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2014 Cape Ann League All-Star softball team (pictures)

Alexi Boswell

Alexi Boswell

Rachel Cyr

Rachel Cyr

Autumn Kligerman

Autumn Kligerman

Jen Nutter

Jen Nutter

Maddy Crateau

Maddy Crateau

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher

Hannah Travers (#20)

Hannah Travers (#20)

Paige Zeval

Paige Zeval

Julianna Kostas

Julianna Kostas

Alex Mendelsohn

Alex Mendelsohn

Kylie Currier

Kylie Currier

Vicki Allman

Vicki Allman

Ashley Hodge

Ashley Hodge

Catcher Sophia Warner

Catcher Sophia Warner

Kassidy Kennefick

Kassidy Kennefick

Maddie Binding

Maddie Binding

Kayla Parisi

Kayla Parisi

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

(Annika Han, Melanie Carter, and Jackilyn Murphy also made the team.)

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Shelby O’Brien’s 3-run homer leads Newburyport past Triton 5-2

Taylor Johnson tagged out at third base by Meg Stanton as Triton coach Michele Brewer watches

Taylor Johnson tagged out at third base by Meg Stanton as Triton coach Michele Brewer watches

Shelby OBrien hit a 3-run homer in the first inning

Shelby OBrien hit a 3-run homer in the first inning

(Newburyport MA) Shelby O’Brien’s three-run homer was the big hit for Newburyport in their, 5-2, win over Triton on Monday afternoon.

A huge win for the Clippers (9-8) as they try to qualify for the post-season.  They now need one win in their three remaining games to get it done.

The loss ended a three-game slide for the home team.  Their next game is at Pentucket on Wednesday.

Triton (5-13) had a five game win-streak in mid-season but have struggled in the games before and after that run of good softball.

The Vikings were missing four starters (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Christine Ciccone, Julia Hartman) for today’s game.  That put inexperienced players into unfamiliar places.

Newburyport scored three in the first inning and two in the third inning.  Triton got its runs in the first two innings.

Morgan Johnston and Vicki Allman after the 9th Newburyport win

Morgan Johnston and Vicki Allman after the 9th Newburyport win

Senior Vicki Allman pitched a 5-hitter for the Clippers with no walks.  After the first two innings, only one Viking (Emma McGonagle) was able to get to second base over the final five innings.

Vicki was hit hard in the first inning in more ways than one.  Mara Spears led off with a triple to left center.  Third batter (Kylie Gilroy) lined a shot off of Vicki’s left knee.  Vicki was able to recover and throw Kylie out but Mara scored and Vicki went down with a sore knee.  With backup pitcher Stephanie Gleason nowhere in sight, I’m not sure what NHS Lori Solazzo would have done for pitching if Vicki couldn’t continue.  But Vicki did continue and immediately had another liner hit at her which she caught ending the inning.

Newburyport put up three runs of their own in their half of the first.  Morgan Johnston beat out an infield hit and Carley Siemasko singled on the ground to right.  Shelby O’Brien followed with a high fly deep to the right-field corner.  Rightfielder Cailin Fraser had trouble finding the ball because it was over her head, hit high, and influenced by some gusty wind.  Shelby was into third before the ball was even picked up and reached home easily.

The Clippers would load the bases after the homer but Mara Spears struck out Shianne Sneider to limit the damage to three runs.

Olivia Lees

Olivia Lees

Triton got a run back in the second.  Sophomore Olivia Lees singled in the hole with two outs and was driven home by Taylor Johnson’s double.  The inning ended with Taylor being tagged out by Newburyport third baseman Meg Stanton.

The Clippers added two runs to their 3-2 lead in their half of the third inning.  Meg Stanton singled and Molly Kelley walked before junior Shianne Sneider hit an RBI single to right.  Ashley Hodge followed with an RBI double to left.

That 5-2 count would hold up the rest of the way.  There were few baserunners as the pitchers (Vicki Allman & Mara Spears and later Haley Johnson) threw strikes and had flawless defense behind them.

Weather?  We had the Big Three in this one: cloudy, rainy, and sunny.  I actually watched quite a few innings from my truck!  My only regret was that Shelby’s homer was hit during the rainy part of the game and my camera was staying dry in my truck.

Casey Barlow, Kendra Dow, and Maddy Stanton were on hand to support their former Newburyport teammates.

Triton plays its last game on Wednesday at Saugus.

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Vicki Allman caught in a rundown

Vicki Allman caught in a rundown

Shianne Sneider (one RBI) reaches 3B as Emma McGonagle awaits the throw

Shianne Sneider (one RBI) reaches 3B as Emma McGonagle awaits the throw

Meg Stanton sets to throw out baserunner Shannon Lyons

Meg Stanton sets to throw out baserunner Shannon Lyons

 

Infield grounder gets by second baseman Kylie Gilroy

Infield grounder gets by second baseman Kylie Gilroy

Mara Spears watches the pitcher

Mara Spears watches the pitcher

Second baseman Molly Kelley camps under a popup

Second baseman Molly Kelley camps under a popup

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson

Triton pitcher Haley Johnson throws to 1B Lilly Anderson

Triton pitcher Haley Johnson throws to 1B Lilly Anderson

Carley Siemasko looks for a popup hit by Mara Spears

Carley Siemasko looks for a popup hit by Mara Spears

Shannon Lyons tracks down a base hit

Shannon Lyons tracks down a base hit

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Jenny Nelson k’s eleven leading Pentucket past Triton 5-0 in Cape Ann League softball

Pentucket sophomore Jenny Nelson dominated Triton

Pentucket sophomore Jenny Nelson dominated Triton

Pentucket shortstop Kassidy Kennefick chases down a foul popup

Pentucket shortstop Kassidy Kennefick chases down a foul popup

(Byfield MA)  Way too much Jenny Nelson for the Triton Vikings on this sunny Monday afternoon.

The Pentucket sophomore struck out eleven and scattered two hits (both by Mara Spears) as the Sachems defeated Triton, 5-0, in Cape Ann League softball.

The last three games for Triton (5-11) have been a big surprise to anyone connected to their program.  The Vikings had put five straight wins together but since then have not only lost three straight but haven’t scored a run in twenty-three straight innings.

Pentucket (7-7) has now won two straight.  They need to get to ten wins in the remaining six games to qualify for the post-season tournament.  You have to like their chances after the way they played today.

Mary Kate Corrado fields a grounder

Mary Kate Corrado fields a grounder

The Sachems collected an unearned run in the first inning.  Sophomore Maddie Binding and junior Kassidy Kennefick started the inning with singles.  Tyler Feeney’s sacrifice fly moved Maddie to third.  Mary Kate Corrado’s two-out grounder was booted by shortstop Rylie Culverwell scoring Maddie Binding.

Pentucket loaded the bases with singles in the third with one out.  Mary Kate Corrado’s grounder to short resulted in a baserunner interference call on Tyler Feeney but pinchrunner Sarah Stewart reached home with Pentucket’s second run.

confusion in the Triton outfield

confusion in the Triton outfield

Ahead 2-0, the visitors created two runs in the fifth inning off of Triton reliever Haley Johnson.  Kassidy Kennefick put down a perfect bunt to reach.  Then Tyler Feeney lofted a popup into right field that was misjudged by rightfielder Cailin Fraser allowing Kassidy to reach third.  Kassidy then scored on Sydney Snow’s RBI single with Tyler taking third.  Tyler surprised the Vikings by stealing home after a throwback from catcher Julia Hartman to pitcher Haley Johnson.

The final Pentucket run was set up in the sixth inning by a sacrifice bunt (Jenny Nelson) that alert baserunner Nicolette Kent used to get from first to third on.  That baserunning put Nicolette at third where she came home on senior Allison Knowles sacrifice fly.

Pitcher Jenny Nelson eyes an infield popup with second baseman Sydney Snow behind her

Pitcher Jenny Nelson eyes an infield popup with second baseman Sydney Snow behind her

And while Pentucket was finding ways to score runs, the Vikings struggled to get baserunners. They had only four in the entire game.  Triton had only one fly-ball out.  They did get runners to second and third in the sixth inning but pitcher Jenny Nelson handled Emma McGonagle’s popup to end the inning.

Shortstop Kassidy Kennefick made a nice running catch in foul territory in the fourth inning.

Triton’s second baseman Kylie Gilroy put on quite a show in the Pentucket seventh.  The senior captain handled three tough chances flawlessly: (1) running catch on a popup, (2) speared a line drive to her right, and (3) came up with a hard-hit grounder to throw out Sydney Snow.  Good stuff!

The top four hitters in the Pentucket lineup (Maddie Binding, Kassidy Kennefick, Tyler Feeney, and Sydney Snow) each had two hits.  The rest of the batting order…………..not so much!

Triton’s next game will be at Masconomet on Wednesday.  Pentucket hosts Manchester-Essex tomorrow (Tuesday).

Weather?  When you get a breeze at Triton that feels good, you know it’s warm out and it was.

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Mara Spears

Mara Spears

Lilly Anderson

Lilly Anderson

Triton second baseman Kylie Gilroy had 3 defensive gems in the 7th inning

Triton second baseman Kylie Gilroy had 3 defensive gems in the 7th inning

Triton shortstop Rylie Culverwell throws to first

Triton shortstop Rylie Culverwell throws to first

Freshman Haley Johnson

Freshman Haley Johnson

Kassidy Kennefick heads home with the 4th Pentucket run

Kassidy Kennefick heads home with the 4th Pentucket run

Kylie Gilroy

Kylie Gilroy

Nikki ORourke

Nikki ORourke

Jenny Nelson

Jenny Nelson

Sydney Snow

Sydney Snow

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Triton softball takes 2nd straight with 13-1 win over Ipswich

Triton pitcher Mara Spears sets to throw to first.

Triton pitcher Mara Spears sets to throw to first.

The Triton defense was flawless.  Here 3B Christine Ciccone catches a foul popup

The Triton defense was flawless. Here 3B Christine Ciccone catches a foul popup

(Byfield MA)  That’s two straight for the Triton softball team.

The Vikings (2-8) defeated winless Ipswich, 13-1, on a windy, cold Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

The game ended in the fifth inning when Taylor Johnson slid across after a wild pitch to kick in the 12-run mercy rule.

Mara Spears, coming off a 3-hitter in the Vikings, 2-0, win at Saugus on Friday, tossed another 3-hitter against the visiting Tigers.  Mara walked only one Tiger and the Triton defense was flawless behind her.

Carolyn Lynch scores the Ipswich run

Carolyn Lynch scores the Ipswich run

Ipswich put the three hits together in the second inning and got their only run as Amy Neenan drove in teammate Carolyn Lynch with a single.

The Vikings took full advantage of Ipswich walks, wild pitches, and errors through the first three innings to take a commanding, 9-1, lead.

In the final inning plus, Triton rapped six hits to collect four more runs.

The Vikings sent nine batters to the plate in three of the 4+ innings they batted.

Christine Ciccone paced Triton with two RBI both on walks.  Lily Anderson, Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, and Mara Spears had one RBI each.

The top three in the Vikings’ batting order (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Mara Spears) each scored three runs.  Mara had as many hits (three) as she gave Ipswich.

Second baseman Gabby DAgostino stops a grounder

Second baseman Gabby DAgostino stops a grounder

IHS starter sophomore Abby Sadoway issued nine walks in three innings of work. Five of the nine runners that scored did so on wild pitches.

Freshman Katie Lynch started the fourth and yielded four runs on six hits.

Ipswich (0-5) has allowed 83 runs through five games with the large number of free passes hurting the Tigers.  IHS coach Jim Hounam (coached Triton for 20+ years) will look to turn things around tomorrow when Ipswich hosts Georgetown.

Triton has turned its season around after starting with eight straight losses under first-year coach Michele Brewer.  In the string of losses, the Vikings were on the wrong end of three one-run games.

shortstop Rylee Culverwell

shortstop Rylee Culverwell

In the 2-0 win over Saugus, Rylee Culverwell had a home run.

Triton will be at Lynnfield tomorrow (Tuesday).

Carolyn Lynch (Ipswich) and Mara Spears (Triton) were Cape Ann League All-League selections in 2013.  Jill Lombard (Ipswich) was a CAL All-Star.

Sophomore Rylee Culverwell looks like a natural at shortstop.  She played 3B last year.

Triton catcher Julia Hartman walked all four times she batted.

Weather?  Any time you come to Triton there will be wind.  If you ever come there when it is cloudy you can expect it to be colder than you planned.

Triton used to only have a fence in right field.  It is now extended around the entire outfield.  There was no way a ball could ever be hit over that fence the way the wind was blowing in from left field this afternoon.

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Shannon Lyons about to catch a fly ball

Shannon Lyons about to catch a fly ball

Jill Lombard

Jill Lombard

Carolyn Lynch set to throw to first

Carolyn Lynch set to throw to first

Katie Lynch

Katie Lynch

Casey Ross get 3B as Carly Coughlin reaches for the ball

Casey Ross gets 3B as Carly Coughlin reaches for the ball

Mara Spears

Mara Spears

Kylie Gilroy fields a grounder

Kylie Gilroy fields a grounder

Abby Sadoway

Abby Sadoway

Julia Hartman (4 walks)

Julia Hartman (4 walks)

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Newburyport rallies past Triton 9-5 in Cape Ann League softball

Casey Barlow (3 hits) caught in a rundown.

Casey Barlow (3 hits) caught in a rundown.

Catcher Julia Hartman waits for the throw as Kendra Dow tries to score.

Catcher Julia Hartman waits for the throw as Kendra Dow tries to score.

(Salisbury) The Newburyport Clippers scored the last seven runs of the game and defeated Triton, 9-5, at Lions Park on a nice Monday night.

The Clippers (12-5/9-4) have now won six of their last seven games and are still in the hunt for the Cape Ann League Division 1 title.  They trail D1 leader North Reading (10-3) by a game and are looking for help from Masconomet which hosts the Hornets on Wednesday.

This was yet another tough loss for Triton (7-9).  The Vikings have now dropped five straight after being a promising 7-4 not too long ago.  Fielding miscues were the primary culprit in the loss to Newburyport.

Seniors Kelsey Trudel and Cory Simons converge on a popup

Seniors Kelsey Trudel and Cory Simons converge on a popup

Triton closes its season tomorrow at Manchester-Essex.  The Hornets (1-13) won their opening game and haven’t won since.  One of the teams tomorrow will be ending a losing streak.

The keys to the Newburyport win were clutch hitting and errorless defense.  The Clippers rapped fourteen hits off of Triton’s Mara Spears and only left five baserunners.

The infield defense of Kendra Dow (SS), Jackie Krusemark (2B), and Carley Siemasko (1B) was flawless.

Kendra’s best play and was a catch of Kylie Gilroy’s hard-hit liner that put an end to Triton’s three-run third inning.

Carley took care of two potential doubles down the first baseline off the bats of Mara Spears and Kelsey Trudel.

The solid Clippers defense enabled pitcher Vicki Allman to retire eleven of the last twelve batters she faced, including nine straight.  The only Vikings baserunner over the final four frames was Cory Simons.

And while the Vikings were held scoreless over the final four innings the Clippers pounded two doubles (Lauren Singer and Casey Barlow) and eight singles collecting seven runs over the final four innings.

Rylee Culverwell injured on this play

Rylee Culverwell injured on this play

It certainly hurt the Vikings to have #3 hitter Rylee Culverwell leave the game injured in the third inning.  Freshman Rylee’s bat was missed the rest of the way as well as her excellent defense at third.

Of the seven, last-four-innings, runs for Newburyport only five of them were earned.  A bobble at third (Casey Ross) and a single that turned into a 2-base error (CF Ashley Shute) allowed the two extra runs.

Newburyport opened the scoring in the second inning.  Ashley Hodge and Vicki Allman singled and both Ashley and Vicki’s pinch-runner (Molly Stanton) came home on 2B Kylie Gilroy’s two-out error.

Triton put together a single (Kylie Gilroy), double (Cara Orlandi), and a single (Julia Hartman) to tie the score, 2-2, in the second.

Rachel McCarthy caught stealing

Rachel McCarthy caught stealing

The Vikings jumped ahead by three (5-2) in the third.  A double (Cory Simons) and three singles (Rylee Culverwell, Kelsey Trudel, Lily Anderson) were keys.  However, the promising inning ended when pinch runner Rachel McCarthy was tossed out trying to steal and the next batter’s line drive was taken by NHS shortstop Kendra Dow.  The Viking would have only one hit the rest of the way but at the moment they had a 5-2 lead after three innings.

Newburyport pulled ahead for good with four runs in the fourth.  A big hit was Kendra Dow’s two-out double to the CF fence driving in a pair.

In the fifth, Casey Barlow (3 hits) hit a rope to center and reached third with no outs when the ball skipped by CF Ashley Shute.  Ashley Hodge’s sacrifice fly delivered Casey with the Clippers seventh run.

Lea Tomasz

Lea Tomasz

Newburyport added to its 7-5 lead with two more runs in the seventh inning.  The Clippers went double (Lauren Singer), single (Lea Tomasz), double (Casey Barlow), and single (Ashley Hodge) to get the pair of runs.

Lily Anderson made an excellent play on a foul popup in the fourth inning.

Rylee Culverwell had her right arm in a sling afterwards.  I believe that her injury occurred when she slid home scoring Triton’s fourth run.

Casey Barlow paced the Newburyport hitters with three.  Lauren Singer, Lea Tomasz, Ashley Hodge, and Vicki Allman had two hits each.

Senior Cory Simons led Triton with two hits.  Teammate Kelsey Trudel scored two runs for the Vikings.  Both of these quality players will be suiting up for their last game tomorrow.

Lions Park was a nice setting.  The infield was smooth and the outfield was green.  One of the bank of lights went out in the seventh inning but most of the fast-paced game was played in daylight.

Triton is a team that certainly has had some highs and lows.  They are the only team to beat Amesbury (4-3).  They defeated Newburyport the last time they met.  But then there’s the loss early in the season to 2-12 Ipswich.

Newburyport boxscore

Triton boxscore

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Carley Siemasko and Cory Simons

Carley Siemasko and Cory Simons

Ashley Hodge settles under a flyball

Ashley Hodge settles under a flyball

pitcher Mara Spears

pitcher Mara Spears

Pitcher Vicki Allman

Pitcher Vicki Allman

Cara Orlandi

Cara Orlandi

shortstop Kelsey Trudel

shortstop Kelsey Trudel

Casey Ross

Casey Ross

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Triton stuns undefeated Amesbury 4-3 in Cape Ann League softball

Casey Ross scores the eventual game-winner for Triton

Casey Ross scores the eventual game-winner for Triton

Mara Spears allowed six hits and retired the last seven Amesbury batters

Mara Spears allowed six hits and retired the last seven Amesbury batters

(Amesbury) Amesbury fell from the undefeated ranks as surprising Triton upset them, 4-3, on a lovely Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Triton (4-4) has now won four of their last five games and have certainly come a long way since their, 12-2, nonleague loss to Amesbury in the opener on April 10th.

The Indians (8-1) were coasting through five innings thanks to pitcher Carolina Merrill.  Triton was hitless and she had allowed only two baserunners on walks.  Amesbury had built up a 3-0 lead and looked completely in charge.

But visions of a no-hitter ended in the sixth inning.  Pinch hitter Rose Gaffin hit a leadoff single to left and Alexa Reilly ran for her.  That was the end of the no-hitter.

Amesbury’s three-run lead also disappeared before that sixth inning was over.  Three errors (Lauren Fedorchak, Cassie Schultz, Autumn Kligerman) opened the door for the three Vikings runs that tied the score.

On the first error (drop of a throw) it took an overrule by the home-plate umpire or there would have been a forceout at second base.

The second error was a throw after picking up a bunt try that went past first into right field.  Alexa Reilly beat the throw home…..somehow, for Triton’s first run.

Autumn Kligerman prepares to throw to first during the Vikings 3-run sixth inning

Autumn Kligerman prepares to throw to first during the Vikings 3-run sixth inning

The Indians looked to be out of the inning with a 3-1 lead in place but a two-base throwing error enabled both Mara Spears and Rylee Culverwell to cross with the runs that tied the score.

Now tied going into the seventh, the Vikings pushed across what turned out to be the winning run.  Julia Hartman singled to left with one out.  Casey Ross ran for Julia.  Alexa Reilly sacrifice bunted Casey to second with two outs.  Mara Spears singled into right field and Casey Ross was able to score before Mara was thrown out trying for second.

On that run-scoring play, Mara’s single reached rightfielder Jenna Bartley in a hurry.  Her quick throw in was cut off by pitcher Carolina Merrill who appeared to have a good shot at the baserunner trying to score.  But the throw instead went to second (getting Mara) as the run scored.

Pitcher Mara Spears retired the Indians in order in the bottom of the seventh to notch the win.  Mara, in fact, retired the last seven Amesbury batters in order.

Alexi Boswell reaches third

Alexi Boswell reaches third

Amesbury scored their first run in the second inning.  Alexi Boswell (two hits/two runs) tripled to left with one out.  Amanda Schell drove Alexi home with a single to right.  The Vikings escaped further damage that inning when Erin Leary lined to short (Kelsey Trudel) and Cassie Schultz was picked off second after the catch.

The Indians would add two more runs in the fifth inning.  Alexi Boswell singled down the thirdbase line then reached third after a steal and a sacrifice bunt.  Erin Leary blooped a single over the pitcher to score Alexi with two outs.  Erin would then score Amesbury’s third run when Ashley Valme’s high fly to right center was dropped when  Vikings rightfielder Cara Orlandi collided with centerfielder Rachel McCarthy.  Next play, however, Rachel made a nice running catch in left center to get the Vikings out of the inning.

Mara Spears has been a key to Triton’s turnaround.  In the 12-2 loss in the opener she allowed thirteen hits.  This time around there were only six hits and none in the last 2 1/3  innings with the game on the line.

There was a scary moment for Mara and the rest of us on hand.  In the bottom of the fifth, after Amesbury had scored a couple of runs, Mara threw a pitch and crumpled to the ground.  It looked serious and having seen Cori Simons down and out five days ago you feared the worst.  However, Mara got up, got some medical counsel, and resumed not allowing a base runner the rest of the way.

Carolina Merrill allowed only three hits and one earned run

Carolina Merrill allowed only three hits and one earned run

Carolina Merrill deserved a better fate.  The talented senior surrendered only three hits and one earned run.  Her normally defensively reliable teammates let her down in Triton’s 3-run sixth.

Ashley Valme and Alexi Boswell each had two hits for Amesbury.

Besides pitching the six-hitter, Mara Spears had a hit, scored a run, and had an RBI.

Cara Orlandi and Peyton Hunt tried to bunt with two strikes on them in the fifth and ended up striking out.

Third baseman Rylee Culverwell and catcher Julia Hartman had trouble with Autumn Kligerman’s bunt in the fourth inning.

The last time Amesbury lost was June 3, 2012 to Danvers (2-0) in the Division 2 North quarterfinals at Danvers.

Cori Simons was a frustrated spectator for Triton.  She hopes to get back playing before too long.

Alexa Reilly about to score on a very close play

Alexa Reilly about to score on a very close play

Next for Triton is hosting Lynnfield on Wednesday.  On the same day Amesbury travels to Newburyport.

Triton boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Autumn Kligerman eyes a foul fly

Autumn Kligerman eyes a foul fly

Collision course in the Vikings outfield

Collision course in the Vikings outfield

Mara Spears down

Mara Spears down

Julia Hartman

Julia Hartman

Lauren Fedorchak and Jenn Bartley chase a foul ball

Lauren Fedorchak and Jenn Bartley chase a foul ball

Shortstop Amanda Schell fires to first

Shortstop Amanda Schell fires to first

Alexi Boswell steals second

Alexi Boswell steals second

Rylee Culverwell and Julia Hartman pursue a bunt

Rylee Culverwell and Julia Hartman pursue a bunt

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Triton defeats Newburyport in eight innings 10-7

Vicki Allman reaches third in the seventh inning after a 2-out, 3-run triple to tie the score.

Vicki Allman reaches third in the seventh inning after a 2-out, 3-run triple to tie the score.

(Newburyport) Triton survived a shaky seventh inning and went on to defeat Newburyport, 10-7, in eight innings on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon along the Merrimack River.

The Vikings (2-4) had a three run lead (7-4) with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but Vicki Allman cleared the bases with a triple to right center tying the score.

Big play in this game?  Triton pitcher Mara Spears threw a wild pitch to the next batter (pinch hitter Ashley Casellini) and Vicki Allman tried to score.  Catcher Julia Hartman retrieved the ball, tossed to Mara covering home, and Vicki was tagged out to end the inning.  If Vicki had scored the game was over.

Mara and Vicki head for the plate.

Mara and Vicki head for the plate.

Mara tags Vicki out to end the seventh inning

Mara tags Vicki out to end the seventh inning

Triton won the game with three runs in the eighth.  Cara Orlandi singled to left leading off. After a force-out by Mara Spears,  Rylee Culverwell, attempting to sacrifice bunt, ended up with a bunt single.  Both runners moved up on catcher Lauren Singer’s passed ball before Kylie Gilroy’s 2-strike single delivered Mara.  On Kylie’s RBI, Rylee ended up on third and Kylie took second on the throw.  A hard hit grounder by Kelsey Trudel with two outs overwhelmed second baseman Molly Stanton allowing two more Triton runs.

That three-run margin stood up nicely as pitcher Mara Spears retired the Clippers in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Cori Simons down with a leg injury

Cori Simons down with a leg injury

The exciting win may have been costly for Triton because Cape Ann League All-Leaguer Cori Simons injured her left leg in the fourth inning.  There was no collision involved, the talented senior was just going back to second after a pitch had been thrown.  Let’s hope/pray it isn’t serious. (I got an update this AM on Cori.  It appears to be strained ligaments.  She will be on crutches and could be back playing in a couple of weeks.)

Carley Siemasko and Vicki Allman pitched for Newburyport while Mara Spears went the distance for Triton.  The trio gave up seventeen runs but only five of the runs were earned, by my figuring.

Mara had six errors by her teammates while the Clippers pitchers had four errors by their teammates.

Newburyport put a single (Lauren Singer), RBI double (Ashley Hodge), and 2-run homer by Lea Tomasz together in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead.  Lea’s home run rolled to the fence in left field.

Kelsey Trudel had three RBI

Kelsey Trudel had three RBI

The fourth inning was a disaster for Newburyport as they gave up five runs.  The bad combination of three walks and two errors (Shelby O’Brien and Vicki Allman) was joined with a 2-run triple by Kelsey Trudel.

Down 7-3, the Clippers got a run back in the sixth.  An error by second baseman Kylie Gilroy extended the inning.  NHS had runners on first and third with one out.  Molly Stanton broke for second and was tagged out while Vicki Allman raced home.

In the bottom of the seventh the Clippers put three on the board to tie but Vicki Allman was tagged out going for the game winner.

Vicki relieved Carley Siemasko (making her first start) in the fourth inning with one out and five runs in.  The hard-throwing junior K’d Brittany Gallant and Rose Gaffin to end the inning.

Vicki cruised through innings 5-7 before the Vikings reached her for three hits in their big 8th.

Mara Spears slides home (safely) as Carley Siemasko waits for throw

Mara Spears slides home (safely) as Carley Siemasko waits for throw

Triton will host Pentucket tomorrow while Newburyport will travel to Pentucket on Friday.  Today Pentucket visited North Reading and gave the Hornets their first loss in Cape Ann League play.

Vicki Allman had three RBI while teammate Lea Tomasz had two RBI.

Vicki also had three hits and struck out six Vikings.

Rylee Culverwell, Cori Simons, Lily Anderson, and Cara Orlandi each had two hits for Triton.  Kelsey Trudel had three RBI for the winners.

Beautiful weather at Cashman Park after an overcast morning.

Newburyport boxscore

Triton boxscore

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Viking caught in a rundown

Viking caught in a rundown

Freshman Rylee Culverwell had two hits and scored three runs

Freshman Rylee Culverwell had two hits and scored three runs

Rylee Culverwell tosses to first to get Shelby OBrien

Rylee Culverwell tosses to first to get Shelby OBrien

Cori Simons

Cori Simons

Kendra Dow

Kendra Dow

Carley Siemasko

Carley Siemasko

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