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Amesbury gains D4 Final Four with 12-0 win over Easthampton

Fourteen strikeouts for Liv DeLong against Easthampton
Final Four trophy

(Amesbury) Amesbury is back in familiar territory, the Final Four.

The #2 seed in Division 4 defeated #10 Easthampton, 12-0, on Friday afternoon at Perry Field.

The Eagles (17-6) had pitching problems even before the game started as ace Rosemary Follet was unable to go because of tendonitis.

Normal third baseman Lauren Morse took on the pitching chores and had some success for a while.

“We were expecting a faster pitcher to say the least,” said 2B Cali Catarius afterwards.  “We eventually adapted to it and got going in the sixth inning.”

Izzy Levasseur – 3 hits and 4 rbi

Amesbury turned a 6-0 game into a 12-0 game with a six-run sixth inning.

Meanwhile, Amesbury’s pitcher (Liv DeLong) put together a fourteen-strikeout, three-hitter.

Liv had strikeouts in every inning. 

None of the strikeouts was bigger than the one on Jessica Cloutier in the fourth inning.

In that fourth inning, after one out, the Eagles put two hits (Anastasia Growhoski, Lauren Morse) and a walk (McKenzie McCarthy) together to load the bases.

Jessica put a terrific at-bat together and got the count to 3-2 after numerous foul balls before striking out.  Liv then struck out the next batter to end the threat.

McKenzie McCarthy had one of the Eagles’ three hits

“That was a big strikeout,” said AHS catcher Ella DeLisle afterwards.  “That was a scary inning, but Liv pitched her way through it.”

Liv was quick to praise her catcher: “Her pitch calling was what made me successful today.  She frames.  She blocks.  I don’t do any of the pitch calling.”

While the slower pitch-speed seemed to throw off some of the Amesbury hitters, sophomore Izzy Levasseur wasn’t one of them.  She went three-for-three and drove in four runs with a sacrifice fly, a single, and two doubles.

“I hit the ball hard today,” recalled Izzy.  “We all kind of pick each other up in hitting.”

Amesbury (22-1) had two in the first and one each in the second and third.  They took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning in which Liv DeLong escaped the bases-loaded jam.

“I thought the game was slow,” said Amesbury coach Jacquie Waters afterwards.  “We’ve had days off along the way and now we need to have them focused so we’ll be going every day.”

Ella Bezanson and Izzy Levasseur scored five runs between them

The lack of a big inning against an inexperienced pitcher held until the Amesbury sixth inning.  In the early innings the strong wind (toward first base) and the skills of the Easthampton outfielders had lessened the damage Amesbury did. 

The sixth inning was a different story.  Two infield errors, and two walks set things up for two-run doubles by Izzy Levasseur and her sister Olivia.  Ella DeLisle singled in a run.

The six-run outburst put an end to any rally plans Easthampton may have entertained.

“It took us a while to get going,” said Ella DeLisle who had two hits and drove in a run.

Amesbury will play at home in the state semi-finals on either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Megan Fickett takes a swing

“It feels good to be so successful,” said Liv afterwards.  “We do put in a lot of practice time.”

Coach Waters has brought in some outside pitching to prepare her team for the expected good pitching that lies ahead.

It was extremely windy today, but the sun was shining.

The Easthampton roster, given out at the game, had two #15’s on it.  My guessing needs refinement.  I opted to use Shelby Clark to lead off and play shortstop.  I discovered that the “real” #15 is Abigail McClaflin. 

Easthampton had a win over Turners Falls in April.  Yes, that’s the team that defeated Amesbury in the state finals last year.  This year TF is in Division 5.

Easthampton entered the game having won eight-of-nine.  Five of their six losses have been on the road.

Amesbury is now 13-0 at home and are averaging twelve runs per game.  Their only loss was 3-2 to Methuen on May 29th.  They have only allowed an incredible EIGHT runs total all season. 

Easthampton   0   0   0   0   0   0   0   =   0

      Amesbury   2   1   1   0   2   6   –   =   12

Unofficial Easthampton box

Unofficial Amesbury box

Alex Donnell scores the 9th Amesbury run

LF Lexi LeBlanc

RF Jessie Cloutier makes a running catch

Cali Catarius avoids the tag of SS Abigail McClaflin

Play at second base

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Amesbury shuts out Georgetown 17-0

Alana Delisle struck out thirteen batters
Ella Bezanson – 3 hits, 3 runs scored

(Amesbury) The difference between the two teams was obvious even before the first pitch was thrown.

Amesbury started four seniors while Georgetown started five eighth graders, including the pitcher and the catcher.

“We’re inexperienced,” understated Royals’ coach Jay Santomassino afterwards.

Amesbury (2-0) took full advantage in the second inning gathering eleven runs on their way to a, 17-0, shutout.

Senior Alana Delisle got the start and notched thirteen strikeouts often overpowering the youthful Royals.

Royals pitcher Madelyn Grant

“It was super fun to be pitching again,” said Alana post-game.  “Since July I have been playing travel ball and Ella (catcher) is on the team.  We’ve done a lot of pitch/catch together.”

Everyone in the Amesbury lineup contributed to their offense.  Izzy Levasseur, however, was the hitting star with three hits, three runs scored, and five RBI.

Ella Bezanson had three hits and three runs scored.  Leadoff batter Ella Delisle added two hits and scored four times.

“It’s fun to watch Amesbury as a spectator but not as a coach,” Coach Santomassino said with a smile afterwards.

“I told the team that Amesbury battles for the state championship every year,” he said. “They are very good.”

Izzy Levasseur (in the middle) had three hits and five RBI
2B Ava Ruggiero makes a catch

After facing hard-throwing Abby Bettencourt of Peabody two days earlier it was a problem for some of the Amesbury hitters early on to time Madelyn Grant’s slower pitches.

“It did throw us off a bit,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters afterwards.  “We tried to bring the pitching machine down yesterday to get used to slower speed.  I thought that the Georgetown pitchers moved the ball around pretty well.”  Five Amesbury hitters struck out.

Coach Jay Santomassino

Two of the strikeouts came during Amesbury’s fifteen-batter, eleven-run second inning.

A triple (Liv DeLong) and three doubles were part of the hitting attack that led to eleven runs during that separation second inning.

Ella Bezanson, freshman Lexi LeBlanc, and Olivia Levasseur each had two hits in the second inning.

Georgetown (0-2) finished with three hits.  Allison Mansfield led the game off with a rip hit to centerfield.  In the third inning, Cora Robinson dropped a nice bunt for a hit while teammate Madelyn Grant singled to center.

Trying to make contact

Most of the time, however, the Royals struggled to make contact while Amesbury made steady contact.

“There are teams ahead in the schedule that we will be much more competitive with,” said Coach Santomassino.  “Hopefully the next time we face Amesbury the score will be closer.”

“I thought Alana (Delisle) did a very good job,” said Ella Bezanson afterwards.  “Our hitting was also very good.  The pitching today was certainly at a lot different pace.”

Olivia Levasseur

Alana Delisle will be at Southern Maine next year along with Ella Bezanson and Olivia Levasseur.  “It is a place where I can play softball and major in nursing,” Alana, said.  “Neither Ella nor I knew that the other had committed there.  Olivia committed after we did.  We get to play four years of softball together.”

There was a forecast of rain, but it never happened. 

The mystery of the missing Amesbury uniforms continues unsolved.  There is now a rush order in for a new set of uniforms.

(The pictures will enlarge.)

Amesbury unofficial box
Georgetown unofficial box
Alana Delisle makes a catch
Bunt attempt
Alex Donnell
Lauren Celia
Ella Bezanson
Amesbury coach Jacquie Waters
Centerfielder Zoey Halmen
Shortstop Allison Mansfield throws to first
Allison Mansfield led the game off with a single

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Turners Falls holds off Amesbury 5-4

Turners Falls – 2021 Division Three state champions
TF starter Jade Tyler

(Amesbury MA) First it was their bats.

Then it was their gloves.

But eventually it required a strikeout to get Turners Falls the 2021 Division Three state softball title.

Amesbury came out on the short end of a 5-4 score on Thursday afternoon, but they were tough to the finish.

The Indians (16-1) trailed 5-1 with two outs in the seventh inning but put three runs across.  Amesbury, in fact, had the tying and winning runs on base when the final out was recorded.

“We didn’t give up,” said AHS coach Jacquie Waters afterwards, “and that makes me proud of them.”

Many from Amesbury turned out for the state finals and Turners Falls had plenty of folks make the two-hour trip from Western Massachusetts.

Coach Waters and captains with trophy

The concern pre-game was the weather, but it never rained.

The Thunder (18-0) came out hitting Amesbury starter Alana Delisle hard. 

Alana had pitched in relief to get the win versus St. Mary’s (D3 North title game) and had gone the route against Case (D3 state semi-final).

But TF had six hits and three runs after 1 1/3 innings, so Coach Waters brought on Liv DeLong.

Liv retired eight straight batters to end the Thunder’s momentum.

Liv DeLong had a homer in the first inning

Liv also put a run up for Amesbury in the bottom of the first inning with a shot over the rightfield fence.

This game stayed 3-1 until the seventh inning.

The Turners Falls bats gave them the lead.  In innings three through six, their gloves preserved it.

LF Liv Stafford
RF Holly Myers

“Oh, man!” exclaimed Turners coach Gary Mullins afterwards discussing the defense.  “I didn’t know you could make those catches…….and we had three of them.”

All three of the Thunder outfielders (LF Liv Stafford, CF Emily Young, RF Holly Myers) had highlight catches.

Interestingly, the spectators were restricted to watching from along the outfield fence and therefore had the best view of the fine plays.

Amesbury’s Izzy Levasseur was victimized twice. In the third, her chance for a two-out, two-run double was thwarted by Liv Stafford’s running grab near the LF fence.

In the sixth, rightfielder Holly Myers robbed Izzy, leading off, of a possible double or triple. 

Shortstop Hannah Marchefka had a defensive gem in the fourth inning.  She charged an infield blooper and converted it into a double play.

If you had to choose one TF defensive memory, however, it was Emily Young’s home-run robbing catch in the fifth inning.  Liv DeLong was the batter. She already had a home run and the strength to hit a ball out in any direction.  Liv lofted a long fly to center.  CF Emily Young raced back near the fence, caught the ball, and fell into the fence.  There was a moment of, “Does she have still have the ball,” but Emily showed her glove and Liv’s long flyball was in it.

CF Emily Young prevents a Liv DeLong home run

The Thunder defense collected outs in those innings where baserunners and runs would have been more likely. Remarkable performance!

Was it fatigue?  Late-game pressure? Both teams struggled in the seventh inning.

Liv DeLong, who had thrown 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief, walked the leadoff batter and, with two outs, hit a batter.

Madi Liimatainen had four RBI

That set up TF catcher Madi Liimatainen with the same two-on, two-out situation she faced in the first inning.  On that occasion, the eighth-grader tripled.  This time it was a double to left, and again two runs scored.

“Coach (Mullins) told us at the start of the seventh that we needed more runs,” said Madi afterwards.  “Off the bat, I knew it was going to go pretty far.  Might have gone out at home.”

A 3-1 lead seemed safe the way Turners Falls was defending.  Now the lead was 5-1.  Even safer?  Not on this afternoon.

Amesbury had a hit, but also had two outs to start the seventh inning. 

Elusive grounder in the seventh inning

Turners needed just one more out……….but the next four Amesbury batters reached and three runs scored. The Indians were suddenly within one, 5-4, with runners on first and second.

But senior starter Jade Tyler saved the day for Turners with a game-ending strikeout.

“My heart was beating back there,” said TF catcher Madi Liimatainen recalling the final at-bat.  “I knew Jade would come through in the clutch.  She always does.  I’m pretty sure the last pitch was a rise ball.  After strike three, I couldn’t help but go jump into Jade’s arms.”

Coach Mullins joked afterwards: “The more pressure like this they put on me the quicker I’ll die!”

Catcher Ella Delisle and pitcher Liv DeLong

Olivia Whittier, Holly Myers, Madi Liimatainen, and Taryn Thayer each had two hits for Turners Falls. 

Madi had four RBI and Olivia had one RBI.

Starter Jade Tyler yielded six hits and had six strikeouts.

Dominating performance by AHS junior Liv DeLong.  Liv had a home run and a double that led to three RBI.  She also scored twice.  In long relief, the lefty struck out seven while giving up five hits.

Coach Gary Mullins numbers come at you like Tom Brady’s do.  Gary has coached for forty-one years.  In that time, his teams have won over seven hundred softball games.  The Thunder have now won ten state softball titles.  Last one was in 2017.  They have won the West sectional twenty times including the last seven straight seasons.

You can tell by those numbers that Gary’s program doesn’t restart, it simply reloads.  Think of the different teams & players that Tom Brady has made look good!  The personnel may change but the ability to win continues.

Coach Gary Mullins visits the pitcher

This game was a unique matchup for me.  Why?  I lived in Turners Falls from grade one into my freshman year in high school.  And now I live in Amesbury.

When I lived in Turners Falls, their sports teams were called, “Indians.”  Pressure developed in recent years to change the mascot and that change was made to the “Thunder” in 2017.

Turners Falls graduates five starters including pitcher Jade Tyler.  Don’t be surprised if they reload for another big run next year.

Amesbury graduates one starter (Julia Campbell) and has talent throughout their returnees.  There are no certainties in life but it’s a safe assumption that the Indians will be contenders in next year’s Division 3 softball.

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

3B Juliana Rode pregame
Liv DeLong – 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI
2B Taylor Murphy
RF Lauren Celia – 1 run, 1 hit
Waiting on a pitching change
Ella Delisle watches a high pitch go by
LF Liv Stafford tracks a fly ball
Liv Stafford congratulated by teammates
3B Alana Delisle throws to first base
SS Hannah Marchefka starts a double play in the 4th
CF Emily Young congratulated after catch
2B Cali Catarius throws to first base in 6th inning
RF Holly Myers closes in on a fly ball in the 6th inning
Madi Liimatainen on 2B after two-run double in 7th inning
Turners Falls captains with D3 title trophy

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