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North Reading and Newburyport play to an unfinished 2-2 tie in baseball opener

Chase Carpenter dives into third as the ball drops in front of North Reading third baseman Tom Day

Chance Carpenter dives into third as the ball drops in front of North Reading third baseman Tom Day

Frank Carey, Steve Malenfant, and the umpires meet after the ninth inning

Frank Carey, Steve Malenfant, and the umpires meet after the ninth inning

(Newburyport) Newburyport and North Reading opened their 2014 baseball seasons today……….sort of.

The Clippers and the Hornets played nine innings with a winner undecided.  They will resume the 2-2 game at a later date.

This was a Cape Ann League contest with plenty of baserunners and plenty of scoring opportunities.  The biggest lack was a big hit and therefore special credit goes to the pitching.  James Nutter (Clippers) went seven innings and Scott Allan (Hornets) went eight.  Mike Jayne finished for the Clipppers and Ryan Boucher for the Hornets.

Newburyport collected two runs in the first and were blanked the rest of the way.  North Reading put up single runs in the 4th and 6th.

Keith Linnane scores the first NR run

Keith Linnane scores the first NR run

The visiting Hornets collected ten hits (two each for Scott Meija, Ryan Boucher, and Scott Allan) and stranded at least one runner in every inning.

The Clippers had nine hits (two each for Chance Carpenter and Caleb Stott) and stranded seven.

Newburyport picked up their only runs in the first inning.  Chance Carpenter had a bunt single and Caleb Stott followed with a hit to right center.  Both runners advanced on a wild pickoff attempt at second by pitcher Scott Allan.  Ryan Furlong flared a two-out double to left scoring both teammates.

North Reading got a run back in the 4th inning.  Keith Linnane singled to center, took second (no throw), and reached third on a wild pitch.  Ryan Boucher doubled the Hornets catcher home.

Ryan Furlong drove in both Newburyport runs

Ryan Furlong drove in both Newburyport runs

The Hornets got a gift run in the sixth inning.  Ryan Sanborn was hit by a pitch and then stole second with two outs.  Scott Allan singled to right but a quick relay back to Travis Wile put Ryan Sanborn in big trouble.  Ryan had rounded third with the original intent of going home.  Halfway down the line he chose to head back to third.  However, Travis’s throw sailed over third baseman Caleb Stott’s head allowing Ryan to recover and tally the tying run.

Two terrific defensive plays saved North Reading.  In the Clippers’ fourth they got runners (Ben Ventura and Ryan Furlong) on second and third with no outs.  NR had the infield in when Travis Wile lined a rope up the middle.  Second baseman Shane Driscoll made a diving catch and then tossed to shortstop Blake Tamlyn-Hayden for the double play.

Newburyport threatened in the sixth inning.  A Caleb Stott double and an error (first baseman Ryan Sanborn) put runners on first and third with two outs.  Pitcher Scott Allan launched a pitch (to Travis Wile) wide and in the dirt that catcher Keith Linnane somehow stopped preventing a run.

Travis OBrien about to be tagged out at 3B by Tom Day in the 9th inning

Travis OBrien about to be tagged out at 3B by Tom Day in the 9th inning

The Clippers had two-out singles in the 9th by Travis O’Brien and Tom Isabel but Hornets’ centerfielder Colby Maiola (going to Assumption) nailed Travis trying to get to third on his teammate’s hit ending the inning.

Leftfielder Leighton Paradis made several running catches on flies hit by Colby Maiola.

The last time North Reading and Newburyport met was on June 4th at North Reading when the Clippers upset the Hornets (4-0) in the first round of the Division 3 North playoffs.  Colby Morris handcuffed NR that afternoon.  North Reading had beaten Newburyport twice during the regular season.

Shane Driscoll flips from the ground to double up sliding Ryan Furlong

Shane Driscoll flips from the ground to double up sliding Ryan Furlong

NR coach Frank Carey is in his 47th season with a lifetime record currently at 716-273.

Colby Maiola and Ben Ventura

Colby Maiola and Ben Ventura

Tom Day, Shane Driscoll, Colby Maiola, and Keith Linnane had one hit each for North Reading.

Catcher Keith Linnane is looking into junior colleges in the South to continue his baseball career next season.

Scott Webster, Ben Ventura, Ryan Furlong, Travis O’Brien, and Tom Isabel each had a hit for Newburyport.

The Clippers turned in a smooth 4-6-3 double play in the eighth inning.

Cloudy and colder as the game went on.  Welcome to April baseball in these parts.

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Scott Webster tries to steal second as Blake Tamlyn-Hayden waits for the throw

Scott Webster tries to steal second as Blake Tamlyn-Hayden waits for the throw

Scott Meija caught in a rundown with Caleb Stott

Scott Meija caught in a rundown with Caleb Stott

Grounder gets by NR first baseman Ryan Sanborn

Grounder gets by NR first baseman Ryan Sanborn

Mike Jayne

Mike Jayne

Ryan Boucher

Ryan Boucher

Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Keith Linnane

Keith Linnane

James Nutter

James Nutter

Caleb Stott crosses home with the second NHS run

Caleb Stott crosses home with the second NHS run

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Newburyport upsets North Reading 4-0 to reach Division 3 North semi-finals

Pitcher Colby Morris celebrates after the final out

Pitcher Colby Morris celebrates after the final out

Ian Michaels dives into third with an RBI triple in the sixth inning

Ian Michaels dives into third with an RBI triple in the sixth inning

(North Reading) Newburyport lost twice to North Reading during the regular season but it didn’t matter as the Clippers upset the #1 seed Hornets, 4-0, in the Division 3 North quarterfinals at North Reading on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.

Newburyport (15-7) scored two unearned runs in the fourth and two insurance runs in the sixth and, combined with the shutout pitching of Colby Morris (6 hits/5 K’s), had enough to stun the D3 defending champions.

The # 8 seed Clippers have now won eight straight and return to action tomorrow (Wednesday) at Fraser Field in Lynn (4PM) to face Whittier in the D3 North semi-finals.

The last time Newburyport played at Fraser Field was when they won the Division 3 state title in June of 2011.

Ryan McAuliffe took the loss for the Hornets.  Ryan had defeated Newburyport, 9-1,  on April 17th striking out fifteen Clippers in a special victory that was Coach Frank Carey’s 700th win.  This time around Ryan registered eight strikeouts but surrendered eight hits including a triple (Ian Michaels) and two doubles (Colton Fontaine and Scott Webster).

Winning pitcher Colby Morris struck out five while allowing six hits.  The key for Colby was keeping the ball down as he limited NR to two flyball outs.

A low throw from shortstop Ryley Warnock gets away from Mike Brandano

A low throw from shortstop Ryley Warnock gets away from Mike Brandano

A throw from Mike Brandano goes wide of Ryley Warnock

A throw from Mike Brandano goes wide of Ryley Warnock

The unearned runs (4th inning) came after both Colby Morris and Connor Wiles singled with one out.  First baseman Mike Brandano tried for a force at second, after fielding Connor MacRae’s grounder, but threw wide left of shortstop Ryley Warnock allowing Colby Morris to score.  Later shortstop Ryley Warnock took a chance at getting Scott Webster on a slow roller and his throw went past Mike Brandano enabling Connor Wiles to come home with the second Clippers run.

Coach Carey visits Ryan McAuliffe in the sixth inning

Coach Carey visits Ryan McAuliffe in the sixth inning

The 2-0 lead grew to 4-0 in the sixth inning.  Connor MacRae reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs.  Ian Michaels, who had struck out twice previously against Ryan McAuliffe, blasted a high 2-strike pitch over Dennis Rollfs’ head in left field for a triple scoring Connor MacRae.  Next batter, freshman Scott Webster, singled to left bringing Ian Michaels home.

The Hornets put two on with two out in the bottom of the sixth but Eric Gordon grounded out to second to end that threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, Shane Driscoll singled to lead off.  However, Colby Morris struck out Ryan Sanborn looking and got Dennis Rolffs to ground into a 6-3 double play to end it.

NR had two on and two out in the third inning.  However, Colby Maiola’s hard shot down the first baseline was snared by Travis Wile.

Scott Webster caught in a rundown

Scott Webster caught in a rundown

Newburyport tried a suicide squeeze in third inning but the bunt didn’t happen.  Scott Webster, however, found a way to get back to third.

North Reading caught Colton Fontaine (he had doubled) in a rundown in the first inning.

An interference call on Hornets baserunner Dennis Rollfs turned a force-out at second into an inning-ending double play in the NR fifth.

The Clippers loaded the bases in the seventh inning but Ryan McAuliffe whiffed Connor Wile and got Connor MacRae to fly to centerfield.

North Reading was 22-4 in 2012.  This season ends for them at 19-3.  Coach Frank Carey’s career record now stands at 716-273.

Scott Webster had three hits for Newburyport and drove in a run.

Dennis Rollfs led NR with two hits.

Newburyport boxscore

North Reading boxscore

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Keith Linnane steals second

Keith Linnane steals second

Colton Fontaine caught in a rundown

Colton Fontaine caught in a rundown

Steve Malenfant and Frank Carey discuss the rules

Steve Malenfant and Frank Carey discuss the rules

Travis Wile stretches for the last out

Travis Wile stretches for the last out

Colby Morris

Colby Morris

Newburyport dugout

Newburyport dugout

Ryley Warnock gets a forceout at second base

Ryley Warnock gets a forceout at second base

Connor Wiles crosses with the second Newburyport run

Connor Wiles crosses with the second Newburyport run

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Undefeated North Reading coasts by Amesbury 18-0 in Cape Ann League baseball

Ryan McAuliffe scores on a wild pitch

Ryan McAuliffe scores on a wild pitch

Riley Warnock struck out six in four innings

Riley Warnock struck out six in four innings

(Amesbury) Undefeated North Reading is good…….very good.

The Hornets (11-0) won their 19th straight game, extending back into the 2012 season, as they coasted past Amesbury, 18-0, on a windy Saturday afternoon.

The visitors whacked twenty hits against three different Amesbury pitchers (Zack Fitzgerald, Kyle Arseneau, and Matt Napoli).

The Indians (6-5) made a game of it for two innings before the defending D3 champs put up fourteen runs over the next two innings.

There is no mercy rule in Cape Ann League baseball so this game went seven innings.  There is a mercy rule in the state tournament.

URI-bound Riley Warnock went four innings for NR giving up two hits and striking out six Indians.  The fourteen-run cushion prompted Hornets coach Frank Carey to use Scott Allan over the final three innings.  Scott only allowed one hit.

Amesbury’s best chance to score was in the third inning.  Adam Ivancic and Tommy Connors both singled with one out but Riley Warnock got consecutive grounders to third baseman Tom Day to end the threat.

Zack Fitzgerald catches a popup

Zack Fitzgerald catches a popup

Zack Fitzgerald, making his third start, held NR hitless through two innings.

The third inning didn’t go nearly as well for Amesbury.  The Hornets collected seven runs on five hits.  The Indians didn’t do themselves any favors when they couldn’t make two plays on foul balls.

The Hornets sent twelve men to the plate.  Ryan Sanborn had two RBI while teammates Colby Maiola, Ryan McAuliffe, Alex Schaefer, and Dennis Rollfs had one each.

North Reading came back with seven more runs (on six hits) in the fourth inning.  Four of those runs were unearned as rightfielder John Pesci dropped a two-out fly ball.  Ryan McAuliffe, Shane Driscoll, Ryan Warnock, and Keith Linnare collected RBI.

The final three innings had a bit of the pro wrestling flavor to them as North Reading stopped being aggressive on the base paths.  Doubles became singles.  Wild pitches led to no base advancement.  Run scoring happened when there was no other option.  With that approach,  the Hornets stranded nine baserunners over the last three innings while picking up four runs.

NR coach Frank Carey has 708 wins over a 46-year career

NR coach Frank Carey has 708 wins over a 46-year career

NR coach Frank Carey now has 708 wins in a 46-year career.  His teams have won four state championships.

He told me that he had a team win 33 straight games over several seasons.

He also told me that last year’s championship was a surprise because they didn’t have much power.  This year has been different.  It certainly doesn’t hurt the Hornets to have Riley Warnock and Ryan McAuliffe back pitching.  Those two accounted for twenty-one of the Hornets twenty-two wins in 2012.

You would want to believe that North Reading has the team to make a serious run at a second consecutive Division 3 state championship.

Shortstop Ben Cullen leaps for a high bouncer

Shortstop Ben Cullen leaps for a high bouncer

I saw Newburyport win the D3 title against Pioneer Valley in June of 2011.  Ironically, the game was on the same day as the Boston Bruin’s championship parade after winning the Stanley Cup.

I learned that Tommy Connors will be attending Endicott College next year to play football.  Tommy had two hits today against Riley Warnock.

Amesbury next plays at Newburyport on Tuesday afternoon.  The Hornets will host D4 champs Georgetown on the same day.

The sun may have been shining but the wind negated the warming effects considerably.

North Reading boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Colby Maiola (#10) scores the fifth NR run

Colby Maiola (#10) scores the fifth NR run

A try for a forceout in the third inning

A try for a forceout in the third inning

Riley Warnock

Riley Warnock

NR catcher Kevin Linnare

NR catcher Kevin Linnare

Mike Brandano tracks down a foul pop

Mike Brandano tracks down a foul pop

Scott Allan

Scott Allan

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