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Rally in regulation sets Triton up for 54-51 win in OT against Rockport

Kyle Odoy (16 points) sends the game into OT with this last-second triple

Max McKenzie (16 points) and Jake Knowlton (14 points)

(Byfield MA) You hear it all the time, but how often does it mean anything?

“It’s not over ‘til it’s over.”

Triton’s Kyle Odoy (16 points) dropped that line into our post-game interview tonight after his team rallied late in regulation and then went on to defeat Rockport, 54-51 in overtime.

Triton (5-2) certainly needed a miracle finish to get this one into overtime and they pulled it off.

Three straight free throws by Jake Knowlton (14 points) put Rockport (2-6) up, 48-43, with only twenty-three seconds left in regulation.  Comfortable lead…….or so it seemed.

“We had really good shots the whole entire game and we just missed them,” recalled Triton coach Ted Schruender. “We figured that they would eventually start falling.”

And fall they did as Kyle Odoy drained two straight from long range in the closing 23 seconds.

The first last-minute triple was on an inbounds play from in front of the Triton bench with eleven seconds remaining.  The second was of the “Hail Mary” variety from straight away.

“I just got it and chucked it,” said Kyle describing the buzzer-beating second one.

Noah Rawson at the line in the closing seconds of regulation

In between the two Kyle triples, Noah Rawson (10 points) made one of two free throws for Rockport.  Noah missed the second and there was a tie-up.  The possession arrow favored Triton and gave them time to come down for the final shot.

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably saying something like, “The game wasn’t won in regulation so what happened in the four-minute OT?”

“Not much,” would be the answer!

Noah Rawson tied the game (51-51) with a layup halfway through OT.  Kyle Odoy then put Triton in front for good with 1:45 left on a jump shot.

Triton defense

After that the Triton man-to-man defense kept Rockport away from the basket.  The visitors didn’t turn the ball over, they just couldn’t get their outside shots to fall.

On the other end, Triton took the ball to the basket and forced fouls.  That “it’s not over ‘til it’s over” thing was still in play because Triton missed four of five free-throw attempts.  Rockport had three possessions to catch up but not on this night.

“We had just enough to win,” said Coach Schruender.

Tonight’s game was tied ten different times.

TJ Overbaugh (8 points) hit a three in the closing seconds of the first period.  Max McKenzie (16 points) drove the length of the court to end the third period with a layup.  I guess we should have expected that something could happen at the end of regulation!

Triton had a 28-20 lead a minute into the third quarter.  Ezra Mendoza, Gavyn Hillier (14 points), and Austin Matus put points together and knotted the score at 30-30.

Gavyn Hillier (14 points) shoots over Max McKenzie

Rockport used a 1-3-1 zone defense and kept Triton away from layups.  Triton passed and dribbled their way into open looks but couldn’t make shots.

Triton’s man-to-man kept Rockport from doing much damage in close.  A few times 6-7 Jake Knowlton was able to get the ball inside and finish.

Max McKenzie took the ball to the basket even against the Rockport zone. He was also a key defender.

Triton box

Rockport box

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Kyle Odoy shoots

Mason Ferrick (2) covered by Ezra Mendoza

Max McKenzie at the free throw line

Max McKenzie to the basket in overtime

Max McKenzie shoots over Austin Matus (13)

Pressure on the ball by Kyle Odoy

Rebound battle

Andrew Guelli (30) rebounds

Austin Matus (13)

Facial

TJ Overbaugh (1) guarded by Jake Knowlton

Triton coach Ted Schruender

 

 

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Newburyport opens with a 61-49 win over Rockport

Max Gagnon was part of a very tight Newburyport defense

Casey McLaren at the front of the Newburyport defense

(Newburyport MA) The combination of two sizable runs of points and an effective full-court defense keyed Newburyport’s 61-49 win over Rockport on Tuesday night.

The Vikings (0-2) had won four of their last five previous meetings with the Clippers (1-0).

“Our bigs struggled to get going tonight,” explained Rockport coach Phil Whitley afterwards.

Some of that struggle was due to the never-ending in-your-face defense by the home team.

“The defense was good,” said NHS coach Dave Clay, “but there still are some things we need to clean up.”

Tight defense

Rockport had twenty-two turnovers (by my count).  That’s a lot of empty possessions in a 32-minute game.

“We want the defense to be a staple of the team,” said Coach Clay.

Having 6’5” Casey McLaren at the point on the full-court defense, forced inbounds passes to the sides where the Clippers could double-team.

The Vikings broke open a close game (14-13) with a run of six points in the second quarter.  A rebound basket by Jake Knowlton and two free throws apiece by Gavyn Hillier and Ezra Mendoza had RHS up, 20-13, with 3:49 left in the second quarter.

Ryan Archie (with the ball) was part of the run that gave the Clippers separation

Then junior Ryan Archie heated up.

A rebound basket by Jacob Robertson was followed by eight straight Ryan points (two three’s and two free throws).

Both of Ryan’s 3-pointers were set up by George Coryell.

Newburyport led by a point (23-22) at the half.

Rockport opened the second half with three points and then the Clippers ran thirteen points over the next 3+ minutes.

That streak sent the home team up by ten points (35-25) and Rockport didn’t have the shooting to get closer than six points (51-45) the rest of the way.

Jacob Robertson and Noah Rawson

The beauty of Newburyport’s run of thirteen points was that the scoring was done by four different players (Ryan Archie, Parker McLaren, Casey McLaren, Charlie Cahalane).

“When we moved the ball by passing instead of dribbling, we did better against their zone,” said Coach Clay.

Casey McLaren (19), Ryan Archie (14), Jacob Robertson (13), and Parker McLaren (10) were the top Newburyport scorers.

Rockport was paced by Jake Knowlton (17) and Gavyn Hillier (10).

The NHS defense was a factor in the outcome, but foul trouble was certainly a problem for Rockport as well.

Starters Jake Knowlton and Ezra Mendoza both had three fouls in the first half despite sitting out some minutes in that half.

Ezra Mendoza was gone in the third quarter

Ezra fouled out of the game in the third quarter and Jake had his 4th before that same quarter was over.

Minus a primary ball-handler and their top scorer not only limited the Vikings offense but it added to their troubles handling pressure.

Jake Knowlton had thirty points in Rockport’s 83-77 loss to Bishop Fenwick in their opener.

I was impressed, as usual, with senior Casey McLaren.  On a night when the three’s weren’t falling, he moved in for mid-range shots and drives.  His defense within the press was important for NHS.

Parker McLaren above the Rockport defense

Coach Clay: “Parker (McLaren) played well.  We need to keep him out of foul trouble.  I love it when he attacks the basket. He’s such a big guy.  Think of LeBron James in high school.  I wouldn’t want to get in his way!”

Coach Whitley: “Their defense gave us trouble and our foul trouble didn’t help.  I think we got tired in the second half.”

Serious man-to-man defense was played by George Coryell and Max Gagnon.

Good crowd in the house for the Clippers home opener.

Newburyport starts the season with six straight home games all in December.

Part of that good crowd was made up of other CAL schools scouting the two future opponents.

Newburyport box

Rockport box

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Jake Knowlton in for two

Jake Knowlton fends off Parker McLaren

Jake Knowlton block a shot

Jake Knowlton at the line

Austin Matus (13) eyes the hoop

Casey McLaren layup

Gavyn Hillier (35)

George Coryell in the air with Ezra Mendoza

 

 

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Luke Lagos leads Amesbury past Rockport 10-7 in CAL baseball

Luke Lagos struck out eight Vikings in today’s win

Luke Lagos on second after driving in three with a fifth inning double

(Amesbury MA) A losing streak had to end.

Today Amesbury’s two-game slide ended as they defeated Rockport, 10-7, on a sunny Saturday of Cape Ann League baseball.

The Indians’ Luke Lagos led the way for Amesbury with solid pitching and timely hitting.  The AHS senior lefty recorded eight strikeouts in six innings of work while at the bat Luke had two hits, including a bases-clearing double.  He drove across five teammates.

Amesbury coach Joel Brierley was pleased with the result: “It’s nice to win a home game but we have a lot of work to do especially defensively.”

Neither team was solid in the field with each squad erring three times.  “We made some costly errors,” said Rockport coach John Parisi afterwards. “It was two young teams trying to get better.”

Noah Rawson had three hits and scored three runs for Rockport

Amesbury had a tenuous 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning before gaining separation with a five-spot. The resulting 10-3 lead was too much for the Vikings (1-10) to overcome, although they did rally for two in the 6th off Luke Lagos and got two more in the seventh inning off AHS reliever Thomas Flanagan.

The breakaway fifth saw AHS get runs on wild pitches (Sean Reardon) and Luke Lagos’s double to the fence in right that drove three Indians across.

“I was tired by then,” said Luke afterwards about his double, “and hoping it would clear the fence.  But it did clear the bases. I had been 0-for-7 coming into today’s game so it was nice to start hitting again.”

Senior Charlie MacDowell made his first start today

Despite the 4-game losing streak Coach Parisi saw some good things in today’s game: “This was pitcher Charlie MacDowell’s first start and I thought he did pretty well.”

The big stat collector for Rockport was senior Noah Rawson.  The Vikings’ catcher had three of his team’s eight hits and scored three runs.

For Amesbury (3-6), Logan Burrill was on base three times and drove in two runs.

Both Tucker Molin and Graham Gannett had two hits, and each scored twice.

“Our pattern has been to play well for five or six innings and then have a bad inning,” explained Coach Brierley.  “Just consistently making the routine plays will help us.”

Luke Lagos struck out the side in fifth with a nice mix of fastballs and sliders.  “I had a good slider at times.  Just need to be more consistent with it.”

Luke ended the Rockport 6th catching Cal Twombly off the base and seeing Cal erased in a rundown.

Looking for the handle

Nice weather. All the rain we’ve had, now mixed with sunshine, will cause the grass to grow in a hurry.  A couple of times the ball rolled toward the backstop and disappeared from sight!

In the last twelve meetings between the two teams, the Indians hold a 7-5 edge.  The two teams will meet again this Thursday in Rockport.

The Vikings had been averaging 3 runs a game and giving up 10 runs per game.  “When you score seven runs in a high school game like we did today, you should win,” said Coach Parisi.

The Vikings were 14-9 last season and reached the Division 4 North finals.

The Vikings will not be able to use the Sullivan Rule to get into the postseason because Ipswich and Hamilton-Wenham have moved to Division 4.

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Tucker Molin, Graham Gannett, Thomas Flanagan

Umpire Mike Sullivan

Hillside crowd

Sean Reardon

Jeremy Lopez ready to apply the tag

Reaching for third

3B Austin Matus chases a grounder

Logan Burrill tags out Cal Twombly

Blake Bennett stretches for third

Holding the runner

Blake Bennett

 

 

 

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Rockport wildness hands Triton 10-7 softball win

Bridget Sheehan set to catch a wild throw.

Walks led to Triton runs in the 5th and 6th innings

(Byfield MA) Walks in quantity will always get a team in trouble.

That team was Rockport this afternoon as they handed Triton a 10-7 win on a misty, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Rockport was up 5-3 going into the bottom of the 5th inning.  Then finding the strike zone became a problem for pitchers Jordan Fears, Miranda Roller, and Taylor Frost.  Two innings and TEN walks later Triton collected seven runs and took the lead for good.

Credit the visitors.  Down 10-5 in the final inning, Rockport had consecutive singles by Katie Favaloro, Jackie Connelly, and Cassie Camille to close to 10-7.  They even had the tying run at the plate. The rally wilted, however, as Lauren Ryan was caught stealing and Triton pitcher Katherine Quigley registered her second strikeout getting Taylor Frost for the final out after a lengthy at bat.

Rockport (2-3) had ten hits including three by Katie Favaloro who also scored three times.

Triton (3-3) also had plenty of baserunners notching nine hits.  Bridget Sheehan had three hits and scored three runs.  Teammate Zoe Cesati had two hits while crossing the plate four times.

Miranda Roller homered over the fence in left center.  The senior was a CAL first-teamer last season.  She will be attending Merrimack in the fall and expects to try out for their softball team.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a play that a “6-3” in the scorebook would do zero justice to.  The sophomore dove to her right to stop a hard-hit grounder, got to her knees and made a long, accurate throw to nab Charlotte Salmon.

Later, Bridget backed up a play at third to prevent a run from scoring.

Katherine Quigley picked up the win for Triton. The freshman also had a 2-run double

Freshman Katherine Quigley had a 2-run double to right in the 5th inning to tie the score.

Rockport had defeated Triton four straight times before today’s game.

Rockport was 11-9 last season while Triton was 7-11.

Rachel Haselgard, Zoe Cesati, and Bridget Sheehan made the Cape Ann League second team last season.

The weather was just plain ugly.  Too cold.  Too damp.  The conditions, however, didn’t keep friends/family from both teams from attending.

Next game for Triton is at Hamilton-Wenham on Wednesday.  Rockport hosts Manchester-Essex tomorrow.

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Jackie Connelly (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 rbi)

Lauren Ryan catches a popup

Emily Karvalis waits to apply the tag

View from centerfield

Liv Doane ready to take a rip

Miranda Roller homered in the 4th inning

Emily Karvalis chases an infield bloop by Lauren Ryan

Kendall Mitchell

Cassie Camille (2 rbi and 2 hits) eyes a fly ball

Grace McGonagle catches a fly.

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Amesbury rallies past Rockport 6-4 in D3 North softball quarterfinals

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

(Amesbury MA) Rockport built up a 4-run lead after three innings but the #1 seed Amesbury took over from there getting a 6-4 decision on Monday afternoon.

The Indians (19-2) now advance to the D3 North semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (4PM) against Winthrop at Martin Field in Lowell.

#9 seed Rockport (14-6) hit the ball hard (six hits in the first three innings) and benefited from two Amesbury defensive lapses to get ahead 4-0 after three innings.

But after the third inning Amesbury tightened up their defense and took advantage of errors and wild pitches to get the lead in the fifth. An insurance run was added in the sixth.

Hayley Catania - 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania – 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania, after not holding a runner on third which allowed her to score in the Rockport second, was masterful thereafter. In the fifth Hayley, protecting a one-run lead with a runner (Miranda Roller) on third, got a strikeout and a flyout to end the threat.

Hayley at the bat? Timely. The freshman had two-out, RBI singles in the 4th and 5th.

The game ended on a play at third. Jess Collins grounded out shortstop-to-first with one out but baserunner Miranda Roller (on second) decided to try for third after the out at first. Unfortunate decision. First baseman Zoe Fitzgerald fired a strike to teammate Autumn Kligerman at third and Miranda never came close to reaching the base.roam-A16-throw-to-Autumn-from-Zoeroam-A17-Autumn-about-to-apply-the-tagroam-A17-tag-has-been-applied-for-the-final-out

In the Rockport second, Rachel Balestraci doubled in Emily Faulds. Rachel was sacrificed to third by Allie Davis with one out. Allie’s sister Rachel grounded back to AHS pitcher Hayley Catania. Instead of looking the runner back at third, Hayley threw to first which allowed Allie to score Rockport’s second run.

In the Rockport third, an Emily Faulds’ single to right with two outs drove in Miranda Roller. On the same play Kayla Parisi reached third and literally stole home unnoticed by the Amesbury infield. Meagan Aponas made a nice catch in center to end that inning.

In the Amesbury fourth, Autumn Kligerman’s sinking fly to left fell off Allie Davis’ glove allowing Autumn to get second with two outs. Hayley Catania delivered Autumn.

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

The Vikings still held a 4-1 lead but the Amesbury fifth would give them the lead. A walk, a play that wasn’t made at second, and a wild pitch all led to Indians’ runs. It was only a great running catch by RHS centerfielder Rachel Haselgard for the final out that kept the damage to four runs.

In the Rockport sixth, the Vikings had two on and two out when Rachel Haselgard drilled a liner to AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli.

Now up 5-4 after five, the Indians added one more. Megan Reid reached on an error but was cut down on Lauren Fedorchak’s fielder’s choice. From there Lauren stole second and went to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Maddie Napoli’s ground single to deep third scored Lauren.

Meaghan Wonson was injured (nose) during Rockport’s pre-game infield practice but recovered in time to play the game. Yet another reason for infielders to wear masks.

Rockport catcher KT Favoloro made several nice plays on foul pops.

Amesbury defeated Rockport in April (14-9) and May (10-5).

Miranda Roller had a 3-run homer in Rockport’s opening round win over Greater Lawrence.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Miranda Roller

Miranda Roller

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

close play at first

close play at first

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

trouble in the Rockport outfield

trouble in the Rockport outfield

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

AHS coach Chris Perry

AHS coach Chris Perry

close play at second

close play at second

 

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2014 Cape Ann League All-League softball team (pictures)

Amanda Schell (Player-of-the-Year)

Amanda Schell (Player-of-the-Year)

Emily Dow (Player-of-the-Year)

Emily Dow (Player-of-the-Year)

Carolyn Lynch

Carolyn Lynch

Shortstop Rachel Gallagher

Shortstop Rachel Gallagher

Maddie Kelly

Maddie Kelly

Carley Siemasko

Carley Siemasko

Cassidy Gaeta

Cassidy Gaeta

Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Jen Castro and Tarah Reilly

Tyler Feeney

Tyler Feeney

Hannah Lorden

Hannah Lorden

Jess Collins

Jess Collins

Kylie Gilroy

Kylie Gilroy

(Jackie Whelan of Lynnfield also made the CAL 2014 All-League team.)

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Rockport ends Triton’s five-game win streak with 8-0 shutout

Jess Collins: 4 innings/1 hit/3 strikeouts

Jess Collins: 4 innings/1 hit/3 strikeouts

Hannah Lorden: 3 innings/2 hits/2 strikeouts

Hannah Lorden: 3 innings/2 hits/2 strikeouts

Emily Faulds tracks a popup

Emily Faulds tracks a popup

(Byfield MA)  Triton ran into some excellent Rockport pitching and defense and lost, 8-0, on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Senior Hannah Lorden and junior Jess Collins scattered three hits and never allowed a Triton baserunner to get past second base.  The defense behind them made every play without an error.

The home team certainly didn’t help their chances of scoring some runs by running into two outs on the base paths.

Rockport took charge of this game in the fifth inning.  Eleven batters came to the plate and six of them scored.  Two Triton errors extended the inning for the visitors.

Rockport (7-4) picked up an unearned run in the first inning.  Second baseman Kylie Gilroy dropped a popup by leadoff batter Hannah Lorden.  Later in the inning, junior Kayla Parisi’s long double to center brought Hannah across.

Second baseman Kylie Gilroy makes a nice catch

Second baseman Kylie Gilroy makes a nice catch

Triton (5-10) kept Rockport off the scoreboard in the third and fourth thanks to some terrific defense. Rightfielder Cara Orlandi ended the Rockport third with a nice running catch.  In the fourth, pitcher Mara Spears ended that one with a stab of a grounder that would have scored runs had it gone through.

Things unraveled for Triton in the fifth inning.  Errors by centerfielder Casey Ross and shortstop Rylie Culverwell gave Rockport extra at bats.  The visitors had six hits including doubles by Rachel Haselgard and Jess Collins which each delivered two runs.  CF Casey Ross was injured running in on a fly ball during the inning and had to leave the game.

Rockport loaded the bases in the seventh inning.  Hannah Lorden drove Meghan Tupper home with the 8th Rockport run.

Meghan Tupper had three hits, scored two runs, and had an RBI.  Teammates Hannah Lorden, Emily Faulds, and Rachel Davis all had two hits for Rockport.

Senior Mollie Watson will be attending Division 2 Southern New Hampshire next year.  Mara Spears will be going to Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Emma McGonagle had two of Triton’s three hits.

Weather?  Blue sky and no wind.  Beautiful afternoon.

Lily Anderson nearly picked off first base

Lily Anderson nearly picked off first base

Emma McGonagle and Lily Anderson made outs on the bases for Triton.

Rockport has won three straight.  They will be at Lynnfield on Monday.

Triton will be hosting Amesbury on Friday.

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Vikings looking for a handle

Vikings looking for a handle

Casey Ross battles the sun to catch a fly ball in center.

Casey Ross battles the sun to catch a fly ball in center.

Christine Ciccone fields a grounder

Christine Ciccone fields a grounder

Lily Anderson doubled off second

Lily Anderson doubled off second

Meaghan Wonson

Meaghan Wonson

Kayla Parisi beats Shannon Lyons to first for the final out of the game

Kayla Parisi beats Shannon Lyons to first for the final out of the game

Catcher Mollie Watson catches a foul popup

Catcher Mollie Watson catches a foul popup

Second baseman Emily Faulds makes a backhand stab

Second baseman Emily Faulds makes a backhand stab

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