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Gloucester edges Newburyport 4-3 in opener

Zach Morris throw from left nails Jack Fehlner at the plate
Owen Tahnk scores the Clippers third run

(Newburyport) Newburyport gave extra outs to Gloucester in the fifth inning and it cost them.

The Fishermen came away with a 4-3 win in the Saturday afternoon non-league game that was the opener for both teams.

“It was the first game of the season, and you could tell it at times for both teams,” said Gloucester coach Rory Gentile afterwards.

“It was a game that I feel we should have won but we made mistakes and you can’t do that against an excellent team like Gloucester,” said Clippers coach Mark Rowe.

Gloucester starter Zach Morris

The game featured three pitchers (Jack Fehlner, Zach Morris, and Brett Moore) who are all committed to pitch at the next level.

The Boston Herald had cited both teams as “teams to watch in Division 3.” 

“Newburyport looked like a very good team,” said Coach Gentile. “That’s a team we may be seeing later on.”

Newburyport took a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning.

Junior Max Puleo was hit by a pitch, stole second, and hustled home on a two-out blooper that fell into short right field in the first inning.

Jack Fehlner had a solo home run

In the fourth inning, senior Jack Fehlner lit into a Zach Morris high fastball and sent it over the left field fence.

“When we were down 2-0 it felt like 100-to-nothing,” recalled Coach Gentile.  “We weren’t doing much of anything right.”

Things turned Gloucester’s way in the fifth and sixth innings. 

In the fifth, Zach Morris tripled in teammate Brett Moore with the first Fishermen score.

“My first two times up were not what I wanted,” said Zach afterwards.  “I was trying to do too much.  The third at-bat I saw the curve and waited on it.”

Brett Moore had two hits and closed out the game for Gloucester

The Clippers had two chances to escape with just one Gloucester run in that inning, but a line-drive drop, and a messed-up pickoff led to more at bats and two more runs.

“We played well defensively at times,” said Coach Rowe, “but we did make defensive mistakes that cost us maybe the game.”

The Fishermen added the eventual game-winner in their half of the sixth inning.  Thomas Elliott singled, stole second and scored on Brett Moore’s double to right.

Max Puleo steals second

That 4-2 Gloucester lead was severely threatened in the Newburyport sixth.

The Clippers put three straight singles together off Zach Morris with Brady Ford’s single driving across Owen Tahnk.  Another walk (Jack Sullivan) loaded the bases with no outs.

It certainly appeared, at the time, that Newburyport was likely to collect some more runs…..but they didn’t.

Zach Oliver scores the tying run

Coach Gentile brought in Brett Moore from left to replace Zach and Zach went out to play left.  I am not sure if a coach could ask for a player switch to work out any better than this one did.

Owen Roberts flied out to left and Zach gunned down Jack Fehlner trying to score from third base.

“I got behind that ball and said, ‘we need this’ and let it go,” recalled Zach. The throw was perfect and a very fast runner (Jack Fehlner) was clearly out at home plate.

Coach Rory Gentile

Brett Moore struck out the next batter to limit Newburyport to a lone run.

“We’re up one, no outs, with the bases loaded and we get out of it,” said Coach Gentile.  “We need to not rely on getting lucky but get ahead of batters.”

Sophomore Connor Stick reached third with two outs in the last inning, but Brett struck out the final batter.

Out at third

“Brett Moore (commit to Curry) is one of our senior leaders,” said Coach Gentile.  “He had a great year last year.  That’s what we expect him to do.”

The Fishermen collected nine hits off Jack Fehlner and Charlie Forrest.  Brett Moore, Emerson Marshall, and Thomas Elliott had two hits each.

The Clippers finished with six hits.  Owen Tahnk and Jack Fehlner each had two of them.

Jack Fehlner

Jack pitched four plus innings.  “I had a pitch limit in mind for him,” said Coach Rowe.  “He could have finished that inning but it’s early in the season and I don’t want to hurt his arm.”

Zach Morris is committed to URI next season.  “I loved the coaching staff there,” he said.  “The energy I saw there was awesome.”

I asked Zach for the reason why his teammates and coaches were calling him, “Tuna.”  “I was almost born with that nickname,” he said.  “My godmother had a lake behind her house that I would swim in but never get out of.  She called me, “Tuna,” and it got around.”

Plenty of sunshine on this Saturday afternoon at Pettingell Park.  The wind, however, kept everyone from getting too comfortable.

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Newburyport (unofficial) box
Gloucester (unofficial) box
Last out of the game
Max Puleo looks for a sign
2B Connor Stick
Turning two
Steven Lawton
Lucas Stallard and Ryan Carpenter
Zach Morris
Owen Roberts
Ball falls in
Play at first
Tyler Cowles

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Masconomet overwhelms Gloucester 62-23

Rebound battle
Krystal Zepaj (13 points)

(Boxford MA) “We played really hard at the beginning to put ourselves in a good spot,” explained Masco senior Krystal Zepaj afterwards.

The Lady Chieftains exploded in the second quarter and went on from there to a, 62-23, win over Gloucester in Northeastern Conference action on Thursday night.

The Fishermen (0-11) have struggled to be competitive so far.  The inability to make shots hurt them badly tonight.  They took plenty of shots but didn’t make enough to keep things competitive after the first quarter.

Taylor Bovardi (11 points)

Masco, on the other hand, worked their way into plenty of open looks and cashed in regularly.

“We got some good ball movement as well as movement off the ball which we have been harping on,” said Masco coach Shannon Kirwan post-game.

The Lady Chieftains clicked seven times from long range led by senior Krystal Zepaj (13 points) who did it three times.

“My teammates set me up for those open looks,” said Krystal.

Lexi Carollo and Abby Stauffer led Gloucester with eight points each.

Lexi Carollo (8 points)

Krystal’s second three-point basket, assisted by Taylor Bovardi, put Masco in front to stay, 9-6, halfway through the first quarter.

That lead would grow to 23-8 two minutes into the 2nd quarter and 34-11 four minutes later.  The halftime score was 38-15.

The Lady Chieftains did pull off the full-court pressure but were excellent in their half-court defense.

“We definitely increased our defensive intensity,” said Coach Kirwan.

Masco jumped into passing lanes and had nineteen steals. 

Floor battle

The Fishermen gave up thirty-five points off of turnovers. 

Junior Taylor Bovardi contributed eleven points while senior Sarah Green and sophomore Remmi Cote added nine points for Masco.

The Lady Chieftains are now at 7-4.  “We’re doing pretty well,” said Krystal.  “A lot of the games have been against lower-caliber teams.  We need to win those, and work hard to get wins against the better teams.”

Krystal hasn’t decided on college yet.  “Suffolk and Nichols have interest in me for basketball,” she said.  “If I don’t play basketball, I’m looking at BC, BU, and Northeastern.  I want to study finance.”

Ball on the floor

Ten different players scored for Masconomet.  “I was happy that we were able to get a lot of people involved tonight,” said Coach Kirwan.

Masco plays Beverly tomorrow for the second time.  I saw Beverly yesterday in Avery Hallinan’s 1000-point game for Amesbury.

Thanks again to Andy Tapparo for his help with statistics. He’s on Twitter at @MascoGB

Masconomet   15   23   10   14   =   62

Gloucester         8     7      6     2   =   23

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Battle for a rebound
Freshman Riley Bovardi shoots from outside
Remmi Cote (9 points) breaks away from Bella Goulart
Ava Caron guarded by Gaby Olsen
Charlotte Meixsell gets two points
Natalie Nolan makes a pass
Kylie Dumont
Krystal Zepaj
Taiya Mano guarded by Kylie Dumont
Remmi Cote
Rebound battle
Kaleigh Monagle and La’Neisha Jenkins
Gloucester box
Masconomet box

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Kyle Coughlin’s last-second layup gives Beverly an 85-84 win in double OT over Gloucester

Kyle Coughlin gets the game-winner in the second overtime

Kyle Coughlin gets the game-winner in the second overtime

Panthers start to celebrate

Panthers start to celebrate

(Beverly MA) They’ll be talking about this one for a long time in Beverly.

Maybe not so long in Gloucester as the Fishermen took an 85-84 double overtime loss at The Lodge in Beverly on Sunday afternoon in Northeastern Conference action.

Junior Kyle Coughlin (14 points) won the game finishing a drive that was nearly full-court with one second left.

Kyle doesn’t get that chance without two 3-point baskets by senior Gavin Sparkman (17 points). The last three points scored in regulation were Gavin’s old-fashioned 3-pointer. Later his three from beyond the arc with 2.5 seconds left in the first overtime erased a 3-point Gloucester lead.

The Fishermen (8-6) had defeated Beverly, 61-46, on January 9th at Gloucester. They both played at that level for a half in this game as the visitors had a comfortable, 40-21, advantage.

Alex Militello (19 points) looks to pass

Alex Militello (19 points) looks to pass

The Fishermen point guard Alex Militello took good care of the ball and Drew Muniz (25 points) had eleven first-quarter points including three 3’s.

Beverly (5-8) came out after halftime and played a remarkable third quarter collecting twenty-six points. Down, 44-26, the home team ran fifteen straight past Gloucester and trailed by only three (44-41) with 3:23 left in the quarter. Pat Gavin, Sam Traicoff, and Kyle Coughlin tallied the Beverly points in the run.

I thought at the time that now Gloucester was in trouble but it wasn’t until the 3-minute mark of the final quarter that four straight free throws by junior John Loreti knotted things at 59-59. The Fishermen had a 3-point lead after a Ryan Gabriele free throw with 42 seconds left but Gavin Sparkman answered with a three to send this game into OT.

Gloucester lost two key players (Dylan Aptt and Ryan Gabriele) to fouls before the 4th quarter ended. Both players were strong on the inside. Minus them the Fishermen were vulnerable to drives to the hoop.

Drew Muniz gets fouled by Sam Traicoff with six seconds left in the 2nd overtime

Drew Muniz gets fouled by Sam Traicoff with six seconds left in the 2nd overtime

Gloucester came very close to winning the game in the first overtime. After two ties, Drew Muniz nailed a three from Alex Militello with 25 seconds left. After a Sam Traicoff miss, Drew was fouled. It was a shock to see a player who had just made a three miss two free throws. Those misses proved crucial as Gavin Sparkman tied the game for Beverly with a three from the left with 2.9 to go.

The Panthers led 3-0 at the start of the game. They took their second lead of the game in the second OT on two free throws by junior Ryan Garrity and a layup by Gavin Sparkman.

Back came Drew Muniz with a three to close the gap to one (80-79). Two free throws by Ryan Anderson were answered by a layup by Drew Muniz with 31 seconds left. Kevin Coughlin made one of two free throws with 20 second left and Beverly was ahead by two, 83-81.

Drew Muniz (25 points) puts up a shot

Drew Muniz (25 points) puts up a shot

There was little doubt, at least in my head, that senior Drew Muniz would be taking the next Gloucester shot. Sure enough, he tried a 3-pointer at 5.3 seconds and was fouled by Sam Traicoff. Despite having missed two straight at the end of the first overtime, the GHS senior drained all three free throws and suddenly Gloucester had a one-point lead. Talk about pressure free throws!

Beverly coach Scott Lewis told me afterwards that the plan was to have either Kyle Coughlin or Sam Traicoff penetrate and look to dish off in close. As it turned out, Kyle drove past Alex Militello and no Gloucester defenders stepped in. Kyle had an open lane to the hoop and was able to put in the game-winner.

Plenty exciting for sure.

Sam Traicoff (20 points) had sixteen of those points for Beverly in the second half.

Alex Militello ended with nineteen points. He had quite a few assists especially in the first half.

Kyle Coughlin gets caught in a double team

Kyle Coughlin gets caught in a double team

Gloucester had a 14-2 segment in the first quarter and twelve unanswered in the second quarter.

Gloucester missed twelve free throws while Beverly missed seven.

Gloucester has now lost three straight while Beverly has won four of their last five.

I would tell you that both teams resume play on Tuesday but you know the forecast.

Beverly boxscore

Gloucester boxscore

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Battle for possession

Battle for possession

Bill Cahill and Scott Lewis

Bill Cahill and Scott Lewis

Kyle Coughlin (#3) feeds Ryan Garrity (#34) for two

Kyle Coughlin (#3) feeds Ryan Garrity (#34) for two

Sam Traicoff (20 points) sees an opening

Sam Traicoff (20 points) sees an opening

Gavin Sparkman (17 points) hits a three at the end of the first OT

Gavin Sparkman (17 points) hits a three at the end of the first OT

Pat Gavin

Pat Gavin

Evan Mason gets in close

Evan Mason gets in close

Gavin Sparkman screens Drew Muniz off of Sam Traicoff

Gavin Sparkman screens Drew Muniz off of Sam Traicoff

John Philpott drives past James Aaron

John Philpott drives past James Aaron

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Gloucester holds off North Andover 2-0 to gain D2 North finals

Jordan Pallazola scores an insurance run for Gloucester in the sixth inning

Jordan Pallazola scores an insurance run for Gloucester in the sixth inning

Reliever Pete Clark struck out Brendan Parisotto to end the game

Reliever Pete Clark struck out Brendan Parisotto to end the game

(Lynn MA) Gloucester took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, and survived a bases-loaded situation, to win a Division 2 North semifinals battle with North Andover on Friday afternoon.

The triumph by the Fishermen (20-2) sends them to the D2 North finals against Masconomet tomorrow (4PM) at Lelacheur Field in Lowell.

Senior Conor Harris picked up the win with one-batter relief help from Pete Clark.

The #1 seed Fishermen seemed to be in pretty good shape heading into the final inning the way starter Conor Harris was going.  Gloucester had two runs and the GHS senior had given up only one hit through six innings.

But after one out in the seventh the Knights made things very interesting.  Matt Iannone and Stephen Borzi singled before Conor Harris struck out pinch hitter Marc Patnaude to get the second out.  Pinch hitter Christoffer Keane then walked to load the bases.  At this point, Gloucester coach Bryan Lafata brought in Pete Clark (MVP Northeastern Conference) to face Brendan Parisotto.  Pete got the strikeout to seal the deal for Gloucester.

Stephen Borzi flips to shortstop Matt Varoutsos

Stephen Borzi flips to shortstop Matt Varoutsos

The Fishermen’s first run came in the second inning and was unearned.  After Drew Shairs singled, a routine grounder to second baseman Stephen Borzi did not result in an out.  Stephen tried to tag the baserunner (Drew Shairs) and missed and then threw late to first.  Another grounder was hit Stephen Borzi’s way and this time he clicked with shortstop Matt Varoutsos on a force-out at second.  The error part was Matt’s low throw to first baseman Collin Couillard that allowed Drew Shairs to cross with the first Gloucester run.

The NEC champs added insurance in the sixth inning.  Jordan Pallazola beat out a slow roller to third and reached second on a fielder’s choice with two outs.  Junior Bart Margiotta singled Jordan home.

Evan Glew allowed one earned run

Evan Glew allowed one earned run

Junior Evan Glew took the loss for North Andover (Merrimack Valley Conference) but gave up only one earned run and struck out five.

The Knights (12-11) were limited to three hits by Gloucester pitching.  NA did have a runner in scoring position (Brendan Parisotto) in the third with two outs but Matt Varoutsos popped out to first to end the inning.  In the fifth, the #12 seed had two on with one out but GHS starter Conor Harris struck out Austin Flinn and got a fly out from Brendan Parisotto to maintain the shutout.

Plenty of credit goes to the North Andover team for the recovery they made after being 5-9 at one point in the 2014 season.  The Knights won seven of their last eight to reach the tournament and then upset two higher seeds (Winchester and Reading) to reach the D2 North semifinals.

Gloucester dominated the NEC (13-1) this season.  They are in the MIAA tourney for the 11th straight season.  The Fishermen defeated Belmont, 3-2, to reach the semifinals.

Jordan Pallazola was caught stealing on a fine throw to second by NA catcher Chris Bosco to shortstop Matt Varoutsos in the fourth inning

Ball gets away from NA first baseman Collin Couillard as Eric Chalmers touches first

Ball gets away from NA first baseman Collin Couillard as Eric Chalmers touches first

Gloucester got a fortunate bounce in the fifth inning.  With two NA runners on, catcher Jordan Pallazola tried to pick Brian Varoutsos off first.  Jordan’s throw hit the baserunner diving back in and bounced directly into first baseman Drew Shairs hands.  If that ball gets by, the NA runner on second might have scored.

Matt Iannone was hit twice by Gloucester pitcher Conor Harris.

Knights’ leftfielder Austin Flinn dove for freshman Eric Chalmers short fly and ended up needing medical attention.

A 2PM start on a school-day Friday drew a close-friends-and-family sized crowd.  I suspect that both Masco and Gloucester will have many on hand for tomorrow’s Saturday afternoon matchup at Lalacheur Field.

Weather?  Couldn’t have been better.

Fraser Field now has turf in the infield and from dugout to dugout in front the backstop.  I like it.

Gloucester box

North Andover box

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Conor Harris allowed three hits

Conor Harris allowed three hits

Austin Flinn needs medical attention

Austin Flinn needs medical attention

final strike

final strike

Drew Shairs scores the first Gloucester run

Drew Shairs scores the first Gloucester run

Stephen Borzi tries to tag Drew Shairs

Stephen Borzi tries to tag Drew Shairs

Jordan Pallazola flips his mask before making a catch

Jordan Pallazola flips his mask before making a catch

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