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Amesbury tops Peabody 3-1 in season opener

Liv DeLong – twelve strikeouts, three hits allowed
Abby Bettencourt – nine strikeouts, three hits allowed

(Amesbury) Two great teams.

1B Izzy Levasseur (13) catches the final out

Two terrific pitchers.

Certain to be a good game…and it was.

Amesbury bested Peabody, 3-1, at Perry Park this afternoon in season-opening, non-league action.

Amesbury was 16-2 last year with losses to Peabody and later to Turners Falls in the Division 3 state title game in July.

Peabody was 17-1 last year and didn’t get their lone loss until the Division 1 North title game.

And both teams had plenty of players back from those teams, including standout pitchers Liv DeLong and Abby Bettencourt.

Ella Delisle scored the first Amesbury run

This afternoon Liv finished with twelve strikeouts while Abby had nine.

Liv had seven K’s in the first three innings while Abby had seven K’s in the last three innings.

Each team had three hits.  Amesbury had three runners left on base while Peabody had only two.

This was not a day to fatten up your batting average. Just make contact and hope for a break or two.

“The difference in this game was that we had two physical errors,” explained Tanners’ coach Tawny Palmieri afterwards.  “Three unearned runs cost us the game.  Amesbury’s defense was better than ours was.”

LF Penny Spack makes a nice catch

In a game in which runs figured to be scarce, Amesbury picked up two in the first inning.

Ella Delisle led off the game getting hit by a pitch.  Ella Bezanson followed with a single that got past the rightfielder allowing Ella Delisle to score and Ella Bezanson to reach third.  A Liv DeLong full-swing dribbler to the mound allowed the second run to come across.

“It was huge to get two in the first inning,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters afterwards.  “Ella (Bezanson) was our best hitter last year.”

Peabody squandered a great chance in the fourth inning.  Singles by Logan Lomasney and Emma Bloom combined with a passed ball had Tanners on second and third with one out.  But Liv DeLong struck out the next two batter to leave two runners stranded.

Liv DeLong heads for third

In the Amesbury fourth inning, consecutive singles by Liv DeLong and Olivia Levasseur put runners on the corners for the Indians.  Alana Delisle’s fly ball to short right was dropped but there was a force-out at second base.  However, Liv DeLong reached home on that play with Amesbury’s third run.

Peabody picked up their run in the sixth inning.  Sophomore Abby Bettencourt singled, took second on a wild pitch and third on a fielder’s choice.  A second wild pitch allowed Abby to reach home without a throw.

Liv DeLong retired Peabody in order in the final inning to preserve the victory for Amesbury.

Abby Bettencourt scores the Peabody run in the sixth inning

“These teams are even as far as I’m concerned,” said Coach Waters.  “We just happened to come out on top today.”

“Liv is a very good pitcher,” said Coach Palmieri afterwards.  “It was the first time we’ve seen her.  We saw the other pitcher when we faced them last year.”

There will be a second game between the two teams at the end of the season.

“I need the non-league games with these powerhouses,” said Coach Waters.  “I need to know where we are.  We also play Concord-Carlisle in the middle of the season.”

Coach Tawny Palmieri with runner Logan Lomasney

The power ranking system will be in play as it was for basketball.  The caliber of the teams you face has plenty to do with where you end up in the rankings.  Previously rankings were sectional and based on wins and losses.

Liv DeLong was familiar with Abby Bettencourt.  “I played travel ball with her,” she said.

“Peabody was a good team,” said Liv.  “I prepared myself to move the ball around.  I knew that I couldn’t just throw the ball down the middle.”

“Liv is just so good,” said her catcher, Ella Delisle.  “Her curve and her rise were very effective. I like being able to call the pitches.”

Ella Bezanson scores Amesbury’s second run in the first inning

“Our league doesn’t start until Wednesday,” said Coach Palmieri.  “We’ll learn from this and hope to get rolling in the league.”

Abby Bettencourt was the Player-of-the-Year in the Northeastern Conference last year as a freshman.

“Abby is a great pitcher,” said Coach Waters.  “I thought that this might be one of those quick games that went 0-0 into the late innings.  Fortunately, we got some runs early.”

Both teams wore uniforms that only had numbers on the back.  Not what you would hope for as a photographer!

Freshman Lexi LeBlanc

Amesbury did not lose the game but somehow their uniforms from last year are lost.  As a result, they were wearing uniforms from three years ago.

The sun was shining, and it was breezy for the opener for both teams.

It is not too hard to imagine that both teams will be in good position in the power rankings at the end of the regular season. 

Can these teams make a tourney run and turn this into an extra special season as the Amesbury girls basketball team just did?  Both teams came close last year. 

(The pictures will enlarge.)

(Unofficial) Peabody box
(Unofficial) Amesbury box
Ella Bezanson and Izzy Levasseur
Abby Bettencourt reaches second base
Kiley Doolin fields a single
Emma Bloom at second base
Logan Lomasney beats out a bunt
1B Izzy Levasseur
2B Cali Catarius
SS Olivia Levasseur
3B Alana Delisle
3B Logan Lomasney
Ella Delisle heads for second base
Senior Liv DeLong

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Amesbury capitalizes on Case misplays to gain D3 state finals

Amesbury celebrates their win over Case
Megan Smith (white helmet) congratulated after scoring a run

(Amesbury MA) For 4 ½ innings one run looked big, and Case had it.

The next two innings?

“Defensive meltdown,” are the two words that come to mind.

Undefeated Amesbury turned errors into eleven runs during those two innings and won, 11-1, to gain a spot in the Division Three finals on Wednesday.

“It was certainly not our best day,” said Case coach Shannon Silva afterwards.

“We didn’t hit (Case had three) and I knew that one run wouldn’t be enough to win this game,” she added.

But that run looked awfully big for a while.

A Megan Smith single, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt, and another wild pitch put the Cardinals on the board in the third inning.

Ella Delisle had three hits for Amesbury

The Indians had runners on in the second, third, and fourth innings but Case starter Hailey Berube (six strikeouts) held them off.

“That run of theirs looked big for a long time,” said AHS coach Jacqui Waters. 

The Cardinals had their first error in the fourth inning, but Hailey Berube got a two-on strikeout to keep it from being costly.

In the fifth inning, Amesbury put two hits together (Lauren Celia double & Ella Delisle single) to tie the score.

This game was decided just five batters later.

Case, uncharacteristically, committed an error on each of the next five batters.  There were bad throws and grounders unstopped.  Six runs crossed for Amesbury.

Looking for the handle

“When I watched them play and read everything about them, this was one thing that didn’t happen to them,” said Coach Waters.

More misplays (two) for the Cardinals in the sixth inning and Amesbury added five more runs.  In that productive sixth inning, Izzy Lavasseur, Julia Campbell, and Cali Catarius had RBIs for the Indians.

Sophomore catcher Ella Delisle had a big game for Amesbury.  She had three hits, an RBI, and threw a runner out at second base.

“We were down but came back,” said Ella.  “It shows how determined we are as a team.  The comeback felt good.”

Liv DeLong started for Amesbury and went three innings.  Alana Delisle went the next three innings and Liv covered the seventh inning.

“I brought in Alana after Liv had pitched through their lineup,” said Coach Waters, “and that worked in our favor. Defensively, we seem to better when Liv is at first base.”

Hailey Berube
Liv DeLong

Liv is a lefty and Alana is a righty.  “When a team sees a lefty and then a righty it kind of messes with them a little bit,” said Liv.

The game ended on what looked like a hit to right, but RF Lauren Celia charged the line drive and threw the runner out at first base. 

“We practice that play a lot,” said Lauren.

“Amesbury played a great game,” said Coach Silva.  “They played a clean game and they hit the ball consistently.  If you put the ball in play, things can happen.  We had eight errors.”

Case (10-4) is from the South Coast League.

The team from Swansea was the #8 seed in the South. 

Lauren Celia ties the score in the 5th

Case won the Division 3 South in 2019.

Amesbury gets Turners Falls next in the D3 state finals.  The game is scheduled for Wednesday with a coin toss deciding whether it will be at Turners Falls or at Amesbury.

Anyone remembering this game will probably start with the heat…..95 degrees and hazy.  I found, however, that once the game started, I wasn’t aware of either of those.

Nice catch by Case rightfielder Abby Sirois in fifth inning.  Abby caught the ball and then went flying over teammate 2B Alexandria Yost…..but still held on.

Izzy Levasseur had two hits and scored two runs for Amesbury.

Amesbury ended up with eight hits.  Case had three hits.

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

Liv DeLong pitches
Hailey Berube pitches
Amesbury looks for a handle
Hannah Pelletier tries to steal second
SS Olivia Levasseur makes the tag
Abby Sirois slides in with a double as Cali Catarius takes throw
3B Izzy Levasseur throws to first
Pitcher Hailey Berube sees Liv DeLong off 3B
Two Amesbury runs score on a bad throw
RF Abby Sirois comes in for a fly ball
Abby Sirois goes over 2B Alexandria Yost
Julia Campbell singles in a run

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Excellent pitching and hitting send Amesbury past Ipswich 15-0

Alana Delisle allowed 1 hit to go with 14 K’s
Ella Delisle had a HR and 4 RBI

(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.

Ella Bezanson had the first of 3 Amesbury homers

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.

Cassidy Smith dropped in the only Ipswich hit

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.

SS Lexi James made a nice running catch

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.

Liv DeLong celebrates a home run

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.”

LF Alex Eliopoulos made several nice catches in the outfield

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?

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

Alana Delisle
Lauren Celia
Caroline Spencer in for a grounder
Ella Delisle celebrates her 3-run homer in the fourth inning
Grounder up the middle
Lexi James
Annabel Morris set to pitch
Piper Reily
Veronica Deacon
Liv Levasseur
Amesbury pre-game gathering
Ella Bezanson
Julia Campbell
Liv Levasseur
Alana Delisle pregame

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