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Meg Hamel’s two homers lead Pentucket to 17-1 win over Saugus

Meg Hamel went deep twice against Saugus
Kendra Griffin had three hits and scored four times

(Groveland) You’re there at the Groveland Pines dog park to watch your dog get some exercise.

Today that watching also needed to include incoming softballs.

Especially when #15 was batting.

Twice today Pentucket’s Meg Hamel cleared the leftfield fence.  The second shot was a grand slam.

Pentucket routed Saugus, 17-1.

Who saw this coming?

Two weeks ago, the teams met in Saugus and the home team won, 9-8.

Coach Deb Smith and Coach Steve Almquist

“Talk about night and day,” said Saugus coach Steve Almquist afterwards.  “They hit the ball all day and we couldn’t make any plays.”

“The last time we played there were a lot of errors, and we didn’t string hits together,” recalled Pentucket coach Deb Smith.

Neither one of those was a problem today for the home team at Groveland Pines.

Pentucket had fifteen hits in the four innings they batted.

“We’re on a roll with our hits,” said Coach Smith.  “We’re hitting the ball hard now.”

Devany Millerick scores for Saugus

In the Pentucket first, the first two batters reached and Nikki Mitchell singled them home.  Meg Hamel then launched the first of her home runs.  Instantly, it was, 4-0.

The Sachems (6-5) got a run back in the second.  A throwing error and several wild pitches allowed Devany Millerick (who had singled) to score for Saugus.

A two-out infield error enabled Kendra Griffin to get the run back in the second inning.  Kendra eventually scored four times and had three hits in the game.

Two weeks ago, Saugus spotted Pentucket four runs early and then rallied to take the lead for good.

Trouble in the infield

Not today.

Pentucket (6-6) blew open the 5-1 game in the 4th inning.  Sixteen batters went to the plate and Pentucket collected twelve runs on eight hits.

Saugus hurt themselves defensively with three errors in the disastrous inning. 

The visitors were also unlucky. A Pentucket batter reached after striking out.  In another situation, Saugus had their infield in with the bases loaded and a popup fell in just where they would normally have been positioned.  It just wasn’t their day!

3B Emma Lopata handles an infield chance

“They gave us extra outs and we took advantage,” said Coach Smith.

Meg Hamel had homered in the first, struck out in the second, and struck out the first time she batted in the 4th inning.  On the senior’s second at-bat in the 4th inning she again went deep, this time with the bases loaded.

“It felt really good to get them,” Meg said afterwards.

“Meg Hamel was awesome today,” said Coach Smith.  “I loved that.  She works so hard.  I’m so happy for her.”

Nikki Mitchell scored three times and had three RBI

Lost in all the Pentucket offense was the three-hit pitching of Molly LeBel.  Molly held the Sachems hitless in the final two innings.  She also had nine strikeouts in the game.

“We didn’t do much right today,” said Coach Almquist.  “Pentucket is a very good team.  We’re going to try and get them back on our schedule next year.”

Felicia Reppucci, Fallon Millerick, and Devany Millerick had the hits for Saugus.

Nikki Mitchell had two hits, three RBI, and scored three times for Pentucket.

Kayla Murphy had a solid game at short and scored three times.

The wind today was persistent often stirring up dust. 

      Saugus   0   1   0   0   0   =   1

Pentucket   4   1   0   12   –  =  17

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Saugus pitcher Fallon Millerick sets to throw to first base

Meg Hamel surrounded after two-run homer in the first inning.

Meg Hamel heads for home

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Pentucket get six to get 7-6 walkoff win vs Notre Dame

Walkoff win excitement
Nikki Mitchell hit the game-winner

(Groveland) “That pitch was just right, that’s all I can say,” said an excited Nikki Mitchell afterwards.

Nikki laced a two-strike, two-out double to right that drove across the game-winner for Pentucket.

“It was amazing,” Nikki said. “I am so happy.  I knew we could do it.”

Notre Dame Academy took the hard-luck 7-6 loss on Monday afternoon.

The Lancers (6-3) carried a 6-1 lead into the Pentucket seventh.  Lancers’ starter Carly Smith entered the inning with seven strikeouts and no walks. The home team only had two hits.

Lexi Martineau had three hits and scored three runs

There was little reason to think that things would change so drastically in the final half inning.

But change they.

“We’ve been in every game so far and we don’t give up,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.

Nikki Mitchell started the inning with a walk and ended the inning with a walkoff double.

Pentucket got four walks in the inning and benefitted from a high throw to the plate that scored a run.

Close play at first

The excitement grew as the inning unfolded. 

After Carly Smith registered her eighth strikeout, Pentucket was down to its final out and trailed 6-4.  They did, however, have two runners on and Kayla Murphy batting.  Kayla had struck out twice but this time, down to her last strike, she found the gap in right-center and tied the game.

After an intentional walk to Meghan Hamel, it was Nikki Mitchell’s turn.  Nikki had collected Pentucket’s first hit in fifth inning.  Nikki, like Kayla, got two strikes on her before hitting a ball over the rightfielder’s head which easily scored Kayla with the game-winner.

Lancer out at the plate

The team immediately mobbed Kayla after she scored while Nikki stood at second base.  “I was a little surprised by that,” laughed Nikki.  Shortly thereafter, however, the team got it walkoff celebration corrected and descended on Nikki. 

“Kayla and Nikki with two strikes on them got the job done for us,” said Coach Deb Smith.

“It was a tough loss,” said NDA coach Fred Smith.  “At the end there were a couple of walks by us and a couple of big hits by them.”

“We were on the other end of a game like this against Whittier on Friday,” he added.

Coach Deb Smith and Coach Fred Smith

“We’ve been working so hard as a team,” said Coach Deb Smith.  “Everyone did their job today.  It was a total team effort.”

Lexi Martineau paced the Lancers with three of their five hits.  She scored three runs and drove in two.

Lexi’s first hit drove in two runs in the 3-run NDA third inning.

Two walks, two hits, and two wild pitches gave the Lancers two more runs in the fifth inning.

Shortstop Sarah Freitas

Meanwhile NDA’s Carly Smith retired twelve straight batters before Pentucket put a hit batsman and two singles together to load the bases.  Emma Lopata drove in Pentucket’s first run with a fielder’s choice. 

NDA got the run back with a hit and three straight walks in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 6-1.

A key play in that NDA seventh inning was an attempt to steal home that turned into the final out of the inning.  There had been three straight walks.

And that set the stage for Pentucket’s ten-batter, six-run, final inning.

The weather was unpleasant.  You really have to dress for winter!

Notre Dame   0   0   3   0   2   0   1   =  6

Pentucket       0   0   0   0   1   0   6   =  7

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Pentucket unofficial box

Notre Dame Academy unofficial box

Play at third

Nikki Mitchell handles a popup

3B Emma Lopata

Molly Lebel

Sarah Freitas heads home with first NDA run

Shortstop Kayla Murphy

Play at second

3B Izzy Coit

1B Syd Pichette

Watching the game

Carly Smith

Celebrating their remarkable comeback

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Molly LeBel strikes out 15 in Pentucket’s 11-1 win over Georgetown

Freshman Molly LeBel struck out 15 Royals
Pentucket coach Deb Smith

(Groveland) “Molly (LeBel) pitched an excellent game,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.

The stats confirm the assessment: 15 strikeouts, four-hitter, two walks.

Pentucket defeated Georgetown, 11-1, on Monday afternoon.

“This was our first win, and we needed that,” added Coach Smith.

Pentucket (1-3) now has something to build on. 

Meanwhile, Georgetown (0-6) continues to chase that first W with a very young team.  How young?  Today they started six middle schoolers with the Royals only run today driven in by a seventh grader!

McKenzie Riley drove in the Georgetown run

Pentucket took control of this game in the first inning collecting five runs.

“We have been focusing on hitting,” said Coach Smith.  “Today it paid off.” Pentucket had eleven hits.

Five of Pentucket’s hits were in their productive first inning when Pentucket sent up ten batters.  Nikki Mitchell, Emma Lopata, Meg Hamel, Kayla Murphy, and Julia Daley all singled for the home team.

Georgetown coach Jay Santomassino thought that his team could have done better in the first inning.  “We needed to make a play or two to limit the runs they scored,” said Coach Santomassino.

Nikki Mitchell – 3 hits, 3 rbi

“We were much better defensively after that inning, but it was too late for us,” Coach Santomassino added.

Nikki Mitchell (3 rbi, 3 hits, 2 runs), Emma Lopata (3 rbi, 2 hits, 1 run), and Kayla Murphy (1 rbi, 3 hits, 1 run) put up the big numbers in the Pentucket offense.

“We’ve been working hard in practice to get better,” said senior Emma Lopata post-game.

While the hitting of Pentucket was very good, the pitching of freshman Molly LeBel was “very strong,” according to her coach.

“I was just trying to get it done out there,” said Molly afterwards.

Molly LeBel

Again, the stats confirm how successful she was. This game went the full seven innings and Molly had at least one strikeout in each inning. 

Innings four, five, and six were special.  Molly retired nine straight and eight of the outs were K’s.  “She was hitting her spots,” said Coach Smith.

While the Royals struggled to make contact, Pentucket started adding runs.  Emma Lopata drove in a run in the second on a fielder’s choice and two in the fourth on a loud double to left.  Freshman Kayla Murphy tripled in the third inning and scored on a wild pitch.  Nikki Mitchell knocked in two runs in the fifth inning with a single.

Pitcher Maddy Grant

The Pentucket bats were good, and their pitching was excellent.  Two things that will put a team into a good position to win a game.

The Royals (four hits) made solid contact in the seventh.  Gillian Figueroa rapped a double to left and McKenzie Riley followed with an RBI single to right.

Windy at Groveland Pines with temperatures falling as the game went on. 

Amesbury players were watching today’s action.

Pentucket seniors Emma Lopata (UMass Amherst) and Meg Hamel (Union) have settled on colleges.

Georgetown   0   0   0   0   0   0   1   =   1

    Pentucket    5   1   1   2   2   2   –   =  11

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Georgetown unofficial box
Pentucket unofficial box
Pentucket catcher Ella Agocs
2B Gillien Figueroa takes throw as Jocelyn Bickford slides in
Force-out at second
Shortstop Kayla Murphy throws to first
Georgetown 1B Ava Fair
Georgetown coach Jay Santomassino
Pitcher Maddy Grant throws to first
Kayla Murphy scores the 7th Pentucket run
Shortstop Alli Mansfield dives for a grounder
Shortstop Alli Mansfield
Pentucket 3B Emma Lopata
Kayla Murphy (three hits)
Play at second

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