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Amesbury routs Pentucket 21-0

Seniors from Pentucket and Amesbury
Alana DeLisle had four hits and struck out twelve

(Amesbury) The numbers are mind boggling!

Amesbury (12-0) has now scored 158 runs and given up 3 runs.

This afternoon they mercy-ruled Pentucket, 21-0.

Pentucket, which is now 6-7, had been in every game until today.

“They are obviously an unbelievable team,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.  “They hit 1-9.  We’re never going to face a team like this again.”

Today was Senior Day for Amesbury’s four seniors: Liv DeLong, Alana DeLisle, Olivia Levasseur, and Ella Bezanson.

“I started watching them when they were eighth graders on our freshman team,” recalled Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters.  “They are all great players.”

Olivia Levasseur had a 3-run homer

There will be next-level softball for all four of them.  Liv will be at Boston University while the other three are headed for Southern Maine.

“We’ve been together since third grade,” said Liv.  “Senior Day is a bit sad but we’re all going on to play some more.  We’ll leave behind a lot of memories, though.”

In this game, all the Amesbury players had at least one hit and scored at least one run.  Eight players in the lineup had RBI.

“We hit the ball hard,” said Coach Waters.

Amesbury sent eleven batters to the plate in the first inning and collected six runs on seven hits.

Ella Bezanson scored four times

Amesbury’s most productive inning was the third in which fifteen batters came up and totaled nine runs on ten hits.

“We were hitting the gaps today,” said Ella Bezanson. There were nine extra-base hits.

The most celebrated hit for Amesbury was in the fourth inning when Olivia Levasseur cleared the fence in left.

“It’s exciting running the bases and seeing the crowd at home plate,” said Olivia.  “It was like a dream come true.”

“I knew it was gone because I hit it a certain way,” she added.  This was Olivia’s second home run of the season.

Alana DeLisle

Easily lost in all the hitting, was the effective pitching of Alana DeLisle. 

The game was over after Pentucket batted in the fifth inning but Alana had enough time to record twelve strikeouts.

“I threw some curves today,” said Alana.  “I did what Ella (her sister, the catcher) told me to do.” Alana also made a nice diving catch of a short popup between the mound and home plate.

Pentucket did get two hits off Alana.  Nikki Mitchell lined a single to center in the first inning while teammate Meg Hamel singled sharply to left in the fourth inning.

Ella Bezanson paced Amesbury scoring four times.  Alana DeLisle led Amesbury with four hits (three doubles and a single).  Olivia Levasseur was tops in RBI with five.

Liv DeLong

“We’re moving on,” said Coach Smith. “We’ll put this game behind us.”

A food truck was available as part of the post-game Senior Day festivities.  I’ll admit I was tempted.

I was badly fooled by the weather.  I have had straight days requiring multi-layers.  Today it was sunny with no wind.  It felt good!

Pentucket   0   0   0   0   0   =    0

Amesbury   6   2   9   4   –    =  21

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Amesbury unofficial box

Pentucket unofficial box

Watching the game

Coach Smith visits the mound

Alana DeLisle makes a diving catch

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Amesbury shuts out Georgetown 17-0

Alana Delisle struck out thirteen batters
Ella Bezanson – 3 hits, 3 runs scored

(Amesbury) The difference between the two teams was obvious even before the first pitch was thrown.

Amesbury started four seniors while Georgetown started five eighth graders, including the pitcher and the catcher.

“We’re inexperienced,” understated Royals’ coach Jay Santomassino afterwards.

Amesbury (2-0) took full advantage in the second inning gathering eleven runs on their way to a, 17-0, shutout.

Senior Alana Delisle got the start and notched thirteen strikeouts often overpowering the youthful Royals.

Royals pitcher Madelyn Grant

“It was super fun to be pitching again,” said Alana post-game.  “Since July I have been playing travel ball and Ella (catcher) is on the team.  We’ve done a lot of pitch/catch together.”

Everyone in the Amesbury lineup contributed to their offense.  Izzy Levasseur, however, was the hitting star with three hits, three runs scored, and five RBI.

Ella Bezanson had three hits and three runs scored.  Leadoff batter Ella Delisle added two hits and scored four times.

“It’s fun to watch Amesbury as a spectator but not as a coach,” Coach Santomassino said with a smile afterwards.

“I told the team that Amesbury battles for the state championship every year,” he said. “They are very good.”

Izzy Levasseur (in the middle) had three hits and five RBI
2B Ava Ruggiero makes a catch

After facing hard-throwing Abby Bettencourt of Peabody two days earlier it was a problem for some of the Amesbury hitters early on to time Madelyn Grant’s slower pitches.

“It did throw us off a bit,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters afterwards.  “We tried to bring the pitching machine down yesterday to get used to slower speed.  I thought that the Georgetown pitchers moved the ball around pretty well.”  Five Amesbury hitters struck out.

Coach Jay Santomassino

Two of the strikeouts came during Amesbury’s fifteen-batter, eleven-run second inning.

A triple (Liv DeLong) and three doubles were part of the hitting attack that led to eleven runs during that separation second inning.

Ella Bezanson, freshman Lexi LeBlanc, and Olivia Levasseur each had two hits in the second inning.

Georgetown (0-2) finished with three hits.  Allison Mansfield led the game off with a rip hit to centerfield.  In the third inning, Cora Robinson dropped a nice bunt for a hit while teammate Madelyn Grant singled to center.

Trying to make contact

Most of the time, however, the Royals struggled to make contact while Amesbury made steady contact.

“There are teams ahead in the schedule that we will be much more competitive with,” said Coach Santomassino.  “Hopefully the next time we face Amesbury the score will be closer.”

“I thought Alana (Delisle) did a very good job,” said Ella Bezanson afterwards.  “Our hitting was also very good.  The pitching today was certainly at a lot different pace.”

Olivia Levasseur

Alana Delisle will be at Southern Maine next year along with Ella Bezanson and Olivia Levasseur.  “It is a place where I can play softball and major in nursing,” Alana, said.  “Neither Ella nor I knew that the other had committed there.  Olivia committed after we did.  We get to play four years of softball together.”

There was a forecast of rain, but it never happened. 

The mystery of the missing Amesbury uniforms continues unsolved.  There is now a rush order in for a new set of uniforms.

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Amesbury unofficial box
Georgetown unofficial box
Alana Delisle makes a catch
Bunt attempt
Alex Donnell
Lauren Celia
Ella Bezanson
Amesbury coach Jacquie Waters
Centerfielder Zoey Halmen
Shortstop Allison Mansfield throws to first
Allison Mansfield led the game off with a single

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Amesbury capitalizes on Case misplays to gain D3 state finals

Amesbury celebrates their win over Case
Megan Smith (white helmet) congratulated after scoring a run

(Amesbury MA) For 4 ½ innings one run looked big, and Case had it.

The next two innings?

“Defensive meltdown,” are the two words that come to mind.

Undefeated Amesbury turned errors into eleven runs during those two innings and won, 11-1, to gain a spot in the Division Three finals on Wednesday.

“It was certainly not our best day,” said Case coach Shannon Silva afterwards.

“We didn’t hit (Case had three) and I knew that one run wouldn’t be enough to win this game,” she added.

But that run looked awfully big for a while.

A Megan Smith single, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt, and another wild pitch put the Cardinals on the board in the third inning.

Ella Delisle had three hits for Amesbury

The Indians had runners on in the second, third, and fourth innings but Case starter Hailey Berube (six strikeouts) held them off.

“That run of theirs looked big for a long time,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters. 

The Cardinals had their first error in the fourth inning, but Hailey Berube got a two-on strikeout to keep it from being costly.

In the fifth inning, Amesbury put two hits together (Lauren Celia double & Ella Delisle single) to tie the score.

This game was decided just five batters later.

Case, uncharacteristically, committed an error on each of the next five batters.  There were bad throws and grounders unstopped.  Six runs crossed for Amesbury.

Looking for the handle

“When I watched them play and read everything about them, this was one thing that didn’t happen to them,” said Coach Waters.

More misplays (two) for the Cardinals in the sixth inning and Amesbury added five more runs.  In that productive sixth inning, Izzy Lavasseur, Julia Campbell, and Cali Catarius had RBIs for the Indians.

Sophomore catcher Ella Delisle had a big game for Amesbury.  She had three hits, an RBI, and threw a runner out at second base.

“We were down but came back,” said Ella.  “It shows how determined we are as a team.  The comeback felt good.”

Liv DeLong started for Amesbury and went three innings.  Alana Delisle went the next three innings and Liv covered the seventh inning.

“I brought in Alana after Liv had pitched through their lineup,” said Coach Waters, “and that worked in our favor. Defensively, we seem to better when Liv is at first base.”

Hailey Berube
Liv DeLong

Liv is a lefty and Alana is a righty.  “When a team sees a lefty and then a righty it kind of messes with them a little bit,” said Liv.

The game ended on what looked like a hit to right, but RF Lauren Celia charged the line drive and threw the runner out at first base. 

“We practice that play a lot,” said Lauren.

“Amesbury played a great game,” said Coach Silva.  “They played a clean game and they hit the ball consistently.  If you put the ball in play, things can happen.  We had eight errors.”

Case (10-4) is from the South Coast League.

The team from Swansea was the #8 seed in the South. 

Lauren Celia ties the score in the 5th

Case won the Division 3 South in 2019.

Amesbury gets Turners Falls next in the D3 state finals.  The game is scheduled for Wednesday with a coin toss deciding whether it will be at Turners Falls or at Amesbury.

Anyone remembering this game will probably start with the heat…..95 degrees and hazy.  I found, however, that once the game started, I wasn’t aware of either of those.

Nice catch by Case rightfielder Abby Sirois in fifth inning.  Abby caught the ball and then went flying over teammate 2B Alexandria Yost…..but still held on.

Izzy Levasseur had two hits and scored two runs for Amesbury.

Amesbury ended up with eight hits.  Case had three hits.

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Liv DeLong pitches
Hailey Berube pitches
Amesbury looks for a handle
Hannah Pelletier tries to steal second
SS Olivia Levasseur makes the tag
Abby Sirois slides in with a double as Cali Catarius takes throw
3B Izzy Levasseur throws to first
Pitcher Hailey Berube sees Liv DeLong off 3B
Two Amesbury runs score on a bad throw
RF Abby Sirois comes in for a fly ball
Abby Sirois goes over 2B Alexandria Yost
Julia Campbell singles in a run

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Liv DeLong hits walkoff winner

Amesbury Indians are the Division 3 North champions
Ella Bezanson hits home with the game winner

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury captured the Division 3 North title with a 3-2, eight-inning walkoff win over St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Amesbury takes on D3 South champs Case on Monday night at 5PM at the Amesbury Middle School.

Liv DeLong had the big hit for the (15-0) Indians. The hard-hitting junior drove in Ella Bezanson with the game-winner.

“I couldn’t have had a better setup in the eighth,” explained Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters post-game.  “Those are my top two hitters.”

Amesbury had only five hits off the Spartans Lily Newhall but two of them came in the decisive eighth.

Earlier, Lauren Celia gave the Indians the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run single down the third-base line.

Lauren Celia had a two-run single

“It felt good to get a hit in a late-season game,” said Lauren.

But the runs didn’t hold up. 

St. Mary’s (21-3) took advantage of two Amesbury miscues and tied the score, 2-2, in their half of the sixth inning.

“I liked the way we came back after being down 2-0,” said St. Mary’s coach Frank Pagliuca afterwards.

The Spartans put the pressure on Amesbury in the seventh and eighth.

Felicia D’Alessandro singled with two out in the seventh.

Brooke Mohoney singled and reached second on a Jill Kirby sacrifice bunt with one out in the eighth.

St. Mary’s captains

In both situations, Amesbury pitcher Alana Delisle had the defense behind her to keep St. Mary’s from scoring.

“We had an opportunity in the eighth inning and didn’t take advantage of it,” said Coach Pagliuca.  “Amesbury had the same opportunity in the eighth inning and took advantage of it.”

That similar situation was having a runner on second base with one out.

After an Ella Delisle popup leading off the decisive eighth, the Indians had their two best hitters whack the two hardest hits of the game.

“I felt it on the end of my bat,” explained Ella Bezanson who doubled to the right centerfield fence, “and I knew it was a good hit.”

In the sixth inning, Amesbury had runners on second and third with two outs.  On that occasion St. Mary’s decided to pitch to Alana Delisle even though there was an empty base.  The strategy worked perfectly as Spartans’ ace Lily Newhall struck Alana out to end the inning.

Liv DeLong at bat in the 8th inning

Now in the eighth inning, with Ella Bezanson on second base, the option of walking the next batter (Liv DeLong) was again available.

There was a long conference on the mound as the Spartans planned what they would do.

They would pitch to Liv DeLong.

“Liv told me that she was going after the first pitch,” said Coach Waters.

“I was up there ready to hit,” recalled Liv.  “I was ready to swing at anything.  I saw the first pitch coming and I said, ‘this is it.’”

Liv hit a rope to center field.  It hasn’t rained much lately, and the ground out there is hard.  Liv’s hit took an up bounce on St. Mary’s CF Marina D’Biasio and Ella was on her way home.

Liv DeLong’s hard hit bounces up on CF Marina D’Biasio in the 8th iinning

“When Liv hit that ball, I was jumping up-and-down inside,” said Ella.

Lily Newhall
Alana Delisle

I asked Coach Pagliuca about choosing not to walk Liv DeLong: “I won’t comment on what I told the pitcher.  The girl hit the ball.  It is what it is at this point.  Liv is a good player, and she took advantage of the opportunity.”

The pitching of St. Mary’s Lily Newhall and Amesbury’s Alana Delisle was very impressive.

“Lily kept a powerful lineup off-balance all game,” said Coach Pagliuca.

Lily gave up five hits and had eight strikeouts.  The junior had a no-hitter through four innings.

Alana also yielded five hits but had ten strikeouts.

“Alana is probably the hero of the game,” said Coach Waters.  “I had no doubt that I was pitching her today.”

SS Sam Porazinski makes a nice catch

“Alana did so well today,” said her sister Ella who is the team’s catcher.  “She hit every spot.  She’s so good.”

Ella calls the pitches for her older sister. 

“Rise balls and changeups were working, as well as a few screwballs,” said Alana.  “Ella was smart about how we used them.”

St. Mary’s had won twelve straight.  Their losses were to Gloucester and Bishop Feehan.

This season Amesbury has rolled through the Cape Ann League getting no-hitters from Alana Delisle and Liv DeLong as well as mercy-rule endings in most games.

The weather was pleasantly warm.

Good turnout with the spectators located beyond the outfield fence.

St. Mary’s box
Amesbury box

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Amesbury team
Coach Waters with the AHS captains
Ella Bezanson and Liv DeLong with the team about to join
SS Olivia Levasseur throws to first
Alyssa Grossi on her way home with the Spartans 2nd run
Brooke Moloney scores St. Mary’s first run
Olivia Levasseur scores Amesbury’s 2nd run
Izzy Levasseur scores Amesbury’s first run
Lily Newhall throws to first base
Alana Delisle throws to first base
Lauren Celia tagged out at second by SS Sam Porazinski
CF Ella Bezanson
Brooke Moloney
SS Sam Porazinski
Lily Newhall
1B Liv DeLong
Alana Delisle

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Excellent pitching and hitting send Amesbury past Ipswich 15-0

Alana Delisle allowed 1 hit to go with 14 K’s
Ella Delisle had a HR and 4 RBI

(Amesbury MA) Consider yourselves warned future opponents.

Amesbury has a terrific softball team.

Ipswich (2-3) found that out today losing 15-0 on Monday afternoon via the mercy rule.

The Indians (3-0) have a brand-new field to play on and unlike their nearby former field, this one has a fence.

“This is the first time we’ve had an actual fence,” said junior Liv DeLong afterwards.  “It was really exciting to see three home runs go over it.”

Liv had one of the long ones and Ella Delisle and Ella Bezanson had the other two.

AHS had fifteen hits and all of the Amesbury starters scored at least one run in the 4 ½ innings played.

Ella Bezanson had the first of 3 Amesbury homers

The Indians had a six-run second inning and a seven-run fourth inning.

And then there was the pitching of AHS starter Alana Delisle.

Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters told me afterwards that she had originally planned on using several of her pitchers in each game.

Today she couldn’t do it as Alana put on a show.

“She was on fire,” said Coach Waters, “I wasn’t taking her out.”

Alana struck out fourteen Tigers and allowed just one hit.

“She took control of the whole game with fourteen strikeouts,” said Coach Waters.  “She was outstanding.”

“Alana was awesome today,” said her sister Ella, who was the catcher.  “Everything she had worked.”

The combination of Alana’s pitching and an offense, that on this sunny afternoon had hits and loud outs, made it tough for Ipswich.

Cassidy Smith dropped in the only Ipswich hit

Leftfielder Alexa Eliopoulos and shortstop Lexi James made outstanding plays in the field, but the sheer volume of tough chances made it difficult for the visitors to stop the runs from coming.

SS Lexi James made a nice running catch

The Indians didn’t bunt, just hacked away.  Ella Bezanson and Izzy Levasseur each had three hits for Amesbury.  Ella Delisle had four RBI.

Alana struck out the first eight batters she faced before walking Piper Reily in the third inning.

In the Ipswich fourth, Cassidy Smith dropped a short popup over Alan’s head and just in front of charging shortstop Liv Levasseur.  That was the Tigers first and only hit.

One thing I didn’t learn about today was the quality of the Amesbury defense.  Not one ball got out of the infield.  Alana got an assist on the final out of the game but there were no other infield chances other than Cassidy Smith’s hit.

Impressive, to say the least.

Liv DeLong celebrates a home run

The new field has bleachers beyond centerfield although most spectators chose the 3B/LF foul territory to view from.

Coach Waters: “We owe this field to the alumni.  They raised some money.  The infield cost $16,000.  We needed a new field.  The other one was a mess.  Mayor Gove came through with funds for the backstop and all the fencing.  We have a brand-new scoreboard which is not in yet.  It was a gift from the Newburyport Institution for Savings.”

Alana Delisle: “Today was really fun.  Ella did a great job catching.  Everyone hit.  Ella calls the pitches. I just throw them.”

Ella Delisle: “I’ve been catching her my whole life.  Her curve was moving really well.”

LF Alex Eliopoulos made several nice catches in the outfield

The Indians haven’t given up a run yet in three starts.  Liv Delong had fifteen strikeouts in the season opener against Rockport.

Coach Waters informed me that there will be a state tournament following the regular season.  How far can the Indians go?

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Alana Delisle
Lauren Celia
Caroline Spencer in for a grounder
Ella Delisle celebrates her 3-run homer in the fourth inning
Grounder up the middle
Lexi James
Annabel Morris set to pitch
Piper Reily
Veronica Deacon
Liv Levasseur
Amesbury pre-game gathering
Ella Bezanson
Julia Campbell
Liv Levasseur
Alana Delisle pregame

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4-run first helps Amesbury defeat Boston Latin Academy 7-1 in D3 North Q’finals

Amesbury scored four runs in the first inning

Amesbury pitcher Alana Delisle survived a tense sixth inning

(Amesbury MA) Boston Latin Academy made mistakes in the first inning, fell behind, and never recovered losing 7-1 to Amesbury on Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians (19-3) get St. Mary’s tomorrow in the Division Three semi-finals at Lowell’s Martin Field.

Freshman Alana Delisle continues to impress everyone including her coach Jacqui Waters: “Alana was on top of her game.”

Alana walked only one batter and struck out ten.

No strikeout was bigger than the one she got versus Sophie D’Amico to end the sixth with the bases jammed with Dragons.

Alana Delisle had ten strikeouts

“She (Alana) was great,” said catcher Avery Hallinan.  “Her pitches have a lot of movement.”

The Indians put four runs on the board in the first inning.

“Every once in a while, we play young,” explained BLA coach Rocco Zizza.  “That is what happened in the first inning.  We gave them five outs.”

Amesbury had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Instead of conceding the run and getting the second out, shortstop Ellie Etemad-Gilbertson chose to go home with the grounder hit her way.  The throw was late.  The runner (Liv DeLong) scored and no out was gotten.

Liv DeLong out at the plate

The bases were soon loaded, and Avery Hallinan walked to force in the second run.

An infield error allowed the third run (Julia Campbell) to score.

Meg McElaney’s sacrifice fly brought Alan Delisle home for the 4th AHS run.

The early 4-run cushion was important.  “It was awesome to get that early lead,” said Alana.

“We were more relaxed after the first,” added Avery.

In the second inning, Liv DeLong singled, stole second and came home on freshman Olivia Levasseur’s double.

Senior Michaela Russell put the Dragons on the board in the third inning.  The Trinity (CT) commit singled and stole second.  As Michaela tried to steal third, the throw from catcher Avery Hallinan to 3B Olivia Levasseur went past third bringing Michaela across.

Coach Rocco Zizza

But that was all the scoring that the team from the Boston City League would do.

An infield throwing error in the 5th inning, and a drop in right by Brenna Emma allowed Julia Campbell to tally Amesbury’s sixth run.

The Dragons (17-7) had their chance in the sixth inning to put a dent in the Indians’ 6-1 lead.  They loaded the bases (singles by Carleigh Schievink, Caroline Conroy, and Brenna Emma) with two outs.  But Alana Delisle got Sophie D’Amico swinging, registering her ninth strikeout.

“We started getting our bats on the ball after the first few innings,” said Coach Zizza.

Amesbury added their final run in the sixth.  Meg McElaney tripled down the left field line and came home on junior Lauren Hale’s sacrifice fly.

Coach Zizza: “Credit Amesbury.  There are a good team and they beat us.  Those four runs in the first inning changed things.”

Coach Waters: “Alana is unusual.  She doesn’t get nervous before the game.  I hope she stays like that for the next four years.”

Nyla James battles the sun

The sun was tough in right field.

Both teams’ centerfielders (Julie Campbell & Sophie Rutstein) made terrific catches.

Boston Latin Academy was fifteen minutes late and the game started at 4:30 instead of 3:45. Trying to imagine what the traffic might be like going back to Boston after the game since the Red Sox had a 4PM start and the Bruins an 8PM start.

BLA has won the Boston City League championship fourteen straight years.

The Dragons were 12-10 last season but 23-3 the year before.

Amesbury gets a rematch with St. Mary’s.  The Indians defeated the Spartans last season at Martin Field after a string of losses to the team from Lynn.

Michaela Russell and Caroline Conroy each had two hits for Boston Latin Academy.

Leadoff batter Liv DeLong paced Amesbury with three hits and also scored twice.

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Abby Aponas (2B) catches the final out

Alana Delisle puts down a bunt

Carleigh Schievink

Ellie Etemad-Gilbertson

Shortstop Emma DiPietro

Foul ball

Michaela Russell scores the Dragons’ run

Shortstop Michaela Russell

Olivia Levasseur

Serena D’Amico

Julia Campbell (CF) on the run

Pitcher Michaela Barcelou

Michaela Russell sails into second as Emma DiPietro awaits the throw

Sophie Rutstein makes a running catch

 

 

 

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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.

Lowell Catholic box

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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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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