(Byfield MA) Sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off.
But it did for Triton this afternoon.
The Vikings struck Amesbury pitching for twelve hits and a 9-2 win on Thursday afternoon.
“We hit every day,” explained Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards. “Almost an hour and twenty minutes and it shows.”
The loss dropped the Indians (8-1) from the undefeated ranks.
“To be perfectly honest, we got beat by a better team today,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters.
The Vikings (10-1) jumped on Indians’ starter Liv DeLong for four runs on five hits in the first inning. RBI by senior Emily Karvielis (2), senior Colleen McCarthy (1), and junior Eve Paicos (1) sparked the fast start.
Junior Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter and retired the Indians in order in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.
“I have been shooting the strong-hitting teams inside fastballs this season,” said Katherine. “Today Fay (catcher) was calling for outside pitches and they were hungry for them. It worked to our advantage.”
The Indians got an unearned run (3B Collen McCarthy error) in the third inning. Senior Emma DiPietro’s sacrifice fly brought across junior Meg McElaney.
The Vikings responded productively in their half of the fourth inning, putting hits together (four) and tallying three runs.
Freshman Molly Kimball’s bunt turned into an RBI (Darcie McDonough scored) and later Emily Karavielis’ shot to right center drove across two more (Carisa Boyle & Molly Kimball).
The 7-1 lead after four innings stood up for Triton.
The Vikings added two insurance runs in the 6th. Colleen McCarthy (3 hits) drove across senior Grace McGonagle. Eve Paicos (2 hits) later brought in Emily Karvielis by singling to right center.
Sophomore Julia Campbell (2 hits) knocked in Amesbury’s 7th inning run, scoring teammate Liv DeLong.
Two tremendous running catches in the outfield today; Grace McGonagle for Triton and Ella Bezanson for Amesbury.
“She (Ella) has had a couple of great catches this year and today’s was certainly one of them,” said Coach Waters.
Freshman Alana Delisle pitched the last two innings for Amesbury.
The Indians started four freshman; Alana (RF), Olivia Lavasseur (3B), Liv DeLong (P), and Ella Bezanson (CF).
Coach Dupere: “It was a win we needed. Timely hitting. Our senior leadership showed. Katherine hit her spots. She really came through.”
Katherine Quigley: “We were a little nervous because they were undefeated. I knew we needed to get a good jump on them. We hit really, really well early in the game.”
Bridget Sheehan: “We’ve got a great lineup. I am planning to go to Penn State in the fall. I visited there and it felt right.”
Emily Karielis: “The hits just kept coming in the early inning. I will be enlisting in the Navy after I graduate. I have been interested in doing that since middle school. I want to get into law enforcement eventually.”
Colleen McCarthy: “Coming in we knew it would be a big game. That they had to change their pitcher out was a good sign for us. Our goals are to hit and play defense. I will be going to Roger Williams (Bristol RI). I plan to try out for softball and maybe volleyball. I am interested in criminal justice.”
The Vikings have now won five straight. Only loss was to North Reading, 10-7, on April 24th.
Amesbury’s last loss, before today, was back on June 16th in 2018 to Austin Prep in the Division 3 North finals.
Busy afternoon at Triton with tennis, lacrosse, baseball, and softball all going on at the same time.
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