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Newburyport gets wild 16-15 walkoff win over Amesbury

Morgan Johnston walks home the winning run for Newburyport

Morgan Johnston walks home the winning run for Newburyport

Maddie Napoli puts the tag on Lauren Singer

Maddie Napoli puts the tag on Lauren Singer

(Newburyport)  Newburyport batted around in two of the last three innings and overtook Amesbury, 16-15, on a very windy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (2-2) were down by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but a two-run single by Lauren Singer tied things at 15-15.  A catcher’s interference call followed loading the bases and pitcher Rachel Cyr’s walk to Morgan Johnston forced across the game winner.

This game was anything but smooth.  The 20-30 MPH gusty winds made every ball in the air an adventure.  Infield popups dropped among players.  Outfield flies sailed over the heads of outfielders.  In fact, line drives right at players were dropped.

Lucy Scholz races to third

Lucy Scholz races to third

Things weren’t much better on the ground.  Part of the trouble for the infielders was the steady collection of baserunners serving up distractions.  There were way too many throws to the wrong bases.

The Indians (2-1) dominated the first four innings.  They led, 8-3, and already had eleven hits off of NHS starter Vicki Allman while AHS starter Rachel Cyr was limiting the Clippers to just three hits.

Newburyport turned things around in the fifth inning.  They sent twelve players to the plate and collected eight runs on just four hits.  Junior Morgan Kelley tripled in two of the runs.  Amy Sullivan scored twice.

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Amesbury hit the ball hard all game and finished with seventeen hits.  Five of the hits came in their sixth inning and they made Newburyport’s 11-8 lead disappear in a six-run inning.  The Indians sent eleven batters to the plate.  Alexi Boswell had two hits in the inning.

Newburyport went quietly in their sixth inning and trailed, 14-11.

The Indians added another run in the seventh as Amanda Schell hit a ball sharply to right.  NHS rightfielder Morgan Johnston looked to have a chance on the ball but it got by her to the fence.  Amanda was able to circle the bases for Amesbury’s fifteenth run.

Sammy Stone pitched the scoreless sixth for the Indians and 2/3 of the seventh inning.

In the seventh Newburyport got down to its final out before five straight Clippers reached to win on a walkoff walk by Morgan Johnston.

One reason for the Clippers win may well have been that despite getting hit hard pitcher Vicki Allman only walked two.

Carly Siemasko catches a popup

Carly Siemasko catches a popup

Sixteen players scored runs in this game.  Thirteen players had RBIs.

Rachel Cyr drove in four runs while Molly Kelley and Lauren Singer drove in three each.

Amy Sullivan scored three times.

Alexi Boswell led all players with four hits, while teammates Lucy Scholz and Rachel Cyr had three apiece.

Meagan Aponas catches a fly just beyond the reach of Maddie Napoli

Meagan Aponas catches a fly just beyond the reach of Maddie Napoli

Lauren Singer had four hits for the Clippers including two triples.

Meghan Stanton looked good taking over for Kendra Dow at shortstop for Newburyport.

Weather?  No question it was windy but it was also warm.

Next game for Amesbury will be hosting Rockport on Wednesday.  Newburyport will be traveling to Saugus on the same day.

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Lauren Singer triples over Alexi Boswell

Lauren Singer triples over Alexi Boswell

Amy Sullivan scores as the ball gets by catcher Amanda Schell

Amy Sullivan scores as the ball gets by catcher Amanda Schell

Jade Carpenter fires to first

Jade Carpenter fires to first

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

Amanda Schell near home after circling the bases

Amanda Schell near home after circling the bases

Amy Sullivan and Coach Lori Solazzo

Amy Sullivan and Coach Lori Solazzo

Shelby OBrien

Shelby OBrien

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

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Amesbury defeats Newburyport 18-0 in mercy-rule shortened game

Amanda Schell (#16) had five hits, 5 RBI, and scored four times for Amesbury

Amanda Schell (#16) had five hits, five RBI, and scored four times for Amesbury

(Newburyport) “When she was good
She was very, very good
But when she was bad
She was horrid!” (part of a nursery rhyme by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Now that you know the score it will take very little imagination to place “Amesbury” and “Newburyport” in the rhyme.

The two teams played a week ago and Amesbury won, 4-1.  Who saw an 18-0, mercy-rule game coming?  I will admit to being stunned by the way this game went!

Indians jam the base paths

Indians jam the base paths

The Indians (9-1) had only six hits two days ago in a loss to Triton against Mara Spears.  But today they battered the Clippers Vicki Allman for eighteen hits………and most of them were hard hit.

The big story out of this game was Amesbury’s second inning.  The Indians sent eighteen batters to the plate and collected twelve hits and scored thirteen times.  Amesbury had two triples (Amanda Schell), a double (Alexi Boswell), and singles galore.

The normally sure-handed Clippers shortstop Kendra Dow had three miscues in the Newburyport nightmare.  It actually took two terrific outfield plays (Ashley Casellini and Lea Tomasz) to keep the visitors from getting more runs.

The Indians had gotten a run in the first inning as Cassie Schultz’s double brought in Amanda Schell.  So the Clippers found themselves down, 14-0, after 1 ½ innings.

trouble in the field

trouble in the field

The big question then was, “How does the Mercy Rule work in the Cape Ann League?”  The answer was that it’s twelve runs after five innings played.  So Newburyport obviously had its work cut out for it to extend the game beyond five innings.  It didn’t happen on this afternoon.

As I suggested in the opening paragraph, Amesbury had everything going well including pitching, fielding (no errors), and hitting.

Starter Carolina Merrill gave up four hits in four innings.  The Clippers (5-4) had two on (Kendra Dow and Lea Tomasz) with one out in the first inning but the AHS senior struck out Carley Siemasko and Jackie Krusemark to end the threat.

Rachel Cyr pitched the fifth getting two strikeouts.

shortstop Amanda Schell

shortstop Amanda Schell

Junior Amanda Schell had a Cape Ann League Division 2 Player-of-the-Year game for Amesbury.  The AHS shortstop handled six chances in the field without error.  She was more impressive at the plate going five-for-five and driving in five runs.  She also scored four runs.  Remarkable performance!

Cassie Schultz reached base all five times she batted getting three hits and adding three RBI.

Freshman Lauren Fedorchak also had three hits.  The second baseman scored three times.

Alexi Boswell registered three RBI on two hits.  The junior crossed home twice.

Kendra Dow had two of Newburyport’s four hits.

Newburyport has now lost four straight games to Amesbury.

close play at second

close play at second

Both teams return to action on Friday.  The Clippers visit Lynnfield.  Amesbury, the top team in the CAL D2, will host North Reading, the top team in the CAL D1.  That matchup should be a good one.

The weather was remarkable.

This game was originally scheduled for 7PM under the Cashman Park lights.

Amesbury boxscore

Newburyport boxscore

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Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

Lauren Fedorchak had three hits and scored three runs

Lauren Fedorchak had three hits and scored three runs

play at third

play at third

Starter Carolina Merrill

Starter Carolina Merrill

Cassie Schultz had three hits and three RBI

Cassie Schultz had three hits and three RBI

Meghan Stanton throws to Carley Siemasko

Meghan Stanton throws to Carley Siemasko

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Triton stuns undefeated Amesbury 4-3 in Cape Ann League softball

Casey Ross scores the eventual game-winner for Triton

Casey Ross scores the eventual game-winner for Triton

Mara Spears allowed six hits and retired the last seven Amesbury batters

Mara Spears allowed six hits and retired the last seven Amesbury batters

(Amesbury) Amesbury fell from the undefeated ranks as surprising Triton upset them, 4-3, on a lovely Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Triton (4-4) has now won four of their last five games and have certainly come a long way since their, 12-2, nonleague loss to Amesbury in the opener on April 10th.

The Indians (8-1) were coasting through five innings thanks to pitcher Carolina Merrill.  Triton was hitless and she had allowed only two baserunners on walks.  Amesbury had built up a 3-0 lead and looked completely in charge.

But visions of a no-hitter ended in the sixth inning.  Pinch hitter Rose Gaffin hit a leadoff single to left and Alexa Reilly ran for her.  That was the end of the no-hitter.

Amesbury’s three-run lead also disappeared before that sixth inning was over.  Three errors (Lauren Fedorchak, Cassie Schultz, Autumn Kligerman) opened the door for the three Vikings runs that tied the score.

On the first error (drop of a throw) it took an overrule by the home-plate umpire or there would have been a forceout at second base.

The second error was a throw after picking up a bunt try that went past first into right field.  Alexa Reilly beat the throw home…..somehow, for Triton’s first run.

Autumn Kligerman prepares to throw to first during the Vikings 3-run sixth inning

Autumn Kligerman prepares to throw to first during the Vikings 3-run sixth inning

The Indians looked to be out of the inning with a 3-1 lead in place but a two-base throwing error enabled both Mara Spears and Rylee Culverwell to cross with the runs that tied the score.

Now tied going into the seventh, the Vikings pushed across what turned out to be the winning run.  Julia Hartman singled to left with one out.  Casey Ross ran for Julia.  Alexa Reilly sacrifice bunted Casey to second with two outs.  Mara Spears singled into right field and Casey Ross was able to score before Mara was thrown out trying for second.

On that run-scoring play, Mara’s single reached rightfielder Jenna Bartley in a hurry.  Her quick throw in was cut off by pitcher Carolina Merrill who appeared to have a good shot at the baserunner trying to score.  But the throw instead went to second (getting Mara) as the run scored.

Pitcher Mara Spears retired the Indians in order in the bottom of the seventh to notch the win.  Mara, in fact, retired the last seven Amesbury batters in order.

Alexi Boswell reaches third

Alexi Boswell reaches third

Amesbury scored their first run in the second inning.  Alexi Boswell (two hits/two runs) tripled to left with one out.  Amanda Schell drove Alexi home with a single to right.  The Vikings escaped further damage that inning when Erin Leary lined to short (Kelsey Trudel) and Cassie Schultz was picked off second after the catch.

The Indians would add two more runs in the fifth inning.  Alexi Boswell singled down the thirdbase line then reached third after a steal and a sacrifice bunt.  Erin Leary blooped a single over the pitcher to score Alexi with two outs.  Erin would then score Amesbury’s third run when Ashley Valme’s high fly to right center was dropped when  Vikings rightfielder Cara Orlandi collided with centerfielder Rachel McCarthy.  Next play, however, Rachel made a nice running catch in left center to get the Vikings out of the inning.

Mara Spears has been a key to Triton’s turnaround.  In the 12-2 loss in the opener she allowed thirteen hits.  This time around there were only six hits and none in the last 2 1/3  innings with the game on the line.

There was a scary moment for Mara and the rest of us on hand.  In the bottom of the fifth, after Amesbury had scored a couple of runs, Mara threw a pitch and crumpled to the ground.  It looked serious and having seen Cori Simons down and out five days ago you feared the worst.  However, Mara got up, got some medical counsel, and resumed not allowing a base runner the rest of the way.

Carolina Merrill allowed only three hits and one earned run

Carolina Merrill allowed only three hits and one earned run

Carolina Merrill deserved a better fate.  The talented senior surrendered only three hits and one earned run.  Her normally defensively reliable teammates let her down in Triton’s 3-run sixth.

Ashley Valme and Alexi Boswell each had two hits for Amesbury.

Besides pitching the six-hitter, Mara Spears had a hit, scored a run, and had an RBI.

Cara Orlandi and Peyton Hunt tried to bunt with two strikes on them in the fifth and ended up striking out.

Third baseman Rylee Culverwell and catcher Julia Hartman had trouble with Autumn Kligerman’s bunt in the fourth inning.

The last time Amesbury lost was June 3, 2012 to Danvers (2-0) in the Division 2 North quarterfinals at Danvers.

Cori Simons was a frustrated spectator for Triton.  She hopes to get back playing before too long.

Alexa Reilly about to score on a very close play

Alexa Reilly about to score on a very close play

Next for Triton is hosting Lynnfield on Wednesday.  On the same day Amesbury travels to Newburyport.

Triton boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Autumn Kligerman eyes a foul fly

Autumn Kligerman eyes a foul fly

Collision course in the Vikings outfield

Collision course in the Vikings outfield

Mara Spears down

Mara Spears down

Julia Hartman

Julia Hartman

Lauren Fedorchak and Jenn Bartley chase a foul ball

Lauren Fedorchak and Jenn Bartley chase a foul ball

Shortstop Amanda Schell fires to first

Shortstop Amanda Schell fires to first

Alexi Boswell steals second

Alexi Boswell steals second

Rylee Culverwell and Julia Hartman pursue a bunt

Rylee Culverwell and Julia Hartman pursue a bunt

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