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Newburyport takes down Rockport 9-3 in Cape Ann League softball

Catcher Shelby OBrien gets Hannah Lorden at the plate.

Catcher Shelby OBrien gets Hannah Lorden at the plate.

Meghan Stanton gets home on a wild pitch

Meghan Stanton gets home on a wild pitch

(Newburyport) That’s three straight for the Clippers.

Newburyport (8-4) rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat Rockport, 9-3, on a dry-wet-dry Wednesday afternoon at Cashman Park.

The Vikings (4-7) put two runs up in the first inning but had a quiet final six inning thanks to the pitching of Vicki Allman.

Vicki allowed six hits in the game but more important was that she didn‘t walk anyone.  The visitors had few scoring opportunities.

On the other hand, Newburyport had baserunners in all six innings thanks to nine hits and seven walks.

The Clippers tied the score in the third inning and then added three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.

Kendra Dow

Kendra Dow

Carley Siemasko

Carley Siemasko

Kendra Dow (3 hits/3 runs/2 RBI) and Carley Siemasko (3 hits/1 run/1 RBI) were the hitting stars for NHS.

Hannah Lorden paced Rockport with a triple, single and run scored.

In the opening inning, Kayla Parisi’s fielder’s choice drove in Meghan Tupper.  Later, Mollie Watson came home on Emily Fauld’s RBI single up the middle.

The Clippers had two runners on in both the first and second but came away empty.  Pitcher Hannah Lorden ended the Clippers scoring chance in the second by spearing Molly Kelley‘s liner up the middle.

Newburyport tied the game in the third inning.  A throwing error at the end of a single (Kendra Dow) and a double (Meghan Stanton) produced a run.  Meghan Stanton would later add a second run when she came home on a wild pitch.

Molly Kelley steps on home as catcher Mollie Watson chases a bad throw

Molly Kelley steps on home as catcher Mollie Watson chases a bad throw

The Clippers broke the game open in the fourth inning with some “exciting“ base running.  A walk by Shelby O’Brien and a single by Molly Kelley gave NHS two baserunners with one out.  Next batter Kendra Dow put a high, outside pitch on a line down the first baseline.  Kendra is very fast and the other two baserunners…….not so much.  By the time Kendra rounded third she and the other two baserunners were all between third and home.  A good throw from the outfield to home would have nailed at least two of them I suspect.  But on this day, the throw was up the third baseline and all three runners crossed home safely.

The Vikings cut a run off that 5-2 deficit in the fifth.  Hannah Lorden tripled over Ashley Casellini’s head in left and when the throw back in was off target the Vikings had a run.

Meghan Tupper slides in with the first Rockport run

Meghan Tupper slides in with the first Rockport run

The Clippers got that run back in the bottom of the fifth.  Carley Siemasko singled, advanced to third via a walk and a wild pitch and came home on Jackie Krusemark’s sacrifice fly.

Newburyport added to their 6-3 lead with three more runs in the sixth inning.  They loaded the bases with no outs and Lea Tomasz drove in Molly Kelley with a sacrifice fly to left.  Carley Siemasko then singled in Kendra Dow.  Later in the inning, after the bases were again loaded, Meghan Stanton raced home on a wild pitch.

The six-run spread was more than enough the way Vicki Allman was pitching.  She faced only six batters in the final two innings.

In the sixth inning, after Kayla Parisi singled, her pinch runner (Rachel Davis) was doubled off first on a line drive to second baseman Jackie Krusemark.

Mollie Watson

Mollie Watson

Junior catcher Mollie Watson has already been a Cape Ann League All-League player twice.  Watching her stop a lot of pitches in the dirt showcased her defensive skills.  She also threw out Casey Barlow trying to steal second base.

Isobel MacCrate made a nice catch in left field in the first inning for the Vikings.

Rockport lost CAL All-Leaguer Gabby Munoz to Pingree.

The Clippers recovered nicely from a humiliating loss (18-1) a week ago at Cashman Park to Amesbury.  With their eighth win, the Clippers need just two wins in their final eight games to qualify for post-season action.

Newburyport will be at Georgetown on Friday afternoon.  Rockport will be hosting North Reading tomorrow.

The weather was hard to figure.  I had my camera put away for part of the game because of drizzle.  Cameras and scorebooks never do well in rain!

Newburyport boxscore

Rockport boxscore

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Kendra Dow throws to first

Kendra Dow throws to first

Emily Faulds caught in a rundown with Meghan Stanton

Emily Faulds caught in a rundown with Meghan Stanton

Molly Kelley

Molly Kelley

Pitcher Hannah Lorden

Pitcher Hannah Lorden

Third baseman Meghan Stanton ready to toss to first

Third baseman Meghan Stanton ready to toss to first

Pitcher Vicki Allman set to throw to first

Pitcher Vicki Allman set to throw to first

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Undefeated Rockport breezes by Triton, 9-0, in Cape Ann League softball

Hannah Lorden scores on a Triton passed ball

Kristen Turner pitched a four-hit shutout

(Byfield)  Memo to the rest of the Cape Ann League softball teams: Rockport is good….very good.

Undefeated Rockport (8-0) shut out Triton, 9-0, on a windy Friday afternoon in Cape Ann League action at Triton.

(Since both teams are the Vikings, I’ll limit my use of the name.)

Senior Kristen Turner allowed Triton (2-6) only four singles and walked no one earning the win.

Triton’s lone threat was in the sixth. They loaded the bases on two singles (Mara Spears & Cori Simons) and an error (Kendra Adams) with no outs.  However, a force at home, a popup, and an infield grounder ended the one and only potentially big inning for Triton.

Triton’s starter (Cori Simons) didn’t fare as well when Rockport loaded the bases against her in the first inning with no outs.  Passed balls brought in two runs (Hannah Lorden & Mollie Watson) and a fielder’s choice RBI by Kendra Adams scored Gabby Muniz with Rockport’s third tally.

Mara Spears reaches third

That was more than enough runs for Rockport as Kristen locked down Triton with only two singles through the first five innings.

Rockport had runners on in every inning and it was a credit to pitcher Cori Simons and her teammates that they recovered from the first inning (three runs) and held Rockport scoreless over the next three innings.

Rockport collected their fourth run in the fifth inning.  Kendra Adams reached on an error (Kylie Gilroy), went to third on a Kayla Parisi single, and scored on a passed ball.

A walk (Hannah Lorden), an RBI double (Mollie Watson), and an RBI triple (Gabby Muniz) and Rockport had two more runs in the sixth.  A passed ball allowed Gabby to score Rockport’s seventh run.

Two more runs were added in the seventh.  After two outs, Hannah Lorden walked, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on Lily Anderson’s (first baseman) drop.  Gabby Muniz (single) drove in Mollie Watson with the final run.

Hannah Lorden – three runs, two hits, three walks

The top three in the Rockport batting order were extremely productive.  Leadoff hitter Hannah Lorden was 2-for-2 plus three walks and three runs scored.  Mollie Watson was 2-for-5 including a double, scored three runs, and had an RBI.  Gabby Muniz was 2-for-4 including a triple, scored two runs, and had two RBI.  These three girls are all sophomores!  Last year Gabby was Player-of-the-Year in CAL D3 while Mollie was a CAL All-Star.

Kayla Parisi had two hits for Rockport and Cori Simons had two for Triton.

Rockport went 9-11 last season and lost in the first round of the state tournament.  I can’t guess how they’ll do in the 2012 state tournament but I am quite certain, from what I saw today, that they will be a high seed in the tourney.

Triton pitching (Cori Simons & Mara Spears) gave up six walks and nine hits.  The mix of base runners and passed balls was not a good one for Triton.

Rockport’s next game is home against Masco on Monday afternoon.  Masco lost its first game today versus Lynnfield.

Third baseman Casey Ross fields a grounder.

Triton travels to Georgetown on Monday.

It is easy to pick the Triton fans from others.  On a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the 50s elsewhere, they show up wearing what could pass as winter gear – warm hats, gloves, etc..  And as they know from experience, by the time the game ended that gear made perfect sense.

Kristen Turner has pitched four years for Rockport.  Coach Diane Parisi told me that her freshman daughter (Kayla) can pitch.

Triton coach Jim Hounam sent up three pinch hitters in the bottom of the seventh and Kristen struck out all of them.  She had six K’s for the game.

According to the Gloucester Times, Rockport’s 7-0 start was the best ever for the softball program.  That was topped today with an 8-0 start.

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

Kristen Turner throws out Cara Orlandi

Gabby Muniz – two hits, two runs, two RBI

Coach Diane Parisi

Kendra Adams

Kayla Parisi – two hits

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