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Clippers now 12-0 after 3-0 win over Royals

Georgetown GK Kyle Davies under attack from Henry Acton (6) and Max Gagnon (10)
Georgetown concentrated on defense

(Newburyport MA) All Georgetown wanted to do was keep the game close on the scoreboard.

So they packed in the defense around goalie Kyle Davies.

The undefeated Clippers (12-0) were still able to win, 3-0, but their high-powered offense was slowed down a bit.

“We were just trying to keep it close,” said Georgetown coach Chris DiFranco afterwards. “I thought our guys did a good job at that.”

Zack Rosa and Griffin Cobb

The Royals (3-8) gained some satisfaction defensively, but in doing so, they surrendered on the offensive end.

About thirteen minutes into the game, a weak roller reached Newburyport goalkeeper Owen Tahnk.  That was the ONLY time he touched the ball the entire game.

Down the other end, Georgetown goalkeeper Kyle Davies was busy.

Max Gagnon looks to pass

“It was crazy back there,” said Kyle postgame.  “They had a ton of shots on net (20?), but I had my defense in front of me keeping me alive.”

Jameson Brooks and Henry Acton scored in the first half while Caelan Twitchell added a goal in the second half.

“Georgetown had a defensive plan for us, and it frustrated us for a bit,” said Coach Shawn Bleau of Newburyport afterwards.  “They made it difficult for us after the first two goals.”

“They dropped a lot of guys back and were well organized,” added Coach Bleau.  “They always had 2-3 players around our top players.”

Jack Fehlner

“We did well possessing the ball,” recalled Clippers senior Jack Fehlner.  “They didn’t seem to want to go on attack.  They would boot it out.  We would settle it and pass it around some more.”

“The score doesn’t show how well we played,” added Jack.

The Clippers moved closer to the school’s record for goals scored in a season.  The record is currently forty-five.  By adding three goals today they have now reached forty-four.

“We had some great goals today,” said Coach Bleau.

Jameson Brooks

“We work in practice on getting the ball to the end line and then cutting it back,” said Coach Bleau.  “That’s what happened on the first goal. Great timing and the shot (by Jameson Brooks) went inside the side post.”

“The shot was unstoppable,” said Royals GK Kyle Davies.  “He got it at the top of the box and turned and shot.  It went in the bottom corner.”

Jameson’s goal happened four minutes into the game.

Thirteen minutes later (23:21) it was Henry Acton’s turn to score. Instead of a pass to get closer to the goal, a back pass set Henry up further away from the goal. Henry had time to really get his foot into a shot.

Henry Acton

“It was a complete bomb from twenty-five yards,” said Coach Bleau.  “He couldn’t have gotten a much better hit.”

“It was just a rip to the top corner,” recalled Kyle Davies.  “I couldn’t do anything about it.”

Coach DiFranco said that he, “hadn’t seen a shot like that all year.”

The Royals persisted with the defensive strategy in the second half. 

“Their goalie was good,” said Jack Fehlner.  “He’s big and he came out and caught a lot of our crosses.”

Although the outcome was settled, the Clippers wanted at least another goal.

Caelan Twitchell

“We pressed and pressed at the end to try and get one more goal on account of the ranking stuff,” said Coach Bleau.

With 7:50 remaining, Caelan Twitchell ruined Georgetown’s second-half shutout.

“It was off a side volley which is a pretty impressive shot,” recalled Coach Bleau.

“He made a good move,” said Kyle Davies.  “It was a good turn-and-shoot.”

It has now been eight years since Georgetown had a win versus Newburyport.

Dylan Slimak (18) and GK Kyle Davies

The Royals have now lost four straight games.  They have wins over Triton, Cristo Rey, and Hamilton-Wenham.

The twelve wins to open the season are the best in NHS history. 

The Clippers have nine shutouts in their twelve wins.  I did see NHS goalie Owen Tahnk make some saves in practice!

Newburyport is 49-14-17 since the start of the 2017 season.

I asked Coach Bleau what makes the 2021 team so good. “We have a lot of kids who came up through our youth system.  They’ve been together for a while.  We’ve got depth.  We’re playing a lot of guys, so we don’t have any injuries.”

Mark Rose and Brady O’Donnell

Coach DiFranco was very optimistic about the future for Newburyport this season.  “They have a good chance at a state championship.  It’s a special year for them.”

Senior Jack Fehlner has been a terrific athlete for NHS in soccer, basketball, and baseball. I asked him about next year: “I haven’t really decided.  I probably won’t play soccer at the next level.  It could well be baseball.”

New England weather!  A nice warm morning and afternoon turned into a cold, windy evening. 

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Brady O’Donnell
Will Acquaviva on the attack for Newburyport
Henry Acton’s goal celebrated
Graham Billington
Ronan Brown
Graham Smith
Traffic in front of the Georgetown net
Caelan Twitchell and Graham Billington
Jake Gilstein
Will Acquaviva gets off a shot
Caelan Twitchell’s goal celebrated

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Newburyport stays undefeated (5-0) after 2-0 win over Lynnfield

Sophomore Owen Tahnk allowed five hits and had six strikeouts in a complete game win.
Michael Habib scored the first Newburyport run

(Newburyport MA) The Clippers continue to win.

This afternoon it was, 2-0, over Lynnfield.

Coach Mark Rowe said afterwards that he was happy with the 5-0 start but wasn’t thrilled with the way his team played today.

“I think that we were a little flat,” he said.  “Maybe it was because it was the first really warm day we’ve played in.”

There were popups and weak grounders by a team that has been making solid connections regularly.

“The majority of our at bats were disappointing,” Coach Rowe added.

But steady pitching by sophomore Owen Tahnk kept Newburyport in the game despite only three hits.

Senior Trent Balian pitched very effectively for the Pioneers.

Trent Balian allowed just three hits

Good teams find ways to win.

“We took advantage of our opportunities,” said Coach Rowe.

THE opportunity was the fifth inning.  A one-out single by senior Michael Habib was followed by two walks (Jack Fehlner & Tony Lucci). 

Luke Stallard’s long fly to center delivered Michael while Jake Buontempo’s sharp single to center brought Jack home.

Those two runs held up.

Lynnfield (1-4) had chances.

Spencer Riley doubled off the fence in left

The Pioneers collected five hits and had runners in scoring position in the first four innings as well as the sixth inning.

“We couldn’t get him in,” said Lynnfield coach John O’Brien post-game, “that was the story of the game.”

“Newburyport took advantage of a couple of walks that hurt us,” said Coach O’Brien referencing Newburyport’s two-run fifth inning.  “They got the timely hit.”

Evan Balian paced Lynnfield with two hits.

Spencer Riley hit a part of the leftfield fence in the fourth inning in a section of fencing that doesn’t exist in most of the rest of the field.  Could have gone out if it wasn’t pulled so much.  He had to settle for a double.

Jake Buontempo dives back to first

Newburyport pitcher Owen Tahnk remembered it: “That double off the fence was a scare.”

Owen limited Lynnfield to five hits and yielded only two walks.

“His limiting the walks was important,” said Coach Rowe.

Owen had six strikeouts getting two each in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.  In each of those innings the Pioneers had runners in scoring position.

“My slider and curve were working well today,” said Owen.  “I got grounders and fly balls on off-speed pitches.”

Coach O’Brien: “We’re back to ground zero after getting a nice win the other day.”

Clippers celebrate the win

Ryan Archer: “Our goal every day is to go 1-0.  We have two games coming up and that’s what we’re focusing on.”

I didn’t hear the news, but I saw the news.  The players weren’t wearing masks!  Is this where I say, “It’s about time!” and give away my politics?

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Tony Lucci makes a catch
Baserunner Michael Habib and SS Henry Caulfield
Aidan Burke out stealing as Tony Lucci takes throw
Nick White had one of the three Newburyport hits
2B Jack Bird tries for a force at second
Catcher Evan Balian looks for a sign
Tangle in the Lynnfield outfield
Ryan Archer about to be tagged out by SS Henry Caulfield
3B Luke Stallard catches a popup
Trent Balian slides into 3B in the second inning
Evan Balian had two hits
CF Luke Martinho made some nice running catches
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Lynnfield box
Newburyport box

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Newburyport hitting key to 7-1 win vs Pentucket

Jake Buontempo (gold helmet) congratulated after 2-run homer in sixth inning
Sophomore Owen Tahnk won his first varsity start.

(Newburyport MA) “Our whole team swings the bat well,” said Newburyport coach Mark Rowe post-game.

That skill was certainly on display today with eleven hits recorded for the home team.

Eight different Clippers (2-0) had hits as they defeated Pentucket, 7-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Pettingell Field in Cape Ann League action.

Meanwhile, the pitching of Owen Tahnk and Jack Fehlner held Pentucket to three hits. Only one of those hits came over the final five innings.

The Sachems (1-2) led early, 1-0, and could have had more.  They had the bases loaded with one out in the third inning but came up empty.

“We’ve got to do a better job swinging the bat with runners in scoring position,” said Pentucket coach Kevin Murray.

Trevor Kamuda and Bryce Winter pitched for the Sachems.

Sophomore Owen Tahnk got the win for the Clippers going five innings in his first varsity start, giving up three hits, and striking out five.

Will Roberts drove in Pentucket’s run

“Owen was dominant early,” said Coach Rowe.  “When he did get some baserunners (bases loaded in the 3rd, second and third in the 5th) he managed to find a way out of it.  I’m incredibly proud of him.”

The Clippers struck twice with two outs; first in the fourth inning and then in the fifth.

In the 4th, the runs came on a Luke Stallard double, an intentional walk to Jake Buontempo, and a bases-clearing double by Ryan Archer over the leftfielder’s head.

“The pitch was in my sweet spot, a little inside, a little low,” recalled Ryan Archer.  “I just wanted to put it in play.

Those two runs gave Newburyport the lead, 2-1.

In the 5th, Charlie Forrest was hit by a pitch and took second on a passed ball.  Jack Fehlner’s double to left scored Charlie, and Tony Lucci’s next-batter double scored Jack.

Jack Fehlner had 2 hits, an RBI, and 2 innings of scoreless relief

The Clippers added three runs to their 4-1 margin in the sixth inning.

In that 6th inning, Newburyport had four straight hits off reliever Bryce Winter.

The big shot was Jake Buontempo’s 2-run homer over the leftfield fence.

“It felt really good off the bat,” said Jake afterwards.  “It was a fastball up and in. I caught it at the right time, and it just flew.  It was my first home run in high school.”

Junior Quinn Fortuna drove home the seventh Newburyport run.

Coach Murray: “I thought we pitched well.  We just didn’t swing the bats.  We were better than what the score shows.  We’re two weeks in with room to grow.”

Shortstop Andrew Melone throws to first

Coach Rowe: “It was a good baseball game.  I give the (Trevor) Kamuda kid a lot of credit.  He was your typical crafty lefty.  He threw strikes and he kept us off balance.  We had hits at key opportunities.”

The defense was solid for both teams.  Trevor Kamuda started a double play in the first inning.  Shortstop Andrew Melone made a nice running catch in short left to end the Newburyport second.

The weather was good.  It was breezy but the fielders didn’t let it bother them.

In the Newburyport win over Triton, the game ended on a running catch in foul territory.  More of the same today, as 1B Charlie Forrest avoided the out-of-bounds line to catch the final out.

Ryan Archer: “We’re just two games in with a long way to go.  We’ve got bigger goals than winning this game today.”

Charlie Forrest ends the game

You know it’s not your day when you’re driving past the game and a foul ball catches your car on the roof as it did to some unlucky driver today.

Pettingell Field looked to be in terrific shape.  I saw why afterwards when every member of the Newburyport team went to work on it to keep it that way.

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(Some of the pictures will end up on Instagram eventually.)

Demetri Connor
Quinn Fortuna

Two of the Cape Ann League’s best athletes
Max Ligols makes a catch
Andrew Melone makes a running catch
Joe Lynch (two hits) leads off second
Trevor Kamuda
Ryan Archer drove in the first two Newburyport runs
Jake Buontempo and Luke Stallard scored on Ryan Archer’s double
3B Luke Stallard gets a forceout to end the Pentucket 3rd inning
Leftfielder Alex Pinkham chases a hit to the outfield
Jake Buontempo
Alex Pinkham scores while catcher Nick White waits for the throw
Newburyport box
Pentucket box

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