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Pentucket get six to get 7-6 walkoff win vs Notre Dame

Walkoff win excitement
Nikki Mitchell hit the game-winner

(Groveland) “That pitch was just right, that’s all I can say,” said an excited Nikki Mitchell afterwards.

Nikki laced a two-strike, two-out double to right that drove across the game-winner for Pentucket.

“It was amazing,” Nikki said. “I am so happy.  I knew we could do it.”

Notre Dame Academy took the hard-luck 7-6 loss on Monday afternoon.

The Lancers (6-3) carried a 6-1 lead into the Pentucket seventh.  Lancers’ starter Carly Smith entered the inning with seven strikeouts and no walks. The home team only had two hits.

Lexi Martineau had three hits and scored three runs

There was little reason to think that things would change so drastically in the final half inning.

But change they.

“We’ve been in every game so far and we don’t give up,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.

Nikki Mitchell started the inning with a walk and ended the inning with a walkoff double.

Pentucket got four walks in the inning and benefitted from a high throw to the plate that scored a run.

Close play at first

The excitement grew as the inning unfolded. 

After Carly Smith registered her eighth strikeout, Pentucket was down to its final out and trailed 6-4.  They did, however, have two runners on and Kayla Murphy batting.  Kayla had struck out twice but this time, down to her last strike, she found the gap in right-center and tied the game.

After an intentional walk to Meghan Hamel, it was Nikki Mitchell’s turn.  Nikki had collected Pentucket’s first hit in fifth inning.  Nikki, like Kayla, got two strikes on her before hitting a ball over the rightfielder’s head which easily scored Kayla with the game-winner.

Lancer out at the plate

The team immediately mobbed Kayla after she scored while Nikki stood at second base.  “I was a little surprised by that,” laughed Nikki.  Shortly thereafter, however, the team got it walkoff celebration corrected and descended on Nikki. 

“Kayla and Nikki with two strikes on them got the job done for us,” said Coach Deb Smith.

“It was a tough loss,” said NDA coach Fred Smith.  “At the end there were a couple of walks by us and a couple of big hits by them.”

“We were on the other end of a game like this against Whittier on Friday,” he added.

Coach Deb Smith and Coach Fred Smith

“We’ve been working so hard as a team,” said Coach Deb Smith.  “Everyone did their job today.  It was a total team effort.”

Lexi Martineau paced the Lancers with three of their five hits.  She scored three runs and drove in two.

Lexi’s first hit drove in two runs in the 3-run NDA third inning.

Two walks, two hits, and two wild pitches gave the Lancers two more runs in the fifth inning.

Shortstop Sarah Freitas

Meanwhile NDA’s Carly Smith retired twelve straight batters before Pentucket put a hit batsman and two singles together to load the bases.  Emma Lopata drove in Pentucket’s first run with a fielder’s choice. 

NDA got the run back with a hit and three straight walks in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 6-1.

A key play in that NDA seventh inning was an attempt to steal home that turned into the final out of the inning.  There had been three straight walks.

And that set the stage for Pentucket’s ten-batter, six-run, final inning.

The weather was unpleasant.  You really have to dress for winter!

Notre Dame   0   0   3   0   2   0   1   =  6

Pentucket       0   0   0   0   1   0   6   =  7

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Pentucket unofficial box

Notre Dame Academy unofficial box

Play at third

Nikki Mitchell handles a popup

3B Emma Lopata

Molly Lebel

Sarah Freitas heads home with first NDA run

Shortstop Kayla Murphy

Play at second

3B Izzy Coit

1B Syd Pichette

Watching the game

Carly Smith

Celebrating their remarkable comeback

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Pitcher/Hitter Rachel Cyr leads Amesbury past Notre Dame Academy 11-2 in D3 North quarterfinals

Rachel Cyr had nine strikeouts, four hits, and three RBI for Amesbury

Rachel Cyr had nine strikeouts, four hits, and three RBI for Amesbury

Alexis Boswell scored three runs and drove in two runs

Alexis Boswell scored three runs and drove in two runs

(Amesbury MA) Rachel Cyr struck out nine and drove in three runs leading Amesbury past Notre Dame Academy (Tyngsboro) 11-2 in the Division 3 North quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon.

Next opponent for the Indians (16-6) will be Lowell Catholic on Thursday night (6:45PM) at Martin Field in Lowell.

This was a 2-2 game after 3 1/2 innings but Amesbury put up a six-spot in the fourth and the team from the Commonwealth Athletic Conference never recovered.

Rachel Cyr was extremely effective.  The AHS senior threw strikes (no walks) and K’d nine of the Lancers.  She also retired the last seven batters she faced to thwart any comeback plans NDA may have had.

The Indians jumped off to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third.  Rachel had a part in both runs.  In the second, she singled to deep short and her pinchrunner (Liv Stolworthy) came in on Zoe Fitzgerald’s single to short left.  In the third, after teammates Alexis Boswell and Autumn Kligerman reached, Rachel had an RBI single up the middle.

Kendall Liggett slides across with the first NDA run

Kendall Liggett slides across with the first NDA run

The Lancers (12-11) rallied back to tie the score in the fourth inning.  After Kendall Liggett singled, Regan Szekely doubled hard down the first baseline scoring Kendall.  Breanna Richard ran for Regan.  Tara Kelleher followed with a grounder that got between AHS first baseman Zoe Fitzgerald and second baseman Lauren Fedorchak allowing Breanna Richard to hustle home with the second NDA run.

Amesbury gained separation in their half of the fourth inning.  The Indians put seven hits together to collect six runs in an inning extended by a 2-out drop by centerfielder Mary Grace Handy.  Amesbury sent ten batters to the plate.

trouble in the outfield

trouble in the outfield

In the sixth inning the Indians added three runs.  Rachel Cyr had her third RBI and teammate Alexis Boswell scored her third run of the game.  This inning was also extended for Amesbury by another drop in centerfield.

Clare Handy paced NDA with two hits.

For Amesbury, Rachel Cyr had four hits while Alexis Boswell had three hits.  Alexis also had two RBI.

NDA rightfielder Loren Sullivan made a nice running catch in the third inning.

Alexis Boswell chased Regan Szekely’s double into some Wrigley Field vegetation in foul territory in the NDA fourth inning.

Second baseman Lauren Fedorchak made a terrific running catch in foul territory of a popup in the third inning.

Amanda Schell

Amanda Schell

Meg Aponas and Amanda Schell hit long foul balls to left.

Last home game for Rachel Cyr, Alexis Boswell, Lucy Scholz, and Amanda Schell.

NDA was 13-7 last season.

The Lancers had two close games with Rockport this season.

Amesbury and St. Mary’s of Lynn are just a win away from facing each other in the D3 North finals.  The Spartans defeated the Indians 4-1 in a game this season at Amesbury.

Amesbury box

Notre Dame Academy box

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

Deanna Desmond ready to tag out Meg Aponas

Deanna Desmond ready to tag out Meg Aponas

Alexis Boswell tracks down a double

Alexis Boswell tracks down a double

close play

close play

Regan Szekely

Regan Szekely

shortstop Kaycie Pereira

shortstop Kaycie Pereira

Lauren Fedorchak runs down a foul popup

Lauren Fedorchak runs down a foul popup

Allie Wilson

Allie Wilson

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