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Triton wins third straight 10-0 over Ipswich

Cole Daniels slides home with the second Triton run
Tyler Egan was the winning pitcher

(Rowley) No mercy shown.

Triton has now gone the mercy-rule route three straight games.

Today the team on the other end of it was Ipswich.  The game concluded in the fifth inning after the Vikings (8-5) got a 10-0 lead.

“I have mixed feelings about the mercy rule,” said Triton coach Chris Lamothe afterwards.  “It does save your pitchers, but it also keeps you from putting in players who haven’t had much playing time.” 

Ipswich (3-9) stranded runners in all five innings and collected five hits.

RF Cole Daniels

Triton starter Tyler Egan was hit hard at times but the defense behind him made plays especially in the outfield.

“Ipswich hit some balls but right at people,” said Coach Lamothe.

“Tyler didn’t have his good stuff, but he battled,” Coach Lamothe added.

The Tigers struggled defensively in the first inning and Triton made them pay.

After the first two Vikings (DJ Watson & Cole Daniels) singled, Tyler lined to left.  The Tigers’ leftfielder hesitated, and the ball sailed over his head and a run scored.  The relay back in was mishandled and a second run scored. 

Drew Lane and Nick Dupuis

Next batter Andrew Johnson grounded to third.  The Ipswich third basemen had Tyler picked off second, but Tyler got into a rundown.  A bad throw in the rundown not only got Tyler to third but he kept going and slide home for the third Triton run.

In the fourth inning, Triton sent up twelve batters and added six more runs.

The Vikings had six hits in that inning.  The biggest hit was Tyler’s long two-out single that cleared the bases.

“We had great hitting today from top to bottom,” said Tyler afterwards.  The Vikings collected twelve hits.

Jack Lindholm took over for Tyler in the fifth inning and kept the shutout going.  The Tigers did get two baserunners (Jeremy Lathrop and Evan Stein) but Jack got a popup and a force-out to get out of it.

2B Rick Gardella handles a grounder
Evan Piscitelli led off the 5th with a hit

Pinch-hitter Evan Piscitelli led off the Triton fifth with a single up the middle.  Connor Rumpf came in to pinch-run.  Connor reached third on an infield error and came home with the game-winner thanks to an infield hit by Jakob Lennon.

“This is a good time for us to be hitting our stride,” said Coach Lamothe.  “We have North Reading on Saturday and Lynnfield and Newburyport next week.”

Triton needs two more wins to qualify for the state tournament. 

Connor Rumpf scores the game-winner

Tyler, Cole Daniels, and Jack Lindholm all had two hits.  DJ Watson and Connor Rumpf each scored two runs.

Finn MacLennan pitched the entire way for Ipswich.  He did have a hit in the third inning.

I was fooled again by the weather.  Eiras Field had little wind and bright sun. 

Ipswich    0   0   0   0   0   =     0

    Triton   3   0   0   6   1   =   10

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Ipswich unofficial box

Triton unofficial box

DJ Watson heads for third

Tyler Egan slides home in the first inning

Jack Lindholm pitched the final inning

Tyler Egan picked up the win and had four RBI

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Jack Fehlner leads Newburyport to Spofford title

Jack Fehlner was the center of attention when the game ended
Newburyport Clippers win the 2021 Spofford Tournament
Baserunner Cael Kohan and 1B Brady Ford

(Georgetown MA) Newburyport was desperate for a win.

After an impressive 9-1 month of May, June turned into a problem.

After an early win in June, three straight losses had followed, most recently, a 12-1 nightmare loss to North Reading.

Before that NR disaster had been a tough 7-2 defeat this past Wednesday to Triton.  A game in which Jack Fehlner came in to give relief and suffered through a five-run outburst by the Vikings.

Fast forward to this afternoon.  Again, it was Triton and again it was Jack Fehlner doing the pitching.

But what a difference this time!

Jack Fehlner limited Triton to four hits

Today, Jack pitched a four-hit, complete-game shutout as the Clippers downed Triton, 5-0, to take home the championship trophy in the Spofford Tournament.

“After that loss to Triton, the team gave me some great words of encouragement,” said Jack post-game, “that really helped.”

Jack’s pitching was probably enough to make him the tourney MVP but when he added a home run in the seventh inning the guesswork ended.

“Jack’s homer wasn’t a surprise to me,” said Newburyport coach Mark Rowe. “He hits bombs in practice.”

Tony Lucci had a 2-run double

Through three innings, Jack allowed only one baserunner while Triton starter DJ Watson allowed just one hit (Luke Stallard).

The Clippers bats came to life in the fourth inning.

A single (Luke Stallard) and a walk (Jax Budgell) set up Newburyport’s leading hitter (Jake Buontempo) for an RBI single to left. 

Jake took second without a throw and senior Tony Lucci followed with a two-run double to right center.

“It was an outside pitch,” recalled Tony.  “Coach (Rowe) always tells us to take that one to rightfield and that’s what I did.”

Triton (7-7) threatened to cut into Newburyport’s 3-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Andrew Masher and Griffin Dupuis executed a perfect hit-and-run to put runners on first and third with two outs in that inning.  Jack Fehlner, however, was able to get a strikeout to get out of it.

Jake Buontempo had a long homer to left in the sixth inning
Brady Lindholm had a hit

The Clippers (11-4) added another run in the sixth as Jake Buontempo hit a long home run over the leftfield fence.

“I was down 0-2,” said Jake.  “I had seen two curveballs.  I choked up a little bit like I always do and got a nice curveball and ripped it.”

The Vikings were back threatening in the sixth inning.  Consecutive singles by Brady Lindholm and Cael Kohan set up Triton with one out. After a flyball out to left, Ryan Lindholm hit a flare into short left.  It had trouble written all over it!  But Newburyport shortstop Tony Lucci ran straight back for it and caught it in true snow-cone fashion to end the inning and save a run.

“The catch by Tony was awesome,” said Jack Fehlner.  “It was such a clutch play.”

“I was a bit nervous going after it, but I ran as fast as I could to make the catch,” said Tony.

Jack finished off the final Triton inning with consecutive strikeouts.

Pickoff attempt

“Jack came in determined after they got to him the other day,” said Coach Rowe.  “He felt that he had something to prove today.”

Triton coach Ryan McCarthy: “Both teams hit the ball hard today.  I thought that the Fehlner kid pitched a great game today.  We hit him hard the other day, but he bounced back.”

Nick White: “It was a nice bounce-back win.  We’ve been struggling lately.”

Coach Rowe: “We were kind of on our heels after the last few games, but we had a long talk yesterday and had a good practice.”

Jack Fehlner celebrates home run

There was some uncertainty on Jack Fehlner’s homer in the seventh inning.  “I wasn’t sure it was out,” said Jack, “until their shortstop told me.”

Newburyport captains Tony Lucci, Ryan Archer, and Nick White with trophy
3B Andrew Masher had a hit for Vikings

Jack Fehlner: “My two-seam fastball was working really well.”

Triton had seven infield groundouts.

Newburyport last won the Spofford Tournament in 2018.

Triton’s last one was in 2012.

Ideal weather.

Generous donations announced pre-game to help the family of a firefighter who is battling cancer.

I learned from Coach McCarthy that the post-season tournament will only be for the North title.  He also thought that the tournament had to end by July 1st

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

Clippers celebrate
Team picture
LF Ryan Archer congratulates Tony Lucci
Tony Lucci makes a (blurry) snow-cone catch
Jack Fehlner pitches
Jax Budgell heads home with the second Newburyport run
RF Cole Daniels made a terrific catch in the second inning
SS Tony Lucci
Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch
Owen Roberts

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