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Ruben Sanca and Amanda Nurse win 10-mile Yankee Homecoming race

Amanda Nurse female champion

Ruben Sanca male champion

(Newburyport MA) Ruben Sanca and Amanda Nurse captured titles in the 59th Yankee Homecoming 10-mile race on Tuesday night.

Both titlists won by over a minute under warm but breezy conditions.  The race starts and ends at Newburyport High School.

The 10-mile race was interesting to watch in the early going because a 5K race with 1631 entrants started on the same route ten minutes earlier.

Despite the ten-minute head start, one mile into the race the best of the 10-milers started to overtake 5K stragglers.

I annually position myself one mile into the race on High Street near the Cushing Museum.  Trying to get an unobstructed picture of the leading 10-milers is always a challenge with runners from both races intermingling.

Dan O’Flynn leads at one mile and will win the 5K event

I did get a good look, however, at the leaders of the 5K race. Actually, I should say leader because Dan O’Flynn of Ipswich had a nice lead at one mile.

Ruben Sanca (1967) follows the motorcycle.

Amanda Nurse at the Cushing Museum

Winners in either the 5K or the 10-mile race are ALWAYS in/near the front after a mile.  That held true today for Dan O’Flynn, Ruben Sanca, and Amanda Nurse.

After I see the runners from both races at one mile, I walk back to Newburyport High School to catch the top runners in the 10K.

Two things I noticed about the ten mile race; one before the race and the other later when I checked the results.  First, the gap between finishers was large.  Ruben Sanca won by over a minute.  The gap between 3rd and 4th was 2 ½ minutes!  I can recall a race, that finished in the back, where three runners were all within sight battling for the win in the last fifteen yards.

Second was that there wasn’t a single top-ten repeater from last year in this year’s race.  How does that happen?  We’re talking a complete turnover in a race that pays money!

I hoped to chat with the men’s winner afterwards, but he had left.  At 6’2” I think I would have spotted him if he was anywhere nearby.

After seeing my one-mile pictures, I might have asked if he had brought a runner along to help him set a fast pace in the early going.  My picture of Ruben at one mile has a runner with him who never finished.  Maybe the other runner went out too fast?  Maybe he was a pace setter?

Amanda Nurse

I did track down Amanda Nurse, who was the women’s winner.  This was Amanda’s first time in the race.  She had been to Newburyport before but only to visit the waterfront.  She was treating the race as a training event as she prepares to run the Berlin Marathon in Europe in September.  I asked her how she won the race (27th overall): “I started out with one other woman and then I just found a pack of men that I was able to stay with.  I averaged something like 5:55 for the first half.  I started to feel a little tired when I hit that first hill (up from the Chain Bridge rotary).  I just stuck with it and started to separate from some people.  I ran on my own for the last three miles.”

I mentioned the turnover of runners in the 10-mile race.  One of the runners, Justin Freeman, who finished 7th, was the winner in the 2011 YH 10-miler that I covered.

There were 1631 starters in the 5K and it seems to draw a good collection of local runners.  I found three schools (Amesbury, Triton, Pentucket) with runners (Brian Abel, Colin Brennan, Peter Lopata, Will Coppola) near the front.

I did homework on some of the top finishers.

Ruben Sanca – from Cape Verde and is training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, put into the UMass Lowell Hall of Fame in 2017, runs for Whirlaway.

Dan Vassallo – business consultant at Gravoc in Peabody, runs for Central Mass Striders.

Garrett Kenyon – ran at Creighton University.

Jason Reilly – from Rhode Island, 114th in Boston Marathon.

Jerry Lanning – went to Colorado State, runs for the Greater Boston Track Club.

Mark Hegarty – went to Springfield Cathedral and UMass Lowell, runs for Whirlaway.

Eric Mendoza – history teacher in Boston, went to Gonzaga, runs for the Greater Boston Track Club.

Jackie Solimine – 2nd woman in 10-mile, named UMass Lowell’s scholar/athlete of the year in 2017, finished with 3.88 GPA majoring in mechanical engineering, runs for Whirlaway.

McGrath Bissaillon – went to Providence, father coaches Amesbury track (?).

Chris Mahoney – went to UMass Amherst, is a biopharmaceutical scientist, runs for the Central Mass Striders.

Race Results

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Amanda Nurse nears the finish line

Ruben Sanca heads for the finish

Justin Freeman leads the way over several top-ten finishers at one mile in the 10-mile race

Jackie Solimine – 2nd female, 10 mile race

Caroline Turner – 3rd female 10 mile race

Brian Abel (2), Colin Brennan (224), Peter Lopata (1310), Will Coppola (2651)

Joe Rand, Steve Dowsett, Eric Salvo 5K runners

Dan O’Flynn

Heather Page finishes the 5K

 

 

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The Clippers are alive and well!

The Clippers finished their late-season run to the tournament today.

Casey McLaren – Two-hitter with nine K’s

Casey McLaren – Triple that drove in two runs

(Newburyport MA) Struggling along with a 3-10 record after their May 10th loss to Masco, any tournament plans were dreams of the highest order.

Needing seven straight wins to qualify for the post-season, the Clippers completed that remarkable accomplishment with a 3-0 victory over Essex Tech on Saturday afternoon.

Coach Mark Rowe said that his team’s approach changed after that 10th loss.  “We talked in the dugout the next day and I told them that our chances of making the tournament were slim, but they weren’t none.  We changed our focus to only the next game and not beyond it. We ended up beating several teams that had defeated us in our first meeting.”

Junior Casey McLaren didn’t do it all for the Clippers (10-10) today but he came close!  He drove in Newburyport’s first two runs in the third inning with a triple to the fence in right center.  On the mound he struck out nine, allowed only two hits, and started a 1-6-3 double play.

Ken Hodge scores an insurance run in the 5th inning

“When he (Casey) throws strikes, with his speed, he is going to put himself in a good spot,” said Coach Rowe.  “Today he was dominant and overpowering.”

Essex Tech coach Jed Beauparlant agreed: “We ran into a pretty good pitcher today.  He had us off balance.”

Casey told me afterwards, “My fastball was on and for part of the game I had a good curveball.”

The Clippers got an insurance run in the fifth inning.  After Ken Hodge walked, the Hawks decided to intentionally walk Casey.  Made sense since Casey had tripled in his previous at-bat while Tommy Greene (the next batter) had popped out twice.  What made “sense” didn’t work out for ET, however, as Tommy laced a run-scoring single down the line in right.

The Hawks (7-12) had only four baserunners in the game and three of them were cut down on the bases.  Andrew Fournier had ET’s first hit on a beautiful bunt in the third inning but was thrown out attempting to steal.  Will Preshon was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning but later was taken out in the middle of a well-turned 1-6-3 double play.  The killer for the Hawks was in their 6th when Ben Condon tripled to the fence with two outs.  Four pitches later Ben thought that the count was 3-2 and when Chris Masta swung and missed Ben ran toward home thinking the inning was over.  That miscue got him caught in a rundown in which he was tagged out by catcher Ken Hodge to end the inning.  “You have to be mentally engaged,” said Coach Beauparlant afterwards. “He thought the count was 3-2.”

Hawks starter Jack Christianson

Coach Beauparlant liked the work of his freshman starter Jack Christianson. “That was a good experience for him.  It was nice that his brother (seniorDylan) was the catcher.”

The Clippers left nine runners stranded and had four hits.

Senior Ken Hodge scored two runs for NHS.

Casey McLaren afterwards: “We’ve won seven in a row but every one has been a battle.  Nothing was easy.  We had to beat teams we had already lost to.  I feel bad for whoever has to play us in the first round!”

Coach Rowe: “I’m very happy for the kids.  They got to play today in front of a great crowd.”

Former NHS coach Bill Pettingill was in the house.

Weather?  Over in Amesbury it rained three different times before the three o’clock start time.  I came over after the third rain shower just to see if it might still be played.  Arrived just before the first pitch.  Had to scramble a bit to get this one covered but was glad to see the tourney-clincher.

Jed Beauparlant: “I’m proud of the way my guys battled after being eliminated from the playoffs last week.”

The tourney selections come out on Tuesday.  Certainly the Clippers will be at the bottom of the seeding and will face one of the top seeds.  As Casey suggested, that high seed could get more than they bargain for.

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Ben Condon on his way to third

Ben Condon caught in a rundown

Walker Barkiewicz makes a putout

Chris Masta and Parker McLaren

Tommy Greene drove in a run

Ben Condon talks to Coach Beauparlant

Andrew Wellman

Shortstop Tommy Murphy reaches for a low throw as Andrew Fournier tries to steal second

Tommy Murphy holds on after being upended by Andrew Fournier

SS Chris Masta throws to first

Ken Hodge scored two runs

3B Ty Coglin throws to first

Max Faigen

Play at first

Clippers dugout

 

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Senior Paige Gouldthorpe shuts down Masco 12-0 on Senior’s Day

Pitcher Paige Gouldthorpe tossed to 1B Courtney Walsh five times in this game

The Clippers had baserunners all afternoon

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport pitcher Paige Gouldthorpe made her last appearance at Pioneer Park a good one.

The Clippers (11-7) took Masco out, 12-0, via the mercy rule in the sixth inning on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Pioneer Park.

“Paige looked good on the mound, which was key to this win,” said NHS coach Bob Gillespie afterwards.

Paige registered eight strikeouts, walked none, and gave up only four singles.

Masco (5-14) was their own worst enemy in this one yielding thirteen walks and committing three errors during the game.

Surprisingly, Newburyport did not have a huge inning, although they were rolling in that direction in the sixth inning with four runs and counting as the game was called.

Liv Salvatore had five RBI including a bases-clearing double in the 2nd inning

Junior Liv Salvatore was the hitting star for the home team driving across five teammates.  Her bases-loaded double cleared the bases and gave Newburyport a 5-0 lead in the second.

Masco coach Frank Kowalski used three pitchers (Alex Locke, Olivia Molloy, and Liv Filmore) during the game.

The Clippers started their half of the first with four straight baserunners.  Meg Winn reached on an error (3B Vanessa Hurley) and the others were walked.  A run was forced in and a quick pitching change happened.

Olivia Molloy came on in relief and got three groundouts and the Clippers were held to a two-run inning.

An error by 3B Vanessa Hurley extended the second inning, loading the bases.  This was when Liv Salvatore drove home three unearned runs with a double.

Meanwhile, Paige Gouldthorpe was throwing hard with good control.  The senior scattered four hits and handled five grounders.  Masco had only one fly ball out in the game.

The Chieftains brought on Liv Filmore in the 5th inning and the Clippers batted around.  Three walks and three hits (Paige Gouldthorpe, Annie Siemasko, Callie Caponigro) led to three runs. The inning ended with the bases filled with Clippers.

The Clippers combined one hit with four walks and a Chieftain error in the 6th inning to get the four runs needed to end this game early.

Annie Siemasko reached base five times

Both Liv Salvatore and Annie Siemasko reached base all five times they batted.  Both had two hits.

Sophia Cicilla, Gabby McSweeney, Brianna Mellilo, and Sheila Caputo had the hits for Masco.

Callie Caponigro came off the Newburyport bench to get two hits and drive in two runs.

Paige Gouldthorpe on the game: “That’s two shutouts in a row for us.  It’s a confidence builder going into the tournament.”

Paige on Pioneer Park: “I started learning the game here.  I was in 3rd or 4th grade.  This is the mound where I started pitching from.  There are good memories here for me.”

It was Senior’s Day and I thought I would get recognized but instead they honored Paige, Courtney Walsh, and Sarah Linehan.

Masco senior Gabby McSweeney

In a nice gesture, the Clippers recognized the seniors on the Masco team before the game.  Paige sang the National Anthem.

Clippers coach Bob Gillespie: “We needed this one to get ready for the playoffs next week.  We hit the ball, played good defense and Paige was on her game.”

Newburyport had eight days off before today’s game and may have that many days off again before the tournament starts.  “Maybe we’ll get in an alumni scrimmage before the tournament,” said Coach Gillespie.

Good crowd on hand.  I suspect that many of them were connected to the NHS seniors.

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Lily Andrews

Double play

Mikayla Vincent

3B Vanessa Hurley chases a grounder

Paige Gouldthorpe slides into 2B as shortstop Gabby McSweeney takes the throw

Paige Gouldthorpe pitches

Third base coach Bob Gillespie sends Maddie Duford home

Trouble in the Masco infield

Courtney Walsh looks at a pitch from Liv Filmore

Callie Caponigro (11) off of 2B after driving in two runs

Seniors Paige Gouldthorpe, Courtney Walsh, and Sarah Linehan

 

 

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Newburyport wins Spofford Tournament 2-1 over Georgetown

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

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

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

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

Kyle Greenler

Casey McLaren

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

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

Kyle and Casey dominated batters all game long.

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

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

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

Junior Tommy Murphy drove in both Newburyport runs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Clippers celebrate their 9th win of the season

Newburyport team with the Spofford Tournament trophy

Pitcher Casey McLaren returns with the MVP award

The run to celebrate as the game ends

Ty Koglin

LF Justin Ziolkowski tracks down a fly ball.

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

Infield hit

Georgetown crowd

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport reaches tourney with 10-1 win over nonleague Northeast Metro

Paige Gouldthorpe fired a 2-hitter and K’d eight Knights in a tournament-qualifying win over Northeast Metro

Annie Siemasko (7) lands on home plate after a third-inning homer

The Clippers stayed away from slugger Kayleigh Brammer

(Newburyport MA) It was the way life should be for the Newburport softball team.

“We kept it together the whole game,” said NHS coach Bob Gillespie after the Clippers had defeated non-league Northeast Metro, 10-1, on a cold Friday afternoon on Pepe Field.

The win gave the Division Two home team their ninth win and a berth in the post-season with two games remaining.

Junior Annie Siemasko said afterwards, “I am so excited about making the tournament.  It’s the first time for me.  We’ve been close before but now we’ve finally made it.”

Northeast Metro coach Bruce Rich and his team were dazzled by Clippers’ starter Paige Gouldthorpe.  The NHS senior tossed a 2-hitter and struck out eight Knights.  “Their pitcher was outstanding.  She’s about as fast as we’ve seen.  She had great location and mixed speeds well.”

Liv Salvatore (13) beats the tag attempt of Tae Scott

“I was able to throw strikes today and get them to hit,” said Paige post-game.

On this successful day, the Clippers (9-7) stayed away from error-driven innings in the field.  Newburyport survived a drop in the 7th (Annie Siemasko) and a collision in the outfield in the 4th.  Northeast Metro wasn’t as fortunate.

Two walks and two errors set up the Clippers for three runs in the first.  Both walkers (Paige Gouldthorpe, Courtney Walsh) and Annie Siemasko (who reached on shortstop Tae Scott’s error) came across.  Freshman Cali Caponigro drove a run in during the NHS good start.

A key to the win was the way Newburyport kept the Knight’s junior slugger Kayleigh Brammer from hurting them.  Kayleigh already has ten home runs this season.  The way Paige was mowing her teammates down, Kayleigh batted only three times and was walked twice.  The third time Paige got her to ground out.

Costly Knights’ error in Newburyport’s six-run 4th inning

“We kept her (Kayleigh Brammer) off the bases,” said Coach Gillespie.  “She has the ability to play at the next level.”

Annie Siemasko launched a home run to right center in the 3rd to boost the NHS advantage to 4-0.

The Knights (10-5) answered with a run.  Kayleigh Brammer walked and alertly reached third on Kat Zeylaya’s bunt when no one covered third.  Catcher Sarah Linehan’s wild throw to second allowed Kayleigh to score. Paige handled the two-on, two-out situation by striking out Joanna Agostini to limit the damage to one run.

The Clippers fourth was when they expanded their 4-1 lead and gained game-deciding separation from the visitors from Wakefield.

Cali Caponigro (11) drives in a run

Newburyport had tallied only two runs and had two outs in the 4th inning but the inning got extended when pitcher Julia Carrillo couldn’t handle Courtney Walsh’s grounder.  The Clippers would tack on four unearned runs after the miscue. Again, walks played a part.  There were four NHS walks and three scored.

The 10-1 lead carried the rest of the way.  The Knights did get two on in the 7th but a baserunning blunder ruined a promising two-on, no-out’s situation and no inroads were made into the Clippers lead.

Annie Siemasko paced Newburyport with three RBI and scored three runs.  Cali Caponigro drove in two Clippers with two hits.  Mikayla Vincent had two hits and an RBI.

Paige walked three.  Two were semi-intentionals to Kayleigh Brammer.  The Keene State commit handled five chances flawlessly.

Brooke Rogers tagged out at home by Sofie Wyzanski

Northeast Metro (Division Three) is in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with teams such as Whittier.  The Knights had won three of their last four games before the loss today.

It was a cold afternoon in the shade and not too bad in the sun.

I am always looking to expand my vocabulary.  New word: frenemy.  Paige dropped that one on me to explain her relationship to shortstop Bridget Sheehan of Triton who watched the game.

Bridget’s Vikings (15-1) take on undefeated North Reading on Monday afternoon at Triton.  That should be a game to see……..and blog about.

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NHS coach Bob Gillespie and Brooke Rogers

Seventh inning drop

Play at third

Annie Siemasko eyes a pitch from Julia Carrillo

Outfield collision but LF Cali Caponigro holds on

3B Liv Salvatore

2B Kat Zeylaya

Northeast coach Bruce Rich

Courtney Walsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton gets 11th straight with 8-3 win over Newburyport

Emily Karvielis waits for throw from Bridget Sheehan as Meg Winn slides

Triton coach Dave Dupere congratulates Zoe Cesati

(Byfield MA) “Where’s Triton?’”

“In Byfield, where’s that?”

I’m expecting some strangers to show up to watch Triton softball in the near future.  Possibly tomorrow at the Manchester-Essex game but certainly at Monday’s showdown with 14-1 North Reading.

What’s all the excitement?  The Vikings are having a season to remember.  They’ve won eleven straight and are making loud noises in Division Two.  The Boston Herald has Triton ranked 25th in that division today.

This afternoon, Triton (14-1) rallied past Newburyport, 8-3.

“We’ve been underestimated all season,” said CF Zoe Cesati afterwards.

Zoe bounced a two-run homer (first of the year) off the top of the center field fence in Triton’s three-run sixth that gave the home team a 7-2 cushion.

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn finishes a double play

I chose to do today’s game because I was certain that Newburyport (8-7) was better than the team I saw taken out 17-1 in five innings by Triton on May 1st.

And right I was.  For three innings today, the Clippers looked capable of pulling a huge upset.  Triton?  Very shaky in the field in the first inning and able to get only two hits in three innings off NHS starter Paige Gouldthorpe.

That shaky defense (three errors) cost Triton two runs and Paige’s pitching had the home team down, 2-0, after three.

“We’ve been down early before and have responded well,” said Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.

Bridget Sheehan (3) heads home on a triple by Emily Karvielis

And respond they did.  The defense tightened, and the hits followed.

“Everyone started hitting,” explained RF Dani West. “That’s what we needed.”

The Vikings batted around in the 4th inning, collecting four runs on five hits.  “Hitting is our primary focus in practice,” said Coach Dupere. “We play good defense, but we’ve got to hit to win games.”

Triton finished with eleven hits on the afternoon.  Junior Bridget Sheehan led the way with three hits and the Cape Ann League All-Star scored three times.

The Vikings would add a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Taylor Penniman beats out a bunt

Newburyport had seven hits getting three of them (Meg Winn, Annie Siemasko, Liv Salvatore) in the 7th and producing a run.

Annie Siemasko and Liv Salvatore each had two hits.  Meg Winn scored twice.

Taylor Penniman and Grace McGonagle had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

Annie Siemasko and Zoe Cesati both made nice running catches in center field.

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn turned a double play on an infield grounder.

“I have to credit Grace McGonagle,” added Coach Dupere. “The kid gets on every time up!”  Grace had two hits, a walk, and was hit by a pitch.

Carisa Boyle slides into second

Emily Karvielis had a run-producing triple in the sixth.  Defensively she had five assists and handled three popups.

SeniorDani West (RF) plans to attend Wentworth in the fall to study architecture.  Glad to learn from Dani that her mother was better.  Dani’s mother was hit by a foul ball at Amesbury earlier in the month.  “She has a little concussion and coach now has a special helmet for her to wear at our games.”

“Defensively, we were spotty in the first inning, but we cleaned it up after that,” said Coach Dupere.

Pitcher Katherine Quigley was the winning pitcher.  She is 13-1 this season.  The sophomore seldom overpowers anyone but pitches to spots and lets Triton’s defense take care of the rest.  Katherine gave up one earned run today.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan looks for the last grounder

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan finished the game handling an obstructed-view grounder.

Dave Dupere was leery about looking past the ME game tomorrow toward Monday’s rematch with North Reading.  So I’ll do it.  The Vikings lost 6-2 on April 18th at North Reading.  Catcher Tara Driver had three homers for the Hornets.  Tara will be going to D1 Niagara on a softball scholarship.  Find a way to minimize Tara and Triton could come away with a CAL title.  By the way, both teams are in Division 2 so a third game between the two might be in the cards come tournament time.  Pentucket did the Vikings a huge favor yesterday by defeating NR 7-3, ending a long (since 2015) winning streak the Hornets had going in the Cape Ann League.  The CAL title should be on the line on Monday afternoon in Byfield.

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Mikayla Vincent

Taylor Penniman

Shortstop Meg Winn hauls in a short pop to left

Annie Siemasko (2 hits) eyes a pitch

Triton fans

Katherine Quigley

Abby Maines

Zoe Cesati bats

Zoe Cesati

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amesbury boys/girls sweep Pentucket and Newburyport in outdoor track

Michaela Halloran quickly takes the lead for Amesbury in the 2-mile

Drew Everett and Brian Abel are 1-2 in the two-mile

(Newburyport MA) Good day for the boys/girls track teams of Amesbury.

The undefeated Indians came away with victories over Pentucket and Newburyport on a comfortable, then chilly, Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League outdoor track at Fuller Field.

Division 2 Pentucket and Division 3 Amesbury have two of the best track teams in the area.  Both were 7-1 last year. Be certain that when the CAL season ends, the Sachems and Indians will figure significantly in the post-season races.

Please permit a paragraph of whine: With no numbers, it is a challenge to  sort out names.  With no posted stats, it is a challenge to produce accurate results.

Reminds me of some Maine lore.  An out-of-towner drove into a small Maine village and hit a tremendous pot hole.  After coming to a stop, and checking his tire, the Flatlander expressed his displeasure to the first local he saw.  “Why don’t you have a sign warning about that pot hole?” he asked.  The local guy responded, “Everybody knows about it.”

Pentucket’s Keegan O’Keefe finishes the 4×100

Kind of like area outdoor track.  Who needs a program when everyone knows each other!

That’s one of the things I like about outdoor track; relaxed atmosphere.  There’s plenty of socializing and plenty of encouraging going on.

I thought that host Newburyport was wonderfully organized.  Things ran smoothly and quickly.

Fuller Field seems to be perfectly set up for outdoor track.  Are bleachers a necessity?  Not on this afternoon.

Prime reason for covering today’s meet?  Take a look at UNH commit Saige Tudisco.  The Pentucket senior delivered.  Won all four events (long jump, high jump, 100 hurdles, 200) and she was in with a next-level approach to each event.  The highlight for Saige may have been beating the very fast Caroline Schissel (Amesbury) in the 200.

Saige Tudisco edges Caroline Schissel in the 200

Caroline Schissel (left) nips teammate Schuyler Snay in the 100. Kaley Enright is 3rd.

Earlier, Caroline had a win over teammate Schuyler Snay in the 100 setting an Amesbury school record (12.19) in the process.

The Amesbury girls defeated Pentucket 79-66 while the AHS boys won 78-67.

The third school in the tri-meet (Newburyport) had wins from Sam Acquaviva (800) and Donte Harmon (100 meters).

Freshman Syeira Campbell takes the 400

Pentucket’s promising freshman (Syeira Campell) cruised in the 400 (59-84).

Amesbury’s Chelsea Lynch (400 hurdles, pole vault, 800) and Michaela Halloran (mile, two mile, 4 x 100 relay) finished first in three events.

The weather today highlighted the best of spring (sunny 60s) early on and later lowlighted the worst of spring (cloudy, windy, fog, 40s). How do you dress for such conditions?

(All of the pictures, and there are plenty, will enlarge if you click on them.)

Charlie Schissel wins tight 200

Schuyler Snay finishes the 4 x 100

John Sydlowski wins 400

Amesbury’s Sydlowski twins

400 – Chelsea Lynch, Ellison Seymour, Maia Esty

Clippers Donte Harmon wins the 100

110 hurdles – Jack Clohisy wins

Saige in the 100 hurdles

Sam LaPointe, Zach Labrecque, John Nelson watch the shot put competition

Drew Everett and Chelsea Lynch

Saige in the high jump

Chelsea Lynch won the pole vault

Beverly Browne sets to pole vault

Peter Lopata takes the mile for Pentucket

Michaela Halloran cruises in the two-mile

Saige in the long jump

Saige Tudisco

Chelsea Lynch takes 400 hurdles

Newburyport senior Anastasia Hansen honored before the meet

 

 

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