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Amesbury rallies for two in the eighth to defeat Manchester-Essex 8-7

Adam Ivancic (00) is mobbed after scoring the winning run

Adam Ivancic (00) is mobbed after scoring the winning run

Tommy Connors drove in the winning run for Amesbury

Tommy Connors drove in the winning run for Amesbury

(Amesbury) Tommy Connor’s two-out single in the eighth inning gave Amesbury an exciting, 8-7, comeback win over Manchester-Essex on a very cold and windy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League play.

Junior Andy Reidy pitched a complete game five-hitter and struck out fifteen Hornets.

ME coach Bob Garrett used four pitchers (Sean Desmond, Brandon Bartlett, Kevin Carter, Corey McCollum) and while they only allowed three hits among them, they also surrendered fourteen walks and hit four batters.

The walks and HBP’s enabled the Indians (3-2) to have baserunners and scoring chances galore.  The missing ingredient was timely hitting but that showed up in Amesbury’s two-run eighth inning.

In that inning, a two-base throwing error by shortstop Cory Burnham allowed John Pesci to reach.  John took third on a passed ball and scored on Adam Ivancic’s RBI single to left.  Adam took second with one out and third on another passed ball.  After a popout by Ben Cullen, for the second out, Tommy Connors was the batter.  Two innings earlier Tommy popped out with the bases loaded with two outs.  Not this time.  The Indians senior slapped a single to centerfield sending Adam home with the game winner.

Sean Desmond doubled in a run in the eighth

Sean Desmond doubled in a run in the eighth

The loss was a tough one for the Hornets because they had gone ahead by a run in the top of the eighth inning.  After Jake Fitzgerald singled with two outs, Sean Desmond reached the base of the centerfield fence with a run-scoring double.

But the Hornets (1-3) couldn’t hold the lead.

ME ended up with seven runs and got six of them in a wild third inning as they sent eleven batters to the plate.  The Carter brothers (Craig and Kevin) drove in two of the runs but the rest of them were unearned.  The Indians had three errors (Mac Short, Andy Reidy, Patrick Scanlon) and two wild pitches.

And there could have been more runs but Andy Reidy K’d Sean Desmond and Henry Gedney with the bases loaded to end that inning.

Amesbury stranded sixteen runners including the bases loaded in three different innings.

Another Amesbury run

Another Amesbury run

Ben Cullen and Devlin Gobeil each scored two runs for the Indians.

Devlin had an RBI grounder in the first inning.

In the third inning, both Zack Fitzgerald and Devlin Gobeil scored on a two-out wild pitch.

Brandon Bartlett’s wild pitch allowed Mac Short to score in the fourth inning.

A two-base throwing error by Cory Burnham enabled Ben Cullen to cross with Amesbury’s fifth run coming in the fifth inning.

A wild pitch by the Hornet’s Kevin Carter sent Devlin Gobeil home with the tying run in the sixth inning.

Manchester-Essex arrived late for the start of the game.  On a very cold, windy day those extra 15-20 minutes of waiting were tough to take.

Andy Reidy struck out fifteen Hornets

Andy Reidy struck out fifteen Hornets

ME qualified for the state tournament last season for the first time in twenty years.

ME will be hosting Rockport tomorrow.  Amesbury hosts Lynnfield.

I can guarantee you that Andy Reidy won’t be doing any pitching after going eight innings in cold weather.  I wonder how many pitches he threw?

You knew that the game was a “little long” when the Amesbury softball team was on hand for the end of the game.  They played and returned from a game in Rockport!

Amesbury boxscore

Manchester-Essex boxscore

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John Pesci

John Pesci

Max Nesbit slides home

Max Nesbit slides home

Shortstop Cory Burnham sets to throw

Shortstop Cory Burnham sets to throw

Bob Gallagher and Gene Burnham

Bob Gallagher and Gene Burnham

Tommy Connors after his game-winning hit

Tommy Connors after his game-winning hit

Max Nesbit eyes a foul pop

Max Nesbit eyes a foul pop

Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

Amesbury bench

Amesbury bench

Tommy Connors gets some treatment

Tommy Connors gets some treatment

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Newburyport rally falls short as Manchester-Essex wins 54-38 in boys basketball

Liam Aldrich (10 points) looks for someone to pass to

Liam Aldrich (10 points) looks for someone to pass to

Ian Michaels (17 points) gets airborne

Ian Michaels (17 points) gets airborne

(Newburyport) Newburyport had Manchester-Essex on the ropes early in the final quarter but went verrrrry cold over the last six minutes and lost to the Hornets, 54-38, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

The Clippers (5-3) trailed by thirteen (37-24) in the closing minutes of the third quarter but, led by Ian Michaels (17 points), cut the lead to six (42-36) with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

But over the last six minutes Newburyport had only one basket (Dillon Guthro layup from Ian Michaels) and that enabled the visitors to pad their lead to a comfortable sixteen by game’s end.

Max Nesbit (19 points) sent the Hornets (5-4) into the comfort zone with an old-fashioned three and an assist on Sean Gutierrez’s layup.  Liam Aldrich (10 points) capped the eight point run with an old-fashioned three.  This consecutive point surge gave ME a commanding 50-36 advantage with three minutes left.  They coasted in from there.

Petey Morton (8 points)

Petey Morton (8 points)

Newburyport, which had won five of their last six, was ahead for most of the first quarter, until a three by Petey Morton (8 points) gave ME their first lead, 16-14, in the last thirty seconds of that quarter.  The Hornets stayed in front the rest of the game.

Manchester-Essex, which has now won five of their last six games, boosted their advantage to seven in the second quarter and thirteen in the third quarter before the Clippers made their run to within six points in the final quarter.

Senior Max Nesbit nailed four 3’s in the game and saw a lot more open looks than a player with his shooting reputation should have had.

The Clippers continue to play without ball handler/shooter Co-Captain Colby Morris.  Poor shooting was certainly an issue for Newburyport versus ME but just as significant was shaky ball management.  By my unofficial count, Newburyport had eighteen turnovers including nine in the second quarter.

Dillon Guthro (eight points) waits for a pass

Dillon Guthro (eight points) waits for a pass

Clipper Dillon Guthro (8 points) was injured in the first quarter and returned in the second quarter with a noticeable limp.

A good matchup was between point guards Adam Traxler and Liam Aldrich.  Liam showed a fancy move down the lane in the third quarter that raised some ooh’s and ah’s from the crowd.

ME’s tallest player (Sean Gutierrez) went out with four fouls early in the third quarter.

Both ME and Newburyport have lost to undefeated North Reading.

The Hornets were 19-3 last season and 52-14 over the last three seasons.  Coach Bryan Shields is a first-year coach.  This year’s Hornets started with three straight losses but have done very well since.

Freshman Dan Baribeault chases a loose ball

Freshman Dan Baribeault chases a loose ball

Newburyport was 15-7 last season.

I was told that in their last game at Ipswich the Clippers had an 11-7 lead at halftime.

The Hornets will host Triton on Monday in their next game.

The Clippers travel to Rockport on Tuesday for their next action.

Manchester-Essex boxscore

Newburyport boxscore

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halftime shooter

halftime shooter

in bounds play

in bounds play

Max Nesbit had nineteen points

Max Nesbit had nineteen points

Taylor Ketchum splits the Clippers defense

Taylor Ketchum splits the Clippers defense

Hornet Sean Gutierrez leans into John Baribeault

Hornet Sean Gutierrez leans into John Baribeault

loose ball

loose ball

Dan Baribeault finds an opening

Dan Baribeault finds an opening

Taylor Ketchum runs into defenders Matt Canning and Dillon Guthro

Taylor Ketchum runs into defenders Matt Canning and Dillon Guthro

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