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Sophomore Clay Marengi shines in first varsity start for Lynnfield

Lynnfield starter Clay Marengi allowed only three hits in six innings

Will Garfoli drove in three runs for the Pioneers

(Newburyport MA) Lynnfield sophomore Clay Marengi turned his first varsity start into an 8-1 win over Newburyport on Saturday.

“He (Clay) threw strikes and used a minimal number of pitches,” said Lynnfield coach John O’Brien afterwards.  “Catcher Nick Giammarco called a great game for him behind the plate.”

The Pioneers (2-1) put the ball in play with regularity collecting twelve hits.  All nine starters reached base.

Joey Mack led LHS with three hits.  Will Garfoli drove across three teammates.

“Lynnfield hit the ball,” said NHS coach Mark Rowe.  “A lot of their ground balls found holes.  I thought that our pitching (Chris Halliday, Parker McLaren) was good enough but when you only score one run in two games it’s never going to be enough.”

The Clippers (0-2) ran into another first-time starter (senior Andrew Manni of Masco) on Friday and came away with no hits and twelve strikeouts.

Today it was Clay Marengi.  Clay held Newburyport to three hits in six innings of work.  Dan Jameson finished off the 7th.

Newburyport threatened in the first with two on and one out, but Clay induced groundouts by Walker Bartkiewicz and Parker McLaren to escape.

The Pioneers started both the fourth inning and the fifth inning with three straight hits and came away with three runs in each inning.  Five of their hits in the 3-run innings were on the ground and on this morning/afternoon they turned into runs.

Joey Mack (three hits) finds his way home

Joey Mack scored Lynnfield’s third run in the fourth inning and believe me it wasn’t easy.  Joey fell down about fifteen feet from home plate and had to stumble/crawl the rest of the way.

NHS shortstop Ryan Archie limited the Lynnfield damage in the 4th inning with a terrific running catch that he turned into an inning-ending double play.

“Ryan has made very good defensive plays in both our games,” said Coach Rowe.

The Clippers got their run in the 6th.  Casey McLaren reached on a fielder’s choice and took third on a single by Walker Bartkiewicz.  Walker’s steal attempt drew a bad throw and Casey scored from third.

Stolen base

Will Garfoli drove across Lynnfield’s final two runs with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning.

“Our defense was good today,” said Coach O’Brien.  “We had seven errors in our first game.”

The Pioneers were 18-2 in 2017 and graduated ten seniors.  “Seven of those kids are playing college ball,” added Coach O’Brien.

It looks to me as if the Pioneers have reloaded quickly.  Discovering an effective starter like Clay Marengi should certainly help Lynnfield going forward.

Coach Rowe was disappointed with the loss but not discouraged.  “The offense will come.  We have some guys just getting acclimated to varsity pitching.”

I was at Hadlock Field in Portland last night (Tim Tebow, Drew Pomeranz) and it was in the upper 50s.  Today in Newburyport?  40’s, cloudy, and breezy!

Cooper Marengi, Nick Giammarco, and Casey McLaren were listed by the Boston Herald before the season as players to watch in Division 3.

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NHS starter Chris Halliday

Casey McLaren

3B Tyler Koglin chases a popup

RF Nick White ends the Lynnfield third with a nice catch

Fernando Gonzalez sets to score Lynnfield’s first run

2B John Singer tosses to first

Casey McLaren scores the Clippers run

Walker Bartkiewicz (8), Tyler Koglin (4) and Ryan Archie (2) chase a foul ball

Shortstop Jonathan Luders chats with 7th inning pitcher Dan Jameson

Shortstop Ryan Archie turned an inning-ending double play in the 4th inning

Cooper Marengi scores on a wild pitch

Nick Giammarco had two hits and scored two runs

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport explodes in the 4th quarter and defeats Lynnfield 68-55

George Coryell (16 pts) guarded by freshman Jack Ford

Ryan Archer (17 pts) in the lane with Billy Arseneault

(Newburyport MA) This game was close into the final quarter, and I thought it would go down to the wire.

Newburyport didn’t let that last-shot thing happen, however, as they exploded in the fourth quarter with thirty-one points and defeated Lynnfield, 68-55 on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

This game was tied seven times with the final tie (45-45) with 5 ½ minutes left.  After that the combination of Ryan Archer long range and George Coryell drives did in the Pioneers.

Ryan’s two 3-pointers and George’s four layups were the major pieces in a 16-6 run for the home team that sealed this one for the Clippers.

“They figured out our weakness (defending on ball) and they took advantage of it,” said Lynnfield coach Scott MacKenzie afterwards.

George Coryell got to the basket four straight times to key the Clippers separation run.  I mentioned George to Newburyport coach Dave Clay and all he said was, “Wow!”

Casey McLaren (22 pts) had seventeen in the first half

George took the ball to the basket throughout the game but in the final quarter there was no help from other Pioneers’ defenders.  Why?  “They paired George Coryell with Casey McLaren on the wing, so we couldn’t offer help,” said Coach MacKenzie, “It was a smart play.”

Anyone playing Newburyport (6-1) knows the trouble 6-5 Casey McLaren can cause.  And the junior caused plenty of that in the first half with seventeen points.  “Casey kept us in the game in the first half,” said Coach Clay.

Casey has the size to shoot over players and the driving skills to thwart perimeter overplays.  What I didn’t see was him posting the undersized Pioneers in close to the basket.

Casey finished with twenty-two points.  Teammates Ryan Archer (17) and George Coryell (16) reached double figures.

Billy Arseneault (16 pts) defended by George Coryell

I saw Lynnfield twice last year and was quickly dazzled by #11 (Billy Arseneault).  “Billy is a phenomenal plaer,” said Coach Clay.  “We did our best to contain him but he’s going to have points.”

Billy ended up with sixteen points.  The senior was the Player-of-the-Year in the CAL Kinney Division last season.

Billy not only shoots well but he is also a terrific dribbler and passer.  He isn’t Kyrie Irving, but he sure looked like the Celtic guard on some of the plays he made against Newburyport.

Zach Shone led the Pioneers with twenty points.  He led Lynnfield in chasing down offensive rebounds.

“They had extra chances,” said Coach Clay, “but it wasn’t due to a lack of effort on our part.  We need to work on rebounding in practice.”

Zach Shone (20 pts) and Billy Arseneault

The Pioneers graduated nine seniors off last season’s 18-5 team.  “We’re trying to find our bench,” said Coach MacKenzie.  “We are really only playing five kids and we got tired at the end of this game.”

Coach Clay has great respect for Scott MacKenzie: “I think Lynnfield has the best coach in the league.”

This is Coach Clay’s first year coaching at the school he teaches at. “I am still trying to get to know the team.”

Newburyport went from a 5-point third quarter to a 31-point fourth quarter.

Lynnfield (4-2) certainly didn’t help themselves at the foul line missing twelve of twenty-eight attempts.  It is always a challenge shooting free throws with the Nbpt student section under the basket.  Matt Mortellite missed four straight facing the hostile crowd in the second quarter.

It was the first time I have seen Newburyport cheerleaders at a basketball game.

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Casey McLaren shoots a jump shot

Noah Van Schalkwyk

Ryan Archer shows a left hand while Billy Arseneault tries to avoid a foul

Casey McLaren launches from the wing

Casey McLaren gets to the rim

Zach Shone (20 pts) gets past Ryan MacDonald

Twelve Lynnfield misses from the foul line

Billy Arseneault passing

Shooting in Newburyport traffic

Billy Arseneault uses a screen

Jason Ndansi shoots against Parker McLaren

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport stuns Lynnfield 67-55

Billy Arseneault (16 points) tries to get past Cam MacRae (14 points)

Billy Arseneault (16 points) tries to get past Cam MacRae (14 points)

Casey McLaren (18 points) eyes the hoop

Casey McLaren (18 points) eyes the hoop

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport turned in an impressive win on Senior Night as they took down Lynnfield, 67-55.

The Pioneers (15-2) had a twelve-game winning streak snapped.

The Clippers (14-3) took the lead in the first two minutes and never gave it back.

The Pioneers went down by thirteen (34-21) three minutes into the second half but battled back to within three points (39-36) in the final two minutes of the third quarter.

Nick Rogers (18 points) ends the third quarter with a three

Nick Rogers (18 points) ends the third quarter with a three. (Ball is above the scoreboard)

Nick Rogers (18 points) pushed the NHS lead back to nine (47-38) with a pair of three’s.

Cam MacRae and Zack Shone (14 points)

Cam MacRae and Zack Shone (14 points)

Later, Cam MacRae (14 points) strung five points in a row to boost the advantage to double digits (57-44) with 3:35 to go and sealed Lynnfield’s fate.

Lynnfield hadn’t lost since December (non-league Melrose) but were in trouble early versus Newburyport because top scorer Louis Ellis was a foul magnet.  Two minutes into this game he had two fouls.  LHS coach Scott McKenzie had to bench him for the rest of the quarter.  Two minutes into the second quarter Louis picked up his third foul.  Again, he was benched for the rest of the quarter.

Did it affect Lynnfield?  For sure!  The Pioneers tallied just eighteen points TOTAL in the first half.  Louis played only four of the sixteen minutes.

Over a year ago, in the MIAA tournament, Louis collected a career-high thirty-four points against Newburyport to help oust the Clippers from the post-season.

What I’m trying to tell you is that when Louis Ellis is on the bench for twelve minutes of the sixteen-minute first half, and then is held to two points in the second half, Lynnfield is in trouble.

Brendan Powers gets off a shot in the lane

Brendan Powers gets off a shot in the lane

Credit Newburyport for much of the Lynnfield trouble. They constantly took the ball to the basket.

After halftime, Louis Ellis was back on the court but another starter, Dan Jameson, wasn’t.  He was sick.

And then there was the Lynnfield foul shooting.  A very unfortunate six-for-eighteen.  I swear that I saw the Pioneers’ terrific point guard (Billy Arseneault) put a free throw in off the backboard.  Things didn’t make sense for Lynnfield on this night.

Again, credit Newburyport for taking advantage despite a dreadful first half shooting-wise of their own.  Casey McLaren ended up with eighteen points but fourteen of them came in the second half after an apparent lid was removed that gave him trouble in the first half.

Casey McLaren (18 points) takes the last shot of the first half

Casey McLaren (18 points) takes the last shot of the first half

Despite tough shooting the Clippers had a 23-15 halftime lead.

Consecutive three’s starting the second half, by Casey McLaren and Nick Rogers from in front of the NHS bench, put the visitors down by eleven (29-18).

The best moments for Lynnfield were in an 11-2 run later in the 3rd quarter that included several spin moves down the lane by Billy Arseneault (16 points).  That collection of good offense narrowed the NHS advantage to three (39-36) with plenty of game left.

Nick Rogers ended that third quarter with a three and added another one (he had four in the game) early in the final quarter.  LHS fell back away from one-possession territory and never got that close again.

Lynnfield had defeated Newburyport 67-48 on December 23rd.  The Pioneers raced off to a 20-5 first quarter lead.  Billy Arseneault had twenty points in that game.

Newburyport made seven of its eight triples in the second half.

Good crowd with many there to honor the Clippers seven seniors.

Luis Ellis - Long night for a talented player

Louis Ellis – Long night for a talented player

Both teams used zones and man-to-man’s.

There were plenty of drives to the basket and attempted three’s.

Newburyport has now won fourteen of the last fifteen games.

In contrast to the Pioneers’ weak free throw shooting, Newburyport cashed thirteen of sixteen FT attempts.

Both teams are in Division 3.  No doubt both teams will have home games in the MIAA tournament.  There is also the possibility that they will meet for the 3rd time this season in the tourney.

Lynnfield box

Newburyport box

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Robbie Shay

Robbie Shay

Louis Ellis

Louis Ellis

Dan Jameson tries to shoot over Casey McLaren

Dan Jameson tries to shoot over Casey McLaren

Nick Roger's step-back three gives Newburyport a 37-25 lead

Nick Roger’s step-back three gives Newburyport a 37-25 lead

Newburyport was thirteen for sixteen from the foul line

Newburyport was thirteen for sixteen from the foul line

Zack Shone (14 points)

Zack Shone (14 points)

Bryant Dana in the lane

Bryant Dana in the lane

Tussle on the floor

Tussle on the floor

 

 

 

 

 

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Lynnfield runs streak to eight with 52-46 win over Triton

 

Billy Arseneault (22 points) guarded by Dylan Shute

Billy Arseneault (22 points) guarded by Dylan Shute

Liam Spillane's collects a rebound

Liam Spillane’s collects a rebound

(Byfield MA) Lynnfield defeated Triton, 52-46, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

The Pioneers (11-1) have now won eight straight.  Their lone loss was in December to non-league Melrose.

The Vikings (8-4) started slow and ended even slower.  In between?  Wow!  They dropped five 3’s (three by Colin Brennan and two by Will Parsons) on the visitors in third period and turned a 32-24 halftime deficit into a 42-41 lead at the end of the 3rd.

Triton was still close enough to taste it after Jack McCarthy put in a runner in the lane with 3 ½ minutes left in the game.  The Vikings, at that juncture, were then only down by one, 45-44.

The rest of the way belonged to Lynnfield.  Led by Billy Arseneault (22 points) the Pioneers tallied the next seven points to gain outcome-deciding separation.

Junior Billy Arseneault had a hand in all seven crucial points.  He started with a triple, followed with a drive down the left side of the lane, and then missed a free throw.  On this night, even the missed free throw turned out good for LHS as Lou Ellis snared the rebound and put in the rebound.

Triton ended up with a 4-point final quarter and I’m guessing you don’t win very often doing that.

Lou Ellis defends Colin Brennan

Lou Ellis defends Colin Brennan

A factor in the Triton drought was the move by Pioneers’ coach Scott McKenzie to put Lou Ellis on Colin Brennan (16 points) in the final quarter.  Lou is taller than Colin and he made the clean looks vanish for the Triton junior.

Both teams had players willing to take the ball to the basket.

One concern for Triton going into this game was if they could rebound against Lynnfield.  It turns out that they could.  What they couldn’t do was make shots in the last quarter.

Key player in the game?  Easily Billy Arseneault: Clever off the dribble and able to make 3’s, jump shots, and layups.  In the last minute, he had a steal and there were assists earlier.  Other than that…………..

Jack McCarthy (12 points) and Will Parsons (10 points) struggled to finish around the basket.  Along with Liam Spillane, the Vikings had chances in close but they weren’t falling on this night.

Lou Ellis ended up with seventeen points getting thirteen of them in the first half.  His late-game defense was significant.

Mike Carangelo (11 points) also reached double figures for the Pioneers.

Both teams played man-to-man for the most part with an occasional zone defense tossed in.

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Triton box

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Liam Spillance

Liam Spillane

Lou Ellis takes a three from the corner

Lou Ellis takes a three from the corner

Triton cheerleaders

Triton cheerleaders

Bryant Dana

Bryant Dana

Mike Carangelo

Mike Carangelo

Jack McCarthy with the ball

Jack McCarthy with the ball

Colin Brennan

Colin Brennan

Will Parsons among Pioneers

Will Parsons among Pioneers

Liam Spillane on the ball

Liam Spillane on the ball

Chris Trotta got the worst of a collision

Chris Trotta got the worst of a collision

Billy Arseneault covers Gabe Butts

Billy Arseneault covers Gabe Butts

Colin Brennan (16 points) to the hoop

Colin Brennan (16 points) to the hoop

Lou Ellis (17 points)

Lou Ellis (17 points)

Billy Arseneault steals from Jack McCarthy.

Billy Arseneault steals from Jack McCarthy.

 

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Manchester-Essex (girls) and Masco (boys) win Cape Ann League XC championships

Masconomet captains with 2015 championship plaque

Masconomet captains with 2015 championship plaque

Manchester-Essex: 2015 Cape Ann League cross country champions

Manchester-Essex: 2015 Cape Ann League cross country champions

Maddie Quigley (Triton) finishes first

Maddie Quigley (Triton) finishes first

(Topsfield MA) The Manchester-Essex girls and the Masconomet boys came out winners at the Cape Ann League cross country championships held Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park.

Maddie Quigley (Triton) and Joe Molvar (Newburyport) were the top finishers in each division.

The ME girls edged arch-rival Hamilton-Wenham in several head-to-head races within the race to get the title, 40-50. During the regular season HW got by ME by a one slim point to keep their dual-meet streak (129 straight) alive.

The Masco boys had too much depth for the rest of the CAL field. Newburyport took the top two spots (Joe Molvar and Jack Carleo) but the Chieftains still won, 60-73. Masco’s Daniel Cosgrove finished third.

Senior Maddie Quigley was behind fast-starting Emily DeMarco (Ipswich) for part of the race but had a good lead over Eve Feuerbach (ME) at the finish. Maddie finished 7th in 2014.

Joe Molvar near the finish

Joe Molvar near the finish

Senior Joe Molvar trailed teammate Jack Carleo for part of the boys’ race but also ended up with a commanding lead over his Clippers’ teammate at the end.

An important last-second rally by ME’s Holly Fossa got her past HW’s Olivia Horgan and into sixth place.

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Boys top finishers

Boys top finishers

Jack Carleo and Joe Molvar

Jack Carleo and Joe Molvar

HW coach Steve Sawyer gets "special" award

HW coach Steve Sawyer gets “special” award

Maddie Quigley comes forward to get award afterwards

Maddie Quigley comes forward to get award afterwards

Grace Sousa (Georgetown) 10th

Grace Sousa (Georgetown) 10th

Girls top finishers

Girls top finishers

Jack Carleo (Newburyport) 2nd

Jack Carleo (Newburyport) 2nd

Daniel Cosgrove (Masco) 3rd

Daniel Cosgrove (Masco) 3rd

Eve Feuerbach (ME) 2nd

Eve Feuerbach (ME) 2nd

Grace Moroney (HW) 4th

Grace Moroney (HW) 4th

Evelyn Lantz (ME) 5th, Olivia Horgan (HW) 7th, Holly Fossa (ME) 6th

Evelyn Lantz (ME) 5th, Olivia Horgan (HW) 7th, Holly Fossa (ME) 6th

Hailee Gibadlo (Amesbury) 9th

Hailee Gibadlo (Amesbury) 9th

Chris Chabot (Amesbury) won the boys JV title

Chris Chabot (Amesbury) won the boys JV title

Emily DeMarco (Ipswich) 10th

Emily DeMarco (Ipswich) 10th

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Amesbury recovers to win First Round softball 14-5 over Lynnfield

Zoe Fitzgerald races to first with the final out.

Zoe Fitzgerald races to first with the final out.

Annika Han scores the first Lynnfield run

Annika Han scores the first Lynnfield run

(Amesbury MA) The #1 seed Amesbury recovered from a 3-run Lynnfield first inning and went on to defeat the Pioneers, 14-5, in Round One of the D3 North softball tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians (18-3) will now face another Cape Ann League team (Rockport) in the quarterfinals on Monday afternoon at Amesbury’s newly named Chris Perry Field.

The #16 seed Pioneers (13-9) came out of the gates hitting AHS starter Hayley Catania hard getting three hits and three runs in the first inning. After that the Indians freshman scattered five hits (and two runs) while striking out five.

Meanwhile the Amesbury bats were loud and never seemed to quiet down against LHS starter senior Sadie Oliver. Everyone in the Indians lineup had hits in Amesbury’s fourteen-hit afternoon. Also, every batter scored at least one run. It was quite the hitting show.

Sam Stone paced Amesbury with three hits. Autumn Kligerman and Zoe Fitzgerald each homered. Autumn’s was down the left-field line and seemed to roll forever. Zoe’s was a blast over leftfielder Leigh Guerra.

Seniors Hannah Travers and Kelly Hosterman each had two hits for Lynnfield.

Very impressed with LHS centerfielder Annika Han. The Lynnfield junior had a quick jump on fly balls and registered six putouts.

Maddie Napoli on her way to a terrific running catch

Maddie Napoli on her way to a terrific running catch

Another defensive standout was Amesbury shortstop Maddie Napoli. The AHS sophomore recovered from a first-inning bad throw to stay clean the rest of the way. Maddie turned in the play-of-the-game in the 4th inning with a running catch toward the left-field foul line off the bat of Olivia DeLuca. In the promising Pioneers’ (two on, nobody out) sixth, Maddie caught an LHS baserunner off second base.

Sadie Oliver tossed a 2-hitter in Lynnfield’s 12-0 win over O’Bryant in the preliminary round.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield in April (8-3), May (9-1), and today in June.

Amesbury box

Lynnfield box

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Hayley Catania was the complete game winner

Hayley Catania was the complete game winner

Hannah Travers had two hits for Lynnfield

Hannah Travers had two hits for Lynnfield

Kelly Hosterman had two hits

Kelly Hosterman had two hits

AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli

AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli

LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver

LHS pitcher Sadie Oliver

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

tough chance in left field

tough chance in left field

LHS coach Peter Marinelli visits his pitcher

LHS coach Peter Marinelli visits his pitcher

Kelly Dillon (#6) after interfering with Lauren Fedorchak (#15)

Kelly Dillon (#6) after interfering with Lauren Fedorchak (#15)

close play at second

close play at second

AHS coach Chris Perry puts the stop on baserunner Hayley Catania

AHS coach Chris Perry puts the stop on baserunner Hayley Catania

Kelly Dillon fires to first

Kelly Dillon fires to first

Autumn Kligerman jumps for joy at the end of the game

Autumn Kligerman jumps for joy at the end of the game

 

 

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Pentucket’s Ryan Kuchar 2-hits Lynnfield in 3-1 Division 3 North quarterfinals win

Ryan Kuchar and Bobby Barry celebrate the win over Lynnfield

Ryan Kuchar and Bobby Barry celebrate the win over Lynnfield

Ryan Kuchar pitched a 2-hit, complete game for the Sachems

Ryan Kuchar pitched a 2-hit, complete game for the Sachems

(Lynnfield MA) Ryan Kuchar pitched a complete game, 2-hitter as Pentucket defeated Lynnfield, 3-1, in the Division 3 North quarterfinals on Monday afternoon at sunny Lynnfield.

The Sachems (15-8) now move to the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (4PM) at Fraser Field (Lynn) against another Cape Ann League opponent, Hamilton-Wenham.  Pentucket and HW split 2-1 games during the regular season.

Both Lynnfield hits (Greg Basilesco and Nick Pascucci) were in the third inning when the Pioneers (15-7) picked up their run.

Pentucket ended up with seven hits and had runners in scoring position in the first, second, and fourth innings but Lynnfield pitcher Dave Johnson escaped each time.

The escaping ended in the 5th and 6th innings as the Sachems collected two tarnished runs in one inning and an untarnished insurance run in the other inning.

Ryan Kuchar was the big story as he kept Lynnfield from getting anything going on offense except in the third inning.

Greg Basilesco scored for Lynnfield

Greg Basilesco scored for Lynnfield

In that third inning, Greg Basilesco singled to right and reached third base after two straight fielders’ choices.  Nick Pascucci’s bloop single to short center earned him the RBI.

Down 1-0, Pentucket had a great chance in the fourth inning.  John Sirois’ single was followed by a Greg Basilesco (3B) error on a grounder.  A fielder’s choice moved the runners to second and third with one out.  But pitcher Dave Johnson retired Bobby Hallowell and Kiernan Haley and the Pioneers still had their 1-0 lead.

The top of the fifth turned out to be the game-decider.  Pat Beaton led off with a double to left.  It is not usually a good idea to try for third when a grounder is hit to the shortstop………but Pat tried it and got away with it because third baseman Greg Basilesco dropped the throw from shortstop Jordan Roper.  Lynnfield then tried to turn two on DJ Englke’s grounder to third but could only get the force at second.  Pat Beaton scored on the play to tie the game.  Still only one out.  Ryan Kuchar singled getting DJ to second.  The Sachems then pulled a double steal on a pitch in the dirt that catcher Traverse Briana had no chance to do anything with.  The next play will be a bad memory for the Lynnfield faithful for a long time.  John Sirois hit a grounder to short with two outs.  From where I was standing, shortstop Jordan Roper didn’t handle the ball cleanly, and then threw high to first.  It looked as if first baseman Spencer Balian came off the base reaching up for the throw and that was why John Sirois was safe.  Not so according to the infield umpire.  I heard him tell LHS coach John O’Brien that the runner had beaten the throw anyhow.  The play was huge because if John is out the inning is over.  If he’s safe, which was the ruling, the Sachems have a second run.

Bobby Hallowell in with the third Pentucket run

Bobby Hallowell in with the third Pentucket run

Nothing controversial about the Sachems third run.  Bobby Hallowell tripled to right in the sixth inning and was driven home by Pat Beaton’s two-out bouncer up the middle.

Lynnfield had some two-out excitement in the seventh when Spencer Balian reached on a bad-bounce error by third baseman Bobby Barry.  Greg Basilesco next hit a grounder at shortstop Pat Beaton that also took a bad bounce but the PHS shortstop reacted quickly and got an assist on the final out of the game.

Weather?  When you can have sun, a little breeze, and no bugs you can’t ask for much more.

Good setting at Lynnfield to watch a game.  They have a gradual hill behind the backstop.

DJ Englke tagged out by catcher Traverse Briana on a failed suicide squeeze attempt

DJ Englke tagged out by catcher Traverse Briana on a failed suicide squeeze attempt

Pentucket made an unsuccessful attempt at a suicide squeeze in the fifth inning.

Ryan Kuchar pitched a no-hitter a month ago against Rockport.

Many of my pictures have construction vehicles in the background.  A number of new playing fields are getting constructed.

North Reading coach Frank Carey was part of the crowd.  His Hornets are still alive in D3 North.

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Ball gets past 3B Greg Basilesco

Ball gets past 3B Greg Basilesco

Ryan Battaglia stretches out on a shot to right

Ryan Battaglia stretches out on a shot to right

Bobby Hallowell tries for third

Bobby Hallowell tries for third

Pat Beaton

Pat Beaton

Shortstop Pat Beaton throws to first for the final out

Shortstop Pat Beaton throws to first for the final out

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Jordan Roper

Jordan Roper

Kiernan Haley handles a grounder

Kiernan Haley handles a grounder

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