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Casey McLaren and Tyler Koglin lead Newburyport by Masco 2-1

Casey McLaren congratulated by teammates Tommy Murphy and Nick White

2B Tyler Koglin

(Newburyport MA) Casey McLaren didn’t even see the play.

The tying run on third.  One out in the final inning.

Masco’s Matt Aldrich flaired a blooper to right with trouble written all over it.

“I headed for home,” recalled Casey afterward, “to back up a throw.”

But then Casey heard cheering.  “It took me a few seconds to realize that we’d gotten an out.”

Newburyport second baseman Tyler Koglin caused the cheers by racing back into right and making a remarkable over-the-shoulder catch to keep Andrew Gotts from scoring from third.

Tyler then handled the final grounder and the home team (Newburyport) had a 2-1 win over Masconomet on a summer-like Saturday afternoon in Cape Ann League action.

“That play the second baseman made in the last inning saved the game for them,” said Chieftains coach TJ Baril.  “That’s a real tough catch for a second baseman to make.”

Mark Rowe and TJ Baril

Newburyport coach Mark Rowe was equally enthusiastic about Tyler’s catch: “As far as making a big play in a special situation, his catch would rank near the top of the list in all the years I’ve been coaching.”

And then there was the pitching!

Senior Casey McLaren had a no-hitter going into the seventh and finished with a one-hitter.

Easy to overlook was Masco’s pitching but it was also solid. Freshman Erik Sibbach yielded only four singles in 3 innings while sophomore Aaron Zenus followed and held Newburyport hitless during his three innings of work.

Ryan Archer had an RBI single

“It was your classic pitcher’s duel,” said Coach Baril.

The Clippers (2-1) put three of their four hits together in the second inning and produced two runs out of it.

Parker McLaren singled to short center and went to second on a passed ball with no outs. Tommy Murphy followed with an infield hit moving Parker to third and then took second on an infield out.

A wild pitch brought Parker home and advanced Tommy to third.  Ryan Archer’s bloop single to center scored Tommy with the eventual game winner.

Casey McLaren

Casey McLaren was overpowering.  He retired the first eleven Masco batters before walking Pat Costigan in the 4th. The Tufts commit had eight strikeouts.

An error (Tyler Koglin) gave Masco a baserunner with two out in the 5th but Casey ended the inning striking out Ethan Cote.

The seventh inning was the big test for the Clippers.  Casey walked leadoff batter Pat Costigan on four pitches.  Andrew Gotts then lined Masco’s first hit to center.

“When Casey works ahead in the count, good things happen, “said Coach Rowe.  “In the seventh he fell behind the first batter, walked him, and then anything could have happened.”

Last year the Chieftains slugged twenty-two homers.  Almost all of those HR’s graduated.  Therefore, this year Masco is developing other ways to score runs.  One of those ways is to be aggressive on the bases.  In their opening win (6-2) over Lynn Classical the Chieftains had five steals.

Seventh inning action with the tying run on third

Today in the 7th with two on and no outs, the Chieftains successfully executed a double steal.  Next thing you knew, a wild pitch led to Masco’s first run and moved the other runner to third with no outs.  Suddenly the outcome wasn’t so certain.

But then Casey surrounded Tyler’s terrific catch with two infield grounders and the Clippers had their second win of the young season.

“It was a great Cape Ann League game,” said Coach Rowe.  “Two pretty good teams that should be in it in the end.”

Casey said that he was aware that he hadn’t given up any hits.  “I started thinking about it in the fifth inning.  Last year I had several one-hitters so I wanted to finally get a no-hitter, but it will have to wait.  Getting the win was more important. Both of my pitches were working well.  My curve ball was big against the top of their order.”

The weather was very pleasant and brought out a good crowd.

Part of the crowd at Pettingell Field

Coach Rowe: “Casey was outstanding.  He pitched some pretty good ones at the end of last season.  It’s hard for me to rank them however in this one he was as in command as he has been in a long time.”

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

Final out

Andrew Gotts had Masco’s first and only hit

Caught in a rundown

Erik Sibbach

Parker McLaren scores on a wild pitch in the second inning

Pat Costigan

Pat Costigan scores in the seventh

Ryan Archer steals second

Trouble in the field

Tyler Koglin about to throw to first

Shortstop Will Hunter and Tommy Greene

Shortstop Will Hunter fields a grounder

Tommy Murphy



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Pingree cruises to 9-1 win over Marianapolis in NEPSAC Class C girls’ soccer quarterfinals

Kerri Zerfoss splits Kaitlyn Dodos and Kayla Bolduc to get a good look and the first Pingree goal

Kerri Zerfoss splits Kaitlyn Dodos and Kayla Bolduc to get a good look and the first Pingree goal

Sophomore Olivia Pena keeps a close eye on 40-goal scorer Caroline Soucy

Sophomore Olivia Pena keeps a close eye on 40-goal scorer Caroline Soucy

(Hamilton MA) Pingree overwhelmed Marianapolis, 9-1, in the NEPSAC Class C girls’ soccer quarterfinals on a cloudy/sunny Wednesday afternoon.

Hat tricks by Charlotte Esty and Hannah Lejeune powered the Highlanders to their 13th straight victory and a matchup with Lexington Christian Academy at home on Saturday.

Today’s rout is a game Marianapolis will want to forget as quickly as possible. The highlight of Knights’ season was this past Saturday when they edged rival Wheeler, 1-0, to win the SENE tournament at home in Thompson, Connecticut in front of a large crowd .

In this one the Highlanders had only two goals after thirty minutes of the first half but added a killer goal in the final thirty seconds to take a more formidable, 3-0, halftime lead.

Taylor Landers drives home a rebound late in the first half

Taylor Landers drives home a rebound late in the first half

On that decisive third goal, with time running out, Pingree launched a long shot at Marianapolis goalie Jordan Desaulnier.  Jordan was unable to hold onto the ball and hustling Taylor Landers drove the rebound into the net.

Pingree returned from halftime and added three more goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half in a dominating performance.  The rest of the way was hugs and happy faces for the home team.

The Highlanders (15-1-1) played Lexington Christian Academy during the regular season but this time it will be the Class C semi-finals on Saturday at home.  The Highlanders defeated LCA, 3-1, in September.  Junior Charlotte Esty had the hat trick for Pingree in that one.

The Knights did get a goal five minutes into the second half after a scramble in front of the Pingree net resulted in the ball getting behind Highlanders GK Nicole Khachadourian.  Freshman Sage Auger was credited with the score.

Nicole Scarfo moves in for a great chance

Nicole Scarfo moves in for a great chance

A key to the Pingree win was containing junior Caroline Soucy.  Caroline, formerly of nearby Ipswich, had a record-setting (40 goals) season but on this day could never get the ball with time and space.  That time-and-space thing was not a problem for Pingree.  The combination of speed, dribbling ability, and unselfish teammates created openings for various Highlanders all afternoon.

Kerri Zerfoss (going to Northeastern) was trouble for Marianapolis every time she controlled the ball.  I saw her score one goal (Pingree’s first) but someone with better eyes than mine said she had a second as well.

The #2 seed Highlanders are the defending Class C champions.  They will need to win two more games to get there again.

loose ball in the box

loose ball in the box

Marianapolis (18-4-1) brought several busloads of students and they were quickly into the, “I believe that we will win,” chant.

Both teams were undefeated in their leagues this season.

The bottom-line difference between the two teams was Pingree’s ability to maneuver into high percentage scoring opportunities.  On the other hand, the Highlanders’ defense allowed little.

Freshman Hannah Lejeune converted a header in a crowd on an assist by Charlotte Esty.  Charlotte recorded her 100th point during this game.

(This is a blog so corrections are easily made.  Let me know.)

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

long afternoon for Marianapolis GK Jordan Desaulnier

long afternoon for Marianapolis GK Jordan Desaulnier

freshman Hannah Lejeune

freshman Hannah Lejeune

Hannah Lejeune (behind 17) about to slip in and head home the second Pingree goal

Hannah Lejeune (behind 17) about to slip in and head home the second Pingree goal

senior Elizabeth Sisko

senior Elizabeth Sisko

June Kiely was part of a solid Pingree defense

June Kiely was part of a solid Pingree defense

Charlotte Esty (hat trick) with time and space

Charlotte Esty (hat trick) with time and space

Pingree coach Doc Simpson

Pingree coach Doc Simpson

Megan Foye takes a spill

Megan Foye takes a spill

Kerri Zerfoss

Kerri Zerfoss

last run for Marianapolis

last run for Marianapolis


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Lawrence Academy (Class C) and Tilton School (Class B) Win NEPSAC Titles

(Beverly) I took in the Class C and Class B finals in the NEPSAC boys’ tournament at Endicott on Sunday afternoon.

The athleticism and action of these prep stars is always a treat.  Hardcore fans know that warm-ups will usually produce highlight-reel dunking shows.

Stars of the future take part.  A few years ago, Andray Blache was on hand for South Kent.

Jaymie Spears – The former Georgetown High player, now with St. Mark’s School had a long afternoon in the Class C finals against Lawrence Academy

I went to see Jaymie Spears, formerly of Georgetown High School.  I was pleased to see that not only was he on the St. Mark’s Lions roster but he was also a starter.

Once the game started, however, the former MVP of the Cape Ann League as a sophomore, had a nightmare game.

The Lions lost 55-43 and struggled against the spirited defense of undersized Lawrence Academy.  Jaymie got into trouble early with three turnovers that led to a couple of baskets.

The third turnover raised the frustration level of Coach Dave Lubick because Jaymie tried to go behind his back down the lane, was stripped and LA got a layup.

Jaymie had a steal and a rebound in the second ten minutesof the first half but missed two free throws, a trey, and a jumper from the left.  However, St. Mark’s trailed just 22-20 at the half.

The second half didn’t go well either.  Jaymie had good looks at a couple of three’s in the first five minutes and missed, getting pulled immediately after the second miss.  He had a couple of more looks at three’s later in the game and reluctantly shot them and missed both.  He did make two free throws in the last minute.

Therefore, he ended up with an unimpressive 0-for-6 shooting and three turnovers.  However, he’s a sophomore at St. Mark’s and getting a chance to play with top-flight players.  One of the seniors has a scholarship to Georgetown.

Shabazz Napier (#10) of Lawrence Academy hangs in for a layup versus St. Mark’s

The dazzler for St. Lawrence (29-0) was Shabazz Napier.  This guard is listed as a junior and I can assure you that D1 colleges know all about him.  He’s a great defender with speed to get open anywhere he wanted to.  His passing was noteworthy as well.  He was the MVP of the tourney.

I also saw Tilton School avenge an earlier loss to Marianapolis Prep School (Thompson CT) with a 69-61 win.

Tilton took control early and had depth that was amazing.  They started great players, went to the bench, and brought in more great players.  They put on an eye-catching pregame show with a freshman named Goodluck Okonoboh (6’7”) and a junior (Ryan Canty) displaying a variety of jams.

Ryan (6’9”)  was a dominating presence.  He is not only tall but also big and strong.  Marianapolis had no one who could deal with him.  During the game he did take a very hard fall on a breakaway when one of the Marianapolis players clobbered him to the ground.  No foul was called and Ryan got up and played on.

Gerald Coleman (20 points) of Tilton is heading for Providence and it won’t take him long to get there with his speed!  This was another player with all the ingredients to be great – shooter, quick, defender, and passer.

Gerald was the MVP of the Class B tournament.

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