(Amesbury MA) Consider yourselves warned future opponents.
Amesbury has a terrific softball team.
Ipswich (2-3) found that out today losing 15-0 on Monday afternoon via the mercy rule.
The Indians (3-0) have a brand-new field to play on and unlike their nearby former field, this one has a fence.
“This is the first time we’ve had an actual fence,” said junior Liv DeLong afterwards. “It was really exciting to see three home runs go over it.”
Liv had one of the long ones and Ella Delisle and Ella Bezanson had the other two.
AHS had fifteen hits and all of the Amesbury starters scored at least one run in the 4 ½ innings played.
The Indians had a six-run second inning and a seven-run fourth inning.
And then there was the pitching of AHS starter Alana Delisle.
Amesbury coach Jacqui Waters told me afterwards that she had originally planned on using several of her pitchers in each game.
Today she couldn’t do it as Alana put on a show.
“She was on fire,” said Coach Waters, “I wasn’t taking her out.”
Alana struck out fourteen Tigers and allowed just one hit.
“She took control of the whole game with fourteen strikeouts,” said Coach Waters. “She was outstanding.”
“Alana was awesome today,” said her sister Ella, who was the catcher. “Everything she had worked.”
The combination of Alana’s pitching and an offense, that on this sunny afternoon had hits and loud outs, made it tough for Ipswich.
Leftfielder Alexa Eliopoulos and shortstop Lexi James made outstanding plays in the field, but the sheer volume of tough chances made it difficult for the visitors to stop the runs from coming.
The Indians didn’t bunt, just hacked away. Ella Bezanson and Izzy Levasseur each had three hits for Amesbury. Ella Delisle had four RBI.
Alana struck out the first eight batters she faced before walking Piper Reily in the third inning.
In the Ipswich fourth, Cassidy Smith dropped a short popup over Alan’s head and just in front of charging shortstop Liv Levasseur. That was the Tigers first and only hit.
One thing I didn’t learn about today was the quality of the Amesbury defense. Not one ball got out of the infield. Alana got an assist on the final out of the game but there were no other infield chances other than Cassidy Smith’s hit.
Impressive, to say the least.
The new field has bleachers beyond centerfield although most spectators chose the 3B/LF foul territory to view from.
Coach Waters: “We owe this field to the alumni. They raised some money. The infield cost $16,000. We needed a new field. The other one was a mess. Mayor Gove came through with funds for the backstop and all the fencing. We have a brand-new scoreboard which is not in yet. It was a gift from the Newburyport Institution for Savings.”
Alana Delisle: “Today was really fun. Ella did a great job catching. Everyone hit. Ella calls the pitches. I just throw them.”
Ella Delisle: “I’ve been catching her my whole life. Her curve was moving really well.”
The Indians haven’t given up a run yet in three starts. Liv Delong had fifteen strikeouts in the season opener against Rockport.
Coach Waters informed me that there will be a state tournament following the regular season. How far can the Indians go?
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