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Drew MacDonald leads Amesbury past Triton 5-1

Drew MacDonald drove in three runs
Drew pitched a five-inning no-hitter

(Georgetown) If this isn’t his best game it’s got to be awfully close to it.

Impressive performance by Drew MacDonald leading Amesbury past Triton, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon in the rain-shortened opening round of the Spofford Tournament.

The Amesbury senior drove in three of his team’s five runs and pitched a five-inning, no-hitter.

Amesbury (15-4) faces Georgetown in the title game tomorrow afternoon (2PM).

The Vikings (11-8) took a one-run lead into the bottom of the fourth inning.  Cole Daniels reached on an infield error and scored after a wild pitch, a stolen base, and another wild pitch.

Cole Daniels scores the Triton run on a wild pitch

Triton’s DJ Watson had limited Amesbury to two hits going into the fourth inning. 

DJ Watson was the Triton starter

However, in the fourth inning a single (Drew Scialdone) and a double (Trevor Kimball) set Drew MacDonald up for a two-run single to give Amesbury the, 2-1, lead.

Unfortunate decisions cost Triton in the fifth inning.  On two occasions, batters reached on infield grounders when plays at other bases backfired. 

Shea Cucinotta’s single in that inning drove across Luke Arsenault and Jake Harring.  Later, an infield grounder by Drew MacDonald scored Drew Scialdone with Amesbury’s fifth run.

And then the incoming dark clouds, with accompanying thunder, put a pause to the game.  The game never resumed and Amesbury had itself a 5-1 win. 

And Drew had himself a no-hitter.

Drew ended up walking two and striking out six.

The defensive gem on this afternoon belonged to Triton centerfielder Cole Daniels.  Leadoff batter Jake Harring looked to have hit a ball into the left/centerfield gap, but Cole ran it down and dove to finish a terrific play.

CF Cole Daniels makes a diving catch

Drew Scialdone and Drew MacDonald led Amesbury’s seven-hit attack with two hits each.

The twosome also had a “hit” in the first inning as they collided going after a popup in the first inning. 

Tangled on a popup

Amesbury unofficial box

Triton unofficial box

Jake Harring celebrates at home

Watching the game

Shea Cucinotta tagged out by Triton 2B Connor Rumph

Chris O’Connell

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Ethan Hunt leads Pentucket to 7-4 win over Triton

Ethan Hunt pitched a 3-hitter and struck out nine
Cole Daniels slides home

(Groveland) “Great job by Ethan today,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray afterwards.

And who would argue unless all you saw was Triton’s half of the first inning?

Ethan Hunt settled in after that rocky start hitting a homer and pitching Pentucket (1-2) to a 7-4 win over Triton (0-3) on Saturday morning at the Pines Athletic Field.

“I came out feeling a little iffy but then I settled in,” recalled Ethan.

Joe Abt (3 RBI) and Griff Dupuis drove across runs for the Vikings in the first inning as Ethan struggled to throw strikes.

But Pentucket responded quickly.  After their first two batters (Trevor Kamuda & Kyle Ventola) got on, Ethan Hunt launched a 3-run shot to right that put the home team in front, 3-2.

Ethan Hunt after three-run homer in first inning

“My hitting approach the whole game was middle-away,” said Ethan.  “That home-run pitch was up and away.”

Joe Abt – 3 RBI

Triton fought back. A Joe Abt two-run double in the third inning returned Triton to the lead, 4-3.

Pentucket evened things on an infield error in the 5th as Trevor Kamuda scored the run.

Meanwhile, Ethan (the pitcher) had settled in.  The UMass Boston commit ended up retiring the last twelve Vikings in order.

“He was pretty much lights out those last four innings,” said Coach Murray.

Pentucket coach Kevin Murry

Ethan ended up with a 3-hitter striking out nine Vikings.

“I have been a pitcher who starts on the shaky end and then progresses well as the game goes on,” said Ethan. “My 12-6 was definitely on today.  I found location for my fastball later on.  Those two together kept hitters off-balance.”

Pentucket broke away from the tie with a three-run sixth inning as things fell apart for the Vikings.  After a Max Ligols double, Bryce Winter’s sacrifice-bunt attempt turned into a hit when no one covered first base.  Pinch-hitter Alex Robertson drove in the eventual game-winner with a wind-blown double to left and two wild pitches followed that allowed two more runs.

LF Jack Lindholm deals with tough wind in the Pentucket 6th inning

“The bunt was a big difference in the sixth inning,” said Triton coach Chris Lamothe.  “We weren’t ready for it.  It was my fault.”

“Tough loss but we battled,” he added. “Griff (Dupuis) gave us innings and kept them off-balance for a long time.  We’re back at it on Monday against North Reading.  DJ Watson will be pitching.”

Both teams entered the game looking for a W after two opening losses.  “It feels really good to get the first win,” said Pentucket catcher Kyle Ventola.  “We’ll build off this.  I think we’ll have a great season.”

Triton starter Griff Dupuis

Coach Lamothe: “Their pitcher settled down for the last four innings.  He dominated.  He had his fastball and his breaking ball working.  Not much we could do.”

Coach Murray: “Ethan settled in nicely.  We did a good job of making plays behind him.  He was throwing strikes.  When that happens, it gives us a chance to win.”

Today was a cloudy day with a threat of rain.  The wind is usually a factor at Pines.  High popups are always an adventure.

Every time I’m at this park, I get flashbacks to its Pines Speedway past.  I was there on occasion.  I remember Ollie Silva and Bentley Warren.  Okay, I’m old!

Triton          2   0   2   0   0   0   0   =   4

Pentucket   3   0   0   0   1   3   –    =   7

(The pictures will enlarge.)

Pentucket (unofficial) box
Triton (unofficial) box
Max Ligols led off the 3-run sixth inning with a double
Trevor Kamuda steals second – Connor Rumph takes throw
Triton coach Chris Lamothe
Pitcher Griff Dupuis sets to throw to first
Cole Daniels scored two runs
Play at first
Trevor Kamuda scored two runs
Cole Daniels leads off second base
Joe Abt and Trevor Kamuda
Will Roberts out stealing. Connor Rumph applies tag.

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