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Amesbury rallies past Rockport 6-4 in D3 North softball quarterfinals

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Miranda Roller and Emily Robinson collide at second base

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

Kayla Parisi scores the 4th Rockport run

(Amesbury MA) Rockport built up a 4-run lead after three innings but the #1 seed Amesbury took over from there getting a 6-4 decision on Monday afternoon.

The Indians (19-2) now advance to the D3 North semifinals on Wednesday afternoon (4PM) against Winthrop at Martin Field in Lowell.

#9 seed Rockport (14-6) hit the ball hard (six hits in the first three innings) and benefited from two Amesbury defensive lapses to get ahead 4-0 after three innings.

But after the third inning Amesbury tightened up their defense and took advantage of errors and wild pitches to get the lead in the fifth. An insurance run was added in the sixth.

Hayley Catania - 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania – 2 RBI & complete-game win

Hayley Catania, after not holding a runner on third which allowed her to score in the Rockport second, was masterful thereafter. In the fifth Hayley, protecting a one-run lead with a runner (Miranda Roller) on third, got a strikeout and a flyout to end the threat.

Hayley at the bat? Timely. The freshman had two-out, RBI singles in the 4th and 5th.

The game ended on a play at third. Jess Collins grounded out shortstop-to-first with one out but baserunner Miranda Roller (on second) decided to try for third after the out at first. Unfortunate decision. First baseman Zoe Fitzgerald fired a strike to teammate Autumn Kligerman at third and Miranda never came close to reaching the base.roam-A16-throw-to-Autumn-from-Zoeroam-A17-Autumn-about-to-apply-the-tagroam-A17-tag-has-been-applied-for-the-final-out

In the Rockport second, Rachel Balestraci doubled in Emily Faulds. Rachel was sacrificed to third by Allie Davis with one out. Allie’s sister Rachel grounded back to AHS pitcher Hayley Catania. Instead of looking the runner back at third, Hayley threw to first which allowed Allie to score Rockport’s second run.

In the Rockport third, an Emily Faulds’ single to right with two outs drove in Miranda Roller. On the same play Kayla Parisi reached third and literally stole home unnoticed by the Amesbury infield. Meagan Aponas made a nice catch in center to end that inning.

In the Amesbury fourth, Autumn Kligerman’s sinking fly to left fell off Allie Davis’ glove allowing Autumn to get second with two outs. Hayley Catania delivered Autumn.

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

CF Rachel Haselgard about to save a run with a terrific catch

The Vikings still held a 4-1 lead but the Amesbury fifth would give them the lead. A walk, a play that wasn’t made at second, and a wild pitch all led to Indians’ runs. It was only a great running catch by RHS centerfielder Rachel Haselgard for the final out that kept the damage to four runs.

In the Rockport sixth, the Vikings had two on and two out when Rachel Haselgard drilled a liner to AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli.

Now up 5-4 after five, the Indians added one more. Megan Reid reached on an error but was cut down on Lauren Fedorchak’s fielder’s choice. From there Lauren stole second and went to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Maddie Napoli’s ground single to deep third scored Lauren.

Meaghan Wonson was injured (nose) during Rockport’s pre-game infield practice but recovered in time to play the game. Yet another reason for infielders to wear masks.

Rockport catcher KT Favoloro made several nice plays on foul pops.

Amesbury defeated Rockport in April (14-9) and May (10-5).

Miranda Roller had a 3-run homer in Rockport’s opening round win over Greater Lawrence.

Amesbury box

Rockport box

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Miranda Roller

Miranda Roller

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

Meaghan Wonson gets treatment

close play at first

close play at first

Lauren Fedorchak

Lauren Fedorchak

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Catcher Caity Baker comes out after a bunt

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Jess Collins pitched for Rockport

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

Rockport coach Diane Parisi in front of the crowd

trouble in the Rockport outfield

trouble in the Rockport outfield

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

Miranda Roller and Autumn Kligerman

AHS coach Chris Perry

AHS coach Chris Perry

close play at second

close play at second

 

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Undefeated Amesbury (12-0) edges Georgetown 4-2 in CAL softball

Zoe Fitzgerald gets third as throw escapes Brenna Donoghue

Zoe Fitzgerald gets third as throw escapes Brenna Donoghue

All eyes are on a two-out fly ball to left in the fourth inning

All eyes are on a two-out fly ball to left in the fourth inning

(Amesbury MA) That’s a dozen and counting.

Amesbury got past scrappy Georgetown, 4-2, on cool, windy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League action.

Freshman Hayley Cantania tossed a 4-hitter with 9 strikeouts for Amesbury.

The Indians (12-0) put three runs together in the decisive second inning. Lauren Fedorchak delivered runs 2 & 3 with a double to left center.

Three Amesbury popups in that crucial 2nd inning were significant. Two of the popups (Emily Robinson & Haley Catania) fell for hits in short rightfield while the other one was a foul ball that wasn’t caught.

The wind was a player all game turning routine plays into adventures for both teams.

The Indians added a run in the fourth. Meagan Aponas beat out a grounder to second and later reached third on a throwing error by G’Town pitcher Danielle Quercia. Meagan was able to score Amesbury’s 4th run when Sam Stone’s fly ball to left was dropped by Maggie Noelk.

Danielle Quercia

Danielle Quercia

Later in the Amesbury 4th the Indians loaded the bases with one out but Danielle Quercia got a popup and a strikeout to escape with just one run allowed.

The visitors cut their 4-0 deficit in half in the fifth inning. Kylie Hayward singled and stole second. Jen Nutter walked on a wild pitch and Kylie reached third with two outs. Jen’s steal attempt drew a throw from catcher Caity Baker allowing Kylie to score when Jen was ruled safe at second. Kate Irons’ wind-influenced popup fell between first and second enabling Jen to get Georgetown’s second run.

That was it for the scoring. Georgetown (6-6) had a runner on in both the 6th and 7th but couldn’t find a big hit.

Best play of the game? Last out of the game. Kate Irons hit a hot shot to 3B Autumn Kligerman’s left. Autumn dove for it, stopped it, and threw to first. 1B Zoe Fitzgerald scooped the hurried throw and the game was over.

Both team’s shortstops had defensive gems. Maddie Napoli (Amesbury) ranged left to backhand a grounder then threw out the runner. Kylie Hayward (Georgetown) took charge on a popup near the mound and made a nice running catch.

Lauren Fedorchak - two rbi in the second inning

Lauren Fedorchak – two rbi in the second inning

Danielle Quercia pitched well enough to win. However, misplayed popups and throwing errors cost the Royals dearly.

The two teams met on April 8th. The snow was flying and Amesbury came away 8-6 winners in a weather-shortened five inning game.

Maddie Napoli, Emily Robinson, and Hayley Cantania each had two hits for Amesbury.

Kylie Hayward, Jen Nutter, Kate Irons, and Dana Edwards collected Georgetown’s four hits.

The Royals have won four of their last six games. Next for them is a trip to winless Ipswich on Wednesday.

Amesbury hasn’t lost since last June. Who beat them? St. Mary’s in the D3 North finals.

Amesbury’s next game is at Lynnfield on Wednesday.

Weather? Ninety degrees Sunday afternoon turned into sixty degrees a day later! One of the attractions to this area we live in is that we have four seasons. I didn’t know you could have all of them over a 2-day stretch.

One of the numerous popups landed on a very startled Augie in foul territory.

Amesbury box

Georgetown box

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Meagan Aponas - scored fourth Amesbury run

Meagan Aponas – scored fourth Amesbury run

Dana Edwards

Dana Edwards

Brenna Donoghue

Brenna Donoghue

Hayley Cantania - 9 strikeouts

Hayley Cantania – 9 strikeouts

Running catch by shortstop Kylie Hayward

Running catch by shortstop Kylie Hayward

Sam Stone

Sam Stone

Autumn Kligerman (middle) throws to first for the final out

Autumn Kligerman (middle) throws to first for the final out

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Amesbury routs Weston 17-1 in D3 North First Round

Weston errors proved very costly against Amesbury

Weston errors proved very costly against Amesbury

Pitcher Rachel Cyr allowed only two hits

Pitcher Rachel Cyr allowed only two hits

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury overwhelmed Weston, 17-1, in Division 3 North first round action Sunday afternoon at Amesbury.

The mercy rule kicked in after the Wildcats batted in the top of the fifth inning.

With the win, Amesbury moves ahead to the quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon (4PM) hosting Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.

Weston (9-12) rolled up twenty-five runs in their preliminary round victory against New Mission two day ago.  Nothing like that happened today, however, against Rachel Cyr as the AHS senior limited the Wildcats to two hits (Gene Miller) and one unearned run.

Because the game was shortened, the Indians (15-6) had only four innings of at-bats and they made the most of them.  There were seventeen Amesbury hits with everyone in the starting lineup getting at least one.  The only extra base hits were by Lauren Fedorchak (triple) and Amanda Schell (double).

Alexis Boswell caught between Naomi Siverstein (#17) and Marie McMann

Alexis Boswell caught between Naomi Siverstein (#17) and Marie McMann

Anyone at this game asked to explain it won’t be starting with Weston’s lack of hitting or Amesbury’s ability to hit.  They would probably start with the very shaky Weston defense.  The Wildcats committed eight errors, by my count, including four in the first inning when Amesbury put up seven runs.

For some reason, both good defense or bad defense can be contagious.  In this case, the inability to make plays in the field enveloped the visitors from the Dual County League.  And Amesbury just aggravated the situation by putting ball after ball in play for four innings.

What looked like minor damage by Amesbury in the first inning (two runs), due to two fielding miscues (Gene Miller and Katie Valle), became major damage (seven runs) when two more errors (Katie Valle and Naomi Silverstein) followed before the end of the inning.

Amanda Schell steals second base

Amanda Schell steals second base

The Indians added four runs in the second, two in the third, and four more in the fourth.  AHS coach Chris Perry had all of his reserves in action before this one ended.  Sophomore Megan Reid came off the bench to single in the fourth inning.

Amanda Schell and Alexis Boswell led the way for Amesbury with three hits apiece. Lucy Scholz, Zoe Fitzgerald, and Lauren Fedorchak each had two hits for the Indians.

The Wildcats collected their lone run in the fourth inning.  Alison Heilbronner’s bunt was thrown away by 3B Autumn Kligerman allowing Alison to get second.  A wild pitch moved Alison to third and from there she was singled home by Gene Miller.

Weather?  The only concern might have been from a possible sunburn!

Maddie Piccione

Maddie Piccione

Sophomore Maddie Piccione took the loss for Weston.  The less said about the support behind her the better.

Rachel Cyr will be going to Salem State next year to play softball.

Cape Ann League softball Player-of-the-Year (Amanda Schell) will attending Ithaca (NY) to play field hockey for the D3 Bombers next year. I wonder if the softball coach knows about her?

Amesbury had a nice speaker system in place for the game and we heard the National Anthem as well as batter identifications.  The scoreboard was also used.

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Talia Cramer gets treatment

Talia Cramer gets treatment

Lauren Fedorchak tripled in the third inning

Lauren Fedorchak tripled in the third inning

Alison Heilbronner nears home

Alison Heilbronner nears home

Skyla Lynch

Skyla Lynch

Kasie Wrean eyes a popup

Kasie Wrean eyes a popup

Lucy Scholz scored two runs

Lucy Scholz scored two runs

Catcher Amanda Schell settles under the game-ending popup

Catcher Amanda Schell settles under the game-ending popup

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Amesbury defeats Newburyport 18-0 in mercy-rule shortened game

Amanda Schell (#16) had five hits, 5 RBI, and scored four times for Amesbury

Amanda Schell (#16) had five hits, five RBI, and scored four times for Amesbury

(Newburyport) “When she was good
She was very, very good
But when she was bad
She was horrid!” (part of a nursery rhyme by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Now that you know the score it will take very little imagination to place “Amesbury” and “Newburyport” in the rhyme.

The two teams played a week ago and Amesbury won, 4-1.  Who saw an 18-0, mercy-rule game coming?  I will admit to being stunned by the way this game went!

Indians jam the base paths

Indians jam the base paths

The Indians (9-1) had only six hits two days ago in a loss to Triton against Mara Spears.  But today they battered the Clippers Vicki Allman for eighteen hits………and most of them were hard hit.

The big story out of this game was Amesbury’s second inning.  The Indians sent eighteen batters to the plate and collected twelve hits and scored thirteen times.  Amesbury had two triples (Amanda Schell), a double (Alexi Boswell), and singles galore.

The normally sure-handed Clippers shortstop Kendra Dow had three miscues in the Newburyport nightmare.  It actually took two terrific outfield plays (Ashley Casellini and Lea Tomasz) to keep the visitors from getting more runs.

The Indians had gotten a run in the first inning as Cassie Schultz’s double brought in Amanda Schell.  So the Clippers found themselves down, 14-0, after 1 ½ innings.

trouble in the field

trouble in the field

The big question then was, “How does the Mercy Rule work in the Cape Ann League?”  The answer was that it’s twelve runs after five innings played.  So Newburyport obviously had its work cut out for it to extend the game beyond five innings.  It didn’t happen on this afternoon.

As I suggested in the opening paragraph, Amesbury had everything going well including pitching, fielding (no errors), and hitting.

Starter Carolina Merrill gave up four hits in four innings.  The Clippers (5-4) had two on (Kendra Dow and Lea Tomasz) with one out in the first inning but the AHS senior struck out Carley Siemasko and Jackie Krusemark to end the threat.

Rachel Cyr pitched the fifth getting two strikeouts.

shortstop Amanda Schell

shortstop Amanda Schell

Junior Amanda Schell had a Cape Ann League Division 2 Player-of-the-Year game for Amesbury.  The AHS shortstop handled six chances in the field without error.  She was more impressive at the plate going five-for-five and driving in five runs.  She also scored four runs.  Remarkable performance!

Cassie Schultz reached base all five times she batted getting three hits and adding three RBI.

Freshman Lauren Fedorchak also had three hits.  The second baseman scored three times.

Alexi Boswell registered three RBI on two hits.  The junior crossed home twice.

Kendra Dow had two of Newburyport’s four hits.

Newburyport has now lost four straight games to Amesbury.

close play at second

close play at second

Both teams return to action on Friday.  The Clippers visit Lynnfield.  Amesbury, the top team in the CAL D2, will host North Reading, the top team in the CAL D1.  That matchup should be a good one.

The weather was remarkable.

This game was originally scheduled for 7PM under the Cashman Park lights.

Amesbury boxscore

Newburyport boxscore

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Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

Lauren Fedorchak had three hits and scored three runs

Lauren Fedorchak had three hits and scored three runs

play at third

play at third

Starter Carolina Merrill

Starter Carolina Merrill

Cassie Schultz had three hits and three RBI

Cassie Schultz had three hits and three RBI

Meghan Stanton throws to Carley Siemasko

Meghan Stanton throws to Carley Siemasko

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