(Amesbury MA) Three days don’t make a season but the last three have been a disaster for the Amesbury Indians softball team.
I checked in (late) to the final of the three games this morning and saw Amesbury lose, 9-2, to Concord-Carlisle.
Trusting Mascores to have the right starting time cost me. They said 11AM but the game started at 10AM.
Looking for a game story? This wouldn’t be your place but I do have pictures and some general commentary.
The loss today was the Indians (14-6) third loss in three days. Lest you think that Division 3 Amesbury has run out of steam late in the season, you need to check the caliber of the final trio: Andover (Division 1), Whittier (17-2), and Concord-Carlisle (Division 1, 17-2).
The season now moves into the “one-loss-and-done” tournament section.
Nicole Small went the distance for the Patriots giving up six hits and striking out five Indians.
Catcher Virginia Ryan was the hitting hero for the visitors. I saw her hit two home runs. She ended up with six RBI.
On one of Virginia’s at-bats, she had a loud foul down the leftfield line before, several pitches later, lining a 3-run homer to right over Brigid Ramsden’s head.
In the Amesbury fifth, Sage Dodier singled and was replaced by pinchrunner Abby Aponas. That move paid off as the speedy Abby scored on Alli Napoli’s double.
Junior Caity Baker had a solo homer to left center for the home team in the sixth.
Perry Field is fenceless therefore to hit a homer requires a pretty good belt. CC had their outfielders playing shallow which explained Caity’s home run. Amesbury, however, was positioned much deeper so the two Virgina Ryan HRs were extremely well hit and would have left most fenced fields.
Amesbury’s three seniors (Mikayla Porcaro, Brigid Ramsden, Maddie Napoli) were honored before the game……I am told. Mikayla will be at Salem State next year. Maddie is going to UMass Amherst.
Shortstop/Pitcher Emma Della Volpe will attend Tufts this fall.
The tournament placements come out on Tuesday. Those final three losses could cost Amesbury a home game. However, facing strong non-league opponents is a great way to get ready for good teams ahead in the tournament.
Any plans the Indians have to get to the state semifinals in Division 3 will certainly mean getting by either 17-2 Whittier and/or perennial powerhouse St. Mary’s. Tough road for sure but successes in soccer and basketball this school year might make a difference in the big games ahead.
Concord-Carlisle is a tourney regular. No state titles yet for the softball team but they’ve been close a number of times. The Patriots have plenty of pitching as well as power. Defensively, they are well-schooled. I never saw a throw anywhere that wasn’t backed up.
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