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Undefeated Amesbury (12-0) edges Georgetown 4-2 in CAL softball

Zoe Fitzgerald gets third as throw escapes Brenna Donoghue

Zoe Fitzgerald gets third as throw escapes Brenna Donoghue

All eyes are on a two-out fly ball to left in the fourth inning

All eyes are on a two-out fly ball to left in the fourth inning

(Amesbury MA) That’s a dozen and counting.

Amesbury got past scrappy Georgetown, 4-2, on cool, windy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League action.

Freshman Hayley Cantania tossed a 4-hitter with 9 strikeouts for Amesbury.

The Indians (12-0) put three runs together in the decisive second inning. Lauren Fedorchak delivered runs 2 & 3 with a double to left center.

Three Amesbury popups in that crucial 2nd inning were significant. Two of the popups (Emily Robinson & Haley Catania) fell for hits in short rightfield while the other one was a foul ball that wasn’t caught.

The wind was a player all game turning routine plays into adventures for both teams.

The Indians added a run in the fourth. Meagan Aponas beat out a grounder to second and later reached third on a throwing error by G’Town pitcher Danielle Quercia. Meagan was able to score Amesbury’s 4th run when Sam Stone’s fly ball to left was dropped by Maggie Noelk.

Danielle Quercia

Danielle Quercia

Later in the Amesbury 4th the Indians loaded the bases with one out but Danielle Quercia got a popup and a strikeout to escape with just one run allowed.

The visitors cut their 4-0 deficit in half in the fifth inning. Kylie Hayward singled and stole second. Jen Nutter walked on a wild pitch and Kylie reached third with two outs. Jen’s steal attempt drew a throw from catcher Caity Baker allowing Kylie to score when Jen was ruled safe at second. Kate Irons’ wind-influenced popup fell between first and second enabling Jen to get Georgetown’s second run.

That was it for the scoring. Georgetown (6-6) had a runner on in both the 6th and 7th but couldn’t find a big hit.

Best play of the game? Last out of the game. Kate Irons hit a hot shot to 3B Autumn Kligerman’s left. Autumn dove for it, stopped it, and threw to first. 1B Zoe Fitzgerald scooped the hurried throw and the game was over.

Both team’s shortstops had defensive gems. Maddie Napoli (Amesbury) ranged left to backhand a grounder then threw out the runner. Kylie Hayward (Georgetown) took charge on a popup near the mound and made a nice running catch.

Lauren Fedorchak - two rbi in the second inning

Lauren Fedorchak – two rbi in the second inning

Danielle Quercia pitched well enough to win. However, misplayed popups and throwing errors cost the Royals dearly.

The two teams met on April 8th. The snow was flying and Amesbury came away 8-6 winners in a weather-shortened five inning game.

Maddie Napoli, Emily Robinson, and Hayley Cantania each had two hits for Amesbury.

Kylie Hayward, Jen Nutter, Kate Irons, and Dana Edwards collected Georgetown’s four hits.

The Royals have won four of their last six games. Next for them is a trip to winless Ipswich on Wednesday.

Amesbury hasn’t lost since last June. Who beat them? St. Mary’s in the D3 North finals.

Amesbury’s next game is at Lynnfield on Wednesday.

Weather? Ninety degrees Sunday afternoon turned into sixty degrees a day later! One of the attractions to this area we live in is that we have four seasons. I didn’t know you could have all of them over a 2-day stretch.

One of the numerous popups landed on a very startled Augie in foul territory.

Amesbury box

Georgetown box

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Meagan Aponas - scored fourth Amesbury run

Meagan Aponas – scored fourth Amesbury run

Dana Edwards

Dana Edwards

Brenna Donoghue

Brenna Donoghue

Hayley Cantania - 9 strikeouts

Hayley Cantania – 9 strikeouts

Running catch by shortstop Kylie Hayward

Running catch by shortstop Kylie Hayward

Sam Stone

Sam Stone

Autumn Kligerman (middle) throws to first for the final out

Autumn Kligerman (middle) throws to first for the final out

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That’s nine and counting as Amesbury gets past Newburyport 5-2

Hayley Cantania leaves the mound after pitching a one-hitter for Amesbury

Hayley Cantania leaves the mound after pitching a one-hitter for Amesbury

Megan Reid delivered two runs in the crucial 3-run 4th inning

Megan Reid delivered two runs in the crucial 3-run 4th inning

(Newburyport MA) That’s nine straight for the 2015 edition of Amesbury Indians softball.

Coach Chris Perry’s team hasn’t lost since June 8th of 2014 when they were defeated by St. Mary’s (Lynn) 8-5 in the Division 3 North title game at Lowell.

In Monday afternoon’s 5-2 win over Newburyport, the Indians again had strong pitching by Hayley Catania. The freshman took a no-hitter into the final inning and allowed only two walks.

Minus the quality start the Indians might have lost this game because their infield defense (six errors) and faulty base running (ran into three outs) kept the Clippers (3-5) just a big hit or two from the upset.

Stephanie Gleason

Stephanie Gleason

Good teams find ways to win, however. Newburyport starter Stephanie Gleason allowed only four walks in six innings of pitching but three of them came in Amesbury’s 3-run fourth inning. Two of the walkers would cross the plate. Big hit? Megan Reid’s two-out double to right in that productive inning brought in two runs (Emily Robinson & Sam Stone).

The Clippers got a run back in the bottom of the fourth. An infield dribbler by Stephanie Gleason tallied teammate Shelby O’Brien from third.

Amesbury built on their 3-1 lead with a unearned score in the sixth. Zoe Fitzgerald singled, reached second on a wild pitch, and came home on Hayley Cantania’s two-out grounder got past shortstop Morgan Johnston.

Newburyport picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth as Jade Carpenter reached on one error (Maddie Napoli) and scored on another (catcher Caity Baker).

Jade Carpenter waits for Autumn Kligerman in the 7th inning

Jade Carpenter waits for Autumn Kligerman in the 7th inning

The Insurance Man arrived in the Amesbury seventh. A two-out, three-base throwing error by 3B Carley Siemasko enabled Meagan Aponas to reach third. Autumn Kligerman’s single to left delivered Amesbury’s fifth run.

The big deal, at least in my head, was whether or not Hayley Cantania could get a no-hitter. It didn’t seem to matter to anyone else, however. Regardless of the lack of interest, Paige Gouldthorpe started the last of the 7th with a line drive to right. Megan Reid charged it but it bounced in front of her and then away from her to give the Clippers their first (and only) hit.

Hayley Catania reached base all three times – single, walk, and error.

Zoe Fitzgerald scored two runs.

Paige Gouldthorpe broke up the no-hitter in the 7th inning

Paige Gouldthorpe broke up the no-hitter in the 7th inning

Paige Gouldthorpe made several terrific plays in left field for Newburyport.

Molly Kelley pitched in the 7th for the Clippers.

With the win, Amesbury sweeps the season’s series with Newburyport.  Last year Newburyport won both meetings.

Weather? It was shockingly nice! Temps in the 80’s with a nice breeze is about as good as it gets in these parts.

Next game for Newburyport is at Ipswich on Wednesday. On the same day Amesbury will host a pretty good Pentucket team.

Amesbury box

Newburyport box

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Morgan Johnston waits for Zoe Fitzgerald to arrive

Morgan Johnston waits for Zoe Fitzgerald to arrive

Zoe Fitzgerald

Zoe Fitzgerald

Caity Baker chases a popup

Caity Baker chases a popup

Emily Dobson

Emily Dobson

Hannah Briedenbach

Hannah Briedenbach

Hayley Catania

Hayley Catania

Maddie Napoli

Maddie Napoli

Molly Kelley pitched the 7th inning

Molly Kelley pitched the 7th inning

Morgan Johnston

Morgan Johnston

Stephanie Gleason and Jade Carpenter converge on a popup

Stephanie Gleason and Jade Carpenter converge on a popup

collision at home

collision at home

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amesbury defeats Newburyport 11-2 behind Hayley Cantania

Nine strikeouts for Amesbury starter Hayley Cantania

Nine strikeouts for Amesbury starter Hayley Cantania

Lauren Fedorchak (2B) catches the final out for Amesbury

Lauren Fedorchak (2B) catches the final out for Amesbury

(Amesbury) Perfect softball weather.

The softball played on Monday afternoon…not so perfect but Amesbury did come away with an 11-2 win over neighboring Newburyport.

AHS freshman Hailey Cantania kept nine Clippers off the base paths with strikeouts in her five innings of pitching.  That was significant in a game where the defenses were nowhere near where they will be later in the season.  Overthrows and bad decisions abounded for both sides on balls in play.  The Indians (2-0) had fewer chances to deal with, however,  thanks to Hailey’s pitching.

But this was early season action and with the weather around here who could even tell until recently that there were softball fields in the area.  Practicing indoors in gymnasiums or outdoors in cold/windy weather won’t prepare a team for a season of softball.  This was the opener for Newburyport and it showed.

Down 7-0, catcher Shelby O’Brien whacked a two-run homer or at least we thought she did.  However, an appeal was made that base runner Morgan Johnston had failed to touch third.  Goodbye, two runs!

Emily Robinson (#14) gets mobbed by her Amesbury teammates after 3-run homer

Emily Robinson (#14) gets mobbed by her Amesbury teammates after 3-run homer

Biggest hit in the game?  Three-run blast by junior Emily Robinson of Amesbury to center in the sixth.  The Clippers might have had a chance to get Emily at the plate but on this day the relay throw went to third instead of to home.

Several times for both teams potential double plays were lost because of throws to the wrong base or throws too high to the right base.  I hope I’ve made my point……the defenses were shaky!

I also heard a retiring coach shouting to a second baseman to throw the ball to first (for a double play?) AFTER the second baseman had caught a popup for the third out of the last inning.  It was that kind of game!

Molly Kelley had a good game at second for the Clippers.

AHS relief pitcher Sam Stone

AHS relief pitcher Sam Stone

Helmets?  Glad Sam Stone had one on when catcher Shelby O’Brien’s throw from home struck that helmet as Sam slid back into first base.  The ball ended up caroming out of play.

Masks?  As a photographer I would prefer that the players didn’t wear masks in the field.  However as a parent/grandparent I am uncomfortable seeing infielders not wearing masks.  Way too dangerous, in my opinion.  One line drive up the middle nearly got AHS pitcher Hayley Catania who wasn’t wearing a mask.  Has no one figured out that a batted softball off a metal bat could cause a serious injury?

The weather was a great treat.  Temps close to 70 with plenty of sun.

I enjoyed being back with players and coaches of both teams.  I have been around both teams long enough to know who is new this year and who is missing.  Good folks on both sides.

My current schedule (working part-time at Pickwick Driving School Tuesday-Friday) will keep me from doing many games this season.  I regret it but some things have to be.

I was pleased to see that Dan Harrison, formerly of the Salem News, is now part the the Newburyport Daily News staff.  He is a good writer and the coverage of the area spring sports should be significantly upgraded as a result.

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Amesbury lineup

Amesbury lineup

Maddie Napoli (shortstop) throws to first

Maddie Napoli (shortstop) throws to first

trouble in the Newburyport outfield

trouble in the Newburyport outfield

Molly Kelley (2B) about to catch a popup

Molly Kelley (2B) about to catch a popup

Jade Carpenter (3B) prepares to throw home

Jade Carpenter (3B) prepares to throw home

Morgan Johnston

Morgan Johnston

Newburyport team picture

Newburyport team picture

Clippers relief pitcher Carley Siemasko throws to Molly Kelley at first

Clippers relief pitcher Carley Siemasko throws to Molly Kelley at first

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