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Lynnfield edges Amesbury 3-1 in Cape Ann League baseball

Winning pitcher Greg Basilesco (#18) after the game

Winning pitcher Greg Basilesco (#18) after the game

Shortstop Jordan Roper fields a grounder

Shortstop Jordan Roper fields a grounder

(Amesbury MA) Junior Greg Basilesco tossed a complete game, four-hitter as Lynnfield defeated Amesbury, 3-1, on an overcast Tuesday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Greg kept the Indians off the bases and faced only nineteen batters during the last six innings.  Amesbury left only two runners on base.

Lynnfield (11-5) had seven hits against AHS starter Nick Hawrylciw and stranded runners (12 runners total) in every inning.

Both teams scored in the first inning.  The Pioneers added single runs in the third and sixth innings.

The Indians (5-11) hurt themselves with wild pitches and over-aggressive base-running.

In the Lynnfield first, junior Nick Pascucci walked and took second on a Nick Hawrylciw wild pitch.  Nick Pascucci headed for third on a grounder to shortstop Jared Dupere.  Normally that’s a bad move but Jared opted to throw to first and Nick reached third with two outs.  The second wild pitch of the inning by Nick Hawrylciw allowed Nick Pascucci to score Lynnfield’s first run.

Amesbury came right back in their half of the first to tie the score.  Ben Cullen doubled to left center and Mac Short delivered him with a sharp grounder up the middle.

Jordan Roper

Jordan Roper

The Pioneers took the lead for good in the third.  Jordan Roper doubled down the left field line and raced home on junior Jake Rourke’s liner up the middle.  Jake’s hit was tipped by pitcher Nick Hawrylciw but not enough to keep in from reaching the outfield.

Ben Cullen ran into an out on the bases in the Amesbury third.  Ben singled, and stole second with one out.  He was on his way toward third but pitcher Greg Basilesco sniffed out what Ben was up to and ran right at him between 2B and 3B.  Ben was eventually tagged out by shortstop Jordan Roper.

The Pioneers came close to more runs in the 4th and 5th innings.  Ryan Battaglia was tagged out at the plate in the 4th inning.  In the fifth, Nick Hawrylciw escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation with a force-out at home and a strikeout.

Jared Dupere doubled to lead off the Amesbury fifth but Greg Basilesco retired the next three Indians.

The Pioneers added an insurance run in the sixth inning.  A hit batsman (Ryan Battaglia) and a walk (Jack Fraulini) set up a pitching change for Amesbury with Levi Burrill taking over.  Levi advanced the two runners with a wild pitch and intentionally walked Jordan Roper to load the bases with two outs.  Next batter Jake Rourke was hit by a pitch driving across Ryan Battaglia with the third Lynnfield run.

Ben Cullen caught in a rundown

Ben Cullen caught in a rundown

Now down 3-1, Amesbury had Ben Cullen back on base with a walk.  The AHS senior stole second and, because catcher Danny O’Leary’s throw went into center field, was able to reach third with one out.  On Mac Short’s infield out Ben started for home and was caught (and out) for the second time on the bases.

Scary moment in this game was when LHS shortstop Jordan Roper chased a high foul popup along the line in left in the sixth inning.  Jordan went into a slide knowing a fence was coming up but ended up sliding into one of the poles holding up the scoreboard.  Both coaches were out there in a hurry as well as the Amesbury High School medical staff.  To the relief of everyone, Jordan was up and back playing in a few minutes.

Jake Rourke drove in two of Lynnfield’s runs.  Jordan Roper paced the Pioneers with two hits.

Jordan Roper goes into a slide chasing a foul ball

Jordan Roper goes into a slide chasing a foul ball

Jordan, who made the Cape Ann League All-League team in 2013, has signed of letter of intent with Division 2 Assumption for next year.

Lynnfield tried a suicide squeeze but Tony Costa fouled off the bunt attempt.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield, 5-4, in nine innings on April 10th at Lynnfield.

Weather?  After yesterday’s 80’s, today’s 50’s were a rude shock.  The threat of rain was persistent.

Lynnfield box

Amesbury box

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Jack Aponas ready to tag Andrew McCarthy

Jack Aponas ready to tag Andrew McCarthy

Amesbury dugout

Amesbury dugout

First baseman Pat Scanlon gives pitcher Levi Burrill a big target

First baseman Pat Scanlon gives pitcher Levi Burrill a big target

Andrew Carbone reaches third

Andrew Carbone reaches third

Tony Costa

Tony Costa

Jake Rourke steals second

Jake Rourke steals second

Ryan Battaglia caught between third and home by AHS second baseman Jack Aponas

Ryan Battaglia caught between third and home by AHS second baseman Jack Aponas

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Amesbury holds off Ipswich 2-1 in Cape Ann League baseball

Pat Scanlon scores the second Amesbury run on a close play at the plate.

Pat Scanlon scores the second Amesbury run on a close play at the plate.

Ben Cullen gets the first Amesbury run on an infield out

Ben Cullen gets the first Amesbury run on an infield out

(Ipswich MA) Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning but only one team (Amesbury) came away with runs.

The two runs that the Indians scored in the first inning proved to be the difference as Amesbury defeated Ipswich, 2-1, on a beautiful Thursday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

The victory put an eight-game losing streak to rest for the Indians (4-9).

The Tigers (2-10) wasted a terrific pitching performance by senior Sean Whooley.  Sean allowed only four hits and had six strikeouts.

Chris Grady scores on a hit by Mike Savoie

Chris Grady scores on a hit by Mike Savoie

The missing ingredient for Ipswich on this day was big hits.  By “big hits” I mean ones when there are teammates in scoring position.  The only “big hit” for Ipswich was by Mike Savoie in the third inning when he drove in Chris Grady from third.  The rest of the opportunities, and there were ten of them, were squandered.

Nick Hawrylciw picked up the win for the Indians with a complete-game, six-hitter.  The senior stranded ten runners.

His biggest pitch of the game?  His last one.  The Tigers had runners on second and third with two out.  Austin Rubino was the batter with a 3-2 count.  Nick Hawrylciw’s pitch hit Austin but to everyone’s surprise Austin was called out.  Why?  Batter’s interference.  I spoke with both umpires afterwards and they explained that the batter (Austin) had leaned into the strike zone when he got hit therefore the pitch was called a strike. It ended the game with Nick Hawrylciw getting credited with a strikeout.

Austin Rubino about to be called for batter interference

Austin Rubino about to be called for batter interference

Amesbury capitalized on Ipswich miscues to get their two runs in the first inning.  The Indians started off the first with Ben Cullen getting hit by a pitch,  Pat Scanlon reaching on an error (Chris Grady), and Mac Short walking.  Nick Hawrylciw’s fielder’s choice brought Ben Cullen across.  Then pitcher Sean Whooley’s pitch in the dirt escaped catcher Jon O’Brien and Pat Scanlon was able to slide into home on a very close play.

Twice during the game Amesbury was able to pull their infield in and prevent runs from scoring on groundouts.

Ben Cullen tries for third base.

Ben Cullen tries for third base.

Amesbury sent only twelve batters to the plate in the final four innings.  In a bizarre fifth inning, the Indians had two hits (Chris Chioffi and Ben Cullen) but both runners were thrown out by IHS catcher Jon O’Brien.

In the seventh inning, Ipswich had a great chance to tie the game.  First batter Dan Bennett walked but then was picked off first.  Sure enough, next batter Sean Whooley singled, and after a popout, Freddy Cerundolo doubled.  Minus the pickoff, the Tigers have tied the game.

Leftfielder Alex Morris about to make a running catch

Leftfielder Alex Morris about to make a running catch

Alex Morris paced Ipswich with two hits.  He also made a great catch to end the second inning.

CAL All-League catcher Mac Short blocked a number of pitches in the dirt.

Ipswich won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 6-3, on April 18th.

Both teams return to action on Saturday morning.  Ipswich hosts Rockport and Amesbury hosts Manchester-Essex.

Ipswich has now lost seven straight games.

Weather?  Absolutely perfect.

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Sean Whooley

Sean Whooley

Mike Savoie

Mike Savoie

Chris Chioffi

Chris Chioffi

Nick Hawrylciw

Nick Hawrylciw

Pickoff attempt

Pickoff attempt

Chris Chioffi out stealing

Chris Chioffi out stealing

Chris Grady bunts

Chris Grady bunts

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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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