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Seven-run inning gets Newburyport 10-5 win vs Pentucket

Grace Habib had four hits and drove in three runs for Newburyport
Sarah Sargent (3 hits, 3 RBI) for Pentucket

(Newburyport MA) The Newburyport Clippers (6-4) used a seven-run third inning to defeat Pentucket, 10-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Cashman Park.

The Sachems (3-7) had tied the score at, 3-3, in their half of the third inning.

Freshman Keira Dowell was the surprise starter for Newburyport.

“I found out last night that I was pitching today because Emily Meleedy was sick,” said Keira who had done some pitching for the Newburyport JVs. 

Keira had six strikeouts and only two walks.

The secret to her success against Pentucket was her ability to keep the Sachems from putting a big inning together.

Pentucket had at least one hit in every inning, but they stranded runners in every inning.  The chances were there but on this sunny afternoon the big hits weren’t.

Keira Dowell won her first varsity start

“It was rough,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.  “We usually come out stronger.  We’ve been hitting so well lately.”

The Clippers had twelve hits but stranded only FIVE runners.  That made the difference.

Half of the NHS hits came in the breakaway third inning.  Twelve Clippers batted.  Five batters in, Newburyport had only one run in and two outs.  But Keira Dowell followed with a two-run single.  After that, an infield error and three additional hits (Maddie McLeod, Cali Caponigro, Grace Habib) turned minimal damage into significant damage.

“When people start hitting, it’s contagious,” said Clippers coach Bob Gillespie of the big inning.

Maddie McLeod scores for Clippers

The 10-3 spread after three innings had some thinking of a possible 10-run, mercy ruling ahead but Pentucket would have none of it.

Pentucket starter Charlotte Latham allowed only one baserunner over the final three Newburyport innings. 

Meanwhile, the Sachems added a run in the fifth (Sarah Sargent RBI double) and another in the seventh (Nicole Tocci RBI single).

But the big inning didn’t happen for the visitors and Newburyport came away with a 10-5 win.

Grace Habib continued her remarkable hitting against Pentucket.  In two games versus the Sachems, Grace is eight-for-eight with seven RBI.

“It’s easy to time out someone’s speed when you’ve already hit against her,” explained Grace afterwards. 

Grace was Newburyport’s catcher.

Nieve Morrissey and Emma Lopata

“Grace did a great job behind the plate,” said Coach Smith. “We couldn’t steal after the first inning.”

Sophomore Maddie McLeod had three hits, two RBI, and scored two runs.  Maddie had singles in each of the first three innings.

Cali Caponigro and Keira Dowell each had two RBI for Newburyport.

I’ve seen Pentucket senior Sarah Sargent twice and been impressed both times.  Sarah can certainly play shortstop with good leadership skills and has a strong, accurate arm.  Her hitting was equally eye-catching today.  She had two doubles, and a single and drove across three Pentucket runs.

Charlotte Latham pitched for Pentucket

Senior Nicole Tocci also had three hits for the Sachems.

Charlotte Latham and Megan Codair each had two hits.  Meghan Hamel scored twice.

Bob Gillespie: “Pentucket is always tough to beat.  Keira pitched very well.  It was her first varsity win.”

I’m suspecting that many of Keira’s pitches were up in the strike zone because Pentucket totaled nine flyball/popup outs.

I showed up at Pioneer Park looking for the game.  Back in the day all of the softball games were at Cashman Park, so I knew where to look next for today’s game.

Meghan Hamel scores for Sachems

Nice weather after a cold, damp Memorial Day weekend.  Cashman Park always has a nice breeze when it’s a warm day.  Play there when it’s cold, and that breeze isn’t as friendly.

Another thing about Cashman Park is that Park Lunch is nearby and occasionally the aroma of hamburg/steak ventures over. 

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

Keira Dowell
Sarah Sargent forces Jenny Masone at 2B
1B Sydney Pichette
Meghan Hamel scored two runs
1B Lea Quintiliana
RF Bailey Stock makes a nice catch
2B Maddie McLeod under a popup
SS Sarah Sargent throws to first base
Senior Isabel Garcia
Near catch by CF Nieve Morrissey
3B Cali Caponigro throws to 1B
Collision course
LF Sophie Lavallee in on a line drive
SS Emma Keefe
Cali Caponigro and Keira Dowell pre-game

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Emily Meleedy hits/pitches Newburyport to 10-5 win over Ipswich

Emily Meleedy had a two-run homer in Newburyport’s four-run second inning
Emily Meleedy

(Newburyport MA) Ipswich coach Paul James knew that he’d seen something special.

“She’s legit. No doubt.”

The Tigers coach was referencing Newburyport’s Emily Meleedy.

Emily had plenty to do with the (3-0) Clippers, 10-5, win over the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Pioneer Park.

At the end of the fourth inning, the home team was ahead, 9-1. 

By then, Emily had a double, home run (over the centerfield fence), and a single, driving in five runs and scoring three times.

The two batters ahead of Emily in the batting order (Emma Keefe & Cali Caponigro) were also very productive early on as Newburyport built their big lead.  Emma and Cali both reached base three times and each scored three times.

Emily also pitched.

Emily Meleedy struck out seven Tigers and allowed six hits

Through four innings the NHS freshman allowed just one hit (Kate Bekeritis) and struck out five.

Lexi James was part of the Ipswich comeback in the 5th inning

Credit Ipswich for putting a four-run rally together in the 5th inning.

“We were down early but we didn’t quit,” said Coach James.  “We got the game back closer.”

The Tigers (2-1) started making solid contact and getting on base. 

“It took us a couple of times around to get used to the pitching,” said Coach James.

Eight Tigers came to the plate in that 4-run fifth with Lexi James, Kate Bekeritis, and Cassidy Smith getting RBIs.

But the damage was limited to four runs.  Again, we find Emily Meleedy playing a big role.  She assisted on an out at first, caught a popup, and struck out the last batter of the inning.

Piper Reily (2 hits) throws to first

Emily struck out seven in the game and ended three innings with strikeouts.

Ipswich had two hits in the 6th inning but ran into a double play on a fly ball to douse a promising chance to score.

RF Keira Dowell ended the game with a nice running catch in foul territory.

The infield surface at Pioneer Park was hard and bumpy.  Both teams struggled making plays on grounders as they tried to figure out hops.

“I thought that we played a sloppy game,” said Newburyport coach Bob Gillespie afterwards.  “We were much better in the first two games. But we can correct the mistakes.”

“We had some struggles, but we pushed through,” said Emily Meleedy.

The Tigers finished with six hits.  Freshman Piper Reily had two of them.

The Clippers started four freshmen and an eighth grader (Sophie Lavallee).

The Tigers started three freshmen.

Cali Caponigro – 3 hits, 2 runs

“We’re a young team and this was a huge building game for us,” said Coach James.

Emily Meleedy: “I was throwing mostly fastballs.  I have a good team to back me up.  It feels good to hit a homer.  I play club softball in Salisbury.  On the club team I pitch and play shortstop.”

Little bit of rain early but that was the end of it.

Parking at Pioneer Park is nearly non-existent.  There were two other games going on at the same time.  I don’t know the parking solution, but there were cars in harm’s way when I left.  Be careful over there.

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

Emma Keefe – 2 hits, 4 runs
Sophie Lavallee
CF Dakota Duncan
Pitcher Annabel Morris
Piper Reily scores a run in the 5th inning
Emily Meleedy goes down for a low pitch
Annabel Morris takes a swing as Cali Caponigro catches
Sophie Lavallee caught stealing by Lexi James
LF Maya Williams comes in for a ball
Bad-hop grounders were the order of the day
SS Lexi James sets to throw to first
Cali Caponigro scores in the first inning
Near catch by 3B Piper Reily
Maddie Della
Keira Dowell mobbed after game-ending catch

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