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Hamilton-Wenham holds off energetic Amesbury 50-46

Jake Lanciani (18 points) guarded by Chris Chabot

Amesbury was scrappy all game long

(Amesbury MA) “We didn’t deserve that one,” said HW coach Michael DiMarino after the season opener for both squads.

And who would disagree.

Amesbury, without a starter back, looked to be a mismatch against the Generals with several starters back off a 17-4 team last season.

What the Indians lacked in finesse, however, they made up for in hustle and aggressive man-to-man defense.

“You can’t ask for much more than the kids gave tonight,” explained AHS coach Tom Comeau.  “They (HW) have been very good in recent years.  They’re all seniors and they expect to win and go deep in the tournament.  Yet we had a shot to tie them at the end in our first game with no returning starters.”

Chris Chabot shoots for the tie in the closing seconds

This game did come down to the closing seconds as Amesbury, trailing by three, had two chances in the closing seconds to reach overtime.  Both of Chris Chabot’s hurried three-point attempts missed the mark.

There were eight lead changes and six ties along the way.  Separation was impossible because every shot was challenged, and accuracy suffered big-time.

Amesbury had the lead (44-42) with three minutes left before foul trouble, and clutch HW shooting, did them in.  Both of the Sydlowski twins (John and Billy) fouled out in the first minute of the final three minutes.  They were Amesbury’s top scorers.

The fouls on the Sydlowski’s gave HW four free throws and seniors James Lustig and Jake Lanciani made three of them to give the visitors the lead for good, 45-44, with 2:03 remaining.

Plenty of time for Amesbury, but a steal by Cam Peach set up James Lustig for an accurate top-of-the-key three with 1:38 to go.

Block or foul late in the game. Called a foul by the officials.

Later, a free throw by Jake Lanciani, after a controversial block/foul call, stretched the HW lead to 49-46. When Chris Chabot’s 3-point attempts misfired the win belonged to the Generals.

James Lustig (11 points) breaks between Chris Chabot and Austin Hallisey

“James (Lustig) is a senior captain,” said Coach Dimarino.  “He is a three-year starter.  That 3-point shot late was huge.”

James finished with eleven points despite spending much of the game on the bench in foul trouble.  His only field goal was the decisive three in crunch time.

If you had to list just one key to the HW victory, it was their trapping defense.  “Their defense is stifling,” agreed Coach Comeau.  “Their whole scheme is built around it.”  Put five non-starters from a year ago on the floor against it in their first game and bad things can happen and they did for the Indians.

HW pressure caused thirty Amesbury turnovers

I keep track of turnovers because they often lead to easy baskets and wasted possessions.  Amesbury, and this is not a typo, had THIRTY turnovers.  HW had just thirteen.  That’s why is was a marvel that Amesbury made such a good game of it.

“We made some adjustments in our trapping defense at halftime, “said Coach DiMarino.  “We were having trouble scoring and hoped for some easy baskets.”  Those adjustments were golden as the home team has possession miscues thirteen times in the third period alone and HW collected fifteen points while holding AHS to seven.

But even with the turnover disparity AHS hung in.  How did they do it?  If Amesbury had trouble taking care of the ball, Hamilton-Wenham had trouble at the foul line.  HW missed THIRTEEN free throws including the front end of three one-and-one’s.

The Generals led 41-35 after three periods, and then missed seven of their next eight free throws.  AHS said “Thank you” and ran seven straight unanswered points to take the lead.

Cam Grinnell (13 points) caught everyone napping after he missed a first-half free throw

Surprise play of the game?  With less than two minutes left in the first half, Cam Grinnell (13 points) was at the line shooting one–and-one, BUT he was the only one who knew it was a one-and-one.  Cam missed the first free throw and no one reacted so he picked the rebound off the floor and got a layup.  Later in that same quarter the senior pulled in a rebound and nailed a fadeaway at the halftime buzzer.

The Boston Herald chose Hamilton-Wenham to finish 4th in Division 3 North.  James Lustig and Billy Whelan were listed as players to watch.

Billy Whelan is still recovering from a collarbone injury suffered in a football playoff game.

I asked Coach Dimarino when Billy would be back: “Not soon enough,” he answered.

Hamilton-Wenham box

Amesbury box

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

Cole Dwyer (33) and Zach Labrecque battle for position

Sophomore Jaden Keliher (15) shadowed Jake Lanciani

Noah Lynch

Billy Sydlowski (10 points) takes off after a steal

John Sydlowski (5) heads for the basket

Zach Labrecque (22) on the move

Alex Renaud chases a loose ball

John Sydlowski (5) had eleven points for Amesbury






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Hamilton-Wenham rallies dropping Amesbury 11-5 in eight innings

Adam Parady hustles out an infield hit as Derek Beaupre stretches for the throw

Jake Lanciani touches home with the tying run in the 7th inning

(Amesbury MA) Very close…..but I’m sure that isn’t any consolation.

Amesbury put a solid six innings together and looked to be on the verge of ending a 10-game losing streak.

Hamilton-Wenham, however, opted not to cooperate.

The Generals (7-5) tied the score in the top of the 7th and then exploded in the extra inning for an 11-5 win.

This was a Saturday afternoon Cape Ann League contest played in cold (upper 40s) conditions.

Winning pitcher Jake Lanciani

Jake Lanciani (2nd team CAL All-Star last year) had plenty to do with the HW victory.  Jake had three hits and scored three runs.  He also transferred from shortstop to pitching in the 5th inning and was the winning pitcher.

The Indians (1-13) broke a 2-2 tie during Jake’s first inning of relief.  AHS collected three runs as the HW defense (Michael Crowley, Nick DiMarino) gifted the scores with drops in the infield.

After that rough fifth, the HW errors ended and Jake held the home team hitless and notched three strikeouts.

While Amesbury struggled in the late innings, the visitors tallied nine hits in the final two innings after having just four hits in the first six innings.

Zach Prentiss pitched his arm off for Amesbury.  He scattered four hits during the first six innings. The AHS senior was the frustrated losing pitcher.

In the comeback top of the 7th, HW had the three runs they needed back in a hurry.  Cam Vautour walked, and then consecutive singles by Conor Evers, Sal Gaurino, and Jake Lanciani followed.  A sacrifice fly by Hunter Wilichoski (3 RBI) tied the score.

In the put-away 8th inning, HW again started strong with a hit batsman, single, walk, and another hit batsman before AHS had an out registered.  Three straight singles followed and the Generals had a six-run, game-winning inning.

Ball drops in near CF Pat Birmingham

The ball did not seem to carry at all on this cold afternoon.  HW had a number of bloop hits landing just in front of diving AHS fielders.

Freshman Will Jones went the first four innings for the Generals.  He was adept at escaping jams.  Will stranded three in the first and two in the third and fourth.

Freshman Conor Evers had two hits and scored three runs.

Ray Arsenault, DJ Grandmaison, and Luke Lagos each recorded two hits for Amesbury.  The Indians had nine hits through five innings but none after that.

Adam Parady showed his speed beating out an infield hit in the HW seventh.

Luke Lagos pitched an inning of relief for Amesbury.

The two teams will go at it again on Monday at Hamilton-Wenham.

Right fielder DJ Grandmaison nearly had a force out at home after an apparent hit.  It became a hit after the runner scored.

The umpire ruled that shortstop Jake Lanciani missed the bag on this play

Hamilton-Wenham had two double plays nullified on close plays.  One involved touching second base before the relay to first.

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

Nick DiMarino

Shortstop Derek Doherty

HW starter Will Jones

Ian Coffey greeted after scoring the go-ahead run in the 8th inning

Reliever Luke Lagos

Cam Vautour beats a force play at home

Hunter Wilichoski drove in 3 runs including the tying run in the 7th inning

RF DJ Grandmaison sets to throw home

Out at second

Zach Prentiss, covering 3B, avoids a sliding runner as HW coach Reggie Maidment and AHS coach Gene Burnham watch

SS Jake Lanciana drops a popup

AHS starter Zach Prentiss

Catcher Scotty Franco between innings

Michael Crowley set to apply the tag to Zach Prentiss

Logan Burrill



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