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Newburyport dominates rematch with Triton

Emily Meleedy pitched a 2-hit, complete-game shutout with 8 strikeouts
The Clippers had thirteen hits

(Byfield MA) “We showed up to play,” said Newburyport senior Cali Caponigro.

And show up they did.

The Clippers (8-5) had everything going as they took a, 13-0, mercy-rule win over Triton on Thursday afternoon.

The way this game went was a surprise.  Back in May, the Clippers held on for an, 11-10, victory against the same Vikings.

Today, Newburyport grabbed the lead immediately, had terrific pitching (Emily Meleedy), and made the plays in the field.

Liv Kiricoples had one of Triton’s two hits

Triton (6-6) just couldn’t match up on this afternoon.

Emily limited the Vikings to their fewest hits of the season (two) while striking out eight batters.

“Their pitcher was terrific,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes.

The Clippers scored early and in five of the six innings played.

“We started off strong today and that really helped,” said Emily Meleedy.

An infield error prolonged the first inning.  Grace Habib singled in the first run and Emma Keefe doubled in two more sending Newburyport off to a quick, 3-0, lead.

Clippers watching the action

The Clippers were ahead, 4-0, before Triton had their first hit (Liv Kiricoples) in the third inning.

The visitors gained serious separation in the fourth inning adding a four-spot to their run total.

As in the first inning, the Triton trouble started after two outs.  Nieve Morrissey and Maddie McLeod each drove in a run while Emily Meleedy’s double to left brought two Clippers home.

That moved the lead to, 8-0.

The Newburyport defense also had a good afternoon.

Centerfielder Nieve Morrissey made the play of the game in the Triton fourth IMO.  Nieve came running to the rescue when an infield popup near second base looked to be falling in.

CF Nieve Morrissey (3) makes a remarkable running catch
Triton shortstop Kyla Story

“Nieve’s catch was amazing,” said shortstop Emma Keefe afterwards.  “She’s a fast one.”

The Vikings did get a runner to third (Liv Kiricoples) in the fifth inning with one out.  However, Emily Meleedy escaped damage with a strikeout and an infield grounder handled by 3B Cali Caponigro.

The Clippers had thirteen hits.  Emily Meleedy had three, while teammates Nieve Morrissey, Cali Caponigro, Emma Keefe, and Sophie Lavallee had two each.

Emma Keefe had four RBI while Grace Habib and Emily Meleedy had two each.

Emma Keefe had four RBI

“Our bats showed up today,” said Cali Caponigro. “I’m really proud of our team.”

Coach Bob Gillespie: “They came out ready to go.  We put up three right away in the first inning.  Emily (Meleedy) pitched great.  We thumped the ball all day long.  Anytime we beat Triton it’s a great day in Newburyport.”

“Give Newburyport credit,” said Coach Noyes, “they swung the bats and made the plays.”

Coach Noyes: “We lost Izzie (Reiniger) yesterday and didn’t have time to move bodies around to adjust to it.”

Natalie Indingaro had the second Triton hit.

Running try by 2B Maddy Jacques

Coach Noyes: “Grace (Romine) was fine today.  We just made too many errors behind her.”

Coach Gillespie: “We had a tough game yesterday against North Reading but that’s old news.  We’re as happy as can be with this win.”

Emily Meleedy didn’t walk anyone.  “I threw in a couple of different pitches today,” she explained.  “I’ve got a good team behind me.”

Triton will face undefeated Amesbury on Saturday.  It’s a little difficult to figure out how good the Indians are defensively because of all the strikeouts Alana Delisle and Liv DeLong have been getting. 

The weather was cooler than it’s been and there were no complaints. 

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

CF Nieve Morrissey about to catch the final out of the game
Cali Caponigro scored three runs
LF Matigan Richmond
Emma Keefe steals second
Skylar Colburn
Emily Meleedy was on base four times
Keira Dowell gets to third base
3B Cali Caponigro
Grace Romine throws to first base
Grace Romine pitches
Emily Meleedy pitches
Gabbie McKendry catches a popup
Baserunner Maddie McLeod

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Emily Meleedy hits/pitches Newburyport to 10-5 win over Ipswich

Emily Meleedy had a two-run homer in Newburyport’s four-run second inning
Emily Meleedy

(Newburyport MA) Ipswich coach Paul James knew that he’d seen something special.

“She’s legit. No doubt.”

The Tigers coach was referencing Newburyport’s Emily Meleedy.

Emily had plenty to do with the (3-0) Clippers, 10-5, win over the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Pioneer Park.

At the end of the fourth inning, the home team was ahead, 9-1. 

By then, Emily had a double, home run (over the centerfield fence), and a single, driving in five runs and scoring three times.

The two batters ahead of Emily in the batting order (Emma Keefe & Cali Caponigro) were also very productive early on as Newburyport built their big lead.  Emma and Cali both reached base three times and each scored three times.

Emily also pitched.

Emily Meleedy struck out seven Tigers and allowed six hits

Through four innings the NHS freshman allowed just one hit (Kate Bekeritis) and struck out five.

Lexi James was part of the Ipswich comeback in the 5th inning

Credit Ipswich for putting a four-run rally together in the 5th inning.

“We were down early but we didn’t quit,” said Coach James.  “We got the game back closer.”

The Tigers (2-1) started making solid contact and getting on base. 

“It took us a couple of times around to get used to the pitching,” said Coach James.

Eight Tigers came to the plate in that 4-run fifth with Lexi James, Kate Bekeritis, and Cassidy Smith getting RBIs.

But the damage was limited to four runs.  Again, we find Emily Meleedy playing a big role.  She assisted on an out at first, caught a popup, and struck out the last batter of the inning.

Piper Reily (2 hits) throws to first

Emily struck out seven in the game and ended three innings with strikeouts.

Ipswich had two hits in the 6th inning but ran into a double play on a fly ball to douse a promising chance to score.

RF Keira Dowell ended the game with a nice running catch in foul territory.

The infield surface at Pioneer Park was hard and bumpy.  Both teams struggled making plays on grounders as they tried to figure out hops.

“I thought that we played a sloppy game,” said Newburyport coach Bob Gillespie afterwards.  “We were much better in the first two games. But we can correct the mistakes.”

“We had some struggles, but we pushed through,” said Emily Meleedy.

The Tigers finished with six hits.  Freshman Piper Reily had two of them.

The Clippers started four freshmen and an eighth grader (Sophie Lavallee).

The Tigers started three freshmen.

Cali Caponigro – 3 hits, 2 runs

“We’re a young team and this was a huge building game for us,” said Coach James.

Emily Meleedy: “I was throwing mostly fastballs.  I have a good team to back me up.  It feels good to hit a homer.  I play club softball in Salisbury.  On the club team I pitch and play shortstop.”

Little bit of rain early but that was the end of it.

Parking at Pioneer Park is nearly non-existent.  There were two other games going on at the same time.  I don’t know the parking solution, but there were cars in harm’s way when I left.  Be careful over there.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Emma Keefe – 2 hits, 4 runs
Sophie Lavallee
CF Dakota Duncan
Pitcher Annabel Morris
Piper Reily scores a run in the 5th inning
Emily Meleedy goes down for a low pitch
Annabel Morris takes a swing as Cali Caponigro catches
Sophie Lavallee caught stealing by Lexi James
LF Maya Williams comes in for a ball
Bad-hop grounders were the order of the day
SS Lexi James sets to throw to first
Cali Caponigro scores in the first inning
Near catch by 3B Piper Reily
Maddie Della
Keira Dowell mobbed after game-ending catch

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Newburyport reaches tourney with 10-1 win over nonleague Northeast Metro

Paige Gouldthorpe fired a 2-hitter and K’d eight Knights in a tournament-qualifying win over Northeast Metro

Annie Siemasko (7) lands on home plate after a third-inning homer

The Clippers stayed away from slugger Kayleigh Brammer

(Newburyport MA) It was the way life should be for the Newburport softball team.

“We kept it together the whole game,” said NHS coach Bob Gillespie after the Clippers had defeated non-league Northeast Metro, 10-1, on a cold Friday afternoon on Pepe Field.

The win gave the Division Two home team their ninth win and a berth in the post-season with two games remaining.

Junior Annie Siemasko said afterwards, “I am so excited about making the tournament.  It’s the first time for me.  We’ve been close before but now we’ve finally made it.”

Northeast Metro coach Bruce Rich and his team were dazzled by Clippers’ starter Paige Gouldthorpe.  The NHS senior tossed a 2-hitter and struck out eight Knights.  “Their pitcher was outstanding.  She’s about as fast as we’ve seen.  She had great location and mixed speeds well.”

Liv Salvatore (13) beats the tag attempt of Tae Scott

“I was able to throw strikes today and get them to hit,” said Paige post-game.

On this successful day, the Clippers (9-7) stayed away from error-driven innings in the field.  Newburyport survived a drop in the 7th (Annie Siemasko) and a collision in the outfield in the 4th.  Northeast Metro wasn’t as fortunate.

Two walks and two errors set up the Clippers for three runs in the first.  Both walkers (Paige Gouldthorpe, Courtney Walsh) and Annie Siemasko (who reached on shortstop Tae Scott’s error) came across.  Freshman Cali Caponigro drove a run in during the NHS good start.

A key to the win was the way Newburyport kept the Knight’s junior slugger Kayleigh Brammer from hurting them.  Kayleigh already has ten home runs this season.  The way Paige was mowing her teammates down, Kayleigh batted only three times and was walked twice.  The third time Paige got her to ground out.

Costly Knights’ error in Newburyport’s six-run 4th inning

“We kept her (Kayleigh Brammer) off the bases,” said Coach Gillespie.  “She has the ability to play at the next level.”

Annie Siemasko launched a home run to right center in the 3rd to boost the NHS advantage to 4-0.

The Knights (10-5) answered with a run.  Kayleigh Brammer walked and alertly reached third on Kat Zeylaya’s bunt when no one covered third.  Catcher Sarah Linehan’s wild throw to second allowed Kayleigh to score. Paige handled the two-on, two-out situation by striking out Joanna Agostini to limit the damage to one run.

The Clippers fourth was when they expanded their 4-1 lead and gained game-deciding separation from the visitors from Wakefield.

Cali Caponigro (11) drives in a run

Newburyport had tallied only two runs and had two outs in the 4th inning but the inning got extended when pitcher Julia Carrillo couldn’t handle Courtney Walsh’s grounder.  The Clippers would tack on four unearned runs after the miscue. Again, walks played a part.  There were four NHS walks and three scored.

The 10-1 lead carried the rest of the way.  The Knights did get two on in the 7th but a baserunning blunder ruined a promising two-on, no-out’s situation and no inroads were made into the Clippers lead.

Annie Siemasko paced Newburyport with three RBI and scored three runs.  Cali Caponigro drove in two Clippers with two hits.  Mikayla Vincent had two hits and an RBI.

Paige walked three.  Two were semi-intentionals to Kayleigh Brammer.  The Keene State commit handled five chances flawlessly.

Brooke Rogers tagged out at home by Sofie Wyzanski

Northeast Metro (Division Three) is in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with teams such as Whittier.  The Knights had won three of their last four games before the loss today.

It was a cold afternoon in the shade and not too bad in the sun.

I am always looking to expand my vocabulary.  New word: frenemy.  Paige dropped that one on me to explain her relationship to shortstop Bridget Sheehan of Triton who watched the game.

Bridget’s Vikings (15-1) take on undefeated North Reading on Monday afternoon at Triton.  That should be a game to see……..and blog about.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

NHS coach Bob Gillespie and Brooke Rogers

Seventh inning drop

Play at third

Annie Siemasko eyes a pitch from Julia Carrillo

Outfield collision but LF Cali Caponigro holds on

3B Liv Salvatore

2B Kat Zeylaya

Northeast coach Bruce Rich

Courtney Walsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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