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Burlington gets past Triton 2-1 to reach D2 North softball semifinals

Christina Clark slides home with the second Burlington run as catcher Liv Doane waits for the ball to arrive

Christina Clark pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts

(Byfield MA) A year ago Burlington’s Christina Clark struck out seventeen Triton Vikings on her way to a 9-0 first round win in the D2 North softball tournament.

With that in the back of my head, I went over to Triton today wondering what to expect a year later in a quarterfinals matchup between the same two teams.

Burlington (17-4) prevailed, 2-1, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and will go on to face Gloucester in the D2 North semifinals.

As far as pitcher Christina Clark is concerned, she’s still an overwhelming presence.  Today she recorded nine strikeouts and allowed only one hit.  The Vikings had only three baserunners and little good contact off the junior.

“When it comes to softball it’s all about pitching,” said Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards. “Their pitcher (Christina Clark) was tough to hit.  She hit her spots, changed speed and had a good curve ball.  We don’t see her speed very often.”

“Christina did well today getting ahead of hitters,” said Burlington coach Kristen Farrell.” Even the balls they put in play weren’t necessarily hit hard.”

Katherine Quigley allowed five hits and one earned run

Lost in the deserved excitement over the pitching of Christina Clark was Katherine Quigley’s performance for the (17-3) Vikings.  The sophomore limited the Devils to five hits and retired the last eight batters she faced.

“It was huge for us to do so much better than last time against them,” said Katherine.  “I felt that I threw a lot harder today than I did in the win over Saugus.  I was more confident and relaxed today.”

Christina Clark retired the last eleven Vikings she faced.  “I was feeling the energy of the team as the game went on,” said Christina.  “I knew that I had a great defense behind me.”

The Devils had only one error (3B Sydney Shinopulos throw) and Triton turned it into a run in the second inning.  Bridget Sheehan walked and reached 3B when Sydney’s attempt to turn a grounder into a force-out went past second allowing Bridget to reach third with one out.  Senior Liv Doane’s slow roller to second enabled Bridget to score.

Erin Browne steals second as Emily Karvielis takes the throw

Burlington came back to tie the game in the top of the third inning.  Erin Browne’s bunt (down the first baseline) forced a wide throw by catcher Liv Doane.  Erin stole second with two outs and came home on Chloe McGonagle’s single to right.

The visitors put together the eventual game winner in their half of the 4th.  Christina Clark reached on a leadoff blooper over third base.  Fran Rubino sacrificed Christina to second before freshman Sydney Shinopulos dropped an 0-2 single into right scoring Christina.  Christina slid in but as my picture above shows she was in well ahead of the throw.

“Getting a runner in scoring position with Chloe up or Sydney up, you know things could happen,” said Coach Farrell.  “We have not had a lot of timely hitting this season.”

The improved defense was a factor for Triton in their very successful season. LF Grace McGonagle made several nice running catches for the Vikings.  “Our defense was lights out again,” said Coach Dupere.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan squeezes a popup

Both Coach Farrell and Christina Clark commended Triton.

“Triton hung tough,” said Coach Farrell.
Much improved over last year.”

“This was a very different game than last year,” said Christina. “They had a good defense.”

The Devils now return again to the D2 North semifinals and will face Gloucester on Wednesday in Lowell.  North Reading will also be in the semifinals at the same place and on the same date.

Burlington line of defense

Encouraging for Triton that the three losses this season were against two teams (North Reading & Burlington) which have now reached the D2 North semifinals.

“Burlington was probably the best team we’ve faced all year and we probably played our best game of the year,” recalled Coach Dupere.

Coach Dupere: “Katherine (Quigley) changed her speeds.  She’s got three different speeds.  She’s tough to hit.”

Coach Farrell: “Any win in the postseason is a good win.  Our defense was solid, and our pitcher had a really great game.  She had big strikeouts when we needed them.”

Coach Dupere: “I came into this season with high expectations, but the girls exceeded them.  We’re losing four important seniors, but we have the nucleus back and we have some good players coming up.  We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with next year.”

Plenty of sunshine today but the game was so quick that the tanning/burning was limited!

Sydney Shinopulos (batting) drove in the eventual game winner in the 4th inning

If I could give Triton softball two pieces of advice they would be these: Schedule twenty games instead of eighteen.  Seventeen days off before the playoffs is unconscionable.  The other thing would be to get a perennial tournament team like St.Mary’s, Burlington, Whittier on the schedule to prep Triton for tournament pitching and hitting.

Nice to see some of the Pentucket players on hand.  They lost in the first round to Burlington, 5-1.

Burlington has been the champs of the Middlesex League for seven straight years.

Sophomore Chloe McGonagle was the only player with two hits in the game.

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Triton pregame

Burlington pregame

Catcher Meaghan Gurska and pitcher Christina Clark before the game

1B Taylor Penniman catches a foul pop

Meghan Gaffney

1B Jordan Ferullo handles the last out of the game

All smiles for Burlington after 2-1 win

Kat Nikolopoulos

Bridget Sheehan takes 3B after a Burlington throwing error

Erin Browne

Erin Browne scores standing up

Christina Clark reaches 3B as Sydney Shinopulos’ hit is fielded by RF Dani West

Katherine Quigley throws out a runner at first

Bridget Sheehan had Triton’s only hit on this very close play.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan throws to 3B Colleen McCarthy to force Meghan Gaffney

Senior Liv Doane (batting) drove in Triton’s only run

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton gets 11th straight with 8-3 win over Newburyport

Emily Karvielis waits for throw from Bridget Sheehan as Meg Winn slides

Triton coach Dave Dupere congratulates Zoe Cesati

(Byfield MA) “Where’s Triton?’”

“In Byfield, where’s that?”

I’m expecting some strangers to show up to watch Triton softball in the near future.  Possibly tomorrow at the Manchester-Essex game but certainly at Monday’s showdown with 14-1 North Reading.

What’s all the excitement?  The Vikings are having a season to remember.  They’ve won eleven straight and are making loud noises in Division Two.  The Boston Herald has Triton ranked 25th in that division today.

This afternoon, Triton (14-1) rallied past Newburyport, 8-3.

“We’ve been underestimated all season,” said CF Zoe Cesati afterwards.

Zoe bounced a two-run homer (first of the year) off the top of the center field fence in Triton’s three-run sixth that gave the home team a 7-2 cushion.

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn finishes a double play

I chose to do today’s game because I was certain that Newburyport (8-7) was better than the team I saw taken out 17-1 in five innings by Triton on May 1st.

And right I was.  For three innings today, the Clippers looked capable of pulling a huge upset.  Triton?  Very shaky in the field in the first inning and able to get only two hits in three innings off NHS starter Paige Gouldthorpe.

That shaky defense (three errors) cost Triton two runs and Paige’s pitching had the home team down, 2-0, after three.

“We’ve been down early before and have responded well,” said Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.

Bridget Sheehan (3) heads home on a triple by Emily Karvielis

And respond they did.  The defense tightened, and the hits followed.

“Everyone started hitting,” explained RF Dani West. “That’s what we needed.”

The Vikings batted around in the 4th inning, collecting four runs on five hits.  “Hitting is our primary focus in practice,” said Coach Dupere. “We play good defense, but we’ve got to hit to win games.”

Triton finished with eleven hits on the afternoon.  Junior Bridget Sheehan led the way with three hits and the Cape Ann League All-Star scored three times.

The Vikings would add a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Taylor Penniman beats out a bunt

Newburyport had seven hits getting three of them (Meg Winn, Annie Siemasko, Liv Salvatore) in the 7th and producing a run.

Annie Siemasko and Liv Salvatore each had two hits.  Meg Winn scored twice.

Taylor Penniman and Grace McGonagle had two hits apiece for the Vikings.

Annie Siemasko and Zoe Cesati both made nice running catches in center field.

Newburyport shortstop Meg Winn turned a double play on an infield grounder.

“I have to credit Grace McGonagle,” added Coach Dupere. “The kid gets on every time up!”  Grace had two hits, a walk, and was hit by a pitch.

Carisa Boyle slides into second

Emily Karvielis had a run-producing triple in the sixth.  Defensively she had five assists and handled three popups.

SeniorDani West (RF) plans to attend Wentworth in the fall to study architecture.  Glad to learn from Dani that her mother was better.  Dani’s mother was hit by a foul ball at Amesbury earlier in the month.  “She has a little concussion and coach now has a special helmet for her to wear at our games.”

“Defensively, we were spotty in the first inning, but we cleaned it up after that,” said Coach Dupere.

Pitcher Katherine Quigley was the winning pitcher.  She is 13-1 this season.  The sophomore seldom overpowers anyone but pitches to spots and lets Triton’s defense take care of the rest.  Katherine gave up one earned run today.

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan looks for the last grounder

Shortstop Bridget Sheehan finished the game handling an obstructed-view grounder.

Dave Dupere was leery about looking past the ME game tomorrow toward Monday’s rematch with North Reading.  So I’ll do it.  The Vikings lost 6-2 on April 18th at North Reading.  Catcher Tara Driver had three homers for the Hornets.  Tara will be going to D1 Niagara on a softball scholarship.  Find a way to minimize Tara and Triton could come away with a CAL title.  By the way, both teams are in Division 2 so a third game between the two might be in the cards come tournament time.  Pentucket did the Vikings a huge favor yesterday by defeating NR 7-3, ending a long (since 2015) winning streak the Hornets had going in the Cape Ann League.  The CAL title should be on the line on Monday afternoon in Byfield.

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Mikayla Vincent

Taylor Penniman

Shortstop Meg Winn hauls in a short pop to left

Annie Siemasko (2 hits) eyes a pitch

Triton fans

Katherine Quigley

Abby Maines

Zoe Cesati bats

Zoe Cesati

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton defeats Amesbury 4-1 to gain tourney

Eve Paicos reaches 3B as the throw comes to Sydney Daileanes

Emma DiPietro homered in the first inning for Amesbury

(Amesbury MA) The Triton softball team keeps rolling along. That’s six straight for the team from Byfield.

This afternoon the Vikings (9-1) got themselves into the post-season with a tight 4-1 win over Amesbury.

“This was a big win for Triton,” explained 3rd year coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “We qualified for the tournament and we did it against two of the best pitchers (Emily O’Donnell & Hayley Catania) in the Cape Ann League.”

Amesbury (4-5) jumped ahead quickly in the first inning as junior Emma DiPietro took advantage of fenceless Perry Field and homered down the left field line.

Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter for the Vikings

“That first-batter homer was a shock,” said Vikings shortstop Bridget Sheehan, “but we are good at bouncing back.”

The immediate 1-0 deficit was a wake-up call for Triton pitcher Katherine Quiqley. “Amesbury is a very good hitting team and I knew that I wanted to keep the ball inside and low on them.  That home run pitch got way too much of the strike zone.”

Lesson learned.  Thereafter, with better pitch spotting, the Indians were limited to only three hits over the final 6 2/3 innings.

The Vikings broke through on AHS starter Emily O’Donnell in the 3rd inning.  Dani West singled to left before Eve Paicos duplicated Emma DiPietro’s homer with a liner/roller to left.

Now ahead 2-1, the Vikings put three hits together in a row in the 4th inning to collect another pair of runs.  A single by Bridget Sheehan was followed by a triple to left center by Emily Karvielis scoring Bridget.  “I thought that the left fielder was going to catch it but then it went into the gap,”said Emily afterwards.”  A Colleen McCarthy single on the ground up the middle drove in Triton’s 4th run.

Eve Paicos rounds second as Amesbury sets up a relay

Sophomore Eve Paicos

The Eve Paicos homer was a big surprise to me.  Why?  I did the Triton game on Tuesday at Newburyport and never saw Eve play at all.  Today, batting 9th, I wasn’t prepared for her shot to left.  Coach Dupere and Bridget Sheehan both insisted afterwards, however, that the sophomore hits for power.

The Vikings had only six hits and Eve had two of them today.  Next time I won’t be as surprised.

Not surprising to Coach Dupere was the play of his infield.  “In my opinion, we have the best infield in the league.”  Hard not to agree.  With Katherine Quigley keeping the ball down, there were plenty (fourteen) of infield grounders.

3B Colleen McCarthy was busy with seven of them.

2B Emily Karvielis made a diving stop and threw from her knees to end the Amesbury first.

In the 4th inning shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a nice running catch in left.  Later, in the same inning, she was able to handle a two-out grounder despite having baserunner Abby Aponas go in front of her just before the ball got to her.

Senior Hayley Catania retired eight straight Vikings

The Vikings needed all the pitching and defense they could find on this afternoon because Amesbury was on its game.  There were no unearned runs.  No walks.  In five of today’s innings the Vikings totaled just one baserunner!  Relief pitcher Hayley Catania retired the last eight Vikings in a row.

But the four runs were enough for Triton to run their win streak to six.  Their only loss has been to undefeated North Reading, 6-2.  There is a rematch ahead this month.  Might want to see that one!

The Indians haven’t won a game in two weeks.  Today’s performance should be a source of encouragement for their games ahead.  The defense made plays and the pitching was solid.  Now if they can get some hits.  Despite the two-week slide, Amesbury still leads the Baker Division of the CAL.

The Indians had won five straight versus Triton.  Last Vikings win was in 2013.

Triton has six games before they face North Reading.  Four of the teams they face they have already beaten once.  The other two opponents have losing records.  Never good to count your chickens before they’re hatched, however.

Scary moment in the first inning.  A Hayley Catania foul ball curved into the bleachers and caught a lady on the side of the head.  There was immediate attention and ice packs and hopefully she is okay.

RF Dani West settles under the final out

Triton nearly had the bases loaded in the 5th inning but the home plate umpire reversed a walk to Zoe Cesati after owning up to his mistake on the count.  Zoe then popped up and Bridget lined out stranding the two runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Hayley Catania started the game for AHS at 3B and immediately successfully handled two Triton bunt attempts.  Hayley will attend UMass Boston in the fall to study nursing and play softball.

The weather was overcast and in the low 60s.

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3B Colleen McCarthy throws to first

One that got away

Taylor Penniman

Sydney Daileanes

Abby Aponas screens Bridget

Bridget locates the ball

Catcher Hanniah Burdick looks for a sign

Pitcher Katherine Quigley makes a play to first

3B Colleen McCarthy had six assists

Kaylie Cloutier makes a play at first

Shortstop Emma DiPietro

First inning scare

 

 

 

 

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Triton wins 5th straight 17-1 over Newburyport

Pitcher Katherine Quigley on her way to her 7th win as Coach Dave Dupere watches

Grace McGonagle scores after a wild pitch

(Newburyport MA) It may be time to start taking the 2018 edition of the Triton girls softball team seriously.

The Vikings (8-1) dominated Newburyport 17-1 in five innings on Tuesday afternoon.

“We did everything right today,” said Triton coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  And who could argue?

Want hitting?  The Vikings had sixteen hits including four by senior Olivia Doane. The visitors scored in every inning and jumped off to a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

How about defense?  No errors on this afternoon.

Pitching?  Sophomore Katherine Quigley scattered seven hits with only one walk.

Olivia Doane had four hits for Triton

Katherine (7-1) was quick to defer credit after the game.  “I had awesome defense behind me.”

It was a rough afternoon to say the least for the Clippers (4-3).  Pitchers Paige Gouldthorpe and Annie Siemasko struggled with control (eight walks).  Viking runners flooded the bases and were quick to take advantage of numerous wild pitches and passed balls.

The Clippers hadn’t played a game in a week and that could well explain an off afternoon for them.

The Vikings have now won five straight and have evened their series at 6 with NHS since the 2012 season.

The home team was able to push across a run in the 4th inning as freshman Cali Caponigro drove in senior teammate Courtney Walsh.

Cali also made a nice play in left on a sinking line drive.

Meg Winn talks with new pitcher Annie Siemasko

The two Division 2 opponents will meet again at Triton on May 16th.

“After losing to Newburyport twice last season our girls came ready to play today,” added Coach Dupere.

Ahead for the Vikings is Amesbury on Friday at Amesbury.  “That will be a big test for us,” said Coach Dupere, “in my three years coaching at Triton we’ve never beaten them.”

I talked pitching with Katherine Quigley afterwards.  She told me that she was “100% more comfortable over last season.”  She has been training almost year round and has added a couple of pitches (screwball and curve).  “I still need to spot the ball better and improve on my speed.”

The only game that Katherine didn’t pitch (she was sick) was the 25-15 slugfest the Vikings survived with Pentucket.

Today’s game featured two of the Cape Ann League’s best players; juniors Bridget Sheehan (shortstop) and Annie Siemasko (centerfield).  They were CAL All-Stars in 2017.

Pitcher Paige Gouldthorpe tries to get Taylor Penniman at first

Triton batted around in the first inning (five runs) and the fourth inning (six runs).  In the five innings this game lasted the Vikings left twelve runners stranded.

I was at the NH Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays AA team) game last night in Manchester. All I do at those games is take pictures.  High school games?  Add scorebook keeping and digital recording to the mix.  I’m lucky to get the score right with all that going on!  However, there was a working scoreboard in use at today’s game, so I know that the final was 17-1.

Nice weather today.  80’s tomorrow?  Why not!

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Catcher Olivia Doane throws to first over baserunner Maddy Duford

Fae Pecos

3B Colleen McCarthy threw out a runner at the plate

Paige Gouldthorpe tagged out at the plate

Cape Ann League All-Star Bridget Sheehan

Cape Ann League All-Star Annie Siemasko

Emily Karvielis

Grace McGonagle

Dani West

Zoe Cesati

Grace McGonagle blocks a throw with her back

Mikayla Vincent

Olivia Salvatore

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