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Amesbury rallies from 5-run deficit to defeat Lynnfield 9-5 in Cape Ann League softball

Fly balls gave Lynnfield trouble in the sixth inning.

Fly balls gave Lynnfield trouble in the sixth inning.

Malia Roberto (#7) after her homer in the first inning.

Malia Roberto (#7) after her homer in the first inning.

(Amesbury) Lynnfield took a four-run lead into the sixth inning before falling apart in the field and losing to undefeated Amesbury, 9-5, on a sunny Wednesday morning in Cape Ann League softball.

The Pioneers (2-3) had six errors in the final two innings and therein squandered an impressive hitting display in the first two innings.

Lynnfield had four runs after four batters to start the game.  Two singles (Rachel Buzzotta and Mandy McQueen), a triple (Jade Palladino), and a home run (Malia Roberto) in the top of the first inning had me wondering what the Pioneers had been served for breakfast!

pitcher Carolina Merrill after the game

pitcher Carolina Merrill after the game

But a strikeout by winning pitcher Carolina Merrill enabled the Indians (3-0) to end that first inning with two Pioneers stranded and only four runs given up.

Lynnfield had a run in and two more runners on in the second inning when centerfielder Janine Fatal made a nice running catch to limit the damage to one run.

Surprisingly, the Pioneers had just two hits over the final five innings but their defense held Amesbury to one run through five innings.

Leftfielder Malia Roberto, third baseman Lauren Guerra, and shortstop Rachel Buzzotta made terrific plays in the 4th and 5th innings.

However, that 5-1 Lynnfield lead after 5 ½ innings melted like a Hodgies ice cream cone on a hot day in the bottom of the sixth inning.

That sixth is probably an inning that has been deleted from the Lynnfield scorebook by LHS coach Peter Marinelli.  And no one could blame him!

Jade Palladino

Jade Palladino

Things got so bad that I heard pitcher Jade Palladino yell out in the midst of it, “Let’s get it together out here!”

When you put together a mixture of five hits, four errors, and a wild pitch, bad things will happen.  Twelve Indians batters took part in that sixth inning and eight runs scored.  More than enough to win this one for Amesbury.

By my (unofficial count) only two of Amesbury’s nine runs were earned.  LHS starter Jade Palladino obviously deserved a better fate.

Junior Malia Roberto had a 3-hit morning including a 2-run homer to right-center in the first inning.

Senior Mandy McQueen had two singles and scored a run for Lynnfield.

Jade Palladino tripled to straightaway center in the first inning driving in two Pioneers runs.

Amanda Schell

Amanda Schell

Junior Amanda Schell had two hits and scored two runs for the victorious Indians.

Autumn Kligerman made a nice play on a line drive to go along with scoring a run, getting a hit, and driving in a run.

A key in the Amesbury win was the way senior Carolina Merrill took charge in the last five innings.  When she started mixing in a very good changeup with her fast pitches, LHS batters lost some of their early-inning aggressiveness at the plate.

I suspect that the LHS outfield defense will be getting some serious practice time in the near future.  Two drops on routine fly balls were a big part of the Pioneers demise in that fateful sixth inning.

Both teams return to action on Friday.  Lynnfield hosts Malden (10:30AM) while Amesbury visits Pentucket (10AM).

Amesbury boxscore

Lynnfield boxscore

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

Rachel Buzzotta steps on home in the first inning

Rachel Buzzotta steps on home in the first inning

freshman Lauren Fedorchak

freshman Lauren Fedorchak

Two Indians chase a popup

Two Indians chase a popup

Cassie Schultz

Cassie Schultz

Rachel Buzzotta

Rachel Buzzotta

Carolina Merrill about to catch a popup in the seventh inning

Carolina Merrill about to catch a popup in the seventh inning

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Mel Mancinelli leads Lynnfield past Amesbury 4-0 in Cape Ann League softball

The Lynnfield team congratulates pitcher Mel Mancinelli (#10) after defeating Amesbury

Mel Mancinelli – shut out Amesbury with three hits

(Amesbury)  Lynnfield’s Mel Mancinelli tossed a 3-hit shutout as the Pioneers defeated Amesbury, 4-0, on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.

Mel was the big story as she only allowed four base runners the entire game.  The CAL All-Leaguer issued just one walk and during one stretch retired fourteen batters in a row.  She had seven strikeouts.

Amesbury (11-3) threatened in the first (Cassie Schultz triple) and second (runners on second and third with two out) but couldn’t do any damage.

Lynnfield (10-5) had eight hits and base runners in every inning except the fifth.  However, it took Amesbury errors to put the finishing touches on all four of the Pioneers’ runs.

This innocent looking play turned into two unearned runs for Lynnfield in the second inning.

In the second, Jade Palladino and Mandy McQueen reached third and second with two outs.  A routine grounder to second baseman Alexis Boswell looked to be the inning ender but first baseman Sarah McCullough couldn’t handle the throw and both runners scored.

In the third, Lynnfield put runners on first (courtesy runner Julia Eliopoulos) and third (Katie Rowe) with one out.  Mel Mancinelli followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt that Sarah McCullough threw past first allowing Katie Rowe to score.  Later in the inning, Mandy McQueen’s fielder’s choice enabled Julia Eliopoulos to cross with the fourth Pioneer run.

Those four runs were more than enough on this afternoon.

Carolina Merrill

Carolina Merrill went the first five for Amesbury and gets a tough loss thanks to four unearned runs.

Cassie Schultz, Erin Leary, and Autumn Kligerman had the Indians three hits.

Katie Rowe paced Lynnfield with three hits.  Jade Palladino had two hits.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield, 5-2, in a nonleague game at Lynnfield on April 13th.

Amesbury has now lost two straight after winning seven straight.

Lynnfield coach Peter Marinelli

With the tenth win, Lynnfield qualifies for the end-of-the-season state tournament.  Coach Peter Marinelli told me that he nearly had that 10th win last game against Rockport.  He also told me that Rockport coach Diane Parisi played for him when he coached Stoneham.

Next game (weather permitting) for Lynnfield is at Manchester-Essex tomorrow afternoon.  Amesbury is at Triton on Wednesday.

When I see corner infielders not wearing face masks I ask myself the following questions: (1) Why do the players still make the final decision and (2) How serious an injury will it take before masks are required?

(The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Kelsey LeBlanc takes a throw beating Janine Fatal to first.

Sam Shopleigh makes a catch in right

Jade Palladino catches a popup.

Cassie Schultz

Amanda Schell flips to Alexis Boswell

Mandy McQueen makes a running catch

Amesbury coach Chris Perry

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