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Triton holds off North Reading 6-4

Caitlin Reilly tagged out by Kyla Story in the first inning
Keely Hannon had seven strikeouts

(Byfield) Anyone paying attention knows that undefeated Amesbury is considered the best team in the Cape Ann League.

Second best?  That’s not nearly as certain.

Triton, however, staked its claim to that designation with a 6-4 win over North Reading this afternoon.

The Vikings victory offsets an April 7th, 9-3, loss at North Reading.

Triton (11-4) is now 8-1 in the CAL.  North Reading (9-5) falls to 8-2.  The Vikings haven’t faced Amesbury yet.  NR has and they lost, 11-0.

Izzy Oldini scores Triton’s 4th run

Triton was up 2-0 in the third inning today, but North Reading came back to tie things in the top of the fifth inning.  The Vikings tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth only to have the Hornets get two of those runs back in the seventh inning. The visitors had the tying run at the plate before the final out was recorded.

“It was a good high school softball game,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.  “It wasn’t the cleanest and we had to battle to win it.”

2B Mia Vittozzi catches a popup

North Reading had eleven hits led by Caitlin Reilly and Jocelyn Ostrowsky who each had three hits.

It was a frustrating loss for the Hornets.  Although they had a lot of hits, a three-hit first inning didn’t produce any runs because of an out on the bases.

More frustrating for North Reading were their defensive lapses.  Triton scored in three innings and wild pitches and passed balls played a large part in each inning.  In the four-run fourth, a throwing error allowed a run to cross.

“It just wasn’t our day,” said NR assistant coach Paul Sonia afterwards.

Senior Maddy Jacques scored two runs for Triton

In the Triton first, Maddy Jacques walked, went to second on a passed ball and was driven in by Izzy Oldini.

In Triton’s third inning, Kyla Story doubled, reached third on a wild pitch, and scored on Mallory Johnson’s two-out, two-strike single.

North Reading came all the way back with a two-run fifth inning.  Keely Hannon singled, reached second on a passed ball, and was driven in by Caitlin Reilly.  Caitlin later scored on Mia Vittozzi’s single. 

Izzy Oldini and Mallory Johnson each had an RBI in the Vikings’ four-run fifth. 

Caitlin Reilly had three hits and scored two runs

Credit North Reading for challenging the Triton lead in their final at-bats.  The Hornets had two on with two outs when Jocelyn Ostrowsky scored both of them with a single.  That brought the tying run to the plate, but Triton pitcher Emma Penniman registered her fifth strikeout to end the threat.

“It was an awesome win,” said Maddy Jacques post-game.  There was a special celebration afterwards for the Vikings’ only senior.

Maddy plays second base.  The sun can be very tough on that side of the field.

“That sun got them today, and it also got me once,” said Maddy.

“North Reading is a good team,” said Coach Noyes.  “They are one of the better hitting teams around.  Their pitcher (Keely Hannon) has plus stuff.”

Keely finished with seven strikeouts.

Mallory Johnson had two hits and scored two runs

Both teams have three non-league losses.

Triton has now won four of their last five games.

Maddy Jacques: “When I was a freshman, Senior Day seemed so far away.  I will be going to Endicott and majoring in business management.”

The last time the two teams played (April 7th) the temperatures were in the 30’s.  Today, the temperatures were in the 70’s! 

North Reading   0   0   0   0   2   0   2   =   4

               Triton   1   0   1   0   4   0    –   =   6

North Reading unofficial box

Triton unofficial box

SS Alyssa Cassicino checks baserunner Mallory Johnson

Izzy Oldini had two hits and drove in two runs

Less-than-serious moment between innings

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Triton wins third straight 10-0 over Ipswich

Cole Daniels slides home with the second Triton run
Tyler Egan was the winning pitcher

(Rowley) No mercy shown.

Triton has now gone the mercy-rule route three straight games.

Today the team on the other end of it was Ipswich.  The game concluded in the fifth inning after the Vikings (8-5) got a 10-0 lead.

“I have mixed feelings about the mercy rule,” said Triton coach Chris Lamothe afterwards.  “It does save your pitchers, but it also keeps you from putting in players who haven’t had much playing time.” 

Ipswich (3-9) stranded runners in all five innings and collected five hits.

RF Cole Daniels

Triton starter Tyler Egan was hit hard at times but the defense behind him made plays especially in the outfield.

“Ipswich hit some balls but right at people,” said Coach Lamothe.

“Tyler didn’t have his good stuff, but he battled,” Coach Lamothe added.

The Tigers struggled defensively in the first inning and Triton made them pay.

After the first two Vikings (DJ Watson & Cole Daniels) singled, Tyler lined to left.  The Tigers’ leftfielder hesitated, and the ball sailed over his head and a run scored.  The relay back in was mishandled and a second run scored. 

Drew Lane and Nick Dupuis

Next batter Andrew Johnson grounded to third.  The Ipswich third basemen had Tyler picked off second, but Tyler got into a rundown.  A bad throw in the rundown not only got Tyler to third but he kept going and slide home for the third Triton run.

In the fourth inning, Triton sent up twelve batters and added six more runs.

The Vikings had six hits in that inning.  The biggest hit was Tyler’s long two-out single that cleared the bases.

“We had great hitting today from top to bottom,” said Tyler afterwards.  The Vikings collected twelve hits.

Jack Lindholm took over for Tyler in the fifth inning and kept the shutout going.  The Tigers did get two baserunners (Jeremy Lathrop and Evan Stein) but Jack got a popup and a force-out to get out of it.

2B Rick Gardella handles a grounder
Evan Piscitelli led off the 5th with a hit

Pinch-hitter Evan Piscitelli led off the Triton fifth with a single up the middle.  Connor Rumpf came in to pinch-run.  Connor reached third on an infield error and came home with the game-winner thanks to an infield hit by Jakob Lennon.

“This is a good time for us to be hitting our stride,” said Coach Lamothe.  “We have North Reading on Saturday and Lynnfield and Newburyport next week.”

Triton needs two more wins to qualify for the state tournament. 

Connor Rumpf scores the game-winner

Tyler, Cole Daniels, and Jack Lindholm all had two hits.  DJ Watson and Connor Rumpf each scored two runs.

Finn MacLennan pitched the entire way for Ipswich.  He did have a hit in the third inning.

I was fooled again by the weather.  Eiras Field had little wind and bright sun. 

Ipswich    0   0   0   0   0   =     0

    Triton   3   0   0   6   1   =   10

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Ipswich unofficial box

Triton unofficial box

DJ Watson heads for third

Tyler Egan slides home in the first inning

Jack Lindholm pitched the final inning

Tyler Egan picked up the win and had four RBI

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Triton overtakes Malden Catholic 10-5

Emma Penniman pitched five innings of 3-hit relief
Haleigh Harris – 3 hits, 2 RBI

(Byfield) Triton had two runners thrown out at third and one at the plate.

But it didn’t matter.

“We were just being aggressive,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

The Vikings had baserunners in every inning and defeated non-league Malden Catholic, 10-5, on Friday afternoon.

Triton had thirteen hits and everyone in their lineup reached base.

“We’re swinging the bats well,” added Coach Noyes.  “Even some of the outs were loud.”

Grace Romine steals second

Things didn’t go so well, however, for the home team in the first two innings.

“We came out swinging,” said MC coach Ariel LaRosa. 

The Lancers (4-1) had three hits in that first inning including an RBI single by Zaria Jean-Pierre to get a run.

Control issues (three straight walks) and an infield error gifted MC with three more runs.

Reghan Haley tagged out at home

Their lead was 4-2 after two innings.

But freshman Emma Penniman came on in the third inning for Triton and pitched five terrific innings of relief.  Emma struck out seven and allowed only three hits and one unearned run.

“Emma came in and settled things down,” said Coach Noyes.

The Lancers struggled against Emma curveball.

“She had crazy spin on that ball,” said Coach LaRosa.

Popup drops in

The MC bats may have quieted down but Triton’s didn’t.

The Vikings batted around in the third inning and got four runs.  In the fifth they sent up eight batters and got four more.

Junior Haleigh Harris let the Vikings hit parade with three hits and two RBI.

“I haven’t been hitting the strongest lately,” Haleigh admitted.  “Today I was more relaxed, and the hits just popped off my bat.”

Sophomore Mallory Johnson cleared the bases with a double in the fifth inning.

Mallory Johnson – 3 RBI, 2 hits

“Mallory has been swinging a hot stick all year,” said Coach Noyes.

Junior Grace Romine had a two-run single in the third inning.

Rightfielder Molly Hickey had a big game for the Lancers.  Molly handled four chances perfectly in a tough sun field.  She also threw out a Triton baserunner at third plus she led the team with two hits.

A big moment in this game was in the third inning when senior Reghan Haley earned a 2-out, 3-2 count walk with the bases loaded to tie the score.  Grace Romine followed with a 2-run single to give Triton the lead for good.

Malden Catholic is in the All-Girls Conference.  “We’re in a weaker conference,” said Coach LaRosa, “but playing non-conference games like this will make us a better program.”

Wild throw

“Once we had three girls not hit (third inning) it got into the heads of all the girls,” added Coach LaRosa.

Emma Penniman only allowed one baserunner in innings three through six.  “I’m happy with how I did,” said Emma afterwards.  “I threw a lot of curves.”

Both coaches are looking for improvements.

“We’ve got to get better but we’re swinging the bats well,” said Coach Noyes.

2B Maddy Jacques throws to first

“It’ll definitely be a better game when they come to us later in the season,” said Coach LaRosa.

Maddy Jacques, Kyla Story, and Emma Penniman each scored two runs for Triton.

Jaelyn Walsh and Molly Hickey scored twice for the Lancers.

The weather at Triton always includes wind.  Put the breeze with temperatures in the low 50’s and keeping warm was challenging.

Malden Catholic   1   3   0   0   0   0   1   =   5

                    Triton   2   0   4   0   4   0   –   =   10

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Triton unofficial box
Malden Catholic unofficial box
Catcher Jaslyn Iraola waits for the throw
Alex McManus
Zaria Jean-Pierre
RF Molly Hickey had four putouts

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Triton powers by Newburyport 16-8

Freshman Emma Penniman had two home runs
Izzy Oldini – 4 hits, 3 RBI

(Byfield) The hits kept coming.

Triton batted around in three innings and launched three home runs defeating Newburyport, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon.

“The girls spent a lot of time yesterday in the cage inside and it paid off today,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

The Vikings (5-2) had fifteen hits and except for a quiet fifth inning gave the Newburyport defense plenty of action.

“We can’t give more than three outs an inning,” said Clippers coach Bob Gillespie.  “You give extra outs and they’re going to pound you.”

Emily Meleedy hit a grand slam in the Newburyport fourth

There were two Newburyport infield errors in the Triton five-run fourth inning.

“It was a great team effort for us top to bottom,” said Coach Noyes. All nine of the Vikings starters made contributions.

Junior Izzy Oldoni had four hits (including a homer) and a walk.  Izzy scored three times and did a good job battling the sun on fly balls in centerfield.

Grace Romine – 3 hits, 2 RBI

Freshman Emma Penniman had what Coach Noyes called, “her best game.”  Emma homered twice and pitched the final 3+ innings.

I saw Emma get a single in three at-bats against Lynnfield, so I was very surprised to see her stroke two solid shots over the rightfield fence.

“The pitches I hit were low and outside,” explained Emma afterwards.  “Those were my first homers for Triton.”

Junior Grace Romine batted ninth and had three hits and two RBI.

CF Nieve Morrissey battles the sun

The Clippers (2-5) were hardly held hitless.  They had hits in every inning but the seventh when Emma Penniman struck out the side.

Sophomore Emily Meleedy had a bases-clearing blast in the fourth inning. 

Emily’s shot, which would have disrupted a tennis match in the distance, narrowed the Triton lead to, 9-5.  However, the Vikings answered with five runs in their half of that inning to restore their big lead.

Emma Penniman pitched 3+ innings

“Mallory (Johnson) started for us and only made one bad pitch,” said Coach Noyes.  “Emma (Penniman) came in and closed it down.  We now have a pitching staff.”

“Hopefully, we’re building something special here,” he added.  “We haven’t lost at home yet.  We’ll see what happens as the season goes along.”

“We didn’t hit the ball well today and that’s a credit to their pitchers,” said Coach Gillespie.  “We play them again at our place.  We’ll see what happens there.”

Both shortstops (Kyla Story & Emma Keefe) made diving stops that kept hits from getting to the outfield and runs scoring.

Leftfielder Matigan Richmond made a nice running catch.

LF Matigan Richmon made a nice running catch

If you don’t dress warmly for an outdoor game at Triton, you haven’t been there before!  Temperatures were in the 50’s and there was a cold wind.  Fortunately, there was plenty of action on the field to lessen your awareness of the conditions.

Newburyport   0   0   1   4   2   1   0   =   8

             Triton   5   0   4   5   0   2   –    = 16

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Triton unofficial box
Izzy Oldoni arrives at home
Waiting on a popup
Newburyport watches
Sophie Lavallee and Emily Meleedy
Dakota Duncan and Skylar Colburn
Reghan Haley
Ball drops in
Triton watches
Shortstop Kyla Story on the ground for a grounder
Throw from third to first
Ball loose in the Newburyport infield
Emma Penniman

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Ethan Hunt leads Pentucket to 7-4 win over Triton

Ethan Hunt pitched a 3-hitter and struck out nine
Cole Daniels slides home

(Groveland) “Great job by Ethan today,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray afterwards.

And who would argue unless all you saw was Triton’s half of the first inning?

Ethan Hunt settled in after that rocky start hitting a homer and pitching Pentucket (1-2) to a 7-4 win over Triton (0-3) on Saturday morning at the Pines Athletic Field.

“I came out feeling a little iffy but then I settled in,” recalled Ethan.

Joe Abt (3 RBI) and Griff Dupuis drove across runs for the Vikings in the first inning as Ethan struggled to throw strikes.

But Pentucket responded quickly.  After their first two batters (Trevor Kamuda & Kyle Ventola) got on, Ethan Hunt launched a 3-run shot to right that put the home team in front, 3-2.

Ethan Hunt after three-run homer in first inning

“My hitting approach the whole game was middle-away,” said Ethan.  “That home-run pitch was up and away.”

Joe Abt – 3 RBI

Triton fought back. A Joe Abt two-run double in the third inning returned Triton to the lead, 4-3.

Pentucket evened things on an infield error in the 5th as Trevor Kamuda scored the run.

Meanwhile, Ethan (the pitcher) had settled in.  The UMass Boston commit ended up retiring the last twelve Vikings in order.

“He was pretty much lights out those last four innings,” said Coach Murray.

Pentucket coach Kevin Murry

Ethan ended up with a 3-hitter striking out nine Vikings.

“I have been a pitcher who starts on the shaky end and then progresses well as the game goes on,” said Ethan. “My 12-6 was definitely on today.  I found location for my fastball later on.  Those two together kept hitters off-balance.”

Pentucket broke away from the tie with a three-run sixth inning as things fell apart for the Vikings.  After a Max Ligols double, Bryce Winter’s sacrifice-bunt attempt turned into a hit when no one covered first base.  Pinch-hitter Alex Robertson drove in the eventual game-winner with a wind-blown double to left and two wild pitches followed that allowed two more runs.

LF Jack Lindholm deals with tough wind in the Pentucket 6th inning

“The bunt was a big difference in the sixth inning,” said Triton coach Chris Lamothe.  “We weren’t ready for it.  It was my fault.”

“Tough loss but we battled,” he added. “Griff (Dupuis) gave us innings and kept them off-balance for a long time.  We’re back at it on Monday against North Reading.  DJ Watson will be pitching.”

Both teams entered the game looking for a W after two opening losses.  “It feels really good to get the first win,” said Pentucket catcher Kyle Ventola.  “We’ll build off this.  I think we’ll have a great season.”

Triton starter Griff Dupuis

Coach Lamothe: “Their pitcher settled down for the last four innings.  He dominated.  He had his fastball and his breaking ball working.  Not much we could do.”

Coach Murray: “Ethan settled in nicely.  We did a good job of making plays behind him.  He was throwing strikes.  When that happens, it gives us a chance to win.”

Today was a cloudy day with a threat of rain.  The wind is usually a factor at Pines.  High popups are always an adventure.

Every time I’m at this park, I get flashbacks to its Pines Speedway past.  I was there on occasion.  I remember Ollie Silva and Bentley Warren.  Okay, I’m old!

Triton          2   0   2   0   0   0   0   =   4

Pentucket   3   0   0   0   1   3   –    =   7

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Pentucket (unofficial) box
Triton (unofficial) box
Max Ligols led off the 3-run sixth inning with a double
Trevor Kamuda steals second – Connor Rumph takes throw
Triton coach Chris Lamothe
Pitcher Griff Dupuis sets to throw to first
Cole Daniels scored two runs
Play at first
Trevor Kamuda scored two runs
Cole Daniels leads off second base
Joe Abt and Trevor Kamuda
Will Roberts out stealing. Connor Rumph applies tag.

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Mallory Johnson leads Triton past Lynnfield 13-1

Mallory Johnson had four hits including a home run
Mallory Johnson reached base four times

(Byfield) Have yourself a game, Mallory Johnson!

The Triton sophomore had everything going today and led the Vikings to a, 13-1, win over Lynnfield in Cape Ann League action.

Mallory gave the Pioneers (0-2) trouble whether she was pitching or hitting.

She pitched five innings (mercy rule) and gave up just one hit (Sophia Brown) and struck out seven batters.

“It was the best I’ve seen her pitch in the two years that I’ve been here,” said Vikings coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

“She’s now able to throw the ball by kids on the inside rather than nibbling away on the outside,” he added.

Kyla Story had a 2-run homer

Mallory the hitter was equally impressive.  She had a hit in each of her four at-bats including a solo homer in the third inning.  She also scored three times.

Even Mallory, herself, had to admit (reluctantly) afterwards that she “thought she had a good game.”  The stats were screaming that she had done just that!

“Triton is a strong team,” said Lynnfield coach Peter Marinelli post-game.  “His infield is very good, and he has some real good hitters.”

Izzy Oldini – two RBI

Triton (2-1) scored in every inning and had contributions from every batter in their lineup. 

Sophomore Kyla Story had a two-run homer during the bat-around fifth inning.

Reghan Haley had two hits and scored twice.  Teammate Izzy Oldini drove in a pair of runs.

“We’re getting better every day,” said Coach Noyes.

It was a tough afternoon for Lynnfield.

“It was a very long day,” said Coach Marinelli.  “We’re missing kids and we have people playing out of position.  We’re inexperienced and some of the players are still learning what to do before the ball is hit to them.”

Ava Marotta makes a catch in left field

Several times this afternoon, Pioneers’ fielders would have the ball and hesitate, and Triton would take extra bases.

The Vikings were missing Haleigh Harris (concussion protocol) but Skylar Colburn filled in nicely behind the plate.

“Skylar was good back there,” said Mallory.  “I threw mostly fastballs.  I felt strong today, much better than usual.”

Sophia Brown pitched for Lynnfield and also had the Pioneers hit.

Sophia’s solid shot up the middle led off the Lynnfield fifth inning.  Catie Kampersal ran for Sophia and scored the Pioneers run.

Triton         2   1   3   2   5   =   13

Lynnfield   0   0   0   0   1   =     1

Nice weather for April 11th.  Temperatures were close to sixty with plenty of sun.

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Lynnfield unofficial box
Triton unofficial box
Skylar Colburn looks for a sign
3B Grace Romine
Play at first
Ball loose near third base
Reghan Haley scores
SS Lucia Dias
Abby Travers catches a fly ball
2B Maddy Jacques catches a popup
Maddy Jacques scores the first Triton run
Kyla Story – 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RbI
Peter Marinelli and Alan Noyes
Shortstop Kyla Story
Catie Kampersal scores the Lynnfield run
Sophia Brown had the Lynnfield hit
Mallory Johnson – five innings, one hit, seven strikeouts

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Triton advances in D3 tourney with 63-34 win over Worcester Tech

Reese Renda and Sanaii Diaz
Kendall Liebert (21 points)

(Byfield MA) The smiles were nice to see.

The mask mandate was over so the smiles could actually be seen.

And there were plenty of smiles at Triton as the Vikings defeated Worcester Tech, 63-34, on Tuesday night in the preliminary round of Division 3.

The victory put a happy spin on season that had apparently ended poorly with seven straight losses.

There was plenty of contact

The Vikings 8-12 record wouldn’t get them into the playoffs but under the MIAA power ranking system the top thirty-two teams in each division qualify.

“We were at thirty-one for a while but ended up twenty-seventh,” said Triton coach Bryan Shields.

“We found out literally a couple of days ago,” said Kendall Liebert afterwards.  “We prepped for just a few days.”

Elaina Neives (7 points)

To make the pleasant surprise even better was that the Vikings ended up with a home game to start the tournament.  How?  Despite Worcester Tech’s 10-10 record the power rankings placed them south of Triton.

So while the Vikings came out happy to even be there, the Eagles were a little tight.

“My girls came out a little nervous,” said WT coach Stephanie Leveillee afterwards.  “I have a young team.”  There is only one senior.

Triton was 12-for-18 from the foul line

Separation was impossible for about 1 ½ quarters because of turnovers and missed shots by both squads.

But halfway through the second quarter, with the Vikings holding a slim, 14-13, lead, things changed drastically in Triton’s favor.

“Our game plan was to defend, defend, defend,” explained Coach Shields.  “We knew the players we needed to cover.”

Defensive perfection it was over the next five minutes of playing time stretching into the first minute of the second half. 

The visitors didn’t score a point while Triton put up sixteen straight points.

Paige Leavitt applies some defense

When that segment of terrific defense and offense ended the home team was sitting pretty with a, 30-13, lead.

Kendall Liebert (21 points) and Reese Renda (9 points) were keys in the breakaway. Both girls collected six points.  Reese had two steals that turned into layups while Kendall had one, but also scored on an offensive rebound.

Two minutes later a Molly Kimball (13 points) three-pointer boosted the Triton edge to twenty points, 37-17.

WT coach Stephanie Leveillee

Worcester Tech did not go away.  Led by Sanaii Diaz (15 points) the Eagles hung around and narrowed their deficit to 50-34. 

The final 3+ minutes saw the Vikings go on another run of points (thirteen) to close out the game.

“It feels awesome to win a tournament game,” said Reese Renda afterwards.

This was a game in which the enthusiasm on both teams was high and the finesse was not so high.  Plenty of contact and plenty of turnovers resulted.

Molly Kimball (13 points)

“It was really rough out there,” said Molly Kimball.

“We were both pretty hard on each other,” added Kendall. “It was a nice win for our seniors in their last home game.”

“It was fun to play in front of our home crowd and get a win,” said Coach Shields.

Coach Leveillee: “This is my first year as head coach.  To make it to the state tournament is a huge accomplishment for the team.”

The Vikings ended up 7-2 at home. 

Triton hadn’t won a game since January 21st against Lynnfield so it’s not too hard to imagine how sweet this win was for the Vikings.

Worcester Tech plays in the Colonial Athletic League.

                 Triton   8   18   16   21   =   63

Worcester Tech   8     5   12     9   =   34

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Shot block
Caitlin Frary
Liv Kiricoples shoots in the lane
Turnover about to happen
Maeve Heffernan
Reese Renda (9 points)
Michal Frimpong
Layup in a crowd
Molly Kimball and Janavia Hodge
Kendall Liebert
Sanaii Diaz

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Triton gets important win over Saugus 66-53

Quintin McHale excelled on both offense (31 points) and defense
Quintin McHale gets an open look

(Byfield MA) “This was our best win of the season,” said Triton senior Quintin McHale.

The Vikings were 6-9 and had lost three of their last four games.  Their tournament chances (need to win ten games) were fading.

But tonight they put everything together and got a well-played win over non-league Saugus, 66-53, on Wednesday night.

Quintin was impressive on offense and defense.  He hurt the Sachems (6-8) inside and outside collecting thirty-one points.  Defensively he limited the Sachems’ top scorer (Tyrone Manderson) to seven points.

Quintin McHale guards Tyrone Manderson

The Vikings gained double-digit separation in the second quarter and never allowed the team from the Northeastern Conference to get closer.

Triton had a four-point lead (20-16) with five minutes left in the second quarter.  Over the next three minutes, the Vikings shut out the Sachems and went on an 11-0 run.

The contributors in the separation segment were Dylan Wilkinson and Griff Dupuis with three’s, an old-fashioned 3-point play by Quintin, and a layup by Ethan Tate.

Ben Tapia-Gately (17 points)

That collection of good defense and offense boosted the home team’s advantage to 31-16. 

“We got off to a slow start,” said Saugus coach Joe Bertrand afterwards.  “They made a lot of shots, and we couldn’t keep up with them tonight.” Saugus has now lost six straight.

The visitors outscored Triton by two points over the rest of the game but could never get inside of double figures.

The Vikings pushed their lead to twenty points (54-34) in the third quarter on a Nick Dupuis three-pointer.

Shot block

However, Ben Tapia-Gately (17 points) and Ryan Mabee (11 points) helped Saugus reduce that 20-point deficit to closer to ten points after that.

“The ball movement tonight was really good,” said junior Ethan Tate (9 points).  “Everyone was unselfish which I think was a key to the win.”

The Vikings handled pressure well because their passing was excellent. 

Coach Ted Schruender

“We shared the ball well,” said Triton coach Ted Schruender afterwards, “and we rebounded well.”

“Nick (Dupuis) had a very good game,” Coach Schruender added.  “He’s not usually a scorer but he hustles and plays good defense.”

Tonight Nick handled the ball a lot without turnovers and scored some points.  “Sometimes you do the little things,” Nick told me afterwards.  “Tonight I had a chance to do bigger things.  It felt good to contribute.”

“Our point guards did a nice job of moving the ball,” said Quintin.

“You never know how it’s going to go,” added Quintin.  “If things don’t go well inside you have to try to get points from long range.  If you’re missing out there you have to move inside.”

Coach Joe Bertrand

On this night, Quintin had it going from both places.  He made five three’s. 

Saugus played a lot of zone defense, and with Triton’s quick passing there were open shots available.  The Vikings totaled ten three-pointers.

The win tonight was special, but the Vikings have work to do to qualify for tourney play.  “We’ve got four games left and we need three of them,” said Nick.

“We have to finish strong,” added Ethan.

Dylan Wilkinson was held scoreless in the first quarter but gathered fourteen points the rest of the way.

Tyrone Manderson

Ethan Tate: “We were able to shut down their best player #24 (Tyrone Manderson).  Q (Quintin) was able to step up and lock him down all night.”

Triton    14   22   18   12   =   66

Saugus  14     8    19   12   =   53

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Tegan Mead guarded by Isaiah Rodriguez
John Prendergast layup
Dylan Wilkinson rebounds
Dylan Wilkinson in for two
Nick Dupuis finishes
Ethan Tate
Griff Dupuis
Triton cheerleader
Danny Shea shoots a three
Nick Dupuis guards Ryan Mabee
Ryan Anderson
Quintin McHale out for a block
Triton box
Saugus box

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Pentucket defeats Triton 60-16

Audrey Conover had a big game on offense and defense
Alyssa Thompson (13 points) guards Isabella Basile

(Byfield MA) It was a tough night for Triton.

“They’re a powerhouse,” said Vikings coach Bryan Shields afterwards.

Pentucket turned in a dominating performance and came away with a, 60-16, win on Monday night.

“We did really well,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara post-game.  Not a soul who watched the game would argue otherwise!

“Our defense set the tone,” added Coach McNamara, “and our transition got us layups.”

The Vikings struggled in the backcourt after getting double-teamed and numerous turnovers/layups followed.

Molly Kimball

The Sachems also were quick to press for scores after getting possession in the frontcourt.

Even when forced to run halfcourt offense Pentucket (11-2) was textbook perfect against Triton’s zone defense.

“Their zone forced us to pass the ball more since you can’t drive against a zone,” explained Pentucket junior Audrey Conover afterwards.

And pass they did.  There were cross-court passes to open teammates on the weakside.  There were give-and-go layups and there were inbound passes for layups.

Maeve Heffernan guards Lana Mickelson (12 points)

“The kids were passing up a shot to get a better shot,” said Coach McNamara.  “They were really unselfish.  It was fun to watch.”

Almost every basket had an assist attached to it unless it was a breakaway off a turnover.

The Sachems took the mystery out of this game early racing ahead, 14-0, after four minutes.  The visitors took three turnovers in for layups and had two three’s (Abby Dube and Gabby Bellacqua) in the breakaway start.

Audrey Conover

Molly Kimball finally ended the Triton scoring drought with a free throw and later added a three-point shot before the quarter was over.

The quarter ended with the score, 23-4.

The Pentucket halfcourt defense was extra tough in the second quarter.  Most of the Triton movement in the frontcourt was sideways with few direct lines to the hoop.  Maeve Heffernan scored in the last minute for the only Vikings basket of the quarter.

Rebound battle

Pentucket led, 39-6, at the half.

“They defend well, and they rotate well,” said Coach Shields, “and they can all score.”

“Playing Pentucket will make us better,” added Coach Shields.  “You don’t gain as much playing weaker competition.  We want to be ready for the tournament.”

The Vikings are 8-8 with four games left.  “We’ve got winnable games ahead,” said Coach Shields.  “Three of the teams (North Reading, Saugus, and Manchester-Essex) we beat the first time around.”

Gabby Bellacqua (11 points)

Pentucket has a big game ahead on Thursday night at Newburyport.  “They are a good team and they beat us pretty good the first time,” said Coach McNamara.  “Right now, however, I’m thinking about Senior Night tomorrow night and that game (North Reading).”

Alyssa Thompson (13), Lana Mickelson (12), and Gabby Bellacqua (11) reached double figures for Pentucket.

Coach McNamara: “The key to the win tonight was the excellent passing of Audrey (Conover).”

Pentucket   23   16   14   7   =   60

Triton            4      2     5   5   =   16

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Brianna Welch double-teamed
Riley Bell guarded by Ally Cacciapuoti
Paige Leavitt goes baseline
Sophia Lesinski
Lia Hatheway
Liv Kiricoples
Audrey Conover in for two
Lana Mickelson double-teamed
Ally Cacciapuoti
Abby Dube
Alyssa Thompson layup
Abby Dube and Alyssa Thompson double-team Isabella Basile
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Seventeen 3’s send Newburyport by Triton 72-48

James Scali (16 points) had four 3’s in the first quarter
Jack Fehlner (16 points)

(Newburyport MA) Things were falling in Newburyport.

And it wasn’t the snow.

That’s scheduled to arrive later.

What was falling was long shot after long shot by the Newburyport Clippers boys’ basketball team.

I don’t have access to the Clippers’ stat records but I’m guessing that tonight’s avalanche of three’s (seventeen!) was a school record or close to it.

Dylan Wilkinson (20 points)

Triton was on the wrong end of Newburyport’s hot shooting and fell, 72-48, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

The Clippers collected twelve 3’s in the first half and exploded to a 46-24 advantage.

Senior James Scali (16 points) had four 3’s in the first quarter and gave the Clippers the lead for good (5-4) with the first one he made.

Will Thoreson (12 points)

“It was a fun first quarter,” said James afterwards.  “It set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Junior Will Thoreson (12 points) came off the Newburyport bench to drill three 3’s in the second quarter.  He loved the corners getting two of his 3’s from the right and the other from the left.

“It felt good coming off my hands every single time,” said Will post-game.

Coach Dave Clay was pleased with Will’s success tonight. “Will has been working so hard in practice.  The shots haven’t always been falling for him, but they were tonight.  I’m glad for him.”

Newburyport student section

Triton’s Dylan Wilkinson (20 points) led all scorers.  His ability to weave and spin his way through defenders to the basket makes him difficult to contain.

“We started out okay,” said Dylan afterwards, “but then that (James) Scali kid got hot.  They’re a good team.  Every kid on that team can play.”

Quintin McHale (12 points)

The Clippers took a twenty-point lead for the first time with two minutes left before halftime.  The Vikings (5-7) moved their deficit inside of twenty twice in the fourth quarter.  The first (57-38) was after a Dylan Wilkinson rebound put-back.  The second one (60-41) followed Luke O’Leary’s crowd-pleasing three from the right corner.

“Newburyport made a ton of three’s,” said Triton coach Ted Schruender post-game.  “Credit them for hitting all the shots they did, but we have to get off to better starts.  On this night they scored against whatever we tried to do defensively.”

Triton student section

The Newburyport fans turned out and had plenty to cheer about. 

Coach Clay did the player introductions for the second time this season.  “I’m trying to make myself more valuable,” he said laughing.

Senior Jack Fehlner also had sixteen points for Newburyport.  There were four 3’s in his scoring package.  He also turned a steal into a layup (Pick Two) in the fourth quarter.

Luke O’Leary

The Clippers are now 9-4 and have won four straight.  They are also 5-0 at home.

Newburyport defeated Triton, 61-52, in December.  James Scali had four three’s in that game as well.

Newburyport   27   19   11   15   =   72

Triton   16   8   10   14   =   48

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Griffin Dupuis drives against Finn Sullivan
Joe Abt
Brian Story
Ball on the floor
Battle under the basket
Ball leaving the court
Ronan Brown
James Scali
Max Gagnon
James Scali had four 3’s in Newburyport’s first game vs Triton
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