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Amesbury tops Manchester-Essex in D4 North title game 2-1 in double OT

Amesbury poses with the D4 North title trophy

Plenty of contact in today’s game

(Lynn MA) Last time I saw the Manchester-Essex girls soccer team play Amesbury it was October and they scored early and often defeating the Indians, 3-0.

In the rematch today, the Indians won the Division 4 North title, 2-1, in double overtime at Manning Field.

Amesbury (15-3-4) moves on to the D4 state semi-finals on Wednesday against the South winner.

The difference-makers in today’s game?  Senior Chelsea Lynch and junior GK Alli Napoli.

Chelsea had both goals for Amesbury, including the game-winner, while Alli was a strong presence in net.

Hornets celebrated Jillian Bowen’s tying goal

Chelsea did not play in the 3-0 October loss, while Alli played just the second half after returning from an injury.

To take this back even further, the two teams met at Manchester-Essex in September.  The Indians won, 2-0.  Amesbury goals?  Both by Chelsea Lynch. Alli Napoli was in net for the shutout.

Both teams capitalized on misplays in the box during regulation; Chelsea Lynch in the first half and Jillian Bowen in the second half.

The longer this game went between the two Cape Ann League rivals the greater the emotional gap would be between the winner and the loser.

Dasa Haser was in the Amesbury box 1 ½ minutes into the second overtime but her shot went wide left.

Dasa Hase (16) and Avery Hallinan (21)

Alyssa Pettet sent a direct kick toward the left post with 3:15 left in that second OT but Maddie DiPietro couldn’t finish.

Next Amesbury possession freshman McKenna Hallinan got by one Hornet and passed ahead to Chelsea Lynch in space.  As the space closed, Chelsea shot past GK Bella Pomeroy just inside the near post.  Game over.

McKenna Hallinan gets by a defender before setting up Chelsea Lynch

Chelsea Lynch (12) shoots between Emma Cochand (11) and Drew Charlton (21) for the game winner

After the game-winner is scored.

Emma DiPietro hemmed in by Hornets

“What an ending,” said Amesbury coach Adam Thibodeau afterwards.  “Last year we got bumped out in a similar situation (state semifinals).”

Chelsea Lynch: “That last goal was a full effort from everyone behind me.  It came from midfield.  McKenna (Hallinan) made a beautiful pass to me.  Everything was going so fast.  I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity because there weren’t many of them.”

Very difficult loss for Manchester-Essex.  Amesbury had taken them out last year in the D4 North first round.  The Hornets improvement over last year was very evident.  They beat out Amesbury to win the Baker Division of the Cape Ann League and they were a higher seed (#4) than Amesbury (#6).

Maya Baker (1) and Ashlee Porcaro (14)

ME coach Luke Cosgrove has twice told me that what he wants from his team in a game is to, “start fast, score goals, and be tight in the back.”

In the October win over Amesbury, ME scored in the first 40 seconds and had a 3-0 lead after eleven minutes.  Against #1 Mystic Valley in the D4 North semis the Hornets scored in the first twenty seconds and led by five at the half in a 6-1 win.

When I looked at this D4 North final matchup I knew what ME wanted to do.  But they couldn’t.  The most dangerous of the Hornets (in my opinion) was Dasa Haser.  The talented sophomore is very fast, can get past defenders, and knows how to score.  She had two in the October win over Amesbury.

Dasa Hase (16) and Maddy Creps (2)

Dasa showed off her speed today but most of her shots were from long range.  There was one time in the 2nd OT, however, where she had the ball in the box, but Amesbury had three defenders and the goalie in front of her.

I waited for ME to score first but instead it was Amesbury exciting the crowd in the first half (15:13).

Chelsea Lynch had a chance for a separation goal ten minutes into the second half, but her shot was just wide left.

As the game moved into the latter stages of the second half it looked as if one goal might be enough.  It wasn’t.  Credit the Hornets.  They persisted and persisted finally tying things with 8:49 left as Jillian Bowen drove home a loose ball in the box.

Now we had ourselves a ballgame!

Jillian Bowen takes a corner kick

In the deciding second overtime, Amesbury had the wind to their backs and the sun was in GK Bella Pomeroy’s eyes.

There was no ten-minute cooling off period after the game for Coach Cosgrove.  He wasn’t happy with the loss and who could blame him.  I talked to Amesbury coach Adam Thibodeau right after the 3-0 loss to Manchester-Essex in October.  He wasn’t real happy either!

The Amesbury style of play was not to Coach Cosgrove’s liking. “We want to pass the ball around defenders.  They run real fast and try to intimidate defenders.”

No official will admit this, but in these big games, they would prefer to let the teams play without interfering.  Things are let go and there will be collisions.  Players go down and there are no calls.  Both sides get upset.

First Chelsea Lynch goal celebrated

The key to the Amesbury win?  Limiting Dasa Haser.  “They definitely did better on Dasa today,” said Coach Cosgrove. “When players like that get into the right spot, they can score goals against anyone, but Amesbury had some tough defenders on her.”

Maddy Creps was one of them: “There was a lot of running trying to keep up with her (Dasa).  I felt that we did a pretty good job of containing her.”

“We knew that both teams were ready,” said senior Emma DiPietro afterwards. “We knew it would be a huge battle.  Last season in the state semi-finals we lost in double overtime.  We didn’t want that to happen again.”

Alyssa Pettet (5) and Jillian Bowen (3)

Manchester-Essex cruised through opponents in the D4 North tourney.  “We were ready for a tough game after a tight win over St. Mary’s (1-0) in the semis,” said Coach Thibodeau.

Amesbury’s Alyssa Pettet claimed that a change of style was key to the win: “We got into just kicking the ball.  We had to change back to our game and keep the ball on the ground and try to complete passes. We did that, and we scored the winning goal.”

The sun was shining and the breeze wasn’t as strong as it can be at Manning Field.

Manchester-Essex finishes 15-4-2.  “We had a great season,” said Coach Cosgrove.  “Our kids did everything we asked.”

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Action along the sidelines

Alli Napoli and Meg McElaney

Ashley Flood and Maia Esty

Avery Hallinan

Emma DiPietro (11) dropped by Madison Lawler (15)

ME goalie Bella Pomeroy

Pressure on Amesbury GK Alli Napoli

Shirt tug Emily Beck (6) on Chelsea Lynch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On to the D4 North finals for Manchester-Essex after 6-1 win over Mystic Valley

Dasa Hase (16) set up perfectly in front

Dasa’s shot splits Gianna Gray (23) and Rianna Griffiths (13)

Maya Baker had a goal and two assists for the Hornets

(Lynn MA) The starting time for Sunday’s Division 4 North finals between Amesbury and Manchester-Essex is 11AM.

I alert you to that because after seeing Manchester-Essex twice I know that they can strike early.

I saw it against Amesbury during the regular season; goal in forty seconds.

I saw it today in the D4 semi-finals against Mystic Valley: goal in twenty seconds.

And the Hornets (15-3-2) weren’t finished in either game.  Two more goals were scored against both teams in the next ten minutes.

Both of those games were history before halftime.

ME coach Luke Cosgrove put it succinctly: “We want to start fast, score goals, and keep it tight in the back.”  Mission accomplished against the #1 Eagles tonight in the D4 North semi-finals.

Dasa Hase and Jillian Bowen both scored twice for the Hornets.  Junior Maya Baker had a goal and two assists.  Lily Rhuda had a second-half goal for Mystic Valley.

Jillian Bowen (2 goals) about to take a penalty kick

Seedings can be misleading because they’re based only on a team’s record.  In other states they tweak the seedings based on the strength of schedules.

The team from Malden came in with an excellent 16-2 record.  They had allowed only one goal in their last seven games and had scored thirty-nine goals.

The problem for the Eagles was that they play in the Commonwealth Conference.  “We have a much weaker schedule,” said MV coach Lauren Henry afterwards.

Jade Cromwell (4) led a very solid ME defense

“We’re not used to facing a team like Manchester-Essex.  They were bigger, faster, and had a lot of skills.”

Manchester-Essex is in the Cape Ann League where very competitive opposition abounds and teams toughen each other up for tournament play.

The Hornets will face a familiar CAL foe in Amesbury on Sunday (Remember 11AM) in the D4 North title game.

I was very impressed with the passing skills of Manchester-Essex.  Teammates getting open were rewarded with feeds.

Right from the get-go, ME was unselfish.  Maya Baker brought the ball down the left side, drew defenders, and sent a pass past MV goal Gwen Rhuda to sophomore Dasa Hase in front.  Quick score, twenty seconds into the game.

Maya Baker shoots to score goal 2

Less than two minutes later Maya Baker broke down the same wing.  MV was now concerned about Hornets in the middle.  Maya shot, instead of passing.  2-0 with just over two minutes gone by!

I quickly realized that MV’s stats, coming in, would not mean much to this-night’s Hornets.

The ME offense was impressive, but their defense led by Jade Cromwell was just as good, keeping the Eagles in their own end for most of the first ten minutes.

At 27:43 Bianca Antonucci fouled Jillian Bowen in the box.  Jillian drove the penalty kick past GK Gwen Rhuda.  3-0.

Action near the MV goal

Mystic Valley started to be able to get the ball into the ME side of the field but often the Hornets responded with more scoring chances.  One of those was a marvelous setup by Dasa Hase for freshman Elorie Willwerth.

At 9:11 Dasa Hase finished off a lengthy breakaway with her second goal of the game.  4-0.

Five minutes later Maya Baker put an excellent pass in front to Isabel Musco that was finished at 4:18. 5-0.

Hornets coach Luke Cosgrove substituted frequently in the first half and continued to do that in the second half.  “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”

Jillian Bowen managed to come out of this trio of Eagles for a shot and a goal

Senior Jillian Bowen tallied ME’s 6th goal ten minutes into the second half.  She put on a dribbling clinic (as my picture shows) through several Eagles to get into a shooting position.  “It was a team effort to get the ball up there,” Jillian explained.  “I took my space and took my shot when I had it.”  6-0.

Mystic Valley finally scored four minutes later.  “Shelagh Downes was outside the box,” recalled Coach Henry.  “She kicked it into the box and Lily Rhuda was fortunate enough to be right there and kicked it over the goalie’s head.”

Coach Cosgrove describing Jillian Bowen: “She has played well every week, every game.  She’s been doing it since preseason.  It’s great that she’s getting rewards for her hard work.”

Lily Rhuda (4) and Claire O’Brien (5)

The Hornets are undefeated in their last ten games dating back to a 3-0 loss to Division 2 Masconomet.

Jillian: “We know Amesbury pretty well.  It’s going to be a battle.  A quick start will be best for us.  We’ve have been preparing all season for them.”

Coach Cosgrove: “We split with Amesbury during the regular season but we’re a different team from game one (loss to Amesbury).  We’re more experienced.  We’ve had more time together and be able to coach them up and find our strengths and use them.”

College plans?  Jillian: “I have verbally committed to play soccer at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.  I have a lot of family connections out there.  I am planning on doing a five-year engineering program.”

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Rowan Schanley (30) elevates to avoid GK Gwen Rhuda

Rachel Albertazzi (10) dribbles into shooting range

Reaction to first goal

Madison Lawler (15) and Gianna Gray (23)

Kate Story

Jillian Bowen chased by Eagles defenders

Isabel Musco drives home a goal after being nicely set up by Maya Baker

Gwen Rhuda chases a loose ball

Dasa Hase shot at MV goalie Gwen Rhuda

Dasa Hase on the move

Dasa Hase after scoring the 4th ME goal

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport sweeps the CAL cross country championships

Lindsay MacLellan of North Reading (first)

Sam Acquaviva of Newburyport (first)

(Amesbury MA) The Newburyport Clippers had a big day at Woodsom Farm taking the Cape Ann League cross country titles in the boys and girls division.

Led by Sam Acquaviva and John Lucey, the Clippers added the CAL championship to their undefeated regular season.

“Sam is Sam,” said NHS coach Don Hennigar of his CAL championship repeat winner.  “That was the best race of John’s life.  To finish second in this league is so good.”

The misty/muddy conditions worried Sam although he ran most of the race alone.  “There was a lot that could go wrong in the conditions.  I always assume that the other runners will come back.”

On teammate John Lucey finishing second?  “It was nice to have John behind me.  It was unexpected.  He had a great race.”

John Lucey (2nd)

Newburyport won the race by forty points: (1) Sam Acquaviva, (2) John Lucey, (6) Dreese Fadil, (9) Cam Lasson, (17) Peter King.

Other top ten finishers: (3) Tyler Stranc, (4) Peter Lopata, (5) Sebastian Gilligan, (7) Will Kenny, (8) John Astrofsky, (10) Keegan Ritchie.

The totals in the girls’ race were much closer: Newburyport (68), Triton (76), Hamilton-Wenham (80).

The point scorers for Newburyport were; Ellie Schulson (4th), Lindsey Roberts (7th), Lucy Gagnon (14th), Olivia D’Ambrosio (20th), Caroline Wilson (23rd).

Clippers coach Don Hennigar: “Ellie Schulson (4th) and Lindsey Roberts (7th) were above and beyond today.  This was probably the best race Lindsey has ever had.”

Junior Lindsay MacLellan of North Reading was the upset winner.  Last year’s winner, Eva Feuerbach of Manchester-Essex, finished second.

Eve Feuerbach (2nd)

Don Hennigar: “That girl from Manchester-Essex doesn’t get beat very often and the girl from North Reading (Lindsay MacLellan) won by a lot.  Most people would call that an upset.”

I asked Lindsay MacLellan how she won the race.  “A lot of mud.  A lot of heart.  I’m a hilly person so this was the kind of course I like.  I gained separation (from Eva Feuerbach) at 2.75 miles.”

The win by Newburyport avenged a meet loss they had to Triton during the regular season.

Other top ten finishers; (3) Ellie Gay-Killeen, (5) Phoebe Rubio, (6) Lana Crosson, (8) Ava Cote, (9) Jemma Shea, (10) Sarah Harrington.

The race was held at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury.  Originally scheduled for Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park but the weather forced a change.  The weather actually wasn’t all that great at Woodsom today.

Second-place finisher John Lucey: “It was a tough race for everyone.  I was able to plot the best course through the mud in some sections.  Coming down the hills was dangerous in some places.”

John ran much of the race with no one near him ahead (Sam Acquaviva) or behind (Tyler Stranc).  How do you stay tuned in?  “I kind of get delusional.  Then I keep going because I think someone’s right behind me.”

Excellent job done by Amesbury AD Glenn Gearin and his staff handling the parking and other logistical issues.

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Newburyport’s Katherine Sheehy and Annie Siemasko accept the first-place trophy

Girls start

Ellie Gay-Killeen (Triton) 3rd

Ellie Schulson (Newburyport) 4th

Phoebe Rubio (Pentucket) 5th

Lana Crosson (Masconomet) 6th

Lindsey Roberts (Newburyport) 7th

Ava Cote (Hamilton-Wenham) 8th

Jemma Shea (Hamilton-Wenham) 9th

Sarah Harrington (Triton) 10th

Boys start

Sam Acquaviva shows off the Woodsom Farm mud

Tyler Stranc (Triton) 3rd

Peter Lopata (Pentucket) 4th

Sebastian Gilligan (Masconomet) 5th

Dreese Fadil (Newburyport) 6th

Will Kenny (Manchester-Essex) 7th

John Astrofsky (Lynnfield) 8th

Cam Lasson (Newburyport) 9th

Keegan Ritchie (Triton) 10th

 

 

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Manchester-Essex scores early defeating Amesbury 3-0 in first-place battle

Dasa Hase (2 goals and an assist) runs with Meg McElaney (3)

Jill Bowen had the second Hornets goal

(Amesbury MA) It didn’t figure to go this way.

Manchester-Essex (8-3-1) jumped on Amesbury (7-3-1) early and defeated the Indians, 3-0, to move to the top of the Baker Division in the Cape Ann League.

Why didn’t it figure to go this way?  (1) The last fourteen times the two teams have met, including this season, the Indians won twelve times.  (2) In the last seven games between the two teams ME had scored only twice.

And then to increase the chances of another bad outing, no team bus showed up in Manchester and the Hornets were forty-five minutes late getting to Cashman Field in Amesbury.

So the stats and the situation suggested strongly that Manchester-Essex would struggle…………but they didn’t.

Alyssa Pettet (5) and Emma Cochand (11) battle

“We knew that we couldn’t control being late on a bus,” said ME coach Luke Cosgrove afterwards, “but we knew that we could control the start.”

And that was where this game was won.  Early.

The visitors tallied a goal in the first forty seconds and by the end of eleven minutes had two more.  Amesbury never recovered.

That lack of reaction bothered Indians coach Adam Thibodeau.  “We gave up.  If the other team gets off to a better start, we give up.  All of our losses have been by big scores.”

Dasa Hase (16) nearly scored in the second half.

The catalyst in the Hornets’ three goals was sophomore Dasa Hase.  She had the opening goal, assisted Jill Bowen on the second, and scored the third.

“We put her (Dasa) in the middle to try and use her speed,” said Coach Cosgrove.  “Sometimes out wide her speed gets hidden.”

Teammate Drew Charlton sent Dasa off in the first minute with a long pass up the middle. Dasa dribbled into space and cashed an open look against AHS goalie Julia Campbell.

Alli Napoli (out with injuries for a few games) was in net for Amesbury in the second half.

“Julia (Campbell) was beaten three times,” said Coach Thibodeau, “but it wasn’t a keeper issue.  All three were wide-open shots.”

Emma DiPietro hit the crossbar in the first half

Amesbury came close twice in the last ten minutes of the first half.  Emma DiPietro hit the crossbar and Alyssa Pettet fired a direct kick over the net.

The three-goal halftime lead changed ME’s approach to the second half.  “In the second half we said let’s not concede a goal,” explained Coach Cosgrove.  “We rested our star players and we got out of here with another clean sheet.”

The Hornets had three defenders stay on their half of the field even when their teammates were advancing on the AHS goal in the second half.

“In the last seven games, we’ve scored a goal each time within the first seven minutes,” said Coach Cosgrove.

The Indians did themselves no favors in Division 4 with the loss.  “We now may have to go to them in the tournament,” said Coach Thibodeau.

Coach Thibodeau: “They’re a great team.  I was hoping for a better battle in a playoff atmosphere but it didn’t happen.”

Drew Charlton (21) clears

The Indians defeated ME 2-0 earlier in the season.  Chelsea Lynch (now out with turf toe) had both goals for AHS.

Amesbury eliminated Manchester-Essex last year in the first round of the D4 tournament.  They would go on to reach the state semi-finals before losing to Millis.

ME’s Jade Cromwell is a two-time CAL All-Star.

Emma DiPietro, Alli Napoli, Chelsea Lynch, and Alyssa Pettet of Amesbury were honored by the Cape Ann League after last season.

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AHS goalie Julia Campbell punts

Madison Lawler

Rachel Albertazzi chased by Meg McElaney and Bev Browne

Abby Lantz (7) and Maia Esty (15)

Alyssa Pettet

Alyssa Pettet and Jade Cromwell

Ashlee Porcaro shadows Dasa Hase

Hornets goalie Bella Pomeroy

Dasa Hase (16) congratulated by Jade Cromwell on her second goal

Dasa Hase (16) congratulated by Jill Bowen after her first goal

Ella Marinopoulos (8) dribbles

Emma DiPietro (11) and Claire O’Brien (5)

Emma DiPietro tries to get past Drew Charlton

 

 

 

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Amesbury rallies past Manchester-Essex 5-2 on Senior Day

Senior Hayley Catania pitched a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts

3B Molly Field sets to throw to first

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury took advantage of some shaky Manchester-Essex defense and defeated the Hornets, 5-2, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

“We took advantage of mistakes,” said Amesbury coach Jacquie Waters afterwards. “Their pitcher (Sydney Levasseur) was very good.”

Three Indians reached on errors and all three would score.

Today the Amesbury seniors (Haley Catania, Caitlin Conrad, Hannaih Burdick) were honored.

Haley celebrated in her own way pitching a 3-hitter and striking out seven Hornets.

Bella Graves tripled and scored a run in the second inning

Hannaih had two of the Indians five hits and drove in a run.

ME coach Frank Sarro was named Coach-of-the-year in the Cape Ann League last night.  Qualifying for the post-season was big news at Manchester-Essex.  I asked Frank when they had last qualified and he guessed it was 16-20 years ago.  Then I asked him when was the last time ME had defeated Amesbury.  He wasn’t sure that they ever had. That streak is at least thirteen, according to Mascores, going back to the 2011 season.

But today the Hornets had their chances.  This game went into the sixth inning with Amesbury holding on to a very slim 3-2 lead.  “The way the game was going was making me nervous,” recalled Coach Waters.

In the Manchester-Essex 6th, Hayley Catania struck out Taylor Reader but then walked Molly Field and Kristen Harding.  When the UMass (Boston) commit fell behind Sydney Levasseur 3-0 that one-run lead looked to be in serious jeopardy.  But back came Hayley to throw strikes and get Sydney swinging.  “That was a good comeback after going down in the count,” said Hayley afterwards.  Shortstop Emma DiPietro’s strong throw to first finished the inning and the Indians one-run lead was still standing.

Maddie DiPietro crosses home in the Amesbury sixth

In the seventh inning, two ME errors allowed the Indians to pad their lead by two runs and Hayley set down the Hornets 1-2-3 in their last at-bats to preserve the W.

Manchester-Essex took the lead in the second inning after Bella Graves’ triple to right center was followed by Michaela Edelstein’s bloop single to right field.

Amesbury tied it up in the third.  Hayley Catania singled to left and took second when Ella De Gaspe Beaubien bobbled the ball.  Hannaih Burdick’s single between third and short scored Hayley.

In the Manchester-Essex fourth, they took advantage of an Amesbury drop (2B Abby Aponas) to retake the lead.  Molly Field reached on the error and later would cross home on a fielder’s choice by Bella Graves.  Amesbury shortstop Emma Dipietro ended the Hornets scoring by assisting on the final out on a ball to deep short with a runner on third.

Amesbury pulled ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Meg McElaney walked, stole second and scored on SS Kristen Hardy’s 2-base throwing error.  Karleigh Walker, who reached second on the error, took third on a wild pitch and home on a passed ball.

Hayley Catania gets the assist on the final out of the game

The Indians created a 3-run cushion in the sixth.  Emma Catania reached on Molly Field’s 2-base throwing error and later pinchrunner Maddie DiPietro scored when 1B Michaela Edelstein, looking into a tough sun, couldn’t come up with Lauren Hale’s high chopper. Later in the inning, Abby Aponas scored on a wild pitch.

As you can see, ME was in this game but just didn’t play tight enough defense to end a “forever” streak against Amesbury.

“He (Frank Sarro) has done a nice coaching job with them,” said Coach Waters.

The D3 Hornets finish the regular season with a 10-10 record.  Coach Sarro credited the team’s senior leadership (Kristen Harding, Taylor Reader) for making it possible.

“I thought that we kind of got caught up in the festivities of today, but Hayley came through again for us,” explained Coach Waters.

The AHS coach was pleased with her team’s comeback after being down 2-1 in the 4th.  “We haven’t done that enough this year.”

Emma DiPietro steals second base

Amesbury (12-7) has Concord-Carlisle tomorrow (Thursday) away before the tourney pairing come out on June 5th.  No home tournament game for the Indians this time around.

That made today’s game the last one for Hayley on the home field.  “I have lots of memories from playing here,” she said.  Biggest one?  “It probably was my freshman year when we beat North Reading in the bottom of the 7th inning.”  The NR Hornets have a 50-game win streak still going against Cape Ann League teams during the regular season.  That streak goes back into Hayley’s freshman year.

I asked her about her pitching today: “My fastball and my drop curve were working but not my rise.”

There were many foul balls to the right side today.  A testimony to the speed of both pitchers.

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Kaylin Franceour

Catcher Claire Gendron eyes a foul pop

Karleigh Walker scores on a passed ball

Meg McElaney steals second

Michaela Edelstein

2B Bella Graves flips to first

Emma DiPietro made all the plays at shortstop today

Hannaih Burdick and 3B Molly Field

Abby Aponas

Hornets outfielders – Ella De Gaspe Beaubien, Taylor Reader, Sophia Pomeroy

Steal attempt by Molly Field in the first inning

Hayley, Caitlin, Hannaih

Hayley Catania

Hannaih Burdick

Caitlin Conrad

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Triton scores twice in last inning to edge Manchester-Essex 12-11

Ryan O’Connell heads for third as SS Tommy Lapham and 3B Marc Wood chase a grounder

Robbie Sarmanian rounds third after a first-inning homer

(Byfield MA) There were so many baserunners in this game that at least twice they had to delay the game while the bases themselves were repaired!

Not really, although two of the bases needed help.

Triton rallied for two runs in their last at-bats to overtake Manchester-Essex, 12-11, on a sunny/breezy Thursday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

This game radically changed complexions three different times.  “You talk about highs and lows,” said Triton coach Ryan McCarthy afterwards.

The Vikings (11-6) were down 3-0 after three Hornets (12-6) had batted.  However, by the end of the fifth inning Triton led “comfortably” 9-3.  The next three outs saw thirteen Hornets bat and unleash an 8-run inning that pushed them ahead 11-9 after six innings.  The Vikings got a run back in the bottom of the 6th to get within one and then grabbed the W in the final inning.

Kyle Odoy homered in the Triton 5th

“You can see that we can swing the bats,” said ME coach BJ Weed reflecting on his team’s eleven runs, which included two homers.  “Our problems all year have been defensive miscues and pitching.”

ME’s Mitch Paccone (2B) threw past second in the 3rd inning allowing two runs to score.  In the final inning a bad throw to first set up, in scoring position, the tying run and the winning run.

The Triton defense had its problems too.  Errors by 1B Kyle Odoy and SS Tommy Lapham enabled the Hornets to get some extra at-bats during their eight-run sixth inning.

Vikings starter Tommy Lapham was victimized by Robbie Sarmanian’s 3-run shot in the first.  “He’s a very good player,” said Tommy afterwards.  “I told myself after the homer to keep going.  It’s a long game.”

Tommy Lapham reached base five times and scored three runs

Tommy did settle down allowing just three hits into the sixth inning.  Meanwhile, after a scoreless first inning, the Vikings began to put on runners and put up runs.

The Hornets used five different pitchers (Dylan Wilson, Will Janowicz, Casey Fackre, Gavin Glass, and Cosmo Pallazola) during the game. None of them pitched longer that two innings. “We’ve got injuries and we’re trying to find out what we will have for pitching in the playoffs,” said Coach Weed.

The ME pitching struggled during innings 2-5.  In the second, two hit batsmen started a one-run inning.  In the third, an error paved the way for four runs.  In the fourth, a wild pitch scored one of Triton’s two runs.  And then there was freshman Kyle Odoy’s homer in the Vikings’ two-run fifth inning.  It looked all downhill for the visitors after five innings down 9-3.

“Manchester-Essex stuck around, and fought, and then went up,” recalled Coach McCarthy.

You wouldn’t have guessed that it would happen after watching five innings of this game.

“We’re a really good hitting team so I knew that we weren’t entirely out of it when we were down 9-3,” said Coach Weed.  And right he was.

Bennett O’Leary (10) homered to left starting the 8-run Hornets sixth inning

The Hornets started that productive sixth inning with a Bennett O’Leary homer.  Then ME put three singles and a walk together for another run.  Out went Tommy Lapham and in came Mark Glickman.  Two errors, two hits, and another walk and the Hornets caught the lead.  Cosmo Pallazola’s sacrifice fly padded the lead to two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

More pitching problems developed for ME.  Gavin Glass gave up a single to Tyler Godfrey.  Max McKenzie was the pinchrunner.  Max took second on one wild pitch and third on another.  Ross Lojek’s fielder’s choice brought Max across to make this a one-run game.

After a 1-2-3 top of the 7th, the Hornets brought on Cosmo Pallazola to attempt to hold onto that one-run lead.  A single, an infield error, and a sacrifice fly (Cam Gilroy) tied the score.  With Marc Wood (reached on the error) on second the Hornets intentionally walked Tommy Lapham.  A wild pitch moved the runners to 2B and 3B.  Another intentional walk loaded the bases with one out.  Another wild pitch brought Marc Wood home with the winning run.

Ross Lojek drove in three runs and scored two

Plenty of hits.  Triton had twelve including two doubles and a single from Tommy Lapham.  ME collected ten hits including two each from Robbie Sarmanian, Cosmo Pallazola, and Will Janowicz.

Ross Lojek had three RBI for the winners.

Kyle Odoy (1B), Dylan Shute (2B) and Cole Lojek (RF) had solid defensive plays in the first three innings.

Shortstop Tommy Lapham showed good range to get to a ball in the 7th inning and a strong arm to toss out the runner.

The Hornets have now lost four straight to Triton.

The Hornets were 19-4 last season reaching the Division 4 North finals.

The Hornets hadn’t lost in three weeks until today when their 8-game streak ended.  “I would rather lose now than in the playoffs,” said Coach Weed. “We’ve got some work to do.”

The Vikings had lost 3-of-4 before today’s win.  “We’ve been down lately,” said Coach McCarthy.  “We needed this one and we fought back to get it.”

“Mark Glickman came into a tight situation in relief and did a great job,” said Coach McCarthy.

Sunny day with the wind definitely blowing toward left.  Three homers (Robbie Sarmanian, Bennett O’Leary, and Kyle Odoy) went that way.

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Tommy Lapham jumps over 3B Marc Wood charging a grounder

Senior Marc Wood (4) mobbed after scoring the winning run

Kyle Odoy scores to tie the game in the 7th

Mitch Paccone ties the score at nine in the 6th inning

Dylan Shute avoids the tag of Cosmo Pallazola

2B Mitch Paccone in the middle of a 6-4-3 double play

Robbie Sarmanian greeted at home after a 3-run blast

Dylan Shute retrieves an infield bobble

Sophomore Mark Glickman was the winning pitcher

Cole Lojek out stealing

Ball drops in short right among three Hornets

Tommy Lapham and Bennett O’Leary

Finding the handle

 

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Manchester-Essex holds off Amesbury 5-4 in eight innings

Robbie Sarmanian settles under the final out.

Play at second

(Amesbury MA) “We have a lot of pitching options,” said Manchester-Essex coach BJ Weed.

And those of us watching yesterday afternoon at Amesbury High School saw five of them during an eight-inning game won by ME, 5-4, over the Indians on sunny Tuesday afternoon.

The Hornets (6-5) carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the 7th but Amesbury tied it on a sacrifice fly by Derek Beaupre.

Cosmo Pallazola escaped a 7th inning jam

Not only did the Indians tie it, but they had runners on first (Blake Bennett) and third (Logan Burrill) with only one out and a chance for a nifty comeback win. But not on this afternoon.  Reliever Cosmo Pallazola retired Derek Doherty on a popup and K’d Jeremy Lopez to extend the game.

AHS coach Joel Brierly told me after their last game, that his team needed to learn to be able to make the “routine plays.”

Their inability to make those routine plays gave the Hornets two runs in their half of the eighth.  A throwing error by 3B Tom Flanagan, a balk and wild pitch by pitcher Logan Burrill, and a misplayed fly ball in RF by Jeremy Lopez, were factors in the visitors collecting two runs.  Senior Jackson Levendusky drove across Robbie Sarmanian to get one of the runs.  Later Jackson scored, what proved to be the winning run, on the drop in right field.

3B Tom Flanagan makes a tough catch

Senior Robbie Sarmanian took over the pitching duties in the 8th for Manchester-Essex.  A walk and a fielder’s choice got Amesbury’s Tucker Molin to second.  Tucker scored when shortstop Bennett O’Leary threw away a two-out grounder.  Robbie, however, was able to catch the final out near the foul line to end the game and get the save.

Amesbury starter Graham Gannett gave up three runs on five hits during seven innings of work.

The Indians (5-6) flashed some pretty good defense through seven innings.  CF Logan Burrill turned a running catch into a double play in the Manchester third.  2B Derek Doherty handled a hard-hit, one-hopper to end the Hornets fourth.  3B Tom Flanagan ventured back toward the outfield and make a tough running catch to close the 7th inning.  Unfortunately, for Amesbury, the 8th inning wasn’t nearly as clean defensively and it cost the Indians dearly.

Elbow pain

Senior Mitch Paccone started for Manchester-Essex and left after three pitches to Amesbury’s second batter, complaining of elbow pain.  Dylan Wilson and Mason Paccone followed before Cosmo Pallazola came on for the 7th and Robbie Sarmanian finished for the visitors in the eighth.

ME got a run in the second inning.  Bennett O’Leary doubled to the fence in left and came home on a sacrifice fly by Cosmo Pallazola.

The Indians (3-7) evened the score in the 4th.  Derek Beaupre walked leading off and later was driven across on Tom Flanagan’s flair to right.

ME put two across in the fifth.  Mike Quill drove in Will Janowicz with a blooper to left field.  Later, Robbie Sarmanian’s fielder’s choice brought in freshman Will Levendusky.

The Division four Hornets have now defeated Amesbury four straight times.  The Hornets got by Amesbury 2-1 in April as Mitch Paccone K’d eight Indians and Jackson Levendusky drove in both runs.

Junior Mike Amundsen came off the AHS bench in the bottom of the 7th to provide some excitement on the bases.  Mike replaced Graham Gannett who had walked to start the inning.  Mike was then nearly picked off first and then second as many of his teammates were insisting that he stay closer to the base he was at.  Distracting a team’s defense without getting caught is probably a good thing.  Mike did get the 2nd AHS run.

3B Mike Quill battles the wind

Mike Quill and Will Janowicz each had two hits for ME.  Cosmo Pallazola had two rbi.

Tom Flanagan and Derek Beaupre each had an rbi for Amesbury.

Nice afternoon for baseball.  Later the shadows made it a little difficult for yours truly to see the ball.

Wondered why Mitch Paccone and his very sore elbow went from pitching to playing second base.  Probably not unusual.  I’ve seen pitchers throw many innings of pitches and then stop pitching and play shortstop.  Are those arms fooled??

ME pitcher Dylan Wilson stopped Tucker Molin’s hot grounder in the 4th inning with his stomach and then threw to first.

Coach BJ Weed watches from long range

ME coach BJ Weed served the last game of a two-game suspension by watching from the distant bleachers along the right-field foul line.

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Tag applied

Reaching for the bag

Will Janowicz had two hits

Shortstop Jon LaVerde calls

Pitcher Dylan Wilson

Lars Arntsen

Graham Gannett

Cosmo Pallazola

Mike Amundsen gets to third base

Mike Amundsen scores

Jackson Levendusky

AHS trouble in the eighth

 

 

 

 

 

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