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Mel Mancinelli leads Lynnfield past Amesbury 4-0 in Cape Ann League softball

The Lynnfield team congratulates pitcher Mel Mancinelli (#10) after defeating Amesbury

Mel Mancinelli – shut out Amesbury with three hits

(Amesbury)  Lynnfield’s Mel Mancinelli tossed a 3-hit shutout as the Pioneers defeated Amesbury, 4-0, on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cape Ann League softball.

Mel was the big story as she only allowed four base runners the entire game.  The CAL All-Leaguer issued just one walk and during one stretch retired fourteen batters in a row.  She had seven strikeouts.

Amesbury (11-3) threatened in the first (Cassie Schultz triple) and second (runners on second and third with two out) but couldn’t do any damage.

Lynnfield (10-5) had eight hits and base runners in every inning except the fifth.  However, it took Amesbury errors to put the finishing touches on all four of the Pioneers’ runs.

This innocent looking play turned into two unearned runs for Lynnfield in the second inning.

In the second, Jade Palladino and Mandy McQueen reached third and second with two outs.  A routine grounder to second baseman Alexis Boswell looked to be the inning ender but first baseman Sarah McCullough couldn’t handle the throw and both runners scored.

In the third, Lynnfield put runners on first (courtesy runner Julia Eliopoulos) and third (Katie Rowe) with one out.  Mel Mancinelli followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt that Sarah McCullough threw past first allowing Katie Rowe to score.  Later in the inning, Mandy McQueen’s fielder’s choice enabled Julia Eliopoulos to cross with the fourth Pioneer run.

Those four runs were more than enough on this afternoon.

Carolina Merrill

Carolina Merrill went the first five for Amesbury and gets a tough loss thanks to four unearned runs.

Cassie Schultz, Erin Leary, and Autumn Kligerman had the Indians three hits.

Katie Rowe paced Lynnfield with three hits.  Jade Palladino had two hits.

Amesbury defeated Lynnfield, 5-2, in a nonleague game at Lynnfield on April 13th.

Amesbury has now lost two straight after winning seven straight.

Lynnfield coach Peter Marinelli

With the tenth win, Lynnfield qualifies for the end-of-the-season state tournament.  Coach Peter Marinelli told me that he nearly had that 10th win last game against Rockport.  He also told me that Rockport coach Diane Parisi played for him when he coached Stoneham.

Next game (weather permitting) for Lynnfield is at Manchester-Essex tomorrow afternoon.  Amesbury is at Triton on Wednesday.

When I see corner infielders not wearing face masks I ask myself the following questions: (1) Why do the players still make the final decision and (2) How serious an injury will it take before masks are required?

(The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Kelsey LeBlanc takes a throw beating Janine Fatal to first.

Sam Shopleigh makes a catch in right

Jade Palladino catches a popup.

Cassie Schultz

Amanda Schell flips to Alexis Boswell

Mandy McQueen makes a running catch

Amesbury coach Chris Perry

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Newburyport wins softball opener (3-2) over Lynnfield

Beth Castantini moves in to catch a deflection off of the glove of Maddie Stanton.

(Newburyport)  The Newburyport Clippers hung on to defeat Lynnfield, 3-2,  at cloudy, windy Cashman Park on Monday afternoon in nonleague action.

Not until dangerous Mel Mancinelli’s pop nestled into Clipper second baseman Jackie Krusemark’s glove for the final out was this game a W for the home team.

The inning before (6th) Mel had slammed a very long triple to deep centerfield and in this at bat had teammates on first and third trailing by a run.

But the Clippers survived to win their season opener as well as an initial win for new coach Lori Solazzo.

For the Clippers. retiring Mel Mancinelli for the last out was important but maybe even more important was a throw from centerfielder Lea Tomasz to catcher Lauren Singer that nailed Julia Goldstein for the final out of the sixth inning.  The Pioneers had to settle for two runs, and a tie score, in that inning.

Catcher Lauren Singer fields the throw from Lea Tomasz


Julia Goldstein tagged out at the plate.

Newburyport pushed across the actual game winner in the bottom of the sixth.  Maddie Stanton singled to center and reached third after a passed ball and a fielder’s choice.  Kendra Dow’s single to right drove Maddie home.

The Clippers picked up their other two runs in the 4th.  The wind/dust seemed to catch up to Pioneer right fielder Julia Sheehan and she dropped a catchable fly ball off Beth Castantini’s bat and she reached third.  Lea Tomasz scored the Clipper’s first run on the 3-base error.  Later Maddie Stanton drove Beth across for run #2.

Mel Mancinelli tripled in the 6th inning

That 2-0 lead held up until the sixth when the Pioneers tied the score.  Mel Mancinelli was delivered by Amanda McQueen’s single.  Two wild pitches later Amanda was on third and from there came home on Jackie Whelan’s single.

Pioneer Amanda LaSpina was called out for runner interference in the 3rd against first baseman Molly Rowe while Molly was nailed with the same call interfering with shortstop Katie Rowe in the 4th.

Centerfielder Sarah Flood made a nice running catch in the 5th on Beth Castantini’s sinking liner.

Winning pitcher Beth Castantini finished with seven K’s getting at least one in every inning except the seventh.

The umpires had both teams hollering in the seventh inning as close plays went the wrong way depending on the sideline you were on.

Beth Castantini struck out seven

Jackie Whelan scattered six hits for Lynnfield.  She also drove in a run.

Lea Tomasz, Maddie Stanton, and Kendra Dow had two hits each for Newburyport.

Lynnfield (1-1) hosts Ipswich on Wednesday.

Newburyport (1-0) returns to Cashman Park on the same day to play North Reading.

Lynnfield probably should have guessed it wasn’t their day in the 4th inning when Jackie Whelan’s popup bounced off of Maddie Stanton’s glove into Beth Castantini’s.

April games at Cashman are always challenging.  Today, however, was windier than usual and every now and then the infield dust would swirl toward the Lynnfield side of the field.

Former NHS coach Peter Murray was an interested spectator.

Newburyport box score

Lynnfield box score

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Sam Wahlgren

ball gets away from Julia Sheehan

Lea Tomasz forced at second by Katie Rowe

Second baseman Jackie Krusemark gets final out.

Catcher Lauren Singer prepares her equipment

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