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

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

Triton coach Dave Dupere congratulates Zoe Cesati

(Byfield MA) “Where’s Triton?’”

“In Byfield, where’s that?”

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

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

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

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

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

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn finishes a double play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taylor Penniman beats out a bunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carisa Boyle slides into second

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

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

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

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

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan looks for the last grounder

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

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

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Mikayla Vincent

Taylor Penniman

Shortstop Meg Winn hauls in a short pop to left

Annie Siemasko (2 hits) eyes a pitch

Triton fans

Katherine Quigley

Abby Maines

Zoe Cesati bats

Zoe Cesati

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton holds off Ipswich 6-5 for ninth straight win

Emily Karvielis safe at home with 6th Triton run

1B Taylor Penniman handles the final out for Triton

(Byfield MA) Triton (12-1) won their ninth straight game this afternoon but it was anything but easy.

The Ipswich Tigers (6-7) had the pitching and hitting to give the Vikings quite a battle before falling, 6-5, on Friday in Cape Ann League action.

Defense separated the two teams.  The Vikings played flawless defense while the Tigers allowed three unearned runs.

“If we don’t hit, we have to be perfect in the field,” explained Triton senior Taylor Penniman afterwards.

The Vikings had been averaging over eleven runs per game but today they ran into junior Katherine Noftall.  Katherine allowed three earned runs and had six strikeouts.

Equally impressive was the hitting of Katherine and her sister Erika.  Katherine was a triple short of the cycle while Erika had two singles and a double.

Katherine Noftall in home run trot

Katherine’s two-run homer over the right field fence in the top of the 7th brought the visitors to within a run with one out.  “It was a nail biter for sure,” recalled Triton coach Dave Dupere.  Pitcher Katherine Quigley, however, ended any further damage with a strikeout (Mya Cuevas) and a ground out (Rowan Galanis).

The streaking Vikings had single runs in the second, third, and fourth.  Their game-deciding runs came in a three-run fifth.

In that fifth, Triton’s Grace McGonagle (3 hits) singled and was joined on the bases by Bridget Sheehan who was intentionally walked.  Senior Emily Karvielis then singled sharply to right.  Grace would certainly have scored on the hit but when the ball rolled past RF Allie Comeau to the fence, Bridget and then Emily also crossed home.  Emily had actually stopped at 3rd but when the Tigers fumbled the relay, home she went with what turned out to be the winning run.  “Emily was there (home) before the throw got there,” said Coach Dupere.”

“That fifth inning was where one run turned into three and it cost us,” said Ipswich coach Brian Seabury.

Eve Paicos scores first Triton run

Triton scored a run in the second when Carisa Boyle drove in Eve Paicos with a double to left.

In the Ipswich third, junior Katherine Noftall drove in sophomore Erika Noftall with a single to center.  Later it was sophomore Mya Cuevas singling Katherine home.

In the Triton 3rd, a Grace McGonagle double was followed by a Bridget Sheehan RBI single to right.

The Vikings pulled in front, 3-2 in the fourth.  An infield bobble (2B Rowan Galanis) enabled Collen McCarthy to reach.  Colleen later scored on a sacrifice fly by Eve Paicos.

3B Colleen McCarthy started the Tigers 5th with a defensive gem stabbing Cat Seaman’s liner.  But Katherine Noftall followed with a double to CF and Mya Cuevas recorded her second RBI with a single.

Shortstop Erika Noftall dives for grounder

Erika Noftall reached base (single) before her sister took Katherine Quigley deep in the Ipswich 7th.

Tigers’ left fielder (Mya Cuevas) and center fielder (Cat Seaman) worked together in Triton 4th.  Cat looked as if she had a catch lined up in a tough sun with Mya nearby.  At the last second the ball bounced off Cat’s glove and nearby Mya was able to snag the rebound!

Ipswich had no luck when it came to strategy.  In the Triton 3rd, Coach Seabury wanted to walk Bridget Sheehan (CAL All-Star) but pitcher Katherine Noftall had struck out Bridget in the first.  So they pitched to Bridget and she had an RBI single.

Trouble in the Ipswich outfield in the fifth inning

In the fatal fifth, Bridget came up again and it was decided to walk her this time and face Emily Karvielis instead.  Emily hit an RBI single that ended up scoring three runs.

“When they were going to walk Bridget, I was thinking that our next hitter (Emily) is every bit as good,” said Coach Dupere.  “It sure worked out for us.”

“The Noftall sister were sure impressive,” added Coach Dupere.  “We tried to pitch them in and out, but they still hit.”

Katherine Noftall

“Katherine (Noftall) usually pitches against the large teams,” said Coach Seabury.  Sister Erika pitches the other ones.

“Grace (McGonagle) had three hits for us today,” said Coach Dupere.  “She usually plays small ball but today she was hitting the ball clean and getting on base.”

Sophomore Katherine Quigley registered her 11th win.  She struck out eight and walked one.

I told Coach Dupere that, according to my figuring, North Reading, going into today’s games, had won 45 straight CAL games dating back to 2015.  The Vikings are scheduled to play the Hornets at Triton on May 21st.  “It should be exciting if we can keep playing the way we’ve been playing.”

Taylor Penniman told me that in the fall she will be going to Mass Art in Boston to study graphic design and advertising.

Katherine Noftall also scored three runs for Ipswich.  I saw her drop twenty-five points on Newburyport, including three 3’s, during the basketball season.

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Emily Karvielis about to tag Mya Cuevas

Katherine Quigley

2B Rowan Galanis and sliding Colleen McCarthy

Trouble in the Ipswich infield

Mya Cuevas (2 rbi)

Emily Karvielis

Eve Paicos

Colleen McCarthy throws to first

Bridget Sheehan

 

 

 

 

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Triton defeats Amesbury 4-1 to gain tourney

Eve Paicos reaches 3B as the throw comes to Sydney Daileanes

Emma DiPietro homered in the first inning for Amesbury

(Amesbury MA) The Triton softball team keeps rolling along. That’s six straight for the team from Byfield.

This afternoon the Vikings (9-1) got themselves into the post-season with a tight 4-1 win over Amesbury.

“This was a big win for Triton,” explained 3rd year coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “We qualified for the tournament and we did it against two of the best pitchers (Emily O’Donnell & Hayley Catania) in the Cape Ann League.”

Amesbury (4-5) jumped ahead quickly in the first inning as junior Emma DiPietro took advantage of fenceless Perry Field and homered down the left field line.

Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter for the Vikings

“That first-batter homer was a shock,” said Vikings shortstop Bridget Sheehan, “but we are good at bouncing back.”

The immediate 1-0 deficit was a wake-up call for Triton pitcher Katherine Quiqley. “Amesbury is a very good hitting team and I knew that I wanted to keep the ball inside and low on them.  That home run pitch got way too much of the strike zone.”

Lesson learned.  Thereafter, with better pitch spotting, the Indians were limited to only three hits over the final 6 2/3 innings.

The Vikings broke through on AHS starter Emily O’Donnell in the 3rd inning.  Dani West singled to left before Eve Paicos duplicated Emma DiPietro’s homer with a liner/roller to left.

Now ahead 2-1, the Vikings put three hits together in a row in the 4th inning to collect another pair of runs.  A single by Bridget Sheehan was followed by a triple to left center by Emily Karvielis scoring Bridget.  “I thought that the left fielder was going to catch it but then it went into the gap,”said Emily afterwards.”  A Colleen McCarthy single on the ground up the middle drove in Triton’s 4th run.

Eve Paicos rounds second as Amesbury sets up a relay

Sophomore Eve Paicos

The Eve Paicos homer was a big surprise to me.  Why?  I did the Triton game on Tuesday at Newburyport and never saw Eve play at all.  Today, batting 9th, I wasn’t prepared for her shot to left.  Coach Dupere and Bridget Sheehan both insisted afterwards, however, that the sophomore hits for power.

The Vikings had only six hits and Eve had two of them today.  Next time I won’t be as surprised.

Not surprising to Coach Dupere was the play of his infield.  “In my opinion, we have the best infield in the league.”  Hard not to agree.  With Katherine Quigley keeping the ball down, there were plenty (fourteen) of infield grounders.

3B Colleen McCarthy was busy with seven of them.

2B Emily Karvielis made a diving stop and threw from her knees to end the Amesbury first.

In the 4th inning shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a nice running catch in left.  Later, in the same inning, she was able to handle a two-out grounder despite having baserunner Abby Aponas go in front of her just before the ball got to her.

Senior Hayley Catania retired eight straight Vikings

The Vikings needed all the pitching and defense they could find on this afternoon because Amesbury was on its game.  There were no unearned runs.  No walks.  In five of today’s innings the Vikings totaled just one baserunner!  Relief pitcher Hayley Catania retired the last eight Vikings in a row.

But the four runs were enough for Triton to run their win streak to six.  Their only loss has been to undefeated North Reading, 6-2.  There is a rematch ahead this month.  Might want to see that one!

The Indians haven’t won a game in two weeks.  Today’s performance should be a source of encouragement for their games ahead.  The defense made plays and the pitching was solid.  Now if they can get some hits.  Despite the two-week slide, Amesbury still leads the Baker Division of the CAL.

The Indians had won five straight versus Triton.  Last Vikings win was in 2013.

Triton has six games before they face North Reading.  Four of the teams they face they have already beaten once.  The other two opponents have losing records.  Never good to count your chickens before they’re hatched, however.

Scary moment in the first inning.  A Hayley Catania foul ball curved into the bleachers and caught a lady on the side of the head.  There was immediate attention and ice packs and hopefully she is okay.

RF Dani West settles under the final out

Triton nearly had the bases loaded in the 5th inning but the home plate umpire reversed a walk to Zoe Cesati after owning up to his mistake on the count.  Zoe then popped up and Bridget lined out stranding the two runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Hayley Catania started the game for AHS at 3B and immediately successfully handled two Triton bunt attempts.  Hayley will attend UMass Boston in the fall to study nursing and play softball.

The weather was overcast and in the low 60s.

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3B Colleen McCarthy throws to first

One that got away

Taylor Penniman

Sydney Daileanes

Abby Aponas screens Bridget

Bridget locates the ball

Catcher Hanniah Burdick looks for a sign

Pitcher Katherine Quigley makes a play to first

3B Colleen McCarthy had six assists

Kaylie Cloutier makes a play at first

Shortstop Emma DiPietro

First inning scare

 

 

 

 

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Triton wins 5th straight 17-1 over Newburyport

Pitcher Katherine Quigley on her way to her 7th win as Coach Dave Dupere watches

Grace McGonagle scores after a wild pitch

(Newburyport MA) It may be time to start taking the 2018 edition of the Triton girls softball team seriously.

The Vikings (8-1) dominated Newburyport 17-1 in five innings on Tuesday afternoon.

“We did everything right today,” said Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  And who could argue?

Want hitting?  The Vikings had sixteen hits including four by senior Olivia Doane. The visitors scored in every inning and jumped off to a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

How about defense?  No errors on this afternoon.

Pitching?  Sophomore Katherine Quigley scattered seven hits with only one walk.

Olivia Doane had four hits for Triton

Katherine (7-1) was quick to defer credit after the game.  “I had awesome defense behind me.”

It was a rough afternoon to say the least for the Clippers (4-3).  Pitchers Paige Gouldthorpe and Annie Siemasko struggled with control (eight walks).  Viking runners flooded the bases and were quick to take advantage of numerous wild pitches and passed balls.

The Clippers hadn’t played a game in a week and that could well explain an off afternoon for them.

The Vikings have now won five straight and have evened their series at 6 with NHS since the 2012 season.

The home team was able to push across a run in the 4th inning as freshman Cali Caponigro drove in senior teammate Courtney Walsh.

Cali also made a nice play in left on a sinking line drive.

Meg Winn talks with new pitcher Annie Siemasko

The two Division 2 opponents will meet again at Triton on May 16th.

“After losing to Newburyport twice last season our girls came ready to play today,” added Coach Dupere.

Ahead for the Vikings is Amesbury on Friday at Amesbury.  “That will be a big test for us,” said Coach Dupere, “in my three years coaching at Triton we’ve never beaten them.”

I talked pitching with Katherine Quigley afterwards.  She told me that she was “100% more comfortable over last season.”  She has been training almost year round and has added a couple of pitches (screwball and curve).  “I still need to spot the ball better and improve on my speed.”

The only game that Katherine didn’t pitch (she was sick) was the 25-15 slugfest the Vikings survived with Pentucket.

Today’s game featured two of the Cape Ann League’s best players; juniors Bridget Sheehan (shortstop) and Annie Siemasko (centerfield).  They were CAL All-Stars in 2017.

Pitcher Paige Gouldthorpe tries to get Taylor Penniman at first

Triton batted around in the first inning (five runs) and the fourth inning (six runs).  In the five innings this game lasted the Vikings left twelve runners stranded.

I was at the NH Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays AA team) game last night in Manchester. All I do at those games is take pictures.  High school games?  Add scorebook keeping and digital recording to the mix.  I’m lucky to get the score right with all that going on!  However, there was a working scoreboard in use at today’s game, so I know that the final was 17-1.

Nice weather today.  80’s tomorrow?  Why not!

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Catcher Olivia Doane throws to first over baserunner Maddy Duford

Fae Pecos

3B Colleen McCarthy threw out a runner at the plate

Paige Gouldthorpe tagged out at the plate

Cape Ann League All-Star Bridget Sheehan

Cape Ann League All-Star Annie Siemasko

Emily Karvielis

Grace McGonagle

Dani West

Zoe Cesati

Grace McGonagle blocks a throw with her back

Mikayla Vincent

Olivia Salvatore

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Saugus reaches tourney after 46-32 win over Triton

Taylor Bogdanski (16 points) hit two 3’s in the first quarter.

Kiley Ronan (15) looks for the hoop as Caitlin White defends

(Byfield MA) A lot of happy Sachems after this one ended.

“We have a lot to work on, but it feels great to get the win and make the tournament,” said Saugus coach Mark Schruender afterwards.

The Sachems (10-7) avenged an earlier non-league loss to the Vikings by capturing the Monday night makeup game.

Both coaches agreed that it was Saugus’ change to a 2-3 zone defense in the second half that was the difference maker.

“We don’t usually use a zone defense, but Triton played so well against our pressure that we didn’t use it at all in the second half,” said Coach Schruender.

Triton coach Dan Boyle agreed. “Their 2-3 zone really gave us fits in the second half.  We have struggled scoring points all year.  They packed the zone in tightly and we couldn’t shoot them out of it.”

The full effects of the defensive switch kicked in with 5 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.  The Vikings (6-12) were one possession away (28-26) at the time after Izzy Cambece landed a three assisted by Bridget Sheehan.

Collision course

The rest of the third quarter?  Totally, and I mean all, Saugus.  The team from the Northeastern Conference put a run of thirteen unanswered points together and left Triton with a 41-26 mountain to climb in the final quarter.

Taylor Bogdanski, Allie Kotkowski, Jillian Ricupero, Marissa Stockwell, and Alessia Salzillo all contributed to the Saugus breakaway stretch.

The Vikings’ shooting woes continued in the final quarter.  The Sachems weren’t a whole lot better in that frame, but they had the fifteen-point advantage and finished with a 46-32 win.

Sophomore Taylor Bogdanski led all scorers with sixteen points.  Twelve of those points came in the first half and included two 3-pointers.

Taylor shot Saugus into a 12-4 lead in the first quarter.  The home team came nearly all the way back in the second period as Bridget Sheehan and Alex Kennedy put eight points together to narrow things to 20-18 with two minutes left in that period.

Alex Kennedy blocks the shot of Molly Granara

The Vikings would hang in there for the next 4+ minutes of playing time before the final 5 ½ minutes of the 3rd quarter did them in.

No question the Vikings missed graduated high scorer Tessa Lafrance.  Tessa, now a freshman at Endicott, had over 1000 points at Triton.

On this night the Vikings had plenty of open looks from a variety of places.  “If the shots fall, it’s a different game,” said Coach Boyle.  “We scored fifty points in our first meeting with them.”

“We’re close to being a much better team than our record shows,” added Coach Boyle.  “It doesn’t help us this year, however.”

This is the 3rd straight year that Saugus has made the tournament.  They were 16-7 last season.

Most impressive player?  I choose junior Alessia Salzillo.  The speedy point guard could handle the Triton pressure and could find open teammates for good looks.  “She’s been a great player for us all year,” said Coach Schruender.  “As she goes, we go.”

Coach Schruender also praised the play of senior Alllie Kotkowski: “She probably had her best game of the season (9 points).  She made a lot of good little plays.”

Saugus box

Triton box

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Colleen McCarthy defends Molly Granara

Allie Kotkowski and Izzy Cambece

Bridget Sheehan tries to get by Taylor Bogdanski

Alex Kennedy (32) tries to stop Taylor Bogdanski

Alessia Salzillo looks to pass

Jamie Bell tries the lane against Taylor Bogdanski

Jillian Ricupero and Alex Kennedy

Caitlin White drives the baseline

Meredith Kennedy (30) applies pressure to Kiley Ronan

Taylor Bogdanski (12) puts up a floater

Chasing an inbounds pass

 

 

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Newburyport defeats Triton 57-50 in front of a full house at NHS

Will Parsons (17 points) attracts four Newburyport defenders

Ryan Archies (9 points) launches one from in front of the Triton student section

(Newburyport MA) I had to check my calendar when I arrived at this game.

It wasn’t March but there was definitely a tournament buzz in the room.

However, it doesn’t need to be March when it’s a Triton/Newburyport game.

Last March the two teams had a down-to-the-last-shot Division 3 North quarterfinals get-together in the same building. Newburyport won that game.

In December of last year, the Clippers defeated Triton, 63-57.

That win streak continued tonight as Newburyport (10-3) prevailed, 57-50, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

Ryan Archie (nine points) started the scoring with a 3-pointer for NHS and the Clippers never trailed.

The Vikings (4-8) looked done late in the third quarter when a three by freshman Jacob Robertson boosted the Clippers margin to fourteen points (43-29).

Triton sets for an inbounds play

Triton was down but not out.  They scored the next ten points and they did it in a hurry.  In one minute of playing time, the visitors from Byfield, put that ten-spot together.  Kyle Odoy ended the 3rd quarter with a layup and then picked off an inbounds pass and put in two more.  Junior Dylan Shute contributed an old-fashioned 3-point play and then Will Parsons nailed one from beyond the arc.

All of that successful offense moved Triton to within four (43-39) with nearly 7 ½ minutes left in the game.

Newburyport, however, had an answer and his name was McLaren.  If you weren’t there, you’re thinking Casey.  But not on this night.  Casey didn’t score a point in the final quarter.  It was Parker doing the heavy lifting.

Parker went off for seven straight points while the Vikings had four turnovers.  That individual excellence gave NHS an eleven-point lead (50-39) with 5 ½ minutes remaining.

Play out the string?  Game over?  Not yet.

Triton, led by Will Parsons’ seven points and a layup by Jesse Wilkinson, got the Newburyport lead down to four (54-50) with 1 ½ minutes to go.

Triton coach EJ Perry

“We had our opportunities,” said Triton coach EJ Perry afterwards.  “It was 54-50 and we had an offensive rebound, but we didn’t get the putback.”

That missed chance put the ball back in Newburyport’s possession.  A deflected shot ended up in the hands of Parker McLaren and he converted the rebound into points (his 11th of the quarter) and the Clippers won their tenth and qualified for the state tournament.

For the Vikings the road to qualifying is steep.  “We’ll keep getting better,” said Coach Perry, “that’s all we can do.”

Coach Dave Clay praised the work of Harry Bovee guarding Will Parsons: “He knew that his role was strictly defense on Will.  He did a phenomenal job.”

Will ended up with seventeen points, but his only open shots were in warmups.

Casey McLaren (16 points) shoots over Brandon Balesta

Casey McLaren finished with sixteen points.  He had four 3’s including several from in front of the Triton student section.

“Everything on offense goes through Will (Parsons),” explained Coach Perry.  “They did a pretty good job on him.”

Will (averaging 24.8 points per game) not only faced one defender but plenty of support defense was nearby.

“We came out with a lot of positive energy,” said Coach Clay.  “We remained positive even after they made runs and that was the key to the win.”

The crowd was remarkable.  “It was a great environment,” said Coach Clay.

Parker McLaren (18 points) sets to stop a driving Viking

Excellent crowd control in place to make sure no one from either side spoiled it for others.  On one occasion, the Triton student section chanted something, and one NHS student responded inappropriately.  Next thing I saw was the student leaving with AD Kyle Hodsdon.  The AD returned but the student didn’t. End of problem.

Newburyport was 19-3 last year.  Triton was 15-8.

I talked to Dylan Shute before the game.  Dylan took the last Triton shot, from along the baseline, in the tourney loss last March.  He told me, “I think about that shot a lot.”

Ryan Archies’ three 3’s gives him twenty-five 3-pointers for the season.

Casey McLaren had twenty-four points in the first meeting with Triton.  Freshman Kyle Odoy had twenty for Triton.

Triton Box

Newburyport Box

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Max McKenzie defends Parker McLaren

George Coryell at the line

Harry Bovee (1) covered Will Parsons most of the game

Will Parsons in the lane with Bretton Ross (10), Casey McLaren (22), and Parker McLaren (44)

Jack Tummino gets into the lane

Max McKenzie (12 points) gets past Parker McLaren

Harry Bovee (1) and Parker McLaren (44) guard Will Parsons

Dylan Shute (3) dribbles baseline

 

 

 

 

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North Reading runs CAL streak to thirty-two defeating Triton 11-9

Cassidy Gaeta (#11) had two home runs against Triton

Tara Driver put North Reading ahead in the 7th with a 2-out, 2-run single.

(Byfield MA) North Reading rallied for six runs in the final two innings to overtake Triton, 11-9, on a cold, drizzly Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The Hornets (16-1) were two outs away in the seventh inning from getting their CAL winning streak stopped at thirty-one straight.

But the visitors capitalized on a throwing error (3B Tessa Boyle) and some daring baserunning by sophomore Emma Valade to tie the score.  Triton RF Kendall Mitchell ran toward the infield to record the 2nd out of the inning and might have had a play at the plate to end the game but didn’t throw home right away and Emma was in easily.

Now with runners on second and third with two outs, the Vikings faced Tara Driver (one home run).  The thought of walking Tara was probably considered but the next batter was Cassidy Gaeta (two home runs).

The choice was to pitch to Tara.  This time the junior did not go long ball but instead went “smart” ball driving an outside pitch through the Triton infield into right field scoring two teammates.

The two-run cushion held up in the Triton seventh and North Reading maintained their lengthy CAL winning streak that goes back to May 18, 2015 when they lost to Pentucket.

2B Emily Karvalis chases a blooper into center

The Vikings (10-7) have lost three tough ones (two by one run) in a row.

Triton whacked sixteen hits against Christina Simblaris and Cassandra Pascucci and had baserunners in every inning but the fifth.  Everyone in the Vikings’ batting order reached base.

Steady shortstop play by Bridget Sheehan continues.

Pitcher Katherine Quigley had a life-threatening moment when Cassidy Gaeta ripped a liner at her.  Nice to see that Katherine was wearing a mask.  I would like to see masks on everyone in the infield.

How did Triton lose this game?  Too many mistakes.

The home team survived an infield error (3B Tess Boyle) in the second but a drop by Kendra Beauparlant (LF) scored an NR run in the third.

Colleen McCarthy out at third

Bad baserunning caught up to Triton in the 3rd when pinchrunner Taylor Penniman tried to score from 2nd on an infield pop single.  In the 4th Colleen McCarthy attempted to advance from second to third on an overthrow but was gunned down by North Reading CF Haley MacIntyre.

Plenty of hitting stars on both sides.  Triton’s Zoe Cesati, Bridget Sheehan, and Olivia Doane each had three hits.  Zoe scored three times.  Emily Karvalis drove three runs across while Olivia and Colleen McCarthy had 2 RBI apiece.

North Reading collected eleven hits off freshman Katherine Quigley.  Three of them left the field.  Tara Driver had four hits, drove in three runs, including the game winners, and scored three.  Senior Cassidy Gaeta had two two-run homers.

The Hornets only loss so far was last Thursday 6-4 against Marblehead.

Triton can take heart that they gave NR a competitive game.  That hasn’t been the case in recent years.  In 2016 NR won 17-6 and 12-0.  In 2015 it was 16-0 and 15-1.

The weather continues to unimpress me!  I’m wearing winter boots and a winter hat on May 22nd?

It was an entertaining game despite the conditions.

Seniors from both teams were honored before the game.

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

Triton starter Katherine Quigley

Cassidy Gaeta – two 2-run homers

Cassandra Pascucci was the winning pitcher

CF Taylor MacIntyre threw out a Triton runner at 3B

Triton shortstop Bridget Sheehan

Zoe Cesati had two doubles for Triton

Drop in the Vikings’ outfield

Force at second

Popup looking for a place to land

Courtney Luker runs into a bunt

Tara Driver batting

NR scored four times in the seventh inning

 

 

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