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Sean Whooley 2-hits Amesbury in Ipswich 4-0 shutout

Sean Whooley pitched a 2-hitter, had two hits, scored a run, and drove in a run.

Sean Whooley pitched a 2-hitter, had two hits, scored a run, and drove in a run.

Sean Whooley tracks down a bunt attempt

Sean Whooley tracks down a bunt attempt

(Amesbury) In years to come, when the talk around the water cooler turns to the Ipswich Tigers’ 2013 season, I strongly suspect that their games with Amesbury will get mentioned.

Why?  The Tigers defeated Amesbury twice and didn’t allow a run in either game.

Today, was the second win as Ipswich (4-10) put pitching, hitting, and defense together in a perfect package and shut out Amesbury, 4-0, on a cool Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Ipswich starter Sean Whooley allowed just two hits (Zack Fitzgerald and John Pesci) picking up his second victory of the season.

Mac Short - robbed by Ryan Silva

Mac Short – robbed by Ryan Silva

Sean struck out just one batter so the outs were made in other ways.  On this day, the Ipswich defense made numerous big plays highlighted by a run-saving stab by leftfielder Ryan Silva in the corner off Mac Short in the Amesbury sixth.

The Tigers collected ten hits off of Amesbury’s first-time starter Devlin Gobeil getting at least one in every inning.  Josh Guertin, Sean Whooley, and Austin Rubino each had two hits for the visitors.

Ipswich scored its first run in the second inning.  Austin Rubino doubled to left with one out and came home on Eric Gongas’ single to center.

In the fourth inning, Sean Whooley singled, stole second, and reached third on a wild pitch.  Ryan Law drove Sean home with a bullet single to center.

Shawn Bannon takes in a foul popup

Shawn Bannon takes in a foul popup

Despite all the hits, Sean Whooley’s pitching, and the tight defense, the Tigers lead was only, 2-0, through six innings.  Let’s toss a cliché’ out here: it was still anyone’s ballgame!

But in the seventh Ipswich added two more runs.  Josh Guertin was hit by a pitch with two outs.  Josh then stole second and came home on Kyle Barber’s double over John Pesci’s head in rightfield.  Sean Whooley singled to left bringing Kyle Barber in with the fourth Tiger run.

That four-run lead held up through the Amesbury seventh.

Amesbury (7-8) hit the ball hard a couple of times with nothing to show for it.  Devlin Gobeil nearly reached the fence in straightaway center in the second but Ryan Law tracked it down.  Twice the Indians lined to third baseman Josh Guertin.  One of those line drives turned into a double play.

Kyle Barber crosses home with the fourth Ipswich run

Kyle Barber crosses home with the fourth Ipswich run

The heartbreaker for Amesbury, however, was Mac Short’s rope in the sixth.  Tommy Connors was on first with two outs when the Amesbury catcher lasered a ball toward the leftfield corner.  Ryan Silva had a great jump on it and stabbed it near the 344-foot sign to end the inning.  If that ball lands, Tommy Connors would have scored and Mac Short would have been on second.  The score would have been, 2-1, instead of 2-0 with the inning over.

Sean Whooley has now allowed two earned runs in nineteen innings.  For those doing the ERA math at home: earned runs (2) divided by innings pitched (19) times nine, means that Sean’s current ERA is 0.74.  That is awfully good!

In the first Ipswich/Amesbury game, the biggest play in the Tigers win was a seventh inning, game-ending catch in leftfield by Dan D’Agostino off the bat of, you guessed it, Mac Short.

Ipswich catcher Henry Sacco had his left arm in a sling.  He injured the shoulder sliding into second in the Hamilton-Wenham game on Monday.  Eric Gongas was the catcher for Ipswich in today’s game.

Alex Amoroso was tagged out at home in the fifth inning by Mac Short on a very close play.  Here are four pictures of the play:ipam AA 1ipam AA 2ipam AA 3ipam AA 4

The Tigers have now won two straight after losing six straight and will face Rockport at Rockport on Thursday.

Amesbury will look to end a two-game losing streak at Manchester-Essex on Thursday.

Ipswich boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Austin Rubina and Zack Fitzgerald

Austin Rubina and Zack Fitzgerald

Eric Gongas prepares to throw out John Pesci at first

Eric Gongas prepares to throw out John Pesci at first

Shortstop Mike Savoie fires to first for the final out

Shortstop Mike Savoie fires to first for the final out

Josh Guertin

Josh Guertin

Sean Whooley handles a popup

Sean Whooley handles a popup

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Evan Habib pitches 3-hit shutout as Newburyport downs Ipswich 3-0

Evan Habib congratulated by catcher Connor Wile after pitching a 3-hit shutout against Ipswich

Evan Habib congratulated by catcher Connor Wile after pitching a 3-hit shutout against Ipswich

Connor Wile races home with the third Newburyport run

Connor Wile races home with the third Newburyport run

(Ipswich)  Evan Habib tossed a 3-hit shutout as Newburyport defeated Ipswich, 3-0, on a very pleasant Tuesday afternoon.

Evan (making his second start) permitted only one runner to reach second and issued only two walks.  The defense behind him was flawless.

The Clippers (4-4) took advantage of four Tigers errors to get the runs needed for the win.

Ipswich pitching (Ryan Law and Sean Whooley) was solid and allowed only four hits but the defense did in the Tigers (2-6).

Newburyport picked up it’s first run in the third inning.  Three Ipswich errors (Josh Guertin, Sean Whooley, Mike Savoie) set up Ian Michaels for the first Clippers score.  On Colton Fontaine’s single to deep short, Ian reached third and kept going home as the throw from short to first was low.

Colton Fontaine ready to put the tag on Alex Amoroso

Colton Fontaine ready to put the tag on Alex Amoroso

This was a one-run game into the top of the sixth inning with the outcome far from figured out.

In the sixth, Ipswich starter Ryan Law gave up a single to Colton Fontaine and a walk to Connor Wile.  Ipswich coach Gardy O’Flynn brought in Sean Whooley to replace Ryan.  Sean got Colby Morris to pop out but next batter Connor MacRae lofted a long fly to right center.  Rightfielder Austin Rubino raced after it but the ball bounced off his glove and both Colton Fontaine and Connor Wile crossed home.  Connor MacRae ended up at third.

Connor MacRae had two hits.

Connor MacRae had two hits.

In Connor MacRae’s two previous at-bats he had singled down the rightfield line each time.  In the Connor’s third at-bat (in the sixth inning), rightfielder Austin Rubino was positioned closer to the line.  That placement cost him a couple of steps as Connor’s deep fly went to right center.

Sean Whooley was able to get the next two batters (Mike Sweeney and Ryan Furlong) to ground out.  The damage, however, had been done.

The Tigers had tough luck in the fourth inning after Alex Amoroso singled and reached second on a passed ball.  Alex was on the move toward third when teammate Henry Sacco hit a grounder directly to third baseman Colton Fontaine.  Colton had plenty of time to tag Alex and then throw to first to complete the double play.

Ipswich has now lost four of their last five.

Colton Fontaine and Connor MacRae each had two hits for the Clippers.  Colton also had two stolen bases.

Jordan Thibault

Jordan Thibault

Alex Amoroso, Jordan Thibault, and Austin Rubino had singles for Ipswich.

Newburyport turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the third inning.

The Tigers had a double play in the fourth when shortstop Mike Savoie speared Ryan Furlong’s liner and Connor MacRae was picked off second to end that inning.

The weather was terrific for late April.

This game took less than two hours to play.

On Thursday Newburyport will host Manchester-Essex while Ipswich visits Triton.

Newburyport boxscore

Ipswich boxscore

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Ian Michaels scores the first NHS run

Ian Michaels scores the first NHS run

Henry Sacco

Henry Sacco

Newburyport coach Steve Malenfant

Newburyport coach Steve Malenfant

Brian Fiascone handles the middle of a 5-4-3 double play.

Brian Fiascone handles the middle of a 5-4-3 double play.

Sean Whooley

Sean Whooley

Connor Wile chases an infield nubber

Connor Wile chases an infield nubber

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Opportunistic Ipswich defeats Amesbury 2-0 in Cape Ann League baseball

The Ipswich Tigers congratulate leftfielder Dan DAgostino on his game-ending catch

The Ipswich Tigers congratulate leftfielder Dan DAgostino on his game-ending catch

Winning pitcher Alex Amoroso tossed a 3-hitter.

Winning pitcher Alex Amoroso tossed a 3-hitter.

(Ipswich) Ipswich made two unearned runs stand up as they defeated Amesbury, 2-0, on a sunny Tuesday morning in Cape Ann League baseball action.

The Tigers (1-2) were limited to three hits by Amesbury’s Andy Reidy but took advantage of extra at-bats, due to errors, in the third and fifth innings to get the runs they needed.

Ipswich starter Alex Amoroso was the MVP (in my opinion) for the Tigers.  The IHS senior scattered three singles over six innings, scored the first Ipswich run, and drove in the second run.

Although Alex scattered three singles there are other ways to get on base and Amesbury used them.  In five different innings the Indians had runners in scoring position but a clutch hit never surfaced.

Amesbury had their best scoring chance in the fourth inning.  Devlin Gobiel reached on Ipswich shortstop Mike Savoie’s error and Zack Fitzgerald (two hits) followed with a walk.  A fielder’s choice by Jack Fortin left runners on first and third with one out.  Jack then stole second but Alex Amoroso escaped without any damage as he got both Adam Ivancic and Ben Cullen to pop out.

Ipswich took the lead in the third inning.  Alex Amoroso reached first when third baseman Zack Fitzgerald couldn’t field his grounder with two outs.  Two pitcher/catcher problems allowed Alex to get to third.  Henry Sacco lined a single to left driving home the first Tigers run.

Sean Whooley leads off third

Sean Whooley leads off third

In the fifth, Ipswich got a second tainted run.  Sean Whooley started the inning doubling over Adam Ivancic’s head in left.  Dan D’Agostino followed with a bunt attempt.  Catcher Mac Short’s throw to first was dropped by second baseman Tommy Connors.  (Runners were now on first and third with no outs.)  Ipswich coach Gardy O’Flynn put both runners in motion and Alex Amoroso’s grounder to short delivered Sean Whooley from third with the second run.

Sophomore shortstop Mike Savoie had three assists in the second inning.  Senior Josh Guertin had three assists in the fifth inning.

Ryan Law earned a save with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.  The final out, however, was a bit of an adventure. Mac Short hit a fly ball down the left field line and the combination of a tough sun, and a long way to run,  spelled potential trouble for Ipswich. Shortstop Mike Savoie and left fielder Dan D’Agostino came full-speed into the same area and at the last second Dan made the catch to end the game.

Catcher Mac Short fires to first

Catcher Mac Short fires to first

Amesbury catcher Mac Short was a Cape Ann League All-Star in 2012.

The Tigers next game will be hosting Rockport on Saturday at 10AM.  Amesbury will host Manchester-Essex on the same day and at the same time.

Ipswich boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Dan DAgostino catches the last out

Dan DAgostino catches the last out

Matt Napoli

Matt Napoli

Henry Sacco drove in first Ipswich run

Henry Sacco drove in first Ipswich run

Alex Amoroso heads for home

Alex Amoroso heads for home

Zack Fitzgerald (two hits)

Zack Fitzgerald (two hits)

Tommy Connors

Tommy Connors

Ryan Law earned a save

Ryan Law earned a save

Devlin Gobiel steals second

Devlin Gobiel steals second

Andy Reidy

Andy Reidy

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Georgetown defeats Ipswich 5-2 to run winning streak to seven

Alex Amoroso out at third

Alex Amoroso out at third

Winning pitcher Patrick Slack

Winning pitcher Patrick Slack

(Ipswich)  Georgetown won its seventh straight game (including the five that earned them the Division 4 title) as they defeated Ipswich, 5-2, on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon in Ipswich.

The Royals (2-0) collected two unearned runs in the 4th inning and survived a bases loaded, no-one-out situation in the 6th inning to gain the win in their Cape Ann League opener.

Ben Noelk and Tom Pingree each had two RBI for Georgetown.  CJ Ingraham had three of the Royals’ nine hits and also drove in a run.

Junior Patrick Slack was the winning pitcher.  He scattered three hits and K’d seven Tigers during six innings of work.  Dave Ingraham pitched the seventh and recorded a 1-2-3 final inning.

Patrick Slack (1-0) put himself into some serious trouble in the sixth but managed to escape with minimal damage.  Four batters into the sixth inning Patrick had given up a single (Ryan Law), made a bad throw to second on a grounder (Josh Guertin), walked a batter (Henry Sacco), and hit another batter (Kyle Barber).

Shortstop Colby Ingraham prepares to throw home to get a key out in the fifth inning

Shortstop Colby Ingraham prepares to throw home to get a key out in the fifth inning

With one run in (score now 4-2) and more a distinct possibility, the drawn in G’town infield forced a run at the plate.  Then Patrick K’d pinch-hitter Jordan Thibault and got Eric Gongas to end the threat grounding out to third.

The Royals broke open a 1-1 game in the 4th inning with two unearned runs both scored with two outs.  A Dave Ingraham single and a walk to Mike Goddu put runners on base.  An error by Tiger shortstop Mike Savoie on sophomore Kyle Nelson’s sharp grounder extended the inning with the bases loaded.  Ben Noelk made Ipswich pay as he sliced a single in front of centerfielder Ryan Law delivering Dave Ingraham and Mike Goddu.

Ipswich starter Alex Amoroso

Ipswich starter Alex Amoroso

Alex Amoroso went the first four innings for Ipswich (0-1) and Sean Whooley the final three.

Georgetown touched Alex for a run in the first.  A single and steal by leadoff batter Patrick Slack was followed by a run-scoring double by CJ Ingraham (3 hits).

Ipswich answered right back in the bottom of the first.  Alex Amoroso reached on an infield hit and took second on a wild pitch.  The Tiger senior reached third thanks to Ryan Law’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Kyle Barber’s rip off third baseman Tom Pingree’s glove.

The Royals picked up the two unearned runs in the fourth to lead 3-1 before adding another score in the fifth off of Sean Whooley.  Colby Ingraham reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and was sent home by Tom Pingree’s single to right center.

Up 4-1, the Royals survived the Tiger threat in the sixth allowing just one run.  Georgetown pushed across its 5th run in the seventh.  CJ Ingraham singled, stole second, and was delivered with two outs by Tom Pingree.

CJ Ingraham (3 hits) takes a big cut

CJ Ingraham (3 hits) takes a big cut

The two teams will meet again in two weeks at Georgetown.  The Royals next game will be hosting Manchester-Essex on Thursday.  The Tigers will entertain Amesbury next Tuesday at 10AM.

Division 3 Ipswich was 6-13 last season but lost eight of those game by one run.

GHS coach Justin Spurr has thirteen players back from last season’s championship team.  Star Ryan Browner is now at Southern Maine but there is still plenty of talent on the roster.  It is not hard to imagine Georgetown still playing games in June.

Kyle Barber drove in both Ipswich runs

Kyle Barber drove in both Ipswich runs

Kyle Barber was hit by pitches twice and drove in both Ipswich runs.

Sophomore catcher Kyle Nelson made his Georgetown varsity debut today.

Three times Georgetown put themselves into scoring position with steals that led to runs.

Georgetown box

Ipswich box

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Colby Ingraham rounds third in the 5th inning

Colby Ingraham rounds third in the 5th inning

Royals reliever Dave Ingraham

Royals reliever Dave Ingraham

Tiger reliever Sean Whooley

Tiger reliever Sean Whooley

Ben Noelk (two RBI)

Ben Noelk (two RBI)

Tom Pingree (two RBI)

Tom Pingree (two RBI)

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Strong pitching gets Amesbury past Ipswich (7-2) in baseball

Andy Reidy – one run in five innings with six Ks

Ben Cullen – Amesbury starter struck out three in two innings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Amesbury)  Sophomores Ben Cullen and Andy Reidy combined to limit Ipswich to three hits as Amesbury defeated the Tigers, 7-2, in a nonleague game on Tuesday afternoon.

The Indians (1-1) jumped on Ipswich starter John Fierro for six runs in the first two innings on seven hits and rode excellent pitching home from there.

Ben Cullen started for Amesbury and went two innings giving up an unearned run while striking out three.  He faced a bases loaded jam in the second with one out but got Louis Galanis to pop out and then finished his outing by striking out Josh Guertin.

Lefty Andy Reidy took care of the last five innings.  He K’d six and scattered three hits.  He gave up a run in the 5th after he followed an Alex Amoroso double with two wild pitches.

Ben Cullen scores first Indian run on wild pitch

John Fierro had pitched well in the Tigers opening win over Mystic Valley.  The Indians on this afternoon were all over him early.  Two singles (Ben Cullen and Tommy Connors) and a walk loaded the bases for Amesbury with one out.  A wild pitch brought in the first run.  An RBI single (Shawn Bannon) delivered the second.  Shortstop Louis Galanis’ bobble scored the third run and Zack Fitgerald’s double sent home run number four.

Two straight errors by Indian shortstop Troy Eaton enabled Pat Curran to score a gift run for Ipswich in the second.

Amesbury responded with two of their own.  Tommy Connors collected his second single and later was driven home by Troy Eaton from second.  After stealing second, Troy came home on Shawn Bannon’s second RBI.

That made it 6-1 after two innings.

Henry Sacco awaits the arrival of Mac Short in the 5th inning

In the 4th, the Indians reached relief pitcher Shawn Whooley for a run.  Ben Cullen was hit by a pitch, stole second, and was brought in by Troy Eaton’s long double to right center.

Tommy Connors, Troy Eaton, and Shawn Bannon each had two hits for Amesbury in the game.

Second baseman Alex Amoroso had two hits for the 1-1 Tigers.

Junior Josh Guertin will have to ask the Ipswich coaching staff what a Golden Sombrero is.

Tiger leftfielder Pat Curran made a nice running catch in deep left in the sixth.  Louis Galanis took the relay back in and doubled Noah Kligerman off first with a strong throw.

Ipswich stranded nine runners.  Amesbury had five infield errors but the miscues only cost them one run.  The Indian pitching was the difference maker in this one.

Next for Amesbury will be Hamilton-Wenham away on Thursday.  Ipswich hosts Lynnfield on the same day.

Amesbury boxscore

Ipswich boxscore

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Pat Curran

Ipswich starter John Fierro

Amesbury coach Gene Burnham

Louis Galanis

Troy Eaton

Devlin Gobeil in rundown

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