goal

Taylor Wight

MK McElaney

GK Mary Surette reaches for Alyssa Pettet’s PK

Georgetown coach Kevin Fair

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Georgetown gets first CAL volleyball win defeating Pentucket 3-0

Emerson Nicholas (13) extends over Meaghan Codair

Arielle Cleveland and Macey Rodrigues-Cowl

(West Newbury MA) Pentucket, the new team, took on the team they played for last year.

“This was a very special game for us,” said Pentucket’s Macy Rodrigues-Cowl afterwards. “All of us used to play for Georgetown.”

That familiarity generated plenty of excitement.

But in the end, the team with the experience together (Georgetown) prevailed.

The Royals (3-7) swept the sets, 25-6, 25-15, and 25-19 to notch their first Cape Ann League victory of this season.

The winless Sachems (0-7) got better as the match went on and that is something for them to build on.

“The team is working on controlling the ball and just getting their bodies in the right spots,” explained Pentucket coach Lauren Bennett.  “I know that skill will come with time and reps.”

Georgetown coach Alexis Bedard

The experienced Royals felt pressure playing a new, excited team in their own gymnasium.  “This was intense,” said Royals coach Alexis Bedard.  “I coached most of the players from both sides.”

Now that Georgetown has its first CAL win, they hope that more W’s will come the rest of the way.  “We’ve been playing up with all these teams, but we keep giving it away at the end,” said Coach Bedard.  “We hope that his victory will push us to wins in other matches in this league.”

Grace Sorenson went out with an injury in the first set

The Royals have size and their serving was fast and deep.  Freshman Grace Sorenson sent the visitors off to an 11-0 start in the first game with a nice collection of serves and sets.

“Grace is an amazing setter,” said Coach Bedard.  “She had about ten assists in the first set alone before she was injured.”

Senior Emerson Nicholas was also impressive.  Emerson served the Royals to 9-2 start in the second set and was deadly around the net.  “Emerson is always consistent,” explained Coach Bedard.  “She’s active at the net.  Blocking those balls and killing them straight down.”

“The other team was serving really well,” admitted Coach Bennett, “and it challenged us.  They also had a good setter.”

The approach for the Sachems is to get better and to have some fun along the way.

“Tonight was a fun environment,” recalled Macey.  “We did a good job of communicating and diving for balls. We had a good crowd here.  In the last set, we were really catching up to them.”

Arielle Cleveland served several aces in the final set

Still looking to win their first set, the Sachems made a strong move in that direction in the third set.  The final score was 25-19 with freshman Ava Hughes serving matchpoint.

But the takeaway positive for the home team was that twice during that final set the Royals called a timeout.  The hometown crowd started to get a little excited after first Arielle Cleveland and then Macey made serves that Georgetown couldn’t handle.

But experience prevailed at the end.

Unforced errors plagued the Sachems.  “I think that we would be neck-and-neck with teams if we didn’t make the errors,” said Coach Bennett, “but we will get better with experience.”

Coach Bedard agreed: “Once they get a little more playing time, they’ll be better.  Then they’ll be able to work as a team.”

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Emerson Nicholas and Kendall Begin battle

Emerson Nicholas ready to serve

Isabel Schultz over Meaghan Codair

Katie Sutton

Lexirose Aulson

Macey Rodrigues-Cowl

Meaghan Codair returns a shot

Rachel Cenci

Sachems having fun

Sophia Scola

Sophie Ferraguzzi

Waiting for a serve

Sachems coach Lauren Bennett

Sachems gather before the match starts

 

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Triton reaches Spofford final with 6-1 win over Georgetown

Pitcher Devin Parsons is all smiles after a win against Georgetown

Jared Berardino (3 RBI)

(Georgetown MA) “This was fun today,” said Triton coach Ryan McCarthy after his Vikings defeated Georgetown, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon.

Triton recovered nicely after being eliminated from the post-season on Thursday.

The Vikings (8-11) may not be in the MIAA tournament but they will be in the finals tomorrow of the Spofford Tournament against Pentucket at 2PM.

The Royals (5-13) face Newburyport in the Spofford consolation game at 11AM.

Georgetown went up 1-0 in the second on an RBI double by Jake Adamsky, but Triton responded in the third inning with four runs to take the lead for good.

Senior Devin Parsons pitched a complete game, six-hitter, notching six strikeouts for the Vikings.

“My curve was real strong in the beginning,” said Devin afterwards.  “I got my second wind later in the game and had a good fastball at the end.”

Jack Tummino and Brendan Willis

Devin (New England College commit) collected all of his six K’s in the final four innings. It was his second win of the season.

“We didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Georgetown coach Phil Desilets post-game.  “Things just snowballed on us.”

Rough day in the field (3 errors) for All-CAL shortstop Brendan Willis.  The senior did turn in a terrific stop (and throw) to end a Vikings’ threat in the fifth inning.

“Brendan is a 4-year starter, and no one wanted to win this weekend more than he did,” explained Coach Desilets.  “Knowing him, he’ll be great tomorrow.”

Triton senior Jack Tummino’s speed played a big part in the 4-run third.  Jack beat out a grounder to deep short to reach base.  Later, he scored the Vikings first run by scoring from third on another grounder to short.

1B Kyle Odoy snags the final out

Cael Kohan singled in Jaren Berardino in that productive third to give Triton a 2-1 lead.

The other two Triton runs in the third were tainted; Brendan Willis error and starter Cam Martin balk.

Next inning the Vikings added two more runs against Royals reliever Patrick Sedgwick.  The big hit for the team from Byfield was junior Jared Berardino’s single to center driving home teammates Shane Rooney and Cam Gilroy.

“We executed offensively,” said Triton coach McCarthy.

The Vikings finished with ten hits.  Cam Gilroy, Tyler Godfrey, and Cael Kohan each had two hits.

Jared Berardino paced Triton with three RBI.

Colin Nally (3B)

Evidence that it might not be Georgetown’s day appeared the second inning.  First batter Ethan Block singled but then was thrown out stealing.  A single (Tim Chianca) and a double (Jake Adamsky) followed producing a run.

Triton starter Devin Parsons ended the Georgetown threat in the second getting a fly out (Justin Ziolkowski) and a ground out (Chris Swensen).

The Royals were a hit away from making things tight in the 5th inning.  They loaded the bases with two hits (Justin & Chris) and a walk (Brendan Willis) with two outs.  Devin escaped again.  This time he got Nick Gaeta to ground out to 2B Cam Gilroy.

Triton third baseman (Shane Rooney) started the Georgetown 6th with an error but finished the inning with a slick backhanded stab (and throw).

The Vikings had lost seven of their last eight games before today’s victory.

Georgetown has now lost 11 of their last 13 games.  They have a makeup game next Saturday plus tomorrow’s matchup against Newburyport.

Coach Phil Desilets

“We’ll come out and work hard tomorrow,” said Coach Desilets.  “We lost during the season on a walk-off to Newburyport.”

Triton will have its work cut against Pentucket.  The Vikings have been shut out twice (4-0, 2-0) by the Sachems.  Peter Cleary, Andrew Melone, and Ethan Hunt have limited Triton to a total of three hits in those two games.

Coach McCarthy: “(Devin) Parsons pitched a great game.  He’s a senior and it’s the last time he’ll pitch for us.  He was in the zone today.”

Coach Desilets: “Credit Triton for coming back the way they did after getting knocked from the tournament a few days ago.”

Devin Parsons: “We were looking to have fun today.  I have been playing with these boys since Little League.”

Triton box

Georgetown box

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Royals watch

Play at second

Ethan Block about to be tagged out by Mark Glickman in the second inning

Catcher Tyler Godfrey under a popup

Tim Chianca reaches for home

Shane Rooney (3B)

Devin Parsons throws to first base

Devin Parsons pitches

Cam Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport wins Spofford Tournament 2-1 over Georgetown

Brendan Willis tags Tommy Greene on the leg during a rundown.

(Georgetown MA) The Newburyport Clippers won the Bert Spofford Tournament, 2-1, over Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.

The tourney win was important but the way the Clippers reacted to the victory was also about post-season dreams being kept alive for yet another day.

The Clippers were 3-10 on May 10th with zero margin of error left for the remaining seven games. Remarkably, they have won six straight since then including an unlikely one today.

Kyle Greenler

Casey McLaren

Why unlikely today?  The Royals (11-7) started D1 commit Kyle Greenler on the mound.  Kyle throws hard, throws strikes, and is good enough that Elon University (North Carolina) gave him a scholarship to pitch for them next year.

How did the Clippers win?  The Clippers had junior Casey McLaren pitching for them.

Kyle and Casey dominated batters all game long.

“It was great to have a championship game with two of the top pitchers in the Cape Ann League going,” said NHS coach Mark Rowe afterwards.  “We tip our hat to Kyle (Greenler).  He did a great job as did Casey for us.”

Kyle recorded thirteen strikeouts (seven of them looking) while Casey had eleven.  Georgetown had six hits while Newburyport had five hits.

Kyle told me after the game, “It was two good teams and one did better than the other.  Between Casey and I we probably had 20+ strikeouts.  All respect to Casey.  He’s pretty good.”

Junior Tommy Murphy drove in both Newburyport runs.

Junior Tommy Murphy was the hitting star for Newburyport driving in both runs with two singles.  Sophomore Tim Chianca knocked in the Royals run.

The visitors tallied their first run in the second inning.  “We made a mistake early and they took advantage of it,” recalled Georgetown coach Phil Desilets.

That early mistake was a bad throw to first by catcher Tim Chianca on a drop after a strikeout.  That error put Tommy Greene on second base and he would score from there on a 2-out bloop single by Tommy Murphy.

The Clippers added to their lead in the fourth inning.  A walk (Casey McLaren), a single (Tommy Greene) and a sacrifice bunt (Parker McLaren) put two runners in scoring position with one out.

3B Tommy Long started a rundown that led to an out

After Kyle Greenler K’d Kyle Therrien, Tommy Murphy faced the Royals ace with two out and two on. Tommy hit a grounder to deep short (Brendan Willis) and Tommy, sliding head first into first, beat the cross-diamond throw allowing Casey McLaren to score NHS’s second run.  The play continued as 1B Ethan Block caught Tommy Greene off third and Tommy was eventually tagged out on the leg in a rundown by Brendan Willis to end the inning.  Newburyport, however, now had a 2-0 lead.

Georgetown got one of those runs back in their half of the 4th.  Brendan Willis (CAL All-Star last year) singled, took second on a fielder’s choice, and third on a wild pitch with one out.  Tim Chianca’s single to left brought home Brendan.

Things got very tense during Georgetown’s last at-bats.  After a strikeout (Justin Ziolkowski), Jake Adamsky and Cam Martin singled.  But Casey McLaren dashed any late-game Royals’ heroics by getting Max Girouard looking and a groundout (4-3) to end it.

“It’s tough to lose because this tournament means a lot to us,” said Coach Desilets. “However, we have to turn the page because we’ve got bigger things ahead.”  The Royals have games left with Swampscott and Masco before they start in the D4 tournament.

2B Jack Doyle sets to record the final assist of the game

An improved defense was a key to the win according to Coach Rowe: “We made the plays we needed to bail us out of jams.  That hasn’t always been the case this year.  When we play good defense we usually have good results.”

The Clippers (9-10) will need to win next Saturday (at Essex Tech) to continue their season beyond twenty games.  One certainty is that Casey McLaren will be doing the pitching for Newburyport.

Scariest moment of the game?  In the Georgetown 4th inning, right fielder Walker Bartkiewicz, chasing a foul ball, ran through a fence and totally disappeared from view. You suspected the worst when several Georgetown coaches joined Newburyport players and coaches rushing over to see where Walker was and if he was okay.  Fortunately, out came his glove and he followed shortly, apparently unharmed.

Pitcher Kyle Greenler turns a suicide squeeze bunt into a double play

The Clippers had two runners in scoring position with one out in the sixth inning.  Pinch hitter Ken Hodge then tried to execute a suicide squeeze bunt but got under it a little and pitcher Kyle Greenler snagged it and turned a double play.

The pitching was impressive.  Both could throw heat for strikes and batters had to be set for it.  Both also had sharp breaking stuff and most of the caught-looking’s were on that type of pitch.

The weather turned back to early April all over again.  You wonder why New Englanders have so many clothes in their closets?  We have to be prepared for all seasons year round!  Yesterday 80’s.  Today 50’s!

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Clippers celebrate their 9th win of the season

Newburyport team with the Spofford Tournament trophy

Pitcher Casey McLaren returns with the MVP award

The run to celebrate as the game ends

Ty Koglin

LF Justin Ziolkowski tracks down a fly ball.

2B Colin Nally takes in a high throw as Ty Koglin steals second

Infield hit

Georgetown crowd

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport rebounds with 9-2 win over Georgetown

Paige Gouldthorpe leaves the field after a big hitting/pitching afternoon

Paige throws to first

(Newburyport MA) Back in the day there was a popular song with lyrics that started, “What a difference a day makes, twenty-four little hours.”

Those words certainly applied to the Newburyport softball team as they recovered from a 17-1 pounding by Triton to come back the next day and defeat Georgetown, 9-2, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

“We did everything we needed to do to win today,” explained senior Paige Gouldthorpe afterwards. “Everyone hit more, and our fielding was definitely cleaner than yesterday.”

Who could argue with any of that?  The Clippers (5-3) whacked fourteen hits, had baserunners galore, and committed one error.

The Royals (1-6) jumped out to a 2 zip lead in the opening frame as some of the bad vibes from the Triton game lingered for a half inning.  Two walks, a wild pitch, and a misread in left (Cali Caponigro) turned into two Georgetown runs.  Caitlyn Donoghue and Maeve McNeil had the RBIs.

After that shaky start, however, the Clippers changed from poor to excellent led by senior Paige Gouldthorpe.

Kate Irons slides as 2B Madi Duford reaches for the ball

After giving up two hits in the first inning, Paige surrendered just one (Kate Irons) the final six innings.  Today Paige also had the strikeout pitch working and set down eleven Royals via the K route.  During one stretch during the 2nd and 3rd innings, she fanned five of six batters.  Impressive!

Newburyport hit from top to bottom.  Everyone contributed.  Annie Siemasko was the only Clipper held hitless, but she did have a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

The Clippers tied things in the first.  Courtney Walsh’s single not only scored Meg Winn but got past LF Caitlin Donoghue allowing the tying run (Liv Salvatore) to cross.

Kate Irons reached base four times

Newburyport took the lead, 4-2, in the second thanks to two G’Town errors (3B Alyssa Gaeta & C Maeve McNeil).

Paige got out of a mini-jam (runner on third) in the Royals third, ending that inning with a strikeout and an assist.

The Clippers most productive inning was the 4th when they pushed across three runs.  Annie Siemasko, Liv Salvatore, and Sarah Linehan had runs batted in.

Georgetown starter Colleen O’Connor walked in a run in the 5th (Paige Gouldthorpe) and then Paige tripled and drove in NHS’s final run in the sixth.

The numbers certainly didn’t lie: eleven strikeouts, four hits, three runs scored, and an RBI.  Terrific game for the Keene State commit.

Anyone on hand at Pioneer Park today was also impressed with the defense of Georgetown CF Kate Irons.  “She saved them a lot of runs,” recalled NHS coach Bob Gillespie.  “We probably would have had the ten-run rule except for her.”

CF Kate Irons stretches out for a remarkable catch

Every regular fly ball in her direction was routine for her.  Some of the “routine” ones were well hit.  In the second she made a lunging catch on a sinking line drive.  In the third she fielded a shot in short center and combined with shortstop Brenna Donoghue to get a force out.  I was told that she is also an excellent hockey player.  In today’s game, Kate reached base four times.  Good athlete!

Meg Winn had three hits and scored two runs

Junior Meg Winn had three hits for the Clippers and scored twice.

NHS catcher Sarah Linehan is planning to attend UM Amherst and study astro-physics.

The weather was remarkable; 80’s with a breeze.  Don’t expect it to last!

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RF Eleni Goddu chases a fly ball

Royals pitcher Colleen O’Connor straps on gear

Colleen O’Connor ready to tag Madi Duford at home

3B Liv Salvatore had two hits and scored two runs

Catcher Maeve McNeil fields Madi Duford’s roller

Julie Guyer battles the sun

Brenna Donaghue

Tough chance at second

Pitcher Colleen O’Connor catches a popup

RF Mikayla Vincent

Catcher Maeve McNeil

 

 

 

 

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