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Newburyport holds off Amesbury 5-4 in Cape Ann League baseball

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

(Amesbury MA)  Amesbury changed dugouts, uniforms and even had some help from the sun but it wasn’t enough as Newburyport defeated the Indians, 5-4, on a sunny/cloudy Sunday afternoon.

With the victory Newburyport (4-7) ended a three-game winless streak.  The Clippers claimed four runs in the first inning and the eventual game-winner in the fourth inning.

Amesbury (3-9) saw its losing streak reach eight.  The Indians tallied twice in the first and sixth innings.

After the 4-run first, AHS starter Zack Fitzgerald yielded just a run and three hits the rest of the way.

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

James Nutter (5 1/3 innings) and Scott Webster (1 2/3 innings) handled the pitching for Newburyport.  They allowed only five hits and two walks.  Scott struck out the last two Indians to preserve the win.

Newburyport loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs.  Scott Webster drove in two of the baserunners (Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter) with a single to left center.  An Amesbury attempt to get the second runner at home allowed the other two NHS runners to end up in scoring position.  Later in the inning Dan Baribeault’s two-out, two-strike single to right delivered both Ryan Furlong and Scott Webster.

Ben Cullen heads for home

Ben Cullen heads for home

Amesbury came back in the bottom of the first to load the bases with one out.  Spencer Fournier’s fly ball scored Ben Cullen from third.  On that play the NHS throw from the outfield came home but the throw (catcher Scott Webster) back to second was wild and the two runners ended up in scoring position.  A passed ball (Scott Webster) allowed Pat Scanlon to cross with Amesbury’s second run.

So after one inning both teams, in my opinion, had given up an extra run.  At that point I envisioned a lot of runs the rest of the way.  But it didn’t go that way thanks to good pitching and sound defense.

The Clippers collected their important fifth run in fourth inning.  Caleb Stott reached on a perfect bunt and then stole second.  Caleb took third on Chance Carpenter’s fielder’s choice and scored on Ryan Furlong’s single to deep short.

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Newburyport came close to a second run in that fourth inning but a good throw by shortstop Ben Cullen to catcher Mac Short nailed Ryan Furlong at the plate.

Amesbury entered their sixth down 5-2 but added two runs with help from the sun.  After NHS starter James Nutter put two batters on with a hit batsman and a single, Scott Webster came on in relief.  After a strikeout, a wild pitch put two Indians in scoring position with two outs.  Then on an afternoon in which the sun was in and out, it popped out on a routine Brad Kelleher fly ball to centerfielder Chance Carpenter.  The result was that the two-out, routine fly ball turned into a two-run single.  Both Jared Dupere and Zack Fitzgerald came across.    Ben Cullen lined to Dan Baribeault to end the sixth but the Indians were within one run, 5-4.

Mac Short walked with one out in the Amesbury seventh but then Scott Webster caught Nick Hawrylciw looking and Spencer Fournier swinging to give NHS their 4th win.

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter paced Newburyport with two hits apiece.

Mac Short singled twice for Amesbury.

Third baseman Dan Baribeault played his second game with the Newburyport varsity and drove in two runs.

Weather?  Plenty of sun and plenty of clouds with a couple of sprinkles.

Amesbury was 11-9 last year while Newburyport was 15-8.

Amesbury’s next game is Tuesday at North Reading.  Newburyport will be at Masconomet on Monday.

Newburyport box

Amesbury box

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Scott Webster

Scott Webster

Pat Scanlon

Pat Scanlon

Dan Baribeault

Dan Baribeault

Zack Fitzgerald

Zack Fitzgerald

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

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North Reading and Newburyport play to an unfinished 2-2 tie in baseball opener

Chase Carpenter dives into third as the ball drops in front of North Reading third baseman Tom Day

Chance Carpenter dives into third as the ball drops in front of North Reading third baseman Tom Day

Frank Carey, Steve Malenfant, and the umpires meet after the ninth inning

Frank Carey, Steve Malenfant, and the umpires meet after the ninth inning

(Newburyport) Newburyport and North Reading opened their 2014 baseball seasons today……….sort of.

The Clippers and the Hornets played nine innings with a winner undecided.  They will resume the 2-2 game at a later date.

This was a Cape Ann League contest with plenty of baserunners and plenty of scoring opportunities.  The biggest lack was a big hit and therefore special credit goes to the pitching.  James Nutter (Clippers) went seven innings and Scott Allan (Hornets) went eight.  Mike Jayne finished for the Clipppers and Ryan Boucher for the Hornets.

Newburyport collected two runs in the first and were blanked the rest of the way.  North Reading put up single runs in the 4th and 6th.

Keith Linnane scores the first NR run

Keith Linnane scores the first NR run

The visiting Hornets collected ten hits (two each for Scott Meija, Ryan Boucher, and Scott Allan) and stranded at least one runner in every inning.

The Clippers had nine hits (two each for Chance Carpenter and Caleb Stott) and stranded seven.

Newburyport picked up their only runs in the first inning.  Chance Carpenter had a bunt single and Caleb Stott followed with a hit to right center.  Both runners advanced on a wild pickoff attempt at second by pitcher Scott Allan.  Ryan Furlong flared a two-out double to left scoring both teammates.

North Reading got a run back in the 4th inning.  Keith Linnane singled to center, took second (no throw), and reached third on a wild pitch.  Ryan Boucher doubled the Hornets catcher home.

Ryan Furlong drove in both Newburyport runs

Ryan Furlong drove in both Newburyport runs

The Hornets got a gift run in the sixth inning.  Ryan Sanborn was hit by a pitch and then stole second with two outs.  Scott Allan singled to right but a quick relay back to Travis Wile put Ryan Sanborn in big trouble.  Ryan had rounded third with the original intent of going home.  Halfway down the line he chose to head back to third.  However, Travis’s throw sailed over third baseman Caleb Stott’s head allowing Ryan to recover and tally the tying run.

Two terrific defensive plays saved North Reading.  In the Clippers’ fourth they got runners (Ben Ventura and Ryan Furlong) on second and third with no outs.  NR had the infield in when Travis Wile lined a rope up the middle.  Second baseman Shane Driscoll made a diving catch and then tossed to shortstop Blake Tamlyn-Hayden for the double play.

Newburyport threatened in the sixth inning.  A Caleb Stott double and an error (first baseman Ryan Sanborn) put runners on first and third with two outs.  Pitcher Scott Allan launched a pitch (to Travis Wile) wide and in the dirt that catcher Keith Linnane somehow stopped preventing a run.

Travis OBrien about to be tagged out at 3B by Tom Day in the 9th inning

Travis OBrien about to be tagged out at 3B by Tom Day in the 9th inning

The Clippers had two-out singles in the 9th by Travis O’Brien and Tom Isabel but Hornets’ centerfielder Colby Maiola (going to Assumption) nailed Travis trying to get to third on his teammate’s hit ending the inning.

Leftfielder Leighton Paradis made several running catches on flies hit by Colby Maiola.

The last time North Reading and Newburyport met was on June 4th at North Reading when the Clippers upset the Hornets (4-0) in the first round of the Division 3 North playoffs.  Colby Morris handcuffed NR that afternoon.  North Reading had beaten Newburyport twice during the regular season.

Shane Driscoll flips from the ground to double up sliding Ryan Furlong

Shane Driscoll flips from the ground to double up sliding Ryan Furlong

NR coach Frank Carey is in his 47th season with a lifetime record currently at 716-273.

Colby Maiola and Ben Ventura

Colby Maiola and Ben Ventura

Tom Day, Shane Driscoll, Colby Maiola, and Keith Linnane had one hit each for North Reading.

Catcher Keith Linnane is looking into junior colleges in the South to continue his baseball career next season.

Scott Webster, Ben Ventura, Ryan Furlong, Travis O’Brien, and Tom Isabel each had a hit for Newburyport.

The Clippers turned in a smooth 4-6-3 double play in the eighth inning.

Cloudy and colder as the game went on.  Welcome to April baseball in these parts.

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Scott Webster tries to steal second as Blake Tamlyn-Hayden waits for the throw

Scott Webster tries to steal second as Blake Tamlyn-Hayden waits for the throw

Scott Meija caught in a rundown with Caleb Stott

Scott Meija caught in a rundown with Caleb Stott

Grounder gets by NR first baseman Ryan Sanborn

Grounder gets by NR first baseman Ryan Sanborn

Mike Jayne

Mike Jayne

Ryan Boucher

Ryan Boucher

Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Keith Linnane

Keith Linnane

James Nutter

James Nutter

Caleb Stott crosses home with the second NHS run

Caleb Stott crosses home with the second NHS run

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Newburyport rallies to defeat Triton 8-7 in Cape Ann League baseball

Scott Webster struck out four and earned a save against Triton

Scott Webster struck out four and earned a save against Triton

Nick Desrocher (#2) hit a 3-run homer over the centerfield fence.

Nick Desrocher (#2) hit a 3-run homer over the centerfield fence.

(Byfield)  Plenty of excitement in this one.

Newburyport ended a three-game losing streak defeating Triton, 8-7, at windier-than-usual Triton on Thursday afternoon.

The game had runs, hits, errors, clutch relief pitching, and controversy.

(It was also the game where my camera stopped working and it surely wasn’t from lack of use!)

The Clippers (8-7) had a nice 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the third inning.  However, a 2-out error by shortstop Colby Morris enabled the Vikings to add four runs to the two they already had scored in the inning.  After three innings, the home team had a 7-6 lead.

Newburyport would regain the lead in the fifth inning with two runs.  One scorer (Mike Sweeney) reached on an error (Jon Seward) and another (James Nutter) was hit by a pitch.

Those two Clippers runs provided the one-run margin that held up for the winners.

The hero for Newburyport was reliever Scott Webster.  The freshman righty came on with the bases loaded in the fifth and two outs.  He fell behind 3-1 to leadoff batter Dmitri Hunt before getting him to ground out.

Triton came very close to tying the game in the sixth.  A two-out walk to Nick Cornoni was followed by a double over rightfielder Ryan Short’s head.  The Clippers were fortunate that the double bounced over the fence because with two outs Nick probably would have tied the game if the ball had stayed in play.  But it didn’t and Scott fanned pinch hitter Matt Souliotis to escape with Newburyport’s one-run lead (8-7) still in place.

Brian Fiascone

Brian Fiascone

Controversy was a big part of the Newburyport half of the seventh inning.  One sure way to create “excitement” if you’re umpiring is to make one call and then change it in a one-run game.  But that’s what happened.  Blame Brian Fiascone.  Thinking there were three outs (there was only two) after grounding into a force play, Brian left the field and headed for the Clippers bench.  Both coaching staffs realized what had happened and Brian scampered back to first……..barely and was called “safe.”  The Triton coaching staff had a bad reaction to the call and got the two umpires to discuss it.  Next thing we knew Brian was “out.”  Now it was Newburyport’s turn to get a bad reaction.  A protest was going to be filed by NHS coach Steve Malenfant and in addition Connor Wile and Andrew Fiascone were kicked out of the game for their comments.

But the “out” call stood and the inning was over.

The bottom of the seventh was all Scott Webster.  He K’d the side getting Nick Desrocher (who had hit a 3-run homer in the third) as the final out to earn the save.

Justin Cashman

Justin Cashman

Justin Cashman surrendered ten hits and took the loss for the Vikings but five of the eight runs against him were unearned by my figuring.  Second baseman Jon Seward had a rough day in the field with three errors.

Conditions were tough in the field.  The combination of bright sun, gale-force winds, and swirling dust gave both teams trouble.

Two errors in the first inning (Jon Seward and Brad Whitman) allowed the Clippers to get off to a 3-zip lead.

Triton got one back in the bottom of the first.  A two-base throwing error by third baseman Colton Fontaine, a fielder’s choice, and a wild pitch (Evan Habib) enabled Dmitri Hunt to score.

In the second inning, Newburyport added a pair of runs.  Smart base-running was the key.  James Nutter walked, stole second and came home on Colton Fontaine’s single.  Colton took second on the throw in and scored from there on Colby Morris’ single to left.

Catcher Bob Wolcik waits for Chance Carpenter

Catcher Bob Wolcik waits for Chance Carpenter

The Clippers ran into an out in the third but came away with their sixth run.  Chance Carpenter went from first to third on a wild pitch.  However, his attempt to get home on, what looked to be, a suicide squeeze failed because he left early and was tagged out easily.  But with two outs Ryan Short walked, took second on a passed ball, and rode home on James Nutter’s single to center.

Triton started the third with a walk (Cote Wolcik) and three straight singles (Justin Cashman, Nick Cornoni, and Adam Chatterton) and had two runs in with two outs.  Colby Morris’ error led to the third Vikings run and then Nick Desrocher delighted the sizable Triton crowd with a 3-run blast to straightaway center.  No question the wind helped.  It was Nick’s first home run.

The Clippers capitalized on an error and a hit bats man in the decisive fifth inning to set the stage for an RBI double (Colton Fontaine) and an RBI sacrifice fly by Brian Fiascone.

James Nutter (#6) scored the 8th Newburyport run

James Nutter (#6) scored the 8th Newburyport run

Colton Fontaine scored a run, had three hits, and drove in two runs.  Colby Morris had two hits while James Nutter scored two runs.

Adam Chatterton had two of Triton’s five hits and an RBI.  Nick Desrocher walked twice and had the 3-run long one.

Jake Barlow filled in for Connor Wile behind the plate in the seventh inning.

The Clippers defeated Triton, 4-3, at Newburyport on April 19th.

Both teams return to action on Saturday (10AM).  Triton hosts Pentucket while Newburyport hosts Hamilton-Wenham.

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Triton wind/dust

Triton wind/dust

Rough day in the field for second baseman Jon Seward

Rough day in the field for second baseman Jon Seward

James Nutter slides into second

James Nutter slides into second

Dmitri Hunt scores the first Vikings run

Dmitri Hunt scores the first Vikings run

Colby Morris slides back to first as Adam Chatterton waits to apply the tag

Colby Morris slides back to first as Adam Chatterton waits to apply the tag

Brad Whitman reaches first on a bad throw

Brad Whitman reaches first on a bad throw

3B Billy Mical and slider Chance Carpenter

3B Billy Mical and slider Chance Carpenter

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Newburyport defeats Manchester-Essex 3-0 on James Nutter’s six-hitter

Connor MacRae and Colby Morris both scored on Ryan Shorts single in the second inning.

Connor MacRae and Colby Morris both scored on Ryan Shorts single in the second inning.

James Nutter tossed a six-hitter in his first start of the season.

James Nutter tossed a six-hitter in his first start of the season.

(Newburyport) The Clippers (5-4) put together their second straight shutout as they defeated Manchester-Essex, 3-0, on a chilly Thursday afternoon of Cape Ann League baseball.

Senior James Nutter tossed a complete game, six-hitter in his first start of the season.  Another first-time starter (Evan Habib), had a complete game, three-hitter against Ipswich on Monday.

The visiting Hornets (2-7) have now lost six of seven including two in extra innings.  They did, however, knock off defending D4 state champs Georgetown last Saturday.

Newburyport collected two runs (one unearned) in the second inning and another run in the third.  That turned out to be more than enough on this day.

The Clippers loaded the bases in the second inning on an error (first baseman Max Nesbit throwing), a single down the third-base line (Colby Morris), and a bunt single (Mike Sweeney).  Senior Ryan Short hit a ground single up the middle driving in Connor MacRae and Colby Morris.

A throwing error cost Manchester-Essex a run in the second inning

A throwing error cost Manchester-Essex a run in the second inning

It looked as if the Clippers might add more runs after Andrew Fiascone walked.  However, a double-steal attempt nabbed Mike Sweeney at third.  Then a popout to first (Ian Michaels) turned into a double play when Ryan Short, who broke for the plate, couldn’t get back to third.  But Newburyport did get two runs.

Their third run came in the next inning.  Brian Fiascone doubled to right center leading off.  Colton Fontaine’s sacrifice fly moved Brian to third and Connor Wile’s fly to center brought Brian home.

Brandon Bartlett

Brandon Bartlett

Hornet pitcher Brandon Bartlett allowed just one hit (Mike Sweeney single) over the final three innings but his teammates couldn’t break through against James Nutter.

ME’s Max Nesbit started the game with a double but James whiffed the next three Hornets to escape.

Clippers leftfielder Mike Sweeney, in the fourth inning, tried unsuccessfully to make a running catch but recovered quickly and gunned down the batter (Craig Carter) at second base.

After Corey McCollum singled in the fifth inning with one out, a bunt attempt (Henry Gedney) was caught in the air by James Nutter.  His quick toss to first baseman Connor MacRae doubled off Henry Gedney to end that inning.

Second baseman Brian Fiascone took Mike Sweeneys throw and waits for baserunner Craig Carter

Second baseman Brian Fiascone took Mike Sweeneys throw and waits for baserunner Craig Carter

The visitors had two men on in the last inning with two outs before leftfielder Mike Sweeney made a running catch in foul territory to end it.

Newburyport’s next game is tomorrow night (6:30PM) at Rockport.  ME returns to action next Tuesday at Pentucket.

A little over a year ago (April 26th) on the same site, Manchester-Essex defeated the defending D3 state champs, 5-2, ending the Clippers 18-game winning streak.

Max Nesbit catches a popup as Ryan Short starts back to third

Max Nesbit catches a popup as Ryan Short starts back to third

Brian Fiascone and Mike Sweeney each had two hits for Newburyport.

Craig Carter and Corey McCollum each had two hits for the Hornets.

Shortstop Colby Morris made a nice play on a slow grounder in the second inning.

First baseman Connor MacRae made a nice scoop of a low throw (Colton Fontaine) in the fourth.  Connor also put his body in front of a grounder in the final inning recording an unassisted putout.

James Nutter was on one of the winning relay teams for the 2013 D4 state indoor track champion Clippers.

Ryan Short drove in two runs

Ryan Short drove in two runs

The weather?  Where did the 70 degrees and sunny disappear to?

Newburyport boxscore

Manchester-Essex boxscore

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Brandon Bartlett chases a bunt as Colby Morris runs for second

Brandon Bartlett chases a bunt as Colby Morris runs for second

Colby Morris

Colby Morris

Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

Craig Carter tags out Brian Fiascone

Craig Carter tags out Brian Fiascone

Brian Fiascone reaches third base.

Brian Fiascone reaches third base.

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