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Amesbury downs Newburyport 11-1 in Division 2 North softball quarterfinals

Indians celebrate quarterfinals win over Newburyport

Indians celebrate quarterfinals win over Newburyport

Amanda Schell had three hits, three RBI, and scored three runs

Amanda Schell had three hits, three RBI, and scored three runs

(Amesbury) The stars were out and so was the sun screen as (#2 seed) Amesbury defeated neighboring Newburyport, 11-1, in the Division 2 North quarterfinals at toasty Amesbury on Saturday afternoon.

Impressive win for Amesbury (19-2).  They will play again on June 5th (Wednesday) in the D2 North semi-finals.

Good news for Amesbury today was that Tewksbury took out #1 seed Danvers.  Last year in the tourney, the Falcons ended Amesbury’s season, 2-1, at Danvers.

Five of the Indians were honored by the Cape Ann League a few days ago for their play in the 2013 season.  Against the Clippers those selections looked golden.  Let me take you through what each of those players did today:

(1) Pitcher Carolina Merrill – Gave up an unearned run in the first and survived a bases loaded jam in the second.   The Amesbury senior then retired 16 of the last 17 Clippers she faced.

(2) Shortstop Amanda Schell – Had 3 RBI, 3 hits, and 3 runs scored and flawlessly handled six chances in the field.

(3) First baseman Erin Leary – Had a hit, an RBI, and scored a run.

(4) Catcher Cassie Schultz (D2 CAL POY) – Had three hits and drove in three runs.

Ashley Valme heads for home as Kendra Dow throws from the outfield

Ashley Valme heads for home as Kendra Dow throws from the outfield

(5) Leftfielder Ashley Valme – Had a two-run homer that reached the stadium wall beyond leftfield.

Newburyport had been blown out by Amesbury a month ago, 18-1, enduring a thirteen-run second inning along the way.  The Clippers obviously needed to stay away from the big inning against Amesbury.

And they did, until the bottom of the fifth inning.  The Indians lead was only 2-1 and NHS starter Vicki Allman had retired eleven straight Amesbury hitters.

The fifth, however, started ominously for Newburyport as errors by 3B Meghan Stanton and pitcher Vicki Allman gave Amesbury baserunners they shouldn’t have had.  Five of the next six Indians’ batters had hits, including a double (Amanda Schell), triple (Cassie Schultz), and a homer (Ashley Valme), and the home team had seven runs and the dreaded big inning Newburyport wanted to avoid.

NHS coach Lori Solazzo visits the mound

NHS coach Lori Solazzo visits the mound

Up 9-1, Amesbury added two more in the sixth.  Amanda Schell tripled in Jenna Bartley and later scored on a wild pitch to close the scoring.

The Clippers had only four hits (Kendra Dow, Lea Tomasz, Casey Barlow, and Meghan Stanton).  Carley Siemasko drove in their lone run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Newburyport had the bases loaded with one out in the second inning but Carolina Merrill got a force out and a fly out to end the threat.

Amesbury answered with two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to their first three batters.  Cassie Schultz’s double brought in Amanda Schell and Erin Leary.

Weird ending to that Amesbury first.  Pitcher Vicki Allman thought she had struck out Autumn Kligerman so she headed off the field and everyone followed including baserunner Lucy Scholz who was on second base.  The problem was that it was only two strikes and everyone stopped exiting including baserunner Lucy.  Rightfielder Casey Barlow had reached second base during the exiting part and was there to take the throw from catcher Lauren Singer and tag Lucy out for the third out as she scrambled to get back.  That’s 2-to-9 for those scoring at home!

Jenna Bartley had two hits, scored two runs, and drove in a run for Amesbury.

AHS coach Chris Perry and NHS coach Lori Solazzo

AHS coach Chris Perry and NHS coach Lori Solazzo

The coaches-of-the-year for the CAL were on hand for this one – AHS Chris Perry and NHS Lori Solazzo.

Amesbury had a 10-game winning streak stopped by Division 1 Methuen in their last regular season game.

Newbury finished 15-7 winning four of their last six.  Their best game of the season may have been the 4-3 victory on Thursday over Marblehead with a nice combination of pitching, fielding, and hitting.

The Clippers will have to replace senior starters Jackie Krusemark, Lea Tomasz, Kendra Dow, and Casey Barlow.  Lea and Kendra have been starters for three (?) years.

Autumn Kligerman makes a nice catch to end the game

Autumn Kligerman makes a nice catch to end the game

Third baseman Autumn Kligerman made two key defensive plays for Amesbury.

The ice cream truck had the good business sense to drive into the parking lot adjacent to the field giving off its usual sound effects.  I was shocked that a good part of the sizable crowd didn’t temporarily exit to find something cool.

This was Amesbury’s fifth straight win over Newburyport.

Newburyport boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Casey Barlow loses a battle to a tough sun.

Casey Barlow loses a battle to a tough sun.

Jenna Bartley scores the sisth run for Amesbury on a wild pitch

Jenna Bartley scores the sixth run for Amesbury on a wild pitch

Kendra Dow sets to throw

Kendra Dow sets to throw

pre-game prep

pre-game prep

parking lot diversion

parking lot diversion

Cassie Schultz loses the ball in the second inning

Cassie Schultz loses the ball in the second inning

Carley Siemasko drops a popup but recovers quickly to tag out Amanda Schell

Carley Siemasko drops a popup but recovers quickly to tag out Amanda Schell

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Amesbury wins easily over Triton 12-2 in Cape Ann League softball

Amanda Boswell slides home safely

Amanda Boswell slides home safely

Jenna Bartley heads for home

Jenna Bartley heads for home

(Byfield)  Triton was in trouble even before their game with Amesbury started.

Cape Ann League All-Star Shannon Sinton was sidelined because of a preseason injury.  The Vikings shortstop will be back with the team in a couple of weeks.

In the season opener for both softball teams Amesbury came away with a decisive, 12-2, win on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon.

The Indians were 17-5 in 2012 and have plenty of that team back.  They had hits and base runners in every inning.

Carolina Merrill

Carolina Merrill

And while the Indians were hitting and running the bases and building up an 8-0 lead, their pitcher (senior Carolina Merrill) held Triton scoreless scattering two hits and striking out five.

Amesbury had thirteen hits (by my count) and took the extra base time after time.

Amanda Boswell was the ideal leadoff batter for Amesbury in this one.  The speedy junior reached base on all five at bats and scored four runs.

Mara Spears absorbed the loss for Triton.  The Viking junior walked only one but despite some pretty good speed couldn’t keep the Indians from making good contact.

Cori Simons had a 2-run single for Triton in the final inning.

This was a non-league game.  The CAL league game between the teams is on April 29th.

Erin Leary circles the bases

Erin Leary circles the bases

Today’s game featured three 2012 CAL All-League players – Cori Simons, Cassie Schultz, and Erin Leary.  In this game, Erin had a home run down the left field line.

Kelsey Trudel, Shannon Sinton, Carolina Merrill, and Amanda Schell made the CAL All-Star team in 2012.

Last time I saw Amesbury play they were losing a tough 2-0 game at Danvers in the post-season tournament.

Triton’s next game is hosting Pentucket on Friday.  Amesbury hosts Georgetown on Thursday.

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Amanda Boswell

Amanda Boswell

Amanda Schell

Amanda Schell

Two Triton runners score

Two Triton runners score

Kelsey Trudel

Kelsey Trudel

Lexa Reilly

Lexa Reilly

Lily Anderson and Lucy Scholz

Lily Anderson and Lucy Scholz

Amanda Schell tags out Lexa Reilly

Amanda Schell tags out Lexa Reilly

Carolina Merrill and Erin Leary

Carolina Merrill and Erin Leary

Triton pitcher Mara Spears

Triton pitcher Mara Spears

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Amesbury defeats Lynnfield 2-0 to stay undefeated in girls soccer

Hannah Zannini takes a shot. The AHS senior scored both goals for the undefeated Indians.

Janine Fatal takes one of her five hard shots.

(Amesbury)  The undefeated Amesbury Indians played without the Cape Ann League’s top scorer (Megan Cullen) and faced a desperate opponent.

Neither mattered as the Amesbury girls soccer team defeated Lynnfield, 2-0, at Cashman School on a sunny/windy Monday afternoon.

Amesbury (13-0-2) have won seven straight since their tie with Hamilton-Wenham on October 1st.

Megan Cullen (17 goals/9 assists) warmed up but did not play.  Maybe her absence has something to do with the fact that Amesbury has a spot in the tournament and already owns the CAL Division 2 title.

The Indians have two regular season games left – Tuesday (Georgetown) and Thursday (Rockport).  You have to like the Indians chances of going undefeated.  They have already defeated the Royals (5-0) and the Vikings (8-2).

Lynnfield (5-7-4) will now need to win their last two games (Rockport & Ipswich) to make the tournament.

The Pioneers’ desperation made this game of interest plus the fact that on September 19th Lynnfield had narrowly lost to Amesbury, 3-2.  But in this one, the home team never let the visitors mount much of an attack.

With Megan sidelined, teammate Hannah Zannini cashed two goals (her 14th and 15th) in the first nineteen minutes of play and that was all that Amesbury needed.

Loose ball in front after a Lynnfield corner kick.

Amesbury had seventeen other shots in the direction of the Lynnfield goal. Lynnfield had a shot off of a corner kick in the first half and a flurry of several shots in the second half.  Paige MacEachern had a strong bid for Lynnfield in the second half but AHS goalie Sarah Abraham finished with her fifth shutout.

Hannah’s first goal (I saw it from the other end!) was set up by Natalie Dawes.  Hannah got in close on the right side.

The second scoring shot was from straight away and it zipped over the left shoulder of LHS goalie Hannah Travers.

Amanda Martin (12) tries to get past Ali Johnson (5).

After watching Amesbury play a good opponent for eighty minutes it’s easy to see why they have been so good this season.
(1) First of all, they rarely turn the ball over.  If an opponent rushed at them they used the, “Lucy-Charlie-Brown-football-trick.”  They would pull the ball back and let the opponent fly by.  Taylor Tagliente and Erin Leary are two of the best defenders you’ll see.
(2) Second is Janine Fatal at midfield.  The AHS senior had marvelous control in midfield traffic with speed and dribbling.  And you talk about a hard shot from long distance.  She had five of them in this game and fortunately for the Pioneers none of them were on target.
(3) Third is the overall team speed of Amesbury.  They seemed a half step faster then Lynnfield over most of the field.

Lynnfield’s positional defense was quite good after the two goals.  Even if players were beaten there were always teammates to help further down the field.  Trust me, Amesbury did not go into any defensive shell over the last sixty-one minutes of soccer.

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Hannah Zannini gets pregame advice

Dayle DiTullio clears for Lynnfield

Emily Martin (16) takes a shot

Amanda Martin (12) closes in on Lynnfield goalie Paige Ciavarro

Natalie Dawes gets in on Lynnfield goalie Hannah Travers.

Hannah Zannini tries to get the ball from Abby Petras (19)

Sam Filipe

AHS coach Cathy Berry at halftime

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Sophomores Lead Newburyport Past Amesbury 2-0 in Girls Soccer on Senior Night

Carly Brand (11) and Maryam Moshrefi (21) gang up on Erin Leary (13). Both Clipper sophomores scored goals.

(Newburyport) Newburyport defeated Amesbury, 2-0, in girls soccer on Friday afternoon at chilly World War Stadium.

Clipper seniors with families.

It was Senior Night and seven Clippers were honored before the game started.

Newburyport (13-2-2) has excellent seniors but in this one it was the sophomores who came up big.

In goal, sophomore Lilly Donovan collected her ninth shutout of the season.  She wasn’t tested nearly as severely as Amesbury goalie Sarah Abraham was but she made the saves when she had to.

Carly Brand (11) has just redirected a Hannah Martin direct kick past Amesbury goalie Sarah Abraham.

Sophomore Carly Brand scored Newburyport’s first goal (24:55) when from in front she slightly altered the direction of teammate Hannah Martin’s direct kick past Sarah Abraham.

Later, Carly broke down the middle and spotted, another sophomore, teammate Maryam Moshrefi, open on the right wing.  A quick pass gave Maryam space and time to line up and fire a blast from the right that sailed over the AHS goalie’s head.

Both those scores came in the first half.  The one that really did in the Indians was the Maryam’s goal (39:10) which went in with less than a minute until halftime.  A one-goal game and anything can happen.  Two goals and a team has to sustain some offense.  On this day, Amesbury (8-5-4) was content to try for the home-run play and just couldn’t get a long pass to connect.  Amesbury’s best scoring chances were in the first half.  Janine Fatal drilled a shot from the middle over the top of the net and 5 ½ minutes later Hannah Zannini picked up a Lilly Donovan drop but couldn’t finish with a shot on net.

Hannah Martin (15) threatens with header.

The Clippers had good chances in both halves.  Two of the better ones were Hannah Martin’s header that went just wide in the first half and Jaycie Triandafilou nearly getting off a shot when she was in close in the second half.

The Newburyport win avenges a loss to Amesbury (1-0) at Amesbury on September 21st.

Since that loss thirteen games ago, Newburyport has been 10-1-2.  Amesbury since then has been 6-5-3.

Both teams are tourney bound.  They will each finish their regular season on Monday (October 31st).  Newburyport hosts Ipswich while Amesbury travels to Tewksbury for 3:45PM games.

Amesbury had plenty of speed while Newburyport had plenty of size.

Erin Leary

Erin Leary may well have been Amesbury’s best player in this game. The junior turned back numerous Clipper threats.

Whitney Whitlow was introduced but wasn’t at the game.  She is a captain and a returning CAL All-Star.

With Game Seven of the World Series tonight and a significant snowstorm scheduled for tomorrow night there was plenty of additional excitement in the air.

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Amanda Martin & Nicki Galer

Jaycie Triandafilou looks to head as goalie approaches.

Meghan Corbett

Nicki Galer

Sarah Abraham

senior signs

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North Andover Defeats Amesbury 3-1 in Girls Soccer

Liv Boudreau (#3) defended by Erin Leary (#13) in the first half.

(Amesbury) Sometimes a soccer game turns on a goal, other times it turns on a save.

North Andover goalkeeper Megan Collins denied a great scoring opportunity by Amesbury’s Hannah Zannini early (three minutes) in the second half and the Lady Knights (4-2-1) followed with three unanswered goals to defeat the Indians (3-1-1), 3-1, at Cashman Elementary School in Amesbury.

Hannah Zannini gets off a 2nd half shot as her teammates watch from the sidelines.

If Hannah’s hard shot doesn’t deflect off Megan’s hands AND the goal post, the Indians go up 2-0 and the outcome might have been different.

But the shot stayed out and five minutes later Amesbury goalie Sarah Abraham gave up a rebound in front to Pam Coufos and she tied the score, 1-1.

The visitors took the lead for good ten minutes later when a Alex Medlock cross from the right side found Jess Carney with an open look on the left side for the go-ahead, and what turned out to be, game winner.

North Andover’s final goal was set up on a pass from Tori Sullivan into the middle where Caroline Kirby had time and a clear view of the AHS goal.

Pam Coufos (#2) scored the Lady Knights first goal.

The lone Amesbury goal was by Hannah Zannini at the 28-minute mark of the first half.  Erin Leary sent Hannah on a long run down the middle of the field. Hannah got off a strong right-footed shot that beat the NA goalie in the upper right corner of the goal.

Whitney Whitlow (CAL All-League) hurt an ankle in the first half and played sparingly thereafter.  She had twelve goals and six assists in 2010.

Megan Cullen (CAL All-League) damaged her knee in the summer and is out for the season.  She had thirteen goals and nine assists in 2010.

Let’s just say that Amesbury had some weapons missing on offense.

But the Amesbury defense was together and they were tested by the quickness and persistence of CAL All-Leaguers Liv Boudreau and Pam Coufos among others.  NA ended up with eleven shots by my calculations. Amesbury had only allowed one goal through their first four games.

The two best players on the field may well have been NA defenders Rachel Barnes (CAL All-League) and Taylor Tagliente (CAL All-Star).  Rachel kept Indian threats out of the middle.  Taylor went down heavily early on but shook it off and covered a lot of ground for the Indians.  Taylor played every minute of every Amesbury game last year.

Audrey Samuelman (#9) and Rachel Barnes (back turned) defend in front of the North Andover net.

Amesbury’s next game is against Hamilton-Wenham on Thursday at home.

North Andover’s next game is home versus Pentucket.

The field was in fine condition.  The only problem was that the sun was a real factor down one end.  As luck would have it, I chose to stay at the other end and naturally all four goals were scored down the sunny end.

(I take my own pictures and collect my own stats.  My goal is to be accurate and fair.)

The pictures assume normal size if you click on them.

Elly Theriault (#19), Taylor Tagliente (10) and Emily Martin (16)

Whitney Whitlow

Taylor Tagliente

Leah Chittick (#20) with Taylor Tagliente (#10) and Amanda Martin (#12)

Hannah Zannini defended by Deidre Martyn

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