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Amesbury takes out Pentucket 13-4 with seven-run 4th inning

Sage Dodier had a 2-run homer in the decisive Amesbury 4th inning

AHS starter Hayley Catania allowed just three hits after the third inning.

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury (7-2) blew open a close game with a 7-run fourth inning and defeated Pentucket, 13-4, on a chilly Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians sent eleven batters to the plate in the deciding 4th and rattled seven hits around Perry Field including home runs by sophomores Kaylie Cloutier and Sage Dodier.

This game started as a slugfest with loud outs and hits by both teams.

The Sachems (8-4) were ahead 3-1 after 2 ½ innings thanks to an RBI triple by Taylor Fitzpatrick and a home run by Madi Codair.

The rest of the way AHS winning pitcher, Hayley Catania, limited the visitors to only three hits and one run.

The Indians pushed ahead in their half of the 3rd inning.  A dropped throw (2B Caitlin Kutcher) in the infield and a ball misplayed in the outfield (LF Mo Quinn) were crucial in allowing the home team to get three runs and take the lead (4-3) for good.

Caity Baker (3 hits, 2 rbi) drops down a bunt

Everything went right for the Indians in the game-deciding 4th inning.  There were solid hits, bloopers, and bunts to clog the bases and big hits (triple Hayley Catania) to clear them.

What happened after Mikayla Porcaro drove in the 4th run of the inning was what did in Pentucket.  Kaylie Cloutier, who had looked overmatched in striking out the inning before, got into a Julie Freitas fastball and lined it over the head of RF Taylor Fitzpatrick and circled the bases.

After Abby Aponas walked, Pentucket coach John Walsh brought in junior Mady Gatchell to face pinch-hitter Sage Dodier.  The sophomore matched the Cloutier shot over RF and also ran the bases.

Now in front, 11-3, the Indians had the margin to thwart any comeback plans by the Sachems the rest of the way.

Caity Baker paced the AHS attack with three of their sixteen hits.  Maddie Napoli, Emma DiPietro, Hannaih Burdick, Hayley Catania, and Mikayla Porcaro each had two hits.

Madi Codair homered in the 3rd inning

Junior Madi Codair had two hits and two RBI for Pentucket.

Busy schedule ahead for both teams as they have three more games this week.

Neither team had lost in May coming into this afternoon’s game.  Pentucket had won six straight.  Amesbury had now won four in a row.

Both teams have losses to North Reading.

The temperatures were in the mid-50’s even though the sun was shining.

It struck me as odd to have someone named “Autumn” (West) playing third at Amesbury.  Brought back memories of Autumn Kligerman.  What a senior year she had!

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Shortstop Maddie Napoli throws to first

Maddie Napoli flips to 2B Abby Aponas to force Autumn West as Emma DiPietro watches from the outfield

Mo Quinn

Julie Freitas

Sage Dodier

Fiona Hill makes a nice catch in center

Brigid Ramsden

The flip that ended the game

Emma DiPietro slides into 2B as Kim Kowalick awaits throw

2B Caitlin Kutcher

Hannaih Burdick (2 hits,2 runs scored) fields a single in right.

Senior Mikayla Porcaro (2 hits,3 rbi)

Taylor Fitzpatrick (triple,rbi) handles a single to right

 

 

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Autumn West and Julie Freitas lead Pentucket to opening win

Autumn West scores the first Pentucket run as Paige Gouldthorpe applies the late tag.

Pitcher Julie Freitas and Caitlin Kutcher after Newburyport’s final out

(Newburyport MA) The Pentucket/Newburyport softball matchup once again did not deviate from its usual pattern.

The Sachems (1-0), for the third straight time, carried a tight game into the late innings and came away with a win.

This time the final was 3-2 on a gorgeous Monday afternoon at Pepe Field in Pioneer Park in Cape Ann League action.

Junior Autumn West the hitting star for Pentucket.  The Sachems third baseman collected half of their six hits, scored their first run, and drove in what turned out to be the game winner.

Junior Julie (“Bug” to some) Freitas got the win for Pentucket striking out six including Mandy Linehan with two-on, and two out, in the bottom of the 7th.

Neither team hit the ball very hard.  There were no extra-base hits.

Junior Paige Gouldthorpe was the tough-luck loser for Newburyport (0-1).  Paige struck out Sachems in every inning and ended with 12 K’s.

Seeing-eye, dribblers through the NHS infield by Autumn West and Madi Codair in the first inning turned into two runs later in the inning.  Autumn slid home on a wild pitch and Madi scored on Gina D’Agostino’s fielder’s choice.

Madi Codair saves a run.

Fiona Hill saved runs with her catch in the 6th.

Those two Pentucket runs held up until the 5th and 6th.  The Clippers scored twice but stranded five baserunners in those two frames.  The key to limiting Newburyport to just two runs?  Terrific catches by 2B Madi Codair (5th) and CF Fiona Hill (6th).  In both instances the catches were made just above the ground.  Fiona’s catch was with the bases loaded.  If that ball had gotten past her the Clippers probably would have added three runs.  Crucial catches by both players!

Catrina Madden tallied the winning run with aggressive baserunning in the final inning

Aggressive base-running by sophomore Catrina Madden set up Pentucket’s game winner in the seventh inning.  Catrina singled, stole second after a strikeout, and reached third on a passed ball.  Autumn West’s opposite-field grounder over first easily scored Catrina with the Sachems third run.

In the Clippers 7th, pinchrunner Meghan Rogers reached second with two outs.  Olivia Salvatore ripped a single to left but it was hit so hard, and Pentucket LF Taylor Fitzpatrick got the ball back in so fast, that Meghan was held a third.  Julie Freitas then ended this one by striking out Mandy Linehan.

Good game.  Close game.  Entertaining game.

The weather (70’s) for April 10th was remarkable.

Sophomore Mikayla Vincent made several nice plays in left for the Clippers while Taylor Fitzpatrick did the same in the same position for Pentucket.

Pentucket was 13-8 last year while Newburyport was 7-13.

Last year in Newburyport’s opener at Pentucket, Mo Quinn drove in two runs in the bottom of the 7th for an 8-7 Sachems win.  Later when the teams met in May in Newburyport, Madi Codair had a 2-run double in the 9th inning that led to a 3-1 Pentucket victory.

The Clippers stranded eleven baserunners including eight in the final four innings.  Clutch pitching by Julie Freitas and star-in-the-book catches by Madi Codair and Fiona Hill gave Pentucket the W.

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NHS captains Caitlin Clarke, Jade Carpenter, and Mandy Linehan

Madi Codair throws to first

Grounder gets past NHS shortstop Jade Carpenter in the first

Meghan Winn throws to first

Infield hit

Taylor Fitzpatrick makes a catch in left

Taylor Fitzpatrick runs down a potential gapper.

Autumn West flashes a smile after driving in the eventual game winner in the 7th

Madi Codair tosses to first

Julie Freitas pitches

Paige Gouldthorpe had 12 strikeouts

LF Mikayla Vincnet snares a liner. The sophomore also drove in a NHS run

Catrina Madden reaches third in the 7th inning

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Will Parsons (21 points) leads Triton by Pentucket 48-39 in D3 North First Round

 

Will Parsons (21 points) and Spencer Pacy (14 points)

Will Parsons (21 points) and Spencer Pacy (14 points)

Will Parsons had seventeen points in the second half

Will Parsons had seventeen points in the second half

(Byfield MA) Will Parsons (21 points) carried Triton to a 48-39 First Round win over Pentucket on Tuesday night.

Triton will face Newburyport on Friday night at Newburyport (7PM) in the Division 3 North quarterfinals.

Will Parsons had a seventeen-point second half.  His three with 1:48 left in the game gave the Vikings two-possession separation (43-37) and Pentucket couldn’t recover.

Pentucket (12-9) did make a remarkable recovery in the first half.  Held to one point in the first quarter and down 14-5 two minutes into the second quarter, it looked like a blowout in the making.  But it wasn’t.

Nate McGrail squeezed between two Vikings

Nate McGrail squeezed between two Vikings

The Sachems put a run of sixteen straight points together and 1 ½ minutes into the second half had a 21-14 advantage.  Now it was Triton’s turn to look to be in serious trouble.

A key to Pentucket’s run to the lead was Spencer Pacy’s ability to get to the basket.  The Sachems’ sophomore had eight in the second quarter and fourteen for the game.

Triton’s Will Parsons took over the offense in the second half.  Tightly covered by Spencer Pacy and other, the talented junior found ways to add twelve points in the third quarter alone.  His old-fashioned three in the closing seconds of the quarter put the Vikings in front for good (28-26).

If you watch enough Triton games you’ve seen junior Colin Brennan get hot a few times.  Pentucket did everything they could to prevent it.  However, in the first 1 ½ minutes of the final quarter, Colin drained two three’s.  The second one put the Vikings ahead, 36-28.

Jack McCarthy hemmed in by a trio of Sachems

Jack McCarthy hemmed in by a trio of Sachems

Time for Pentucket to look to be in serious trouble.  But with two close games versus Triton this season you suspected that they weren’t done.  An old-fashioned three (Nate McGrail), a jumper (Spencer Pacy), and a Conor O’Neil triple put Pentucket within two 38-36 with 3 ½ minutes left.  Anyone’s game.

The crowd was amazing throughout the contest.  And they had plenty to get excited about.  Two-point game with 3 ½ left in a tournament game?  It got loud!

The Sachems, however, had only a Conor O’Neil free throw to show for the crunch-time 2 ½ minutes that followed.

The Vikings during this same segment combined a layup by Jack McCarthy, a three by Will Parsons, and another layup by Jack McCarthy and this restored their eight-point lead (45-37) with a minute left.

Three turnovers and two missed free throws were unfortunate parts of the final minutes of Pentucket’s 2016-17 season.

Both Will Parsons and Liam Spillane went off the court in the 4th quarter with what appeared to be leg cramps.  Will did return to nail a crucial 3-pointer.

Triton was without point-guard Chris Trotta.  Sophomores Dylan Shute and Gabe Butts gained extra floor time as a result.

Liam Spillane loose in the lane

Liam Spillane loose in the lane

Both teams entered tonight’s game on 3-game winning streaks.

Pentucket had a remarkable win over Newburyport recently after losing to the Clippers by 35 points in their first meeting.  A number of the NHS players took in tonight’s game.

It was a well-behaved crowd that had plenty to cheer about.

Conor O’Neil had ten points for Pentucket.

Pentucket box

Triton box

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Triton starts to celebrate

Triton starts to celebrate

Jack McCarthy looks for an opening

Jack McCarthy looks for an opening

Battle for a rebound

Battle for a rebound

Liam Spillane looks to pass

Liam Spillane looks to pass

Colin Brennan finds the range

Colin Brennan finds the range

Pentucket faithful

Pentucket faithful

Gus Flaherty on a break

Gus Flaherty on a break

Nate McGrail finds a lane to the hoop

Nate McGrail finds a lane to the hoop

Gus Flaherty shoots the last shot of the first quarter

Gus Flaherty shoots the last shot of the first quarter

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton hangs on for 53-50 win over Pentucket

Liam Spillane breaks in after a steal.

Liam Spillane breaks in after a steal.

Spencer Pacy (15 points) and Will Parsons (14 points)

Spencer Pacy (15 points) and Will Parsons (14 points)

(West Newbury MA) We all watched the last shot to see if this game would go into overtime.

When Conor O’Neil’s 3-point attempt bounced away after hitting the rim Triton had a 53-50 win over Pentucket on Wednesday afternoon/evening.

This was a close Cape Ann League game with eight lead changes in the first half and three ties in the final quarter.

The Vikings (4-2) rode Colin Brennan’s two last-minute 3’s in the third quarter to take its biggest lead of the day (41-33).

Nate McGrail (10 points) sails in for two

Nate McGrail (10 points) sails in for two

Pentucket (2-4) did not go away.  They started the final period with eight unanswered points on 3’s by Steven Johanson and Conor O’Neil plus a Nate McGrail layin.  Suddenly the game was tied (41-41) with just under six minutes left.  There for either team to win.

The Sachems were only down one (49-48) with 2:26 to go after sophomore Spencer Pacy’s layup.

The next two scores were by Triton and they were crucial to the outcome.  John McCarthy’s jump shot put the Vikings up by three (51-48).  Then came the killer score as Triton ran down the clock and Will Parsons made an off-balanced leaner in the lane as the shot-clock sounded.

A five-point lead with 1:13 left should be safe but not when you miss all four free throws in the last minute.

Fortunately for the winners from Byfield, Pentucket was no better at the line.  After Nate McGrail converted an offensive rebound the Sachems missed two free throws including the front end of a one-and-one.

However, because Triton also missed free throws Pentucket ended up with a shot to tie.  Conor O’Neil had two defenders (Liam Spillane and Chris Trotta) to shoot over but there was a window for the game-extender from the top of the key.

Colin Brennan (four 3's)

Colin Brennan (four 3’s)

Will Parsons and Colin Brennan each had fourteen points for the winners.  Colin connected four times from long range.

Spencer Pacy (14), Nate McGrail (10), and Gus Flaherty (10) reached double figures for Pentucket.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but the power went out at the Pentucket gym just before the game actually started.

Triton’s Liam Spillane had an impressive first half with points, assists, and steals.

Pentucket’s Spencer Pacy had the knack of getting to the basket and finishing.

Going into this one Pentucket had won five of the six previous games against Triton.

One of Pentucket’s top three scorers from last season (Jimmy Cleary) was inactive due to an ankle injury.  The Sachems could have used his outside shooting versus Triton.  Jimmy should be back playing next week.

Triton was 9-11 last season while Pentucket was 9-10.

Triton box from the game.

Pentucket box from the game.

Triton hosts Georgetown on Friday night while Pentucket hosts Manchester-Essex.

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Liam Spillane finishes

Liam Spillane finishes

Pass blocked

Pass blocked

John McCarthy in the lane

John McCarthy in the lane

Gabe Butts

Gabe Butts

Spencer Pacy defended by John McCarthy

Spencer Pacy defended by John McCarthy

Sophomore Gus Flaherty chased by Cameron Willey

Sophomore Gus Flaherty chased by Cameron Willey

Will Parsons

Will Parsons

Zander Willis gets two

Zander Willis gets two

Conor O'Neil

Conor O’Neil

Conor O'Neil triple-teamed

Conor O’Neil triple-teamed

Gus Flaherty (10 points) drives on Dylan Shute

Gus Flaherty (10 points) drives on Dylan Shute

Colin Ganzenmuller battles for a rebound

Colin Ganzenmuller battles for a rebound

Nate McGrail covers Will Parsons

Nate McGrail covers Will Parsons

 

 

 

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Strong second half gets Pentucket girls past North Reading 50-35

Pentucket trap

Pentucket trap

(West Newbury MA) Pentucket had a rousing second half and defeated North Reading, 50-35, in Cape Ann League action on Tuesday night.

These teams shared the league title last year and split their games with each other during the season.

Graduation had put a serious dent into both teams and I was curious to see what they would be like this season.

The defenses on both sides were impressive.  There were very few direct routes to the basket.

One of the glaring stats in this game was the high number of turnovers.  By my count, each team committed twenty-five of them.  The traveling violations by both squads almost reached the epidemic level.  But that is what happens when defenses play well.

Taylor Moore (33) and Emily Riley (31) eye one of the many rebounds off of free throws.

Taylor Moore (33) and Emily Riley (31) eye one of the many rebounds off of free throws.

The other glaring stat was the free throw shooting.  It was atrocious.  The Sachems (3-0) missed twenty-three times while the Hornets (2-1) missed ten.

The visitors broke away from a 6-6 tie (2:41 of the first) and had a ten-point lead (22-12) with 2:12 to go in the second quarter.  The key to the NR breakaway was made 3’s by Taylor Moore, Victoria Grasso, and Ali Grasso.

Meanwhile, Pentucket struggled to make any kind of shot.

The second half was an entirely different story.  Pentucket put in two freshmen (Angelina Yacubacci and Casey Hunt) to start and off the Sachems went.  The home team made shots and that allowed their press to get set up.  NR did not react well and had eleven of their TO’s in the third quarter alone.

Angelina Yacubacci had nine points in Pentucket's third quarter

Angelina Yacubacci had nine points in Pentucket’s third quarter

Angelina Yacubacci led the Sachems with nine points and all of them came in the terrific Pentucket third quarter.

Pentucket put a 15-1 run together to get ahead for good, 27-23 with an Alyssa Demeule layup assisted by Bella Doyle at 2:30 of the 3rd quarter being the final points.

By the end of the 3rd, the Sachems led, 34-27, and looked to be pulling away for good.  Suddenly, however, in two straight possessions in the final quarter, the Hornets (Casey McAuliffe, Lauren Sullivan) drained 3-pointers.  Now within a point (34-33) with 6 ½ minutes left, it was once again anyone’s game.

That Pentucket defense that had been good turned to very good over the final 6 ½ minutes.  NR was limited to two points by a defense that would not allow penetration.  There was plenty of side-to-side stuff going on but getting to the basket ended for North Reading.

In the same final minutes, Pentucket started with nine unanswered points. They had two layups (Liv Cross, Emily Riley) on assists by freshman Casey Hunt.  An NR turnover led to a layup (Emily Riley) and then senior Colleen Jameson added a dagger-three to drive the Pentucket lead to ten (43-33) and this game was history.

Sophomore Casey McAuliffe led all scorers with ten points.

Casey Hunt (20) and Ali Grasso (3)

Casey Hunt (20) and Ali Grasso (3)

Key matchup, with plenty of future potential, was between freshman point guards Casey Hunt and Ali Grasso.

NR’s 6-5 Jess Lezon is now at Yale.  Jess had seventeen points and twenty rebounds in the Hornets win last February at Pentucket.

NR’s Kat Hassapis will be playing soccer at Bentley in the fall of 2017.

John McNamara’s coaching record at Pentucket is now at 217-35.  This year’s team is young but the defense is very good.  The offense?  They have size but taking advantage of it versus NR led to many turnovers.  I’m guessing that the foul shooting will become less “foul” as the season goes on.

The biggest surprise for me was the temperature in the gym.  What happened to the heat?  Anyone who has been there in the past knows how tropical it was.  Maybe a window was open?

North Reading was 20-3 last year and reached the D3 North finals.  Pentucket was 16-6 and lost in the first round to Triton.

Pentucket box

North Reading box

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Casey Hunt breaks away

Casey Hunt breaks away

Bella Doyle (14) dribbles in traffic

Bella Doyle (14) dribbles in traffic

Colleen Jameson made two 3's for Pentucket

Colleen Jameson made two 3’s for Pentucket

Second half starters for Pentucket

Second half starters for Pentucket

loose ball

loose ball

Lauren Sullivan drives

Lauren Sullivan drives

Liv Cross (32) makes a layup

Liv Cross (32) makes a layup

Kat Hassapis fouls out

Kat Hassapis fouls out

Lauren Sullivan sets to shoot with Alyssa Demeule defending

Lauren Sullivan sets to shoot with Alyssa Demeule defending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SC 2016 Cape Ann League Outdoor Championship Track Meet

Meet MVP Alec Reduker

Meet MVP Alec Reduker

Meet MVP Carolyn Modlish

Meet MVP Carolyn Modlish

(Boxford MA) The team winners at the 2016 Cape Ann League outdoor championship track meet were the Amesbury boys and the North Reading girls on a cloudy Saturday afternoon at Masconomet.

Amesbury held off second-place North Reading 113 to 100 while the NR girls had a 125.75 to 91 advantage over runner-up Hamilton-Wenham.

Newburyport’s Alec Reduker and Pentucket’s Carolyn Modlish were selected by the CAL coaches as the top performers at the meet.

I was at Masco for the afternoon part of the event.

OFFICIAL STATS FROM THE MEET

Girls’ team stats

Boys’ team stats

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Alex Reduker

Alex Reduker

Alec Reduker (Newburyport), Brandon Amello (Triton) - 110 meter hurdles

Alec Reduker (Newburyport), Brandon Amello (Triton) – 110 meter hurdles

Daniela Garcia (Hamilton-Wenham), Brooke Taylor (Amesbury), Caroline Schissel (Amesbury) - 100 meters

Daniela Garcia (Hamilton-Wenham), Brooke Taylor (Amesbury), Caroline Schissel (Amesbury) – 100 meters

Keith Merchant (Amesbury), Ian Riaf (Hamilton-Wenham), Jackson Hastings (North Reading) - 100 meters

Keith Merchant (Amesbury), Ian Riaf (Hamilton-Wenham), Jackson Hastings (North Reading) – 100 meters

lunge for the finish

lunge for the finish

Sam Coppola (Pentucket), Jack Carleo (Newburyport) - 800 meters

Sam Coppola (Pentucket), Jack Carleo (Newburyport) – 800 meters

Carolyn Modlish (Pentucket), Julia Koenig (Hamilton-Wenham) - 400 meters

Carolyn Modlish (Pentucket), Julia Koenig (Hamilton-Wenham) – 400 meters

Daniel Allara (Hamilton-Wenham), Fred Halloran (Amesbury) - 400 meters

Daniel Allara (Hamilton-Wenham), Fred Halloran (Amesbury) – 400 meters

Geena Gangi (Masco), Carolina Ivanov (Ipswich), Brooke Taylor (Amesbury) - 200 meters

Geena Gangi (Masco), Carolina Ivanov (Ipswich), Brooke Taylor (Amesbury) – 200 meters

Relay start

Relay start

Keith Merchant and Nick Copelas

Keith Merchant and Nick Copelas

Jack Carleo and Joe Molvar exchange the baton for Newburyport

Jack Carleo and Joe Molvar exchange the baton for Newburyport

Katryn Dwyer (Pentucket), Daniela Garcia (Hamilton-Wenham), Jenna Raffael (North Reading) - 4X100 relay

Katryn Dwyer (Pentucket), Daniela Garcia (Hamilton-Wenham), Jenna Raffael (North Reading) – 4X100 relay

Tight relay finish

Tight relay finish

Passing the baton

Passing the baton

Amanda Recupero ((pswich), Sarah Maggiacomo (Triton) - 4X400 relay

Amanda Recupero (Ipswich), Sarah Maggiacomo (Triton) – 4X400 relay

Ipswich baton exchange

Ipswich baton exchange

Fred Halloran

Keith Merchant

Sam Coppola (Pentucket), Keith Merchant (Amesbury), Tom Helms (North Reading) in 4X100 relay

Sam Coppola (Pentucket), Fred Halloran (Amesbury), Tom Helms (North Reading) in 4X100 relay

Maddie Quigley and Morgan Snow

Maddie Quigley and Morgan Snow

 

 

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Danny Baribeault (42 points) takes Newburyport past Pentucket 71-59

Danny Baribeault (42 points) had a night of high-percentage shots like this one.

Danny Baribeault (42 points) had a night of high-percentage shots like this one.

Danny Baribeault among four Sachems

Danny Baribeault among four Sachems

(Haverhill MA) Newburyport outscored Pentucket 15-3 over the final six minutes to break a tie and go on to a 71-59 win in Round 1 of the D3 North at Whittier on Tuesday night.

And then there was Danny. Senior Danny Baribeault, that is. Forty-two points in as smooth a performance as you’ll see in such a big scoring night.

Only two three-point shots in Danny’s night. No need for low-percentage three-pointers when the inside had openings galore. Five times Danny was able to score off of offensive rebounds.

Danny Baribeault looks for two

Danny Baribeault looks for two

I knew Danny was accumulating points but what distracted me from noticing his totals was that undersized Pentucket was very much in this one until the final six minutes.

There were six lead changes and six ties before things went south at the end for the team from West Newbury.

The Sachems (9-10) hadn’t played in nineteen days but there certainly wasn’t any evidence of it in the early going. Pentucket put eleven unanswered points together (a three by Jimmy Cleary included) and were ahead 16-4 with two minutes left in the first quarter.

It took an 11-2 run in the second period for the Clippers (11-10) to get all the way back, 25-25, with 2:24 left until halftime.

Robbie Shays had a three in that sequence and Cam MacRae made a marvelous save of a ball going out of bounds (right in front of me) and set up teammate Brendan Powers for the tying score.

Jacob Dickson’s trey at the buzzer gave Pentucket a 32-27 advantage.

Jimmy Cleary in the corner

Jimmy Cleary in the corner

The Sachems only lost a point off their lead in the third quarter despite Danny Baribeault’s remarkable seventeen points. Danny put eight of those scores in a package to send NHS ahead, 39-35, but later Pentucket answered with nine in a row (another three from Jimmy Cleary in the mix) to lead 48-43. The quarter ended, 50-46.

The outcome was still very much in doubt into the final period. The Sachems, however, had players in foul trouble. Those are the players who hurt you on defense and on this night Danny Baribeault saw plenty of openings.

Conor O’Neil’s three knotted things at 56-56. But right after that came a layup by Danny (on a nice feed from Cam MacRae), two free throws by Robbie Shay, and a drive by Cam MacRae. This small run gave Newburyport separation (62-56) with four minutes left. Pentucket needed the long-range fix but in the end game dialing long-distance got no answers. All three of the Sachems’ points in the final four minutes were from the foul line.

Conor O'Neil

Conor O’Neil

Junior Conor O’Neil (18 points), and Nate McGrail (10 points) paced the Sachems.

Robbie Shay had thirteen points including seven in the final quarter. Cam MacRae added ten points.

Newburyport moves on to face Cape Ann League opponent Lynnfield on Friday night (7PM) at Lynnfield. The Clippers lost twice to the Pioneers during the regular season.

Plenty of support on hand for both teams.

Pentucket reached the D3 state semifinals at the Garden last year. The Sachems were wiped out by graduation and the transfer of Pat Friermuth but scrapped and scrambled their way to enough wins to qualify for the tournament this year.

One things that didn’t impress me about Pentucket was their free throw shooting. In the OT win over Newburyport to start the season they made only 9 of 29 attempts. Tonight it was 12-for-23.

In Newburyport’s win over Pentucket (48-32) freshman Casey McLaren had twenty-seven. This time around Casey had only two but teammate Danny made up plenty of slack with his 42 points.

After six turnovers in a tough first quarter the Clippers had only four miscues the rest of the way.

Cam MacRae (10 points)

Cam MacRae (10 points)

I was impressed with the speed and passing of Cam MacRae.

Danny Baribeault and Nate McGrail were matched up most of the game.

Another matchup of note was Spencer Pacy and Casey McLaren. Both are already impact players as freshman.

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

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Robbie Shay shoots over Spencer Pacy

Brendan Powers shoots over Spencer Pacy

Danny Baribeault and Nate McGrail

Danny Baribeault and Nate McGrail

Robbie Shay (13 points)

Robbie Shay (13 points)

Kevin Childs drives

Ryan DePaolo drives

Lucas Chory

Lucas Chory

Brendan Power in for two

Brendan Powers in for two

Danny Baribeault

Danny Baribeault

Danny Baribeault made 5-of-6 free throws in the last quarter

Danny Baribeault made 5-of-6 free throws in the last quarter

Casey McLaren at the rim

Casey McLaren at the rim

Fight for a loose ball

Fight for a loose ball

 

 

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