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Amesbury softball surprises St. Mary’s 4-2 in Division 3 North semifinals

Hayley Catania ended the first and fifth with consecutive strikeouts

Emma DiPietro (triple) scored in the 5th inning to tie the game

(Lowell MA) Neither team expected to even be in this game!

St. Mary’s was young while Amesbury was seriously reconstructed.

On this afternoon, it was the reconstructed team that put enough pieces together to win the Division 3 North softball semifinals 4-2 at Martin Field in Lowell.

The top piece for Amesbury (15-8) was senior Hayley Catania.  The AHS pitcher allowed five hits (three of them in the first inning) and struck out ten Spartans.  But there’s more to the story: Hayley also had two hits and an RBI.  Her alert baserunning keyed one of the Indians runs in the 2-run fifth.

Shortstop Alyssa Grossi makes a nice running catch

Both teams had powered past quarter-final opponents.  St. Mary’s had four homers versus Pope John while Amesbury had three long ones against Lynnfield.

Today’s contest had only two loud hits and both of them were by Amesbury.  Emma DiPietro had a triple in the 2-run fifth and Hayley had an RBI double in the Indians 2-run seventh.

St. Mary’s (14-9) scratched out a run in the first.  Consecutive singles (Felicia D’Alessandro, Marina DiBiasio, Jordan Sullivan) produced a run.  This was where Amesbury’s Hayley Catania gave us a glimpse of the kind of game she would have as she then struck out Jennie Iudice and Taylor Sullivan to end the inning.

Amesbury had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings, but pitcher Lily Newhall kept the ball in the infield and escaped being scored on.

Starting with the 2 K’s in the first inning, Hayley retired eleven in a row including six strikeouts.

While the pitching was terrific for Amesbury they still trailed by a run until the fifth inning.

Emma Catania singled home a run in the 5th but was thrown out stretching it.

Junior Emma DiPietro tripled with one out over CF Christina Nowicki’s head.  Hayley Catania walked but on ball four the ball got away from catcher Jordan Sullivan allowing Emma to score and tie the game.  Hayley alertly took second when the Spartans concentrated too much on Emma crossing the plate.  That alertness paid off for AHS because when her sophomore sister Emma singled to center, Hayley came home with the go-ahead run.

Now down, 2-1, the pressure was on the St. Mary’s offense.  Alyssa Grossi singled to center opening the bottom of the 5th.  A sacrifice bunt (Katie O’Neill) moved her to second with one out.  But here came Hayley Catania, doing exactly as she had done in the first inning, striking out the next two batters (Angelina Catino and Christina Nowicki) to hold the slim lead.

Emma DiPietro’s triple goes over CF Christina Nowicki’s head

Both teams went down in order in the sixth.

The seventh was not for the weak of heart on either team!

Amesbury put two runners on with no one out on a walk (Emily O’Donnell) and Julia Campbell reaching on an error by pitcher Christina Nowicki.  Freshman Maddie DiPietro pinch ran for Emily.  That brought up Hayley and St. Mary’s coach Paige Licata had a meeting at the mound.

“We talked about walking her (Hayley),” said Coach Licata.  “I told Christina (Nowicki) to keep the ball away from her, and she did, but the ball was still pulled to left.  With a hitter like that you take your lumps and hope you can produce more runs.”

Hayley took that outside pitch over LF Julia Nickolau’s head bringing Maddie DiPietro across and getting Julia Campbell to third.  Senior Hannaih Burdick’s grounder to second enabled Julia to tally Amesbury’s 4th run.

Maddie DiPietro (8) and Julia Campbell (10) wait on the bases to see if Hayley Catania’s long fly will be caught….it wasn’t.

Hayley Catania happy to survive the St. Mary’s 7th

The Indians would need those extra runs in St. Mary’s final at-bats.  Things started harmlessly enough (for Amesbury) as two Spartans struck out.  Then Hayley walked Alyssa Grossi and Katie O’Neill followed with a 2-strike single to right.

Was a miracle comeback about to happen?

The Spartans created a rundown between first and second and Alyssa Grossi scored as Katie O’Neill got back to first safely.  Now the tying run was at the plate.

But Hayley got Angelina Catino to fly out to RF Karleigh Walker insuring Amesbury a trip to Saturday’s North final against Austin Prep.

The Indians reaching the D3 North surprised their coach (Jacqui Waters) as much as anyone: “I have only two players playing where they played last year.  This is all ecstasy to me.  I never thought we’d be here.”

Lily Newhall gave up five hits over six innings.

Coach Paige Licata was surprised that her team made it as well:  “We started 0-3 with a team with no seniors and two juniors.  Today we used a 7th grader (Angelina Catino) at first and an 8th grader (Lily Newhall) pitching.  There was no one crying afterwards because everyone will be back.”

Hayley Catania: “To beat St. Mary’s was a first for me.  My best pitch today (like against Lynnfield) was my drop curve.”

St. Mary’s had only three outfield outs, all to RF Karleigh Walker.

Coach Waters: “Our two seniors (Hannaih Burdick & Hayley Catania) have held this team together.  Often graduated seniors aren’t like that but our two have stayed attentive.  We practice three hours a day, six days a week on the basics and go at it as hard as we can.  We’ve gotten better and better as the season has progressed.  I learned that approach from previous coach Chris Perry and it has paid off.”

Weather looked as if it could rain at any time.

RF Karleigh Walker successfully handled three fly balls including the one that ended the game.

Funny moment: I asked Coach Licata about Hayley’s pitching and she said that she’d coached against her two years ago.  She then asked me laughing, “She’s a senior, I hope, isn’t she?”

No one I talked to afterwards knew when the last time was that Amesbury softball had beaten St. Mary’s.  Coach Waters guessed that it might have been 2005.  It had obviously been a while!

I did see Amesbury soccer defeat St. Mary’s in the tournament this season at Landry Stadium.

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Christina Nowicki

Waiting for the game to start

Pitcher Christina Nowicki loses the ball attempting to tag Julia Campbell

Maddie DiPietro turns 3B and heads home in the 7th inning

Hayley Catania after the win

Victory hugs

2B Felicia D’Alessandro tosses to first

Hayley Catania throws to first

Shortstop Alyssa Grossi throws to first

Freshman Marina DiBiaso

3B Julia Campbell throws out bunter Katie O’Neill

 

 

 

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Triton defeats Amesbury 4-1 to gain tourney

Eve Paicos reaches 3B as the throw comes to Sydney Daileanes

Emma DiPietro homered in the first inning for Amesbury

(Amesbury MA) The Triton softball team keeps rolling along. That’s six straight for the team from Byfield.

This afternoon the Vikings (9-1) got themselves into the post-season with a tight 4-1 win over Amesbury.

“This was a big win for Triton,” explained 3rd year coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “We qualified for the tournament and we did it against two of the best pitchers (Emily O’Donnell & Hayley Catania) in the Cape Ann League.”

Amesbury (4-5) jumped ahead quickly in the first inning as junior Emma DiPietro took advantage of fenceless Perry Field and homered down the left field line.

Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter for the Vikings

“That first-batter homer was a shock,” said Vikings shortstop Bridget Sheehan, “but we are good at bouncing back.”

The immediate 1-0 deficit was a wake-up call for Triton pitcher Katherine Quiqley. “Amesbury is a very good hitting team and I knew that I wanted to keep the ball inside and low on them.  That home run pitch got way too much of the strike zone.”

Lesson learned.  Thereafter, with better pitch spotting, the Indians were limited to only three hits over the final 6 2/3 innings.

The Vikings broke through on AHS starter Emily O’Donnell in the 3rd inning.  Dani West singled to left before Eve Paicos duplicated Emma DiPietro’s homer with a liner/roller to left.

Now ahead 2-1, the Vikings put three hits together in a row in the 4th inning to collect another pair of runs.  A single by Bridget Sheehan was followed by a triple to left center by Emily Karvielis scoring Bridget.  “I thought that the left fielder was going to catch it but then it went into the gap,”said Emily afterwards.”  A Colleen McCarthy single on the ground up the middle drove in Triton’s 4th run.

Eve Paicos rounds second as Amesbury sets up a relay

Sophomore Eve Paicos

The Eve Paicos homer was a big surprise to me.  Why?  I did the Triton game on Tuesday at Newburyport and never saw Eve play at all.  Today, batting 9th, I wasn’t prepared for her shot to left.  Coach Dupere and Bridget Sheehan both insisted afterwards, however, that the sophomore hits for power.

The Vikings had only six hits and Eve had two of them today.  Next time I won’t be as surprised.

Not surprising to Coach Dupere was the play of his infield.  “In my opinion, we have the best infield in the league.”  Hard not to agree.  With Katherine Quigley keeping the ball down, there were plenty (fourteen) of infield grounders.

3B Colleen McCarthy was busy with seven of them.

2B Emily Karvielis made a diving stop and threw from her knees to end the Amesbury first.

In the 4th inning shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a nice running catch in left.  Later, in the same inning, she was able to handle a two-out grounder despite having baserunner Abby Aponas go in front of her just before the ball got to her.

Senior Hayley Catania retired eight straight Vikings

The Vikings needed all the pitching and defense they could find on this afternoon because Amesbury was on its game.  There were no unearned runs.  No walks.  In five of today’s innings the Vikings totaled just one baserunner!  Relief pitcher Hayley Catania retired the last eight Vikings in a row.

But the four runs were enough for Triton to run their win streak to six.  Their only loss has been to undefeated North Reading, 6-2.  There is a rematch ahead this month.  Might want to see that one!

The Indians haven’t won a game in two weeks.  Today’s performance should be a source of encouragement for their games ahead.  The defense made plays and the pitching was solid.  Now if they can get some hits.  Despite the two-week slide, Amesbury still leads the Baker Division of the CAL.

The Indians had won five straight versus Triton.  Last Vikings win was in 2013.

Triton has six games before they face North Reading.  Four of the teams they face they have already beaten once.  The other two opponents have losing records.  Never good to count your chickens before they’re hatched, however.

Scary moment in the first inning.  A Hayley Catania foul ball curved into the bleachers and caught a lady on the side of the head.  There was immediate attention and ice packs and hopefully she is okay.

RF Dani West settles under the final out

Triton nearly had the bases loaded in the 5th inning but the home plate umpire reversed a walk to Zoe Cesati after owning up to his mistake on the count.  Zoe then popped up and Bridget lined out stranding the two runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Hayley Catania started the game for AHS at 3B and immediately successfully handled two Triton bunt attempts.  Hayley will attend UMass Boston in the fall to study nursing and play softball.

The weather was overcast and in the low 60s.

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3B Colleen McCarthy throws to first

One that got away

Taylor Penniman

Sydney Daileanes

Abby Aponas screens Bridget

Bridget locates the ball

Catcher Hanniah Burdick looks for a sign

Pitcher Katherine Quigley makes a play to first

3B Colleen McCarthy had six assists

Kaylie Cloutier makes a play at first

Shortstop Emma DiPietro

First inning scare

 

 

 

 

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Amesbury advances to D4 semis with 2-0 win against St. Mary’s

Amesbury put pressure on the St. Mary’s defense. Here Sherly Feliz (24) is chased by Brooke Taylor (7)

Michaela Halloran’s tap heads for the goal line as a lunging Morgan Mackie tries to stop it.

(Amesbury MA) The scoreboard at Landry Stadium wasn’t up to speed but the Amesbury girls’ soccer team sure was as they defeated St. Mary’s, 2-0, in the Division 4 North quarterfinals.

The Sunday evening matchup featured a heavy dose of pressure by the Indians on the Spartans.  There were plenty of passes away from the middle that gave Amesbury’s speedsters opportunities to create scoring chances.

“When we play fast, we play our game,” said Amesbury coach Adam Thibodeau afterwards.

Ashley Pettet (8) chased by Joslyn Deschenes (16)

The Indians (14-5-1) scored both of their goals (Hannaih Burdick, Michaela Halloran) in the first half.  Instead of playing conservatively in the second half, Amesbury just kept attacking.

And there was only one reason why this didn’t end up being a seven or eight goal game: Alex Iacoviello.  The St. Mary’s goalie faced shots from just about everywhere in the second half and dazzled everyone with the saves she came up with.

“She (Alex) kept us in the game,” said Spartans coach Jim Foley.  “Several of her saves were unbelievable.”

Chelsea Lynch stopped by Spartans goalie Alex Iacoviello

“Their goalie was absolutely spectacular,” said AHS coach Adam Thibodeau.

By keeping the heat on the St. Mary’s defense, Amesbury was able to limit the chances the Spartans had.  But the team from Lynn did have several anyhow.

St. Mary’s top scorer (Kayla Demers) had a good look in the second half.

There was also a situation where Amesbury GK Alli Napoli had the ball get away from her after attempting a save.  The ball was loose close to the corner and a St. Mary’s player was about to take a shot at an unguarded net but three Amesbury players slid in to block any straight shot at the goal.

That’s what makes Amesbury so tough: Not only are they fast into the attacking zone but they are also fast to get back to help on defense.

Amesbury GK Alli Napoli (green) gets help from three teammates

“Amesbury is probably the best team in the D4 North,” explained Coach Foley.  “We ended up meeting them a little earlier than I had hoped.”

The #6 Indians will meet #2 Essex Tech in the semifinals on Wednesday night at Manning Field in Lynn.

Freshman Alyssa Pettet (5) pressured by Kayla Demers (27)

Hannaih Burdick’s goal was set up by Emma DiPietro seventeen minutes into the first half.  A throw-in from the left side reached Emma.  Instead of trying to go toward the goal, Emma passed further right to an uncovered Hannaih.

The shot was a long one but Hannaih had experience taking it from that far out.  The shot was a high one and sailed into the top of the net on the left side.

“I thought that the shot had gone over the net,” recalled Hannaih afterwards.

The battle AFTER Michaela’s shot had crossed the line

The second Amesbury goal was set up by Chelsea Lynch.  Down the middle she came with defenders on either side.  Alex Iacoviello came out to challenge and Chelsea’s shot bounced off her and over her.  The ball headed ever so slowly toward the net.  Michaela Halloran saw it and tapped it just enough to get it across the goal line.  Michaela and Morgan Mackie battled for possession inside the net, but the goal had already been scored.

In the second half, St Mary’s (9-8-3) couldn’t get the goal that would have made things more interesting down the stretch.  “We’ve had trouble scoring all season,” added Coach Foley.

The speed of Amesbury has been noted.  Also important is to have players in the midfield who have the dribbling skills to make players miss.  Most opponents attack someone with the ball at full speed.  The talented players often make those attackers miss by pulling the ball back.  Those of us who enjoy watching Charlie Brown attempt to kick a football with Lucy holding the ball know what I mean!  Midfielders Ashley Pettet and Emma DiPietro make players miss on a regular basis.

Freshman Susannah Cornell (17) and senior Ashley Pettet (8)

Morgan Mackie was a standout on defense for St. Mary’s.

Part of the scoreboard was not working.

The lighting in Landry will test the quality of the best of cameras.

Pleasant night in the 50’s.

Pretty good crowd for a Sunday night.

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Captains Brooke Taylor (7) and Caitlin Foley (3)

Chelsea Lynch assisted on Amesbury’s second goal

Morgan Mackie

Alex Iacoviello

Maddy Creps in for a testing shot that went just wide.

Michaela Halloran surrounded by Spartans

Chelsea Lynch in on goal

Jenna Foley (22), Maddie McGrath (4), Maddy Creps (2), and Kayla Demers (27)

Waiting to head

 

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