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Jenny Nelson k’s eleven leading Pentucket past Triton 5-0 in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket sophomore Jenny Nelson dominated Triton

Pentucket sophomore Jenny Nelson dominated Triton

Pentucket shortstop Kassidy Kennefick chases down a foul popup

Pentucket shortstop Kassidy Kennefick chases down a foul popup

(Byfield MA)  Way too much Jenny Nelson for the Triton Vikings on this sunny Monday afternoon.

The Pentucket sophomore struck out eleven and scattered two hits (both by Mara Spears) as the Sachems defeated Triton, 5-0, in Cape Ann League softball.

The last three games for Triton (5-11) have been a big surprise to anyone connected to their program.  The Vikings had put five straight wins together but since then have not only lost three straight but haven’t scored a run in twenty-three straight innings.

Pentucket (7-7) has now won two straight.  They need to get to ten wins in the remaining six games to qualify for the post-season tournament.  You have to like their chances after the way they played today.

Mary Kate Corrado fields a grounder

Mary Kate Corrado fields a grounder

The Sachems collected an unearned run in the first inning.  Sophomore Maddie Binding and junior Kassidy Kennefick started the inning with singles.  Tyler Feeney’s sacrifice fly moved Maddie to third.  Mary Kate Corrado’s two-out grounder was booted by shortstop Rylie Culverwell scoring Maddie Binding.

Pentucket loaded the bases with singles in the third with one out.  Mary Kate Corrado’s grounder to short resulted in a baserunner interference call on Tyler Feeney but pinchrunner Sarah Stewart reached home with Pentucket’s second run.

confusion in the Triton outfield

confusion in the Triton outfield

Ahead 2-0, the visitors created two runs in the fifth inning off of Triton reliever Haley Johnson.  Kassidy Kennefick put down a perfect bunt to reach.  Then Tyler Feeney lofted a popup into right field that was misjudged by rightfielder Cailin Fraser allowing Kassidy to reach third.  Kassidy then scored on Sydney Snow’s RBI single with Tyler taking third.  Tyler surprised the Vikings by stealing home after a throwback from catcher Julia Hartman to pitcher Haley Johnson.

The final Pentucket run was set up in the sixth inning by a sacrifice bunt (Jenny Nelson) that alert baserunner Nicolette Kent used to get from first to third on.  That baserunning put Nicolette at third where she came home on senior Allison Knowles sacrifice fly.

Pitcher Jenny Nelson eyes an infield popup with second baseman Sydney Snow behind her

Pitcher Jenny Nelson eyes an infield popup with second baseman Sydney Snow behind her

And while Pentucket was finding ways to score runs, the Vikings struggled to get baserunners. They had only four in the entire game.  Triton had only one fly-ball out.  They did get runners to second and third in the sixth inning but pitcher Jenny Nelson handled Emma McGonagle’s popup to end the inning.

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick made a nice running catch in foul territory in the fourth inning.

Triton’s second baseman Kylie Gilroy put on quite a show in the Pentucket seventh.  The senior captain handled three tough chances flawlessly: (1) running catch on a popup, (2) speared a line drive to her right, and (3) came up with a hard-hit grounder to throw out Sydney Snow.  Good stuff!

The top four hitters in the Pentucket lineup (Maddie Binding, Kassidy Kennefick, Tyler Feeney, and Sydney Snow) each had two hits.  The rest of the batting order…………..not so much!

Triton’s next game will be at Masconomet on Wednesday.  Pentucket hosts Manchester-Essex tomorrow (Tuesday).

Weather?  When you get a breeze at Triton that feels good, you know it’s warm out and it was.

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Mara Spears

Mara Spears

Lilly Anderson

Lilly Anderson

Triton second baseman Kylie Gilroy had 3 defensive gems in the 7th inning

Triton second baseman Kylie Gilroy had 3 defensive gems in the 7th inning

Triton shortstop Rylie Culverwell throws to first

Triton shortstop Rylie Culverwell throws to first

Freshman Haley Johnson

Freshman Haley Johnson

Kassidy Kennefick heads home with the 4th Pentucket run

Kassidy Kennefick heads home with the 4th Pentucket run

Kylie Gilroy

Kylie Gilroy

Nikki ORourke

Nikki ORourke

Jenny Nelson

Jenny Nelson

Sydney Snow

Sydney Snow

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Pentucket suffers tough 7-4 loss to Newburyport in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Pentucket pitchers walked five in the Clippers 5-run second inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

Vicki Allman struck out six batters including two in the seventh inning

(Newburyport MA)   Newburyport caught two Pentucket runners at home in their, 7-4, win over Pentucket on Friday morning in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (5-3) turned a five-walk second inning into five runs and held off the Sachems (4-3) the rest of the way thanks to clutch defensive plays and the pitching of Vicki Allman.

Pentucket was coming off a tough loss yesterday to North Andover as a 2-0 lead evaporated because of a 10-run sixth inning nightmare.  Today’s loss may have been just as painful.

After Newburyport loaded the bases in the second inning with one out, PHS starter Carley Desjardins walked Morgan Johnston, Ashley Hodge, and Amy Sullivan to force across three runs.  Coach John Walsh brought in sophomore Sarah Stewart and she walked Carley Siemasko to send in a 4th NHS run.  The consecutive walks ended as Shelby O’Brien flied to right bringing Ashley Hodge in with the 5th Clippers’ tally.

The Sachems had the makings of a big inning in the 4th when third baseman Shelby O’Brien’s error was surrounded by two singles (Maddy Ammon & MK Corrado).  After NHS pitcher Vicki Allman K’d Carley Desjardins, Sydney Snow’s grounder tallied Maddy Ammon with Pentucket’s first run.  On Sydney’s grounder, second baseman Molly Kelley opted to try for a play at the plate but Maddy beat the throw.  This left the bases still loaded with only one out.  Here’s where Vicki Allman’s clutch pitching kicked in.  She got Nikki O’Rourke to popup and K’d Jenny Nelson to limit the damage to one run.

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

Meghan Stanton flips to second baseman Molly Kelley

The Sachems were right back threatening for more runs in the 5th inning.  A bad throw by shortstop Meghan Stanton and an infield out put pinchrunner Amy McDonnell on third with one out.  Newburyport first baseman Carley Siemasko followed with two huge defensive plays.  Maddy Ammon hit a grounder to third that Shelby O’Brien fielded okay but her throw reached first on several hops.  Huge play Number One: Carley scooped out the low throw to get the out at first.  The runner at third (Amy McDonnell) opted to try for home.  Huge play Number Two: Carley fired a strike home to catcher Lauren Singer to nab Amy on a very close play.  The unfortunate bottom line for Pentucket was that they came away with no runs.

That wasn’t the case with Newburyport as they added two runs to their 5-1 lead in the bottom of that same fifth inning.  Meghan Stanton singled and took second on a wild pitch.  Vicki Stanton singled to left scoring Meghan and got all the way to third base when leftfielder Jenny Nelson bobbled the ball.  Jade Carpenter ran for Vicki and raced home on Morgan Johnston’s infield grounder.

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Tyler Feeney circles the bases as leftfielder Amy Sullivan throws in to Meghan Stanton

Now down 7-1 after five innings, the Sachems had their most productive inning of the game as they pushed three runs home.  They could have had more…..but more on that later.  Junior Tyler Feeney led off by crushing a ball over leftfielder Amy Sullivan’s head and quickly circling the bases for a homer.

Pentucket was then able to get MK Corrado (3 hits) and pinchrunner Corie Lucier to second and third with one out.  Nikki O’Rourke followed with a hard-shot single to centerfield that scored two runs and went by centerfielder Ashley Hodge to the fence.  Ashley quickly retrieved the ball as Nikki circled the bases.  Ashley relayed to shortstop Meghan Stanton who threw a strike home to nab Nikki in a second close play at the plate.  This was the second time in the game that Newburyport turned an error into an out at the plate.  How often does that happen?

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

Carley Siemasko catches the final out

The Sachems threatened again in the seventh but came away empty.  Maddie Binding led off with a triple over Ashley Hodge’s head in CF.  With batters 2-3-4 coming up it wasn’t hard to envision a big inning.  Vicki Allman, however, struck out both Kassidy Kennefick and Maddy Ammon looking and then got Tyler Feeney (home run in previous inning) to pop out to Carley Siemasko.

Clearly a tough defeat for Pentucket.  They have been a 5-14 team the last two seasons but certainly look this time around to be much better than that.  They surely need to be a little more patient on the bases!

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Maddy Ammon started a double play

Newburyport hit into a double play in the first.  Sachems’ second baseman Maddy Ammon made a nice catch on an infield popup to short center and doubled baserunner Amy Sullivan off of first.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday at home.  Pentucket hosts Lynnfield while Manchester-Essex comes to Cashman Park.

I saw at least one girl on the Pentucket side visibly upset as the game turned Newburyport’s way.  I trust that someone will remind the young lady that no one person ever loses a team game.

I learned (indirectly) at today’s game that Vicki Allman will be attending Regis College (Weston MA) next year.

Weather?  It went from sunny to cloudy but with little wind.  I wonder if yesterday’s wind had an influence on the Pentucket/North Andover game.

Newburyport box

Pentucket box

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Meg Hubbard

Meg Hubbard

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Meghan Stanton slides in with the 6th Newburyport run

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Maddie Binding (2 hits)

Carley Desjardins

Carley Desjardins

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Amy Sullivan puts down a bunt

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick dives for a grounder

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Solid defense and pitching get Newburyport past Pentucket 6-2

 

Newburyport coach Lori Solazzo sends Molly Stanton home in the seventh inning.

Newburyport coach Lori Solazzo sends Molly Stanton home in the seventh inning.

Vicki Allman struck out nine batter and issued no walks.

Vicki Allman struck out nine batter and issued no walks.

(Groveland) Newburyport snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Pentucket, 6-2, on Friday afternoon at the Pines Athletic Field in Cape Ann League softball.

The Clippers (3-4) were flawless in the field.  It certainly helped that there were only three infield chances on the ground in the entire game.

Vicki Allman tossed a six-hitter with nine strikeouts for NHS.  She was able to get six fly-ball outs – five of them to centerfielder Lea Tomasz.  She allowed no walks.

It took a hit for the Sachems to get on base in this one.

Pentucket (1-7) had five errors and four unearned runs resulted, according to my unofficial count.

Miscues by third baseman Megan Haley and leftfielder Madison Newton enabled Lauren Singer and Meghan Stanton to register two runs in the second inning.

Meanwhile, Vicki Allman faced only nine batters during the first three innings.  Megan Haley did reach on a hits batsman in the second but was gunned down trying to steal on a throw from catcher Lauren Singer to shortstop Kendra Dow.

Megan Haley tags out Kendra Dow at third.

Megan Haley tags out Kendra Dow at third.

The Clippers picked up their third run in the fourth.  Lauren Singer singled and scored on Kendra Dow’s double.  Kendra was thrown out at third, trying to stretch that double, ending the inning, but NHS led, 3-0.

Pentucket broke through with a run in the fourth on consecutive doubles by sophomores Kassidy Kennefick and Maddy Ammon to lead off the inning.
Consecutive fly outs to centerfielder Lea Tomasz ended the inning.

In the fifth, Newburyport added a run to their lead.  A walk (Ashley Hodge), a double (Lea Tomasz), and an error on a hot shot by Carley Siemasko at Megan Haley at 3B produced the run.

The Clippers put up two more runs in the seventh to pad their advantage to, 6-1.  A triple (Carley Siemasko) and a walk (Vicki Allman) set the stage with one out.  Molly Stanton pinch ran for Vicki.  As Molly broke for second (trying to steal) the batter (Lauren Singer) hit an infield grounder.  Because Molly was running the throw to second was not in time.  The play wasn’t over.  Two errant Pentucket throws in a row (one to home) enabled two Clippers to score.

Kassidy Kennefick heads for home in the seventh inning.

Kassidy Kennefick heads for home in the seventh inning.

That five-run cushion came in handy for Newburyport in the seventh.  Mary Kate Corrado singled (Allison Knowles ran for her) with no outs.  Angelica Arredondo followed with an absolute screamer at NHS third baseman Meghan Stanton that the sophomore caught.

That grab was crucial because next batter Megan Haley whacked a double to deep center.  So instead of three straight hits the Sachems had runners on second and third.  Emmy Desjardins drove in Allison Knowles with a fly ball to left before Nicolette Kent was called out on strikes to end the game.

Pentucket played without 2012 Cape Ann League All Star Sydney Snow (sore elbow).

NHS catcher Lauren Singer threw out two runners attempting to steal.  She also scored two runs and had a hit and an RBI.

Sophomore Kassidy Kennefick made several nice plays at short.  She also had two hits and scored a run.

Lauren Singer is tagged out at home by pitcher Tyler Feeney.

Lauren Singer is tagged out at home by pitcher Tyler Feeney.

Tyler Feeney went the distance for the Sachems.  She allowed seven hits and gave up four walks.  The defense behind her?  You already know about that!

This was my first look at Molly Kelly (up for the JV’s) for Newburyport.  Molly had a single in the sixth inning.

Graduated Maddy Stanton was on hand to take this one in.

I had never been to this field before.  I realized once I found it that it was the site of the old Pine Speedway.  I spent quite a few college years’ Saturdays watching the races.  The track closed in 1972.

Next game for both teams is on Monday.  Newburyport will be at Manchester-Essex while Pentucket visits Lynnfield.

Mary Kate Corrado

Mary Kate Corrado

Mary Kate Corrado batted .456 last season.  No wonder she made the CAL All-League team.

Pentucket played four games this week.  In one of them, they knocked off previously undefeated (in the CAL) North Reading.

Newburyport boxscore

Pentucket boxscore

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Sydney Snow

Sydney Snow

Vicki Allman gets rid of her mask after striking out the last batter of the game.

Vicki Allman gets rid of her mask after striking out the last batter of the game.

Meghan Stanton sets to throw to second baseman Jackie Krusemark

Meghan Stanton sets to throw to second baseman Jackie Krusemark

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