Freshman Alana Delisle leads Amesbury past Lowell Catholic 4-2 in D3 North tourney

Alana Delisle’s pitching and defense keyed Amesbury’s First Round win.

Emily Bartlett scores in the first inning

(Amesbury MA) Closer than you might have thought.

#18 Lowell Catholic scored early and pressured late in the game, but #2 Amesbury had enough to notch a, 4-2, win on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Amesbury (18-3) now faces Boston Latin on Tuesday in the Division Three North quarterfinals.

The Indians freshman pitcher Alana Delisle was the difference maker for the home team.

Alana struck out eight Crusaders including the last two batters in the 7th inning with two LC runners in scoring position.

She also, somehow, caught a do-or-get-hurt line drive the third inning.

Later, in the sixth inning Emily Bartlett doubled and teammate Brenna Riley singled her home with two out.  However, Alana cut off the throw home after Brenna’s single and threw to first to catch Brenna away from the bag for the final out of the inning and limit the LC runs to one.

Avery Hallinan tracks a popup

“Alana was fantastic,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters afterwards.  “We went back-and-forth as to who should pitch today and I’m glad we went with her.”

Lowell Catholic (12-10) put two hits together (triple Emily Bartlett & single Amanda Bursey) to jump out 1-0 in the first.

But then Alana settled down to retire fifteen of the next sixteen batters she faced.

“I threw some curves and some changeups,” said Alana.  Her changeup was a real problem for several of the Crusader hitters.

LC pitcher Emily Bartlett (6 K’s) escaped a bases-loaded situation in the 2nd and two runners on in the 3rd inning.

“One or two miscues caused the outcome of this game,” said LC coach Frank Nugent after the game.

One of those miscues was in the fourth inning and allowed Amesbury to tie the score.  Julia Campbell (three hits) hit a ball that right fielder Jillian O’Hearn nearly caught.  However, it bounced off her glove and went a distance away into foul territory.  While Jillian was getting the ball back into the infield AHS assistant coach Jim Hounam waved Julia on to third.  The throw from 2B Brenna Riley went past third and out-of-bounds allowing Julia to tie the score.

Near catch by Jillian O’Hearn in right field

Julia Campbell into third as the ball goes by

Umpire signals that Julia Campbell has been awarded home

It was 1-1 into the bottom of the 5th.

Meg McElaney after her hit drove in an Amesbury run

Amesbury picked up a decisive three runs in that inning.  A misplayed bunt and a wild pitch allowed tainted runs to score and moved AHS ahead, 3-1.  Megan McElaney followed with an RBI single that provided a crucial third run in that inning and gave the Indians a 4-1 lead.

In the sixth the Crusaders tallied a run but ended a promising inning with an out on the base paths.

The seventh was even more promising for the visitors.  “We rallied in the seventh and had a chance but couldn’t get it done,” said Coach Nugent.

LC’s Megan Murphy led off with a single.  Meg McElaney (LF) followed with a nice running catch of a long fly by Antonia Mukiibi that could have been run-producing.  Karlee Calavritinos then reached on SS Emma DiPietro’s throwing error.

Two on, one out, with a two-run deficit.  Re-enter pitcher Alana Delisle to K the final two batters and preserve a 4-2 win.

“They made a couple of miscues and that’s how we won,” said Coach Waters.  “They are a very good team and they made it tough for us.”

LC coach Frank Nugent

“Amesbury should be happy with their team,” said Coach Nugent.  “They don’t make a lot of mistakes.  Their pitcher threw strikes.  They have a very good program.”

Meg McElaney: “My friend Julia (Campbell) and I have been doing a lot of tee work because I have been in a batting slump.  My first two at-bats didn’t go that well, but I was really focused.  I told Coach Jim (Hounam) I was going to get a hit and I did.”

Amesbury reached the D3 North finals last season.  A rebuilding season looked to be realistic for this season, but a host of newcomers have stepped right in to continue the Indians winning ways.  Five freshmen (Avery Hallinan, Alana Delisle, Olivia Levasseur, Liv DeLong, and Ella Bezanson) were in the AHS starting lineup today.

Senior Amanda Bursey paced LC with a run scored, two hits, and an RBI.

Beautiful weather.

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Amesbury box

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(3B) Antonia Mukiibi throws to first

Bat on the ball

Brenna Riley tagged out at first by Liv DeLong after a throw from Alana Delisle

Caroline Bond (6) runs the ball back into the infield

Indians celebrate a run

Emily Bartlett sets to throw to first

Emma DiPietro bunts

Grace Maston, Brenna Riley, and Carley Feingold pregame

Olivia Levasseur scores on a wild pitch

Pregame gathering

Karlee Calavritinos steals second.

Liv DeLong scores the second Amesbury run

Liv DeLong steals second as SS Grace Maston reaches to apply a tag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newmarket wins D4 title 12-2 over error-prone Pittsfield

Newmarket Mules celebrate a long awaited championship

2019 D4 champions

Josh Mastin allowed only three hits and two runs

(Manchester NH) Five times in the last two years Newmarket had teams in championship games and lost.

That streak of frustration ended for the Mules as they won the D4 baseball title, 12-2, over Pittsfield in a sun-filled Saturday game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

“This was for our town,” said Lucas Russell afterwards, “and for all the alums who failed before.”

Lucas had four RBI in a 10-run third inning that took most of the suspense out of this game.

The ten-run rule went into effect after 4 ½ innings.

Pittsfield had five errors and all twelve Newmarket runs were unearned

“One bad inning,” said Pittfield coach Rob Stockman.  “We’ve had some trouble on defense and it reared its ugly head today.”

Did it ever!  The Panthers (19-2) had two errors in the third and three more in the fourth when the Mules (18-2) added two additional runs.

“We never expected to put up runs like that against a team like that,” said Newmarket coach Stan Jurkoic.  “Having those runs certainly helped to ease thing.”

Bad morning for Pittsfield to be giving up all those runs because Newmarket senior Josh Mastin was not nearly as generous.

Ben Stephens takes the last cut for the Panthers

Josh gave up single runs in the first and third but limited Pittsfield to three hits.

Tough morning for Kyle Stockman and Devin Bedell

Josh’s best pitching may have been in the first inning.  After an out, there was a walk, single, and another walk.  A wild pitch gave Pittsfield the lead 1-0, but Josh retired the next two batter (popup & infield out) to limit the damage to one run.

The Mules threatened in the first (2nd and 3rd – no outs) but D4 Player-of-the-Year Devin Bedell got a strikeout and a ground out to keep Newmarket off the scoreboard.

So, early on this game has the feel of one that would be tight to the end.  Maybe a one-run, last-inning nail biter?

Pittsfield has defeated Newmarket twice during the season.  They had pitching and hitting.

But on this morning, they didn’t have solid defense, especially in the third inning.

Fred Holmes makes a nice catch in the 2nd inning

“We have a young team and you need someone to step up and make a play to stop the bleeding,” said Coach Stockman.  “We just didn’t have that today.”

Thirteen Mules batted in the third inning.  Everyone in the batting order scored a run.  Josh Mastin crossed home twice.

Three runs into the inning, Coach Stockman switched Gavin Bedell in to replace his brother Devin.

Two batters later, Hayden Goodreau walked to force in a run.

Then the Mules’ bats went to work and lessened the guesswork on the final outcome.  Zach Hilton singled in a run.  Josh Mastin singled in two runs.  Lucas Russell then stroked an inside-the-park, three-run homer to stretch the Newmarket lead to 10-1.

“The bats were moving, and we were having a lot of fun out there,” recalled Fred Holmes of the inning.

“I squared it up,” said Lucas.  “It was a changeup and I kept my weight back and drove it up the middle.”

Lucas Russell crosses home as Coach Jurkoic watches

“Newmarket was just a better team today,” added Pittfield assistant coach Noah MacGlashing.  “One error turned into five.  We fell apart.  Take that inning away and it’s a much different game.”

Jesse MacGlashing drove in a run

But that inning didn’t go away, and the shaky defense was the key factor in two more Newmarket runs in the next inning.  Zach Hilton got his second RBI with a single and another run was added as the throw back in from the outfield rolled into the Pittsfield dugout.

The Panthers needed a run in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game going but after a walk, Josh Mastin got two infield groundouts before striking out Ben Stephens to end it.

“I wanted to strike out one last person to win it and that happened,” said Josh.

“It was just a great day for us,” said Coach Jurkoic.  “Josh put in another unbelievable performance.”

Newmarket last won a baseball title in 2001.  “Today was all for the fans,” said Josh.  “They have been waiting and it finally happened.”

Sophomore Jesse MacGlashing drove in Pittsfield’s second run in the third inning.

Josh Mastin tagged out by catcher Jesse MacGlashing in the first inning

Josh Mastin, Fred Holmes, and Zach Hilton paced Newmarket with two hits each.

Fred Holmes: “This win totally makes up for our other losses.  It was a bummer losing in the soccer finals to Sunapee but this one is just fine with me.”

Josh Mastin: “I struggled a bit.  I’m tired out from pitching all the time.  My fastball was okay.  My curve and my off-speed pitches were working.  I thought the game would be close.”

Carter Bousquin: “That 10-run inning was insane.  It’s such a great feeling to win the championship.  Josh’s curve was on-point today.  Guys were absolutely buckled up by that curve ball.  He wanted that final strikeout badly.”

Lucas Russell: “This is what we all dreamed of when we were kids.”

Coach Rob Stockman (left)

Coach Rob Stockman: “You give a team like Newmarket five or six extra outs and you’re going to take a beating.”

Fred Holmes is planning to attend Utica College (NY) in the fall and study construction management.

Lucas Russell will attend San Diego State (weather?) and major in business administration.

Kyle Stockman

Kyle Stockman will be at Plymouth State.  “We liked what Coach Clay had to say,” explained Coach Stockman.  “It’s close to home.  He has some travel team friends who are going there.”

Beautiful weather for the game.

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Pittsfield box

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DJ Zensky scores the first Pittsfield run

Josh Mastin throws to first

Nick Berthiaume (shortstop) sets to throw

Lucas Russell mobbed after homer

Newmarket celebrates

Newmarket seniors

 

 

 

 

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Pentucket edges Newburyport 2-1 in eight innings in D3 North First Round

Owen Kamuda scores the winning run in the 8th

Pentucket starts to celebrate

Peter Cleary

Casey McLaren

(Groveland MA) Nothing surprising here.

You knew it would be tight and you knew it would be decided at the end.

With eleven days off, you knew that the aces, Peter Cleary and Casey McLaren, would be doing the pitching.

You also knew that at the end there would be significant celebrating and dejection.

And that was how it was as Pentucket edged Newburyport, 2-1, in eight innings on Thursday afternoon at Groveland Pines in First Round action.

Andrew Melone scores the first Pentucket run

The Sachems (14-7) now move on in the D3 North tournament to the next round.

The Clippers (11-10) end their season on a five-game losing streak.

“This game went exactly how we thought it would,” said Newburyport coach Mark Rowe afterwards.  “More great performances by Casey and Peter.  We had our opportunities and they did too.”

The score was tied, 1-1, after four innings.

The Clippers had a runner in scoring position in the fifth, seventh, and eighth but couldn’t break through.  The key for the Sachems was that in each of those innings was that although the Clippers put the ball in play they hit it in the direction of CAL All-Star shortstop Gus Flaherty. Gus handled a popup and two grounders flawlessly to get Pentucket off the field unscored on in those threatening innings.

Parker McLaren reaches for home in the 4th inning

The end came for Newburyport in the 8th inning.  A popup by Owen Kamuda fell for a single into short center to start the inning.  After Andrew Melone struck out, Gus Flaherty reached on a walk.  Two on, one out.  A grounder to shortstop Ryan Archie.  Might have been two but at least would be a force out.  Instead, Ryan bobbled the ball and hurried the feed to 2B Tyler Koglin.  Runner Gus Flaherty slide into Tyler as he reached for the throw and the throw went by Tyler into right field. Owen Kamuda, who was heading for 3B when the grounder was hit, raced home with the winning run.

“The ending was tough for Newburyport,” said Pentucket coach Mike Wendt.  “However, in a game like this, that was so well played, that’s what you get at the end.”

The Sachems celebrated their First Round win in a big way and it was understandable.  Pentucket was 2-18 last year!

Jordan Cane drove in the first Pentucket run

1B Jordan Case was with St. Mary’s last season.  The Spartans make the state tournament with regularity.  “I told this team that there’s something special about playoff baseball.”

Jordan drove in Pentucket’s first run in the first inning.  Andrew Melone led off with a double to left and went to 3B on Jake Etter’s fielder’s choice.  Jordan then singled up the middle with two outs to score Andrew.

“I was thinking middle away, but he grooved a fastball down the middle and I had good contact,” said Jordan.

Walker Bartkiewicz drove in Newburyport’s run

The Clippers tied things in the fourth.  Parker McLaren doubled leading that inning off.  After two outs, Walker Bartkiewicz singled Parker home.

Newburyport finished with six hits but only Walker’s drove in a run.  “We certainly would have liked some more timely hits,” said Casey.

Winning pitcher Peter Cleary credited his defense: “It was good.  I was pitching to contact.”

Coach Wendt: “Peter (Cleary) is unflappable.  When I give him the ball in any game, especially a big game, he is always poised and always in control.”

Parker McLaren and Gus Flaherty

Coach Wendt: “Peter’s pitch count was low because Newburyport was first-pitch, fastball aggressive knowing he would pound the zone early in the count.”

Jordan Cane: “Newburyport is so athletic.  I have great respect for them after playing against them in hockey and baseball.”

Casey McLaren finishes a remarkable basketball/baseball career at Newburyport.  I again asked him about possibly playing baseball at Tufts along with basketball.  “I am not opposed to it.  I may have to get in touch with them over that.”  He added that he thinks that he will study economics and finance at Tufts.

Nice crowd took in the action on a sunny late afternoon.

2B Trevor Blanchard went backwards to make a nice catch to end the Newburyport sixth.

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Newburyport box

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Chris Husak 3B

Elusive popup

Elusive popup

Gus Flaherty throws to 1B

Safe or out?

Tommy Murphy and Gus Flaherty

Trevor Blanchard makes a catch

Ty Koglin, Ryan Archie, Parker McLaren pre-game

Joe Lynch steals 2B as Ryan Archie reaches to tag

Ryan Archie steals 2B

 

 

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Pentucket takes Spofford defeating Triton 4-2

Pentucket Sachems win the 2019 Spofford Tournament

Pentucket captains with the trophy

(Georgetown MA) If you’re looking for a star after a Pentucket win, good luck!

“Every kid has come up for us at some point this season,” said Sachems coach Mike Wendt.

Today was no exception as Pentucket was able to piece together a, 4-2, win over Triton and take the Spofford Tournament title for the first time.

“Hats off to a team that was 2-18 last season,” added Triton coach Ryan McCarthy.  “They’ve made it to the tournament and clinched a share of the Cape Ann League title.  Good for Coach Wendt and those guys.”

The Vikings (8-12) carried a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning but lost it when Pentucket (13-7) notched two runs.

Chris Husak -2 hits and an rbi

Chris Husak started the inning with a single. Both Owen Kamuda and Andrew Melone then reached on bunts that were intended to be sacrifices but became hits.

“We made some mistakes in the fifth inning,” said Coach McCarthy.  “We have to make those plays and we have to get outs in those situations.”

But they didn’t and Pentucket had the bases loaded, down a run, with no outs.

Credit Triton starter Mark Glickman.  He nearly pitched his way out of trouble as he struck out the next two batters. However, a two-out flair by Jordan Cane brought in two Sachems.

“I thought Mark battled,” said Coach McCarthy.  “He got two of their better hitters (Gus Flaherty & Jake Etter) and then they got that ball that fell in.  That was kind of it right there.”

“It felt great to get that hit,” said Jordan Cane afterwards.  “I was thinking middle away for sure.  I got a good pitch on the outer part.”

Sophomore Andrew Melone took the win for Pentucket striking out five and giving up only four hits in his 6+ innings of work.

Andrew Melone

“This was Andrew’s best start of the year,” said Coach Wendt.  “In this one he was able to throw strikes into the 7th inning.  His command has gotten him into trouble this year but not today.”

The Sachems added their fourth run in the 6th.  Joe Lynch singled, was sacrificed to second by Kyle Stock, and scored on Chris Husak’s double to right center.

Pentucket carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the 7th and then things got real interesting/entertaining. Just ask anyone who was there!

Jack Tummino singled and Coach Wendt brought on Jake Etter to pitch.

When Cam Gilroy thought Jake had thrown ball four, he headed for first.  Jack, assuming that Cam had walked, trotted for second.

The umpire called Cam back, saying it was only ball three.  As a result, Jack ended up caught in a rundown but miraculously escaped to second.

Jack Tummino (right) escapes a rundown

After Cam struck out, Tyler Godfrey walked.  That put two men on, with one out, in a two-run game.

Enter 3B Chris Husak.  Jared Berardino hit a flair over the infield, down the third baseline.  Three fielders, including Chris converged.

Chris, at the last instance, stuck his hand out (not his glove!) and caught the ball.

Chris Husak makes a bare-handed catch in the 7th

“There wasn’t room to catch it with the glove,” Chris explained.  “I didn’t want to collide with the left fielder.  I kind of reached over my shoulder and got it.  It was in the moment.”

If Chris doesn’t make that play, the Vikings would have had the bases loaded with one out.

Jordan Cane and Jake Etter at game’s end

But the play was made and then Jake Etter retired Kyle Odoy to end the game.

Triton picked up a run in the first inning.  Jared Berardino singled and reached second on a passed ball.  Kyle Odoy brought in Jared with a double to the fence in right.

Pentucket tied it in the same inning.  Gus Flaherty walked, stole second and scored on Jake Etter’s single.

Two Pentucket errors (Kyle Stock & Gus Flaherty) enabled Tyler Godfrey to give Triton a 2-1 lead in their half of the third inning.

Owen Kamuda (3 hits) scores the go-ahead third run

The Sachems finished with ten hits.  Junior Owen Kamuda had three of them.

Senior Jack Tummino had two of Triton’s four hits.

This was Pentucket’s third win over the Vikings this season.  The other two game were shutouts.

Triton starter Mark Glickman had six strikeouts.

Coach Wendt: “This was a typical game for us.  We grind it out.  The kids made plays when we needed them.”

Andrew Melone: “My off speed was working.  I pounded the zone with my fast ball and finished them with the off speed.”

Jordan Cane: “I was at St. Mary’s last year.  This season has been a great ride.  There’s something special about playing for a town.”

Andrew on the Pentucket turnaround: “We had lots of players coming back and thought we could have a good season.  Our whole mentality was to win the next game.  We continued to win and had fun with it.”

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Triton box

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Chris Husak after the catch.

Devin Parsons and Jake Etter

Gus Flaherty nears home with the first Pentucket run

Gus Flaherty tries to handle a grounder

Gus Flaherty (SS) leaps

Jack Tummino (CF) makes a catch

Ryan McCarthy

Vikings watch

Jordan Cane and Jake Etter celebrate the win

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Triton reaches Spofford final with 6-1 win over Georgetown

Pitcher Devin Parsons is all smiles after a win against Georgetown

Jared Berardino (3 RBI)

(Georgetown MA) “This was fun today,” said Triton coach Ryan McCarthy after his Vikings defeated Georgetown, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon.

Triton recovered nicely after being eliminated from the post-season on Thursday.

The Vikings (8-11) may not be in the MIAA tournament but they will be in the finals tomorrow of the Spofford Tournament against Pentucket at 2PM.

The Royals (5-13) face Newburyport in the Spofford consolation game at 11AM.

Georgetown went up 1-0 in the second on an RBI double by Jake Adamsky, but Triton responded in the third inning with four runs to take the lead for good.

Senior Devin Parsons pitched a complete game, six-hitter, notching six strikeouts for the Vikings.

“My curve was real strong in the beginning,” said Devin afterwards.  “I got my second wind later in the game and had a good fastball at the end.”

Jack Tummino and Brendan Willis

Devin (New England College commit) collected all of his six K’s in the final four innings. It was his second win of the season.

“We didn’t make the plays when we needed to,” said Georgetown coach Phil Desilets post-game.  “Things just snowballed on us.”

Rough day in the field (3 errors) for All-CAL shortstop Brendan Willis.  The senior did turn in a terrific stop (and throw) to end a Vikings’ threat in the fifth inning.

“Brendan is a 4-year starter, and no one wanted to win this weekend more than he did,” explained Coach Desilets.  “Knowing him, he’ll be great tomorrow.”

Triton senior Jack Tummino’s speed played a big part in the 4-run third.  Jack beat out a grounder to deep short to reach base.  Later, he scored the Vikings first run by scoring from third on another grounder to short.

1B Kyle Odoy snags the final out

Cael Kohan singled in Jaren Berardino in that productive third to give Triton a 2-1 lead.

The other two Triton runs in the third were tainted; Brendan Willis error and starter Cam Martin balk.

Next inning the Vikings added two more runs against Royals reliever Patrick Sedgwick.  The big hit for the team from Byfield was junior Jared Berardino’s single to center driving home teammates Shane Rooney and Cam Gilroy.

“We executed offensively,” said Triton coach McCarthy.

The Vikings finished with ten hits.  Cam Gilroy, Tyler Godfrey, and Cael Kohan each had two hits.

Jared Berardino paced Triton with three RBI.

Colin Nally (3B)

Evidence that it might not be Georgetown’s day appeared the second inning.  First batter Ethan Block singled but then was thrown out stealing.  A single (Tim Chianca) and a double (Jake Adamsky) followed producing a run.

Triton starter Devin Parsons ended the Georgetown threat in the second getting a fly out (Justin Ziolkowski) and a ground out (Chris Swensen).

The Royals were a hit away from making things tight in the 5th inning.  They loaded the bases with two hits (Justin & Chris) and a walk (Brendan Willis) with two outs.  Devin escaped again.  This time he got Nick Gaeta to ground out to 2B Cam Gilroy.

Triton third baseman (Shane Rooney) started the Georgetown 6th with an error but finished the inning with a slick backhanded stab (and throw).

The Vikings had lost seven of their last eight games before today’s victory.

Georgetown has now lost 11 of their last 13 games.  They have a makeup game next Saturday plus tomorrow’s matchup against Newburyport.

Coach Phil Desilets

“We’ll come out and work hard tomorrow,” said Coach Desilets.  “We lost during the season on a walk-off to Newburyport.”

Triton will have its work cut against Pentucket.  The Vikings have been shut out twice (4-0, 2-0) by the Sachems.  Peter Cleary, Andrew Melone, and Ethan Hunt have limited Triton to a total of three hits in those two games.

Coach McCarthy: “(Devin) Parsons pitched a great game.  He’s a senior and it’s the last time he’ll pitch for us.  He was in the zone today.”

Coach Desilets: “Credit Triton for coming back the way they did after getting knocked from the tournament a few days ago.”

Devin Parsons: “We were looking to have fun today.  I have been playing with these boys since Little League.”

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Georgetown box

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Royals watch

Play at second

Ethan Block about to be tagged out by Mark Glickman in the second inning

Catcher Tyler Godfrey under a popup

Tim Chianca reaches for home

Shane Rooney (3B)

Devin Parsons throws to first base

Devin Parsons pitches

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Solid hitting and pitching sends Amesbury by Rockport 11-3

Freshman Ella Bezanson (2) hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Liv DeLong struck out seven Vikings.

(Amesbury MA) It is not unusual for even the winning coach to find something that the team could have done better.

Not today.

“I have no complaints about this game at all,” said Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters after the Indians had defeated Rockport, 11-3.

The hitting and pitching were nicely in place for the home team on this Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Amesbury (10-1) scored in every inning, including four runs in their half of the first inning.

“We all hit,” said AHS starter Liv DeLong.  “We made good contact.”

The Indians had thirteen hits.  Alana Delisle and Ella Bezanson homered, while Olivia Lavasseur had a triple.

Emma DiPietro (3 hits) steals second

Hitting like that can win you games but when you add excellent pitching, the opponent is in trouble.

Freshman Liv DeLong held the Vikings (6-8) hitless into the sixth inning.

“She hit her spots very well today,” explained catcher Avery Hallinan.  “Her inside fast ball was very effective.”

Today’s game was a rematch of an April 10th season opener in which Amesbury won, 5-3.

“This time we weren’t ready to play,” said Rockport coach Julie Ryan.  “Their pitching was amazing today.”

Rockport starter Kelsea Anderson

The Indians put four runs together in the first inning with only one hit.  Two errors (2B Abby Engel) extended the inning and two wild pitches (Kelsea Anderson) allowed runs to score.

In the AHS second, Avery Hallinan was hit by a pitch, went to 2B on a wild pitch, reached 3B on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a passed ball (Kylie Wheat).

In the Amesbury third, after Olivia Lavasseur was caught stealing, Alana Delisle homered over Taylor Frost’s (CF) head.

The Indians led 6-0 after three innings while Rockport was still looking for its first hit. Kylie Schrock (walk) was the Vikings only baserunner through three innings.

Amesbury collected ten hits over their final three innings scoring five runs and leaving the bases loaded twice.

Emma DiPietro (3 hits) and Liv DeLong had RBI in the 4th.

Zoe Lucido (shortstop) and Ella Bezanson (base stealer)

Ella Bezanson (3 hits) hit a two-run homer to right center in the 5th.

AHS starter Liv DeLong had a string of eleven straight batters retired into the sixth inning.

Rockport broke through in the sixth.  Errors by Emily O’Donnell (1B) and Ella Bezanson (CF) allowed Liz Higgins to reach third.  A perfect bunt by 8th grader Sophie Lucido scored Liz and gave the Vikings their first hit.

Amesbury got one of those runs back in their half of the 6th inning.  Olivia Lavasseur tripled off the chalk in right field and came home on a passed ball.

Rockport opened the final inning with three straight hits.  Liz Higgins drove home two runs (Kylie Schrock & Kelsea Anderson) with a ground ball through the left side.

Catcher Avery Hallinan tags out Kylie Wheat in the 7th

With runners on first and third in that promising inning, the Vikings tried to steal second.  However, AHS shortstop Emma DiPietro cut off the throw to second and fired home catching Kylie Wheat trying to score from third.

The Rockport coaches questioned the out call.  The catcher must have the ball in order to block the plate.  The ruling was that catcher Avery Hallinan did indeed have the ball when she made the tag.

“If I have the ball, and I did, I can block the plate,” said Avery afterwards.

Despite the loss, RHS coach Julie Ryan was optimistic postgame.  “We stepped up to the plate at the end.  We are still in contention for a playoff spot.”

Sophie Lucido had the first Rockport hit

The Vikings are currently in 3rd place in the Baker Division with Ipswich and Amesbury ahead of them. Rockport has two games left with Ipswich.  A second-place finish, even with a losing record, earns a tournament spot.

Coach Waters: “It was a great team effort.  Avery was excellent behind the plate.  Ella had three nice hits.”

Liv DeLong: “The defense behind me worked really well.  The end was a little rocky.  I mixed my pitches and hit my spots.”

Avery Hallinan: “I have probably caught Liv for seven years going back to Little League.”

The weather?  The calendar changes but the weather doesn’t.  It was cold and windy but NOT raining.

This was my first visit this year to the field at Amesbury Middle School.  Attempts have been made to minimize treacherous left field.  There is now a fence keeping left fielders from running onto pavement chasing foul balls out there.

Amesbury started five freshmen while Rockport started four freshmen.  Both team’s pitchers and catchers were freshmen.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Abby Aponas takes charge on a popup.

Abby Engel

Alana Delisle (home run) congratulated by teammates

Avery Hallinan, Liv DeLong, and Olivia Lavasseur

Catcher Avery Hallinan

Emily O’Donnell

Zoe Lucido (shortstop)

Emma DiPietro (shortstop)

Kylie Wheat (catcher) and run scorer Ella Bezanson

Lauren Hale

Lauren Ryan

Liz Higgins (3B) and base stealer Emma DiPietro

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton bats too much for Amesbury in 9-2 loss

Seniors Bridget Sheehan, Colleen McCarthy, and junior Katherine Quigley celebrate their 10th win

Carisa Boyle slides into 2B ahead of Emma DiPietro’s tag.

(Byfield MA) Sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off.

But it did for Triton this afternoon.

The Vikings struck Amesbury pitching for twelve hits and a 9-2 win on Thursday afternoon.

“We hit every day,” explained Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “Almost an hour and twenty minutes and it shows.”

The loss dropped the Indians (8-1) from the undefeated ranks.

“To be perfectly honest, we got beat by a better team today,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters.

Emilhy Karvielis – 2 hits, 4 rbi

The Vikings (10-1) jumped on Indians’ starter Liv DeLong for four runs on five hits in the first inning. RBI by senior Emily Karvielis (2), senior Colleen McCarthy (1), and junior Eve Paicos (1) sparked the fast start.

Junior Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter and retired the Indians in order in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.

“I have been shooting the strong-hitting teams inside fastballs this season,” said Katherine.  “Today Fay (catcher) was calling for outside pitches and they were hungry for them.  It worked to our advantage.”

The Indians got an unearned run (3B Collen McCarthy error) in the third inning.  Senior Emma DiPietro’s sacrifice fly brought across junior Meg McElaney.

Abby Aponas throws to first

The Vikings responded productively in their half of the fourth inning, putting hits together (four) and tallying three runs.

Freshman Molly Kimball’s bunt turned into an RBI (Darcie McDonough scored) and later Emily Karavielis’ shot to right center drove across two more (Carisa Boyle & Molly Kimball).

The 7-1 lead after four innings stood up for Triton.

The Vikings added two insurance runs in the 6th.  Colleen McCarthy (3 hits) drove across senior Grace McGonagle.  Eve Paicos (2 hits) later brought in Emily Karvielis by singling to right center.

Sophomore Julia Campbell (2 hits) knocked in Amesbury’s 7th inning run, scoring teammate Liv DeLong.

CF Grace McGonagle makes a running catch to save a run

Two tremendous running catches in the outfield today; Grace McGonagle for Triton and Ella Bezanson for Amesbury.

“She (Ella) has had a couple of great catches this year and today’s was certainly one of them,” said Coach Waters.

Freshman Alana Delisle pitched the last two innings for Amesbury.

The Indians started four freshman; Alana (RF), Olivia Lavasseur (3B), Liv DeLong (P), and Ella Bezanson (CF).

Coach Dupere: “It was a win we needed.  Timely hitting.  Our senior leadership showed.  Katherine hit her spots.  She really came through.”

Katherine Quigley: “We were a little nervous because they were undefeated.  I knew we needed to get a good jump on them.  We hit really, really well early in the game.”

SS Bridget Sheehan closes her glove on a popup

Bridget Sheehan: “We’ve got a great lineup.  I am planning to go to Penn State in the fall.  I visited there and it felt right.”

Emily Karielis: “The hits just kept coming in the early inning.  I will be enlisting in the Navy after I graduate.  I have been interested in doing that since middle school.  I want to get into law enforcement eventually.”

Colleen McCarthy: “Coming in we knew it would be a big game.  That they had to change their pitcher out was a good sign for us.  Our goals are to hit and play defense.  I will be going to Roger Williams (Bristol RI). I plan to try out for softball and maybe volleyball. I am interested in criminal justice.”

The Vikings have now won five straight.  Only loss was to North Reading, 10-7, on April 24th.

Amesbury’s last loss, before today, was back on June 16th in 2018 to Austin Prep in the Division 3 North finals.

Busy afternoon at Triton with tennis, lacrosse, baseball, and softball all going on at the same time.

Triton box

Amesbury box

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Watching the action

Meg McElaney

Liv DeLong

Liv DeLong sets to pitch

Katherine Quigley pitched a 4-hitter

Play at second

Molly Kimball

Grace McGonagle slides into 2B

Eve Paicos – 2 hits, 2 rbi

RF Eve Paicos in on a line drive

Emily Karvielis tries to turn two

Darcie McDonough

Colleen McCarthy rounds third

Carisa Boyle scores

Alana Delisle pitched two innings

 

 

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