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Newburyport holds off Amesbury 5-4 in Cape Ann League baseball

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Scott Webster congratulated after recording the final out

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

Spencer Fournier takes the final swing of the game

(Amesbury MA)  Amesbury changed dugouts, uniforms and even had some help from the sun but it wasn’t enough as Newburyport defeated the Indians, 5-4, on a sunny/cloudy Sunday afternoon.

With the victory Newburyport (4-7) ended a three-game winless streak.  The Clippers claimed four runs in the first inning and the eventual game-winner in the fourth inning.

Amesbury (3-9) saw its losing streak reach eight.  The Indians tallied twice in the first and sixth innings.

After the 4-run first, AHS starter Zack Fitzgerald yielded just a run and three hits the rest of the way.

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

Travis Wile flips the ball to pitcher James Nutter covering first

James Nutter (5 1/3 innings) and Scott Webster (1 2/3 innings) handled the pitching for Newburyport.  They allowed only five hits and two walks.  Scott struck out the last two Indians to preserve the win.

Newburyport loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs.  Scott Webster drove in two of the baserunners (Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter) with a single to left center.  An Amesbury attempt to get the second runner at home allowed the other two NHS runners to end up in scoring position.  Later in the inning Dan Baribeault’s two-out, two-strike single to right delivered both Ryan Furlong and Scott Webster.

Ben Cullen heads for home

Ben Cullen heads for home

Amesbury came back in the bottom of the first to load the bases with one out.  Spencer Fournier’s fly ball scored Ben Cullen from third.  On that play the NHS throw from the outfield came home but the throw (catcher Scott Webster) back to second was wild and the two runners ended up in scoring position.  A passed ball (Scott Webster) allowed Pat Scanlon to cross with Amesbury’s second run.

So after one inning both teams, in my opinion, had given up an extra run.  At that point I envisioned a lot of runs the rest of the way.  But it didn’t go that way thanks to good pitching and sound defense.

The Clippers collected their important fifth run in fourth inning.  Caleb Stott reached on a perfect bunt and then stole second.  Caleb took third on Chance Carpenter’s fielder’s choice and scored on Ryan Furlong’s single to deep short.

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Ryan Furlong and catcher Mac Short collide at the plate

Newburyport came close to a second run in that fourth inning but a good throw by shortstop Ben Cullen to catcher Mac Short nailed Ryan Furlong at the plate.

Amesbury entered their sixth down 5-2 but added two runs with help from the sun.  After NHS starter James Nutter put two batters on with a hit batsman and a single, Scott Webster came on in relief.  After a strikeout, a wild pitch put two Indians in scoring position with two outs.  Then on an afternoon in which the sun was in and out, it popped out on a routine Brad Kelleher fly ball to centerfielder Chance Carpenter.  The result was that the two-out, routine fly ball turned into a two-run single.  Both Jared Dupere and Zack Fitzgerald came across.    Ben Cullen lined to Dan Baribeault to end the sixth but the Indians were within one run, 5-4.

Mac Short walked with one out in the Amesbury seventh but then Scott Webster caught Nick Hawrylciw looking and Spencer Fournier swinging to give NHS their 4th win.

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott steals second

Caleb Stott and Chance Carpenter paced Newburyport with two hits apiece.

Mac Short singled twice for Amesbury.

Third baseman Dan Baribeault played his second game with the Newburyport varsity and drove in two runs.

Weather?  Plenty of sun and plenty of clouds with a couple of sprinkles.

Amesbury was 11-9 last year while Newburyport was 15-8.

Amesbury’s next game is Tuesday at North Reading.  Newburyport will be at Masconomet on Monday.

Newburyport box

Amesbury box

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

Scott Webster

Scott Webster

Pat Scanlon

Pat Scanlon

Dan Baribeault

Dan Baribeault

Zack Fitzgerald

Zack Fitzgerald

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

Mac Short prepares to throw to first

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North Reading and Newburyport play to an unfinished 2-2 tie in baseball opener

Chase Carpenter dives into third as the ball drops in front of North Reading third baseman Tom Day

Chance Carpenter dives into third as the ball drops in front of North Reading third baseman Tom Day

Frank Carey, Steve Malenfant, and the umpires meet after the ninth inning

Frank Carey, Steve Malenfant, and the umpires meet after the ninth inning

(Newburyport) Newburyport and North Reading opened their 2014 baseball seasons today……….sort of.

The Clippers and the Hornets played nine innings with a winner undecided.  They will resume the 2-2 game at a later date.

This was a Cape Ann League contest with plenty of baserunners and plenty of scoring opportunities.  The biggest lack was a big hit and therefore special credit goes to the pitching.  James Nutter (Clippers) went seven innings and Scott Allan (Hornets) went eight.  Mike Jayne finished for the Clipppers and Ryan Boucher for the Hornets.

Newburyport collected two runs in the first and were blanked the rest of the way.  North Reading put up single runs in the 4th and 6th.

Keith Linnane scores the first NR run

Keith Linnane scores the first NR run

The visiting Hornets collected ten hits (two each for Scott Meija, Ryan Boucher, and Scott Allan) and stranded at least one runner in every inning.

The Clippers had nine hits (two each for Chance Carpenter and Caleb Stott) and stranded seven.

Newburyport picked up their only runs in the first inning.  Chance Carpenter had a bunt single and Caleb Stott followed with a hit to right center.  Both runners advanced on a wild pickoff attempt at second by pitcher Scott Allan.  Ryan Furlong flared a two-out double to left scoring both teammates.

North Reading got a run back in the 4th inning.  Keith Linnane singled to center, took second (no throw), and reached third on a wild pitch.  Ryan Boucher doubled the Hornets catcher home.

Ryan Furlong drove in both Newburyport runs

Ryan Furlong drove in both Newburyport runs

The Hornets got a gift run in the sixth inning.  Ryan Sanborn was hit by a pitch and then stole second with two outs.  Scott Allan singled to right but a quick relay back to Travis Wile put Ryan Sanborn in big trouble.  Ryan had rounded third with the original intent of going home.  Halfway down the line he chose to head back to third.  However, Travis’s throw sailed over third baseman Caleb Stott’s head allowing Ryan to recover and tally the tying run.

Two terrific defensive plays saved North Reading.  In the Clippers’ fourth they got runners (Ben Ventura and Ryan Furlong) on second and third with no outs.  NR had the infield in when Travis Wile lined a rope up the middle.  Second baseman Shane Driscoll made a diving catch and then tossed to shortstop Blake Tamlyn-Hayden for the double play.

Newburyport threatened in the sixth inning.  A Caleb Stott double and an error (first baseman Ryan Sanborn) put runners on first and third with two outs.  Pitcher Scott Allan launched a pitch (to Travis Wile) wide and in the dirt that catcher Keith Linnane somehow stopped preventing a run.

Travis OBrien about to be tagged out at 3B by Tom Day in the 9th inning

Travis OBrien about to be tagged out at 3B by Tom Day in the 9th inning

The Clippers had two-out singles in the 9th by Travis O’Brien and Tom Isabel but Hornets’ centerfielder Colby Maiola (going to Assumption) nailed Travis trying to get to third on his teammate’s hit ending the inning.

Leftfielder Leighton Paradis made several running catches on flies hit by Colby Maiola.

The last time North Reading and Newburyport met was on June 4th at North Reading when the Clippers upset the Hornets (4-0) in the first round of the Division 3 North playoffs.  Colby Morris handcuffed NR that afternoon.  North Reading had beaten Newburyport twice during the regular season.

Shane Driscoll flips from the ground to double up sliding Ryan Furlong

Shane Driscoll flips from the ground to double up sliding Ryan Furlong

NR coach Frank Carey is in his 47th season with a lifetime record currently at 716-273.

Colby Maiola and Ben Ventura

Colby Maiola and Ben Ventura

Tom Day, Shane Driscoll, Colby Maiola, and Keith Linnane had one hit each for North Reading.

Catcher Keith Linnane is looking into junior colleges in the South to continue his baseball career next season.

Scott Webster, Ben Ventura, Ryan Furlong, Travis O’Brien, and Tom Isabel each had a hit for Newburyport.

The Clippers turned in a smooth 4-6-3 double play in the eighth inning.

Cloudy and colder as the game went on.  Welcome to April baseball in these parts.

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

Scott Webster tries to steal second as Blake Tamlyn-Hayden waits for the throw

Scott Webster tries to steal second as Blake Tamlyn-Hayden waits for the throw

Scott Meija caught in a rundown with Caleb Stott

Scott Meija caught in a rundown with Caleb Stott

Grounder gets by NR first baseman Ryan Sanborn

Grounder gets by NR first baseman Ryan Sanborn

Mike Jayne

Mike Jayne

Ryan Boucher

Ryan Boucher

Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Keith Linnane

Keith Linnane

James Nutter

James Nutter

Caleb Stott crosses home with the second NHS run

Caleb Stott crosses home with the second NHS run

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