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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 plays well in 4-1 loss to D3 powerhouse St. Mary’s of Lynn

Augie relaxes between innings of the St. Marys/Amesbury softball game

Augie relaxes between innings of the St. Marys/Amesbury softball game

Pitcher Mia Nowicki gets congratulated by teammate Katie Terban

Pitcher Mia Nowicki gets congratulated by teammate Katie Terban

(Amesbury MA) Amesbury didn’t make a full recovery from the nightmarish 16-15 loss to Newburyport last game but their improved play was noticeable.

The Indians (2-2) lost, 4-1, to a very strong St. Mary’s (Lynn) team in a non-league game on a beautiful Tuesday morning.

Sophomore Vanessa VanBuskirk drove in three runs for St. Mary’s (4-1).

The Spartans pitching (sophomore Michaela Hamill and freshman Mia Nowicki) gave up seven hits but it was their ability to strand nine Indians that made the difference.  Twice St. Mary’s pitchers were confronted with bases-loaded situations but yielded just one Amesbury run.

The Spartans scored two runs in the second and two more in the sixth.  The Indians collected their lone run in the fourth.

Pitcher Rachel Cyr gets one of her seven assists.

Pitcher Rachel Cyr gets one of her seven assists.

Rachel Cyr went the distance for Amesbury and pitched well.  The senior was victimized by a trio of infield bleeders in StM’s 2-run second and two walks in the 2-run sixth.

In the Spartans’ second inning, juniors Molly Doyle and Mollie Mello reached on slow rollers that neither AHS shortstop Maddie Napoli nor third baseman Autumn Kligerman had easy chances on.  (Senior Alexis Mango ran for Mollie Mello.)  A wild pitch moved both runners up and Mia Nowicki’s grounder to pitcher Rachel Cyr enabled Molly Doyle to score St. Mary’s first run.  Alexis Mango reached third on the play.  Vanessa VanBuskirk then hit a blooper over the pitcher, but in front of the shortstop, with plenty of spin on it that fell in and drove across the Spartans second run.  Nothing was hard hit but St. Mary’s was up, 2-0, after two innings.

Rachel Cyr gets back to third as Katie Terban applies the tag

Rachel Cyr gets back to third as Katie Terban applies the tag

Amesbury cut the lead in half in their fourth inning and came very close to having an even bigger inning.  Rachel Cyr started things off by reaching on a dropped popup by senior second baseman Jennie Mucciarone.  Autumn Kligerman bunted Rachel to second.  Next batter junior Meagan Aponas took a full swing and got a dribbler to go down the first baseline.  None of the St. Mary’s fielders reacted to it and so Meagan reached first.  Sophomore Sammy Stone then hit a grounder back to pitcher Michaela Hamill who tried unsuccessfully to get Rachel Cyr off of third.  So Amesbury now had the bases loaded with just one out.  They did get a run as Lauren Fedorchak’s fielder’s choice scored Rachel Cyr but Michaela got freshman Maddie Napoli to pop out ending what might have been a much bigger inning.

Mia Nowicki pitched the final three innings for the Spartans.

Against Mia in the fifth, the Indians got senior Lucy Scholz (3 hits) to third with two outs but failed to capitalize.

Jess Marinello scores the Spartans 4th run

Jess Marinello scores the Spartans 4th run

The Spartans put up two runs worth of insurance in the sixth inning.  Rachel Cyr’s only two walks of the game proved costly.  With two outs, St. Mary’s runners (Molly Doyle and pinchrunner Jess Martinello), who had reached on walks, were on second and third.  Vanessa VanBuskirk delivered the two of them with a hard shot to centerfield.

Amesbury trailed, 4-1, with two out in the bottom of the seventh.  But the Indians didn’t go quietly getting consecutive hits from Alexi Boswell and Lucy Scholz.  Amanda Schell extended the inning with a walk loading the bases.  However, Mia Nowicki got Rachel Cyr to fly to senior centerfielder Alex Fisher to end Amesbury‘s hopes for a last-inning comeback.

Amesbury is now in Division 3 as is St. Mary’s so it was a good chance for both teams to check each other out for a possible D3 North tournament game later on.

Vanessa VanBuskirk leads teammate Jennie Mucciarone to the bag

Vanessa VanBuskirk leads teammate Jennie Mucciarone to the bag

Jennie Mucciarone (going to Tufts) was part of St. Mary’s D3 basketball state champs as was Mia Nowicki.

Pitcher Rachel Cyr had seven assists.

St. Mary’s reached the state D3 final last year before losing, 5-2, to Assabet Valley.  The Spartans were 20-6 last season.  Amesbury was 19-3 in 2013 but in Division 2.

Amesbury is scheduled to visit Ipswich tomorrow for a 10AM game……..weather permitting.

Weather?  It is nice to go to an outdoor event in April and feel over-dressed. This was one of those mornings.

St. Mary’s box

Amesbury box

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Lauren Fedorchak eyes a popup

Lauren Fedorchak eyes a popup

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Maddie Napoli throws to first

Maddie Napoli throws to first

Vanessa VanBuskirk

Vanessa VanBuskirk

Mollie Mello

Mollie Mello

Michaela Hamill

Michaela Hamill

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Amesbury experience shows in 5-1 softball win over Georgetown

Zoe Fitzgerald (#21) gets cheers from her teammates after circling the bases in the sixth inning.

Zoe Fitzgerald (#21) gets cheers from her teammates after circling the bases in the sixth inning.

Autumn Kligerman sets to fire to first

Autumn Kligerman sets to fire to first

(Amesbury)  Experienced Amesbury opened their 2014 season with a 5-1 victory over Georgetown on a blustery Wednesday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.

The Indians (1-0) were flawless in the field and capitalized on the inexperience of the Royals (0-1) especially in the outfield.

Minus graduated hitters such as Ashley Valme, Janine Fatal, Erin Leary, and Cassie Schultz, Amesbury couldn’t separate from the determined Royals.  This was a 3-1 game going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the decisive sixth, sophomore Zoe Fitzgerald hit a hard shot into right center that split freshmen outfielders Samantha Newbury and Dana Edwards on the ground.  By the time the two outfielders could retrieve the ball, and get it back into the infield, Zoe had reached home (with Amesbury’s 4th run) without a slide despite slowing up at third base.

The Indians added more insurance in the same frame.  Lauren Fedorchak singled to deep short and took second on a wild throw by SS Maddy Crateau.  Lauren then scored Run #5 on freshman Maddie Napoli’s blooper into right field.

The throw from first goes past Alexi Boswell and shortstop Kylie Hayward

The throw from first goes past Alexi Boswell and shortstop Kylie Hayward

Senior Alexi Boswell worked some base running magic to produce a run in the first inning.  After Alexi reached on a single, Lucy Scholz put down a bunt that activated the Georgetown infield.  Third baseman Hannah Jannell fielded the bunt and made an accurate throw to second baseman Maddy Crateau covering first to get Lucy.  However that defensive arrangement left shortstop Kylie Hayward covering both second and third.  So Alexi ran right past second toward uncovered third.  Maddy Crateau threw the ball past shortstop Kylie Hayward who was racing Alexi to third and Alexi came home with Amesbury’s first run.

More of that inexperience/experience thing kicked in for a second first inning run.  Senior Amanda Schell singled to right but the ball got past rightfielder Dana Edwards and Amanda ended up at third.  Senior Rachel Cyr singled to center scoring Amanda with Amesbury’s second score.

pitcher Danielle Quercia

pitcher Danielle Quercia

When Autumn Kligerman hit a fly ball to center that centerfielder Samantha Newbury couldn’t find in the sun, you sensed that a very bad inning was underway for the Royals.  But credit Georgetown starter Danielle Quercia.  She got Zoe Fitzgerald to strike out and Sammy Stone to line to first ending the inning without any more runs allowed.

Amesbury would build their lead to 3-0 in the second inning.  Lauren Fedorchak singled to center and Maddie Napoli sacrifice bunted her to second.  Lucy Scholz delivered Lauren with a two-out single to center.

Georgetown had five hits, a walk, and five stranded runners to show for five innings of play.  In the sixth the Royals used aggressive base running to get on the scoreboard.  Maddy Crateau and Jen Nutter set the stage with infield hits after one out.  When catcher Amanda Schell tried to pick Jen off of first (it was verrry close!) Maddie reached third.  And then when Jen stole second on another very close play Maddy raced home.

pitcher Rachel Cyr

pitcher Rachel Cyr

The key to that inning for Georgetown was being aggressive.  The key for Amesbury was Rachel Cyr.  How?  The senior pitcher struck out three Royals looking to keep other Royals off the bases and limit the damage to one run.

Former CAL All-League shortstop Amanda Schell made her debut at catcher for the Indians.  Amanda replaces Cassie Schultz who is now playing at Assumption.

Rightfielder Alexi Boswell showed her arm in the seventh inning.  When sophomore Maggie Noelk hit a liner to right, Alexi picked up the ball on the hop and threw Maggie out at first.

Amesbury starter Rachel Cyr allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out four.  She also successfully handled three chances.  Rachel, who replaces Carolina Merrill, will do most of the pitching for the Indians.

Georgetown starter Danielle Quercia gave up eleven hits but only five runs despite four errors behind her.  Danielle ends a run of eight years of the Erlandson sisters pitching.

Amesbury was 19-3 last season while Georgetown was 14-6.  Both teams are now in Division 3.

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter led Georgetown with two hits.

Amanda Schell, Autumn Kligerman, and Lauren Fedorchak each had two hits for Amesbury.

Tough second inning for Georgetown.  Jen Nutter singled and reached second on a wild pitch with no outs.  However, Emily Fraser lined to Autumn Kligerman at 3B and the Amesbury junior doubled Jen off of second.  As bad luck (for Georgetown) would have it, next batter Hannah Jannell singled to center.  Could have been a run??

Amesbury junior Meagan Aponas had a pinch-hit single in the 6th but got caught in a rundown.

The game was originally scheduled for Georgetown but field conditions there weren’t good.

The temperatures were in the 50’s but the gusty winds made that number meaningless when it came to deciding what to wear.  Dress for winter until further notice!

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third baseman Hannah Jannell

third baseman Hannah Jannell

Maddie Napoli readies the tag for Jen Nutter

Maddie Napoli readies the tag for Jen Nutter

Zoe Fitzgerald

Zoe Fitzgerald

catcher Amanda Schell

catcher Amanda Schell

shortstop Maddie Napoli

shortstop Maddie Napoli

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Gianna Faragi tags out Meagan Aponas in the sixth inning

Gianna Faragi tags out Meagan Aponas in the sixth inning

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