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Amesbury defeats Newburyport 11-2 behind Hayley Cantania

Nine strikeouts for Amesbury starter Hayley Cantania

Nine strikeouts for Amesbury starter Hayley Cantania

Lauren Fedorchak (2B) catches the final out for Amesbury

Lauren Fedorchak (2B) catches the final out for Amesbury

(Amesbury) Perfect softball weather.

The softball played on Monday afternoon…not so perfect but Amesbury did come away with an 11-2 win over neighboring Newburyport.

AHS freshman Hailey Cantania kept nine Clippers off the base paths with strikeouts in her five innings of pitching.  That was significant in a game where the defenses were nowhere near where they will be later in the season.  Overthrows and bad decisions abounded for both sides on balls in play.  The Indians (2-0) had fewer chances to deal with, however,  thanks to Hailey’s pitching.

But this was early season action and with the weather around here who could even tell until recently that there were softball fields in the area.  Practicing indoors in gymnasiums or outdoors in cold/windy weather won’t prepare a team for a season of softball.  This was the opener for Newburyport and it showed.

Down 7-0, catcher Shelby O’Brien whacked a two-run homer or at least we thought she did.  However, an appeal was made that base runner Morgan Johnston had failed to touch third.  Goodbye, two runs!

Emily Robinson (#14) gets mobbed by her Amesbury teammates after 3-run homer

Emily Robinson (#14) gets mobbed by her Amesbury teammates after 3-run homer

Biggest hit in the game?  Three-run blast by junior Emily Robinson of Amesbury to center in the sixth.  The Clippers might have had a chance to get Emily at the plate but on this day the relay throw went to third instead of to home.

Several times for both teams potential double plays were lost because of throws to the wrong base or throws too high to the right base.  I hope I’ve made my point……the defenses were shaky!

I also heard a retiring coach shouting to a second baseman to throw the ball to first (for a double play?) AFTER the second baseman had caught a popup for the third out of the last inning.  It was that kind of game!

Molly Kelley had a good game at second for the Clippers.

AHS relief pitcher Sam Stone

AHS relief pitcher Sam Stone

Helmets?  Glad Sam Stone had one on when catcher Shelby O’Brien’s throw from home struck that helmet as Sam slid back into first base.  The ball ended up caroming out of play.

Masks?  As a photographer I would prefer that the players didn’t wear masks in the field.  However as a parent/grandparent I am uncomfortable seeing infielders not wearing masks.  Way too dangerous, in my opinion.  One line drive up the middle nearly got AHS pitcher Hayley Catania who wasn’t wearing a mask.  Has no one figured out that a batted softball off a metal bat could cause a serious injury?

The weather was a great treat.  Temps close to 70 with plenty of sun.

I enjoyed being back with players and coaches of both teams.  I have been around both teams long enough to know who is new this year and who is missing.  Good folks on both sides.

My current schedule (working part-time at Pickwick Driving School Tuesday-Friday) will keep me from doing many games this season.  I regret it but some things have to be.

I was pleased to see that Dan Harrison, formerly of the Salem News, is now part the the Newburyport Daily News staff.  He is a good writer and the coverage of the area spring sports should be significantly upgraded as a result.

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Amesbury lineup

Amesbury lineup

Maddie Napoli (shortstop) throws to first

Maddie Napoli (shortstop) throws to first

trouble in the Newburyport outfield

trouble in the Newburyport outfield

Molly Kelley (2B) about to catch a popup

Molly Kelley (2B) about to catch a popup

Jade Carpenter (3B) prepares to throw home

Jade Carpenter (3B) prepares to throw home

Morgan Johnston

Morgan Johnston

Newburyport team picture

Newburyport team picture

Clippers relief pitcher Carley Siemasko throws to Molly Kelley at first

Clippers relief pitcher Carley Siemasko throws to Molly Kelley at first

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Shelby O’Brien’s 3-run homer leads Newburyport past Triton 5-2

Taylor Johnson tagged out at third base by Meg Stanton as Triton coach Michele Brewer watches

Taylor Johnson tagged out at third base by Meg Stanton as Triton coach Michele Brewer watches

Shelby OBrien hit a 3-run homer in the first inning

Shelby OBrien hit a 3-run homer in the first inning

(Newburyport MA) Shelby O’Brien’s three-run homer was the big hit for Newburyport in their, 5-2, win over Triton on Monday afternoon.

A huge win for the Clippers (9-8) as they try to qualify for the post-season.  They now need one win in their three remaining games to get it done.

The loss ended a three-game slide for the home team.  Their next game is at Pentucket on Wednesday.

Triton (5-13) had a five game win-streak in mid-season but have struggled in the games before and after that run of good softball.

The Vikings were missing four starters (Rylee Culverwell, Casey Ross, Christine Ciccone, Julia Hartman) for today’s game.  That put inexperienced players into unfamiliar places.

Newburyport scored three in the first inning and two in the third inning.  Triton got its runs in the first two innings.

Morgan Johnston and Vicki Allman after the 9th Newburyport win

Morgan Johnston and Vicki Allman after the 9th Newburyport win

Senior Vicki Allman pitched a 5-hitter for the Clippers with no walks.  After the first two innings, only one Viking (Emma McGonagle) was able to get to second base over the final five innings.

Vicki was hit hard in the first inning in more ways than one.  Mara Spears led off with a triple to left center.  Third batter (Kylie Gilroy) lined a shot off of Vicki’s left knee.  Vicki was able to recover and throw Kylie out but Mara scored and Vicki went down with a sore knee.  With backup pitcher Stephanie Gleason nowhere in sight, I’m not sure what NHS Lori Solazzo would have done for pitching if Vicki couldn’t continue.  But Vicki did continue and immediately had another liner hit at her which she caught ending the inning.

Newburyport put up three runs of their own in their half of the first.  Morgan Johnston beat out an infield hit and Carley Siemasko singled on the ground to right.  Shelby O’Brien followed with a high fly deep to the right-field corner.  Rightfielder Cailin Fraser had trouble finding the ball because it was over her head, hit high, and influenced by some gusty wind.  Shelby was into third before the ball was even picked up and reached home easily.

The Clippers would load the bases after the homer but Mara Spears struck out Shianne Sneider to limit the damage to three runs.

Olivia Lees

Olivia Lees

Triton got a run back in the second.  Sophomore Olivia Lees singled in the hole with two outs and was driven home by Taylor Johnson’s double.  The inning ended with Taylor being tagged out by Newburyport third baseman Meg Stanton.

The Clippers added two runs to their 3-2 lead in their half of the third inning.  Meg Stanton singled and Molly Kelley walked before junior Shianne Sneider hit an RBI single to right.  Ashley Hodge followed with an RBI double to left.

That 5-2 count would hold up the rest of the way.  There were few baserunners as the pitchers (Vicki Allman & Mara Spears and later Haley Johnson) threw strikes and had flawless defense behind them.

Weather?  We had the Big Three in this one: cloudy, rainy, and sunny.  I actually watched quite a few innings from my truck!  My only regret was that Shelby’s homer was hit during the rainy part of the game and my camera was staying dry in my truck.

Casey Barlow, Kendra Dow, and Maddy Stanton were on hand to support their former Newburyport teammates.

Triton plays its last game on Wednesday at Saugus.

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Vicki Allman caught in a rundown

Vicki Allman caught in a rundown

Shianne Sneider (one RBI) reaches 3B as Emma McGonagle awaits the throw

Shianne Sneider (one RBI) reaches 3B as Emma McGonagle awaits the throw

Meg Stanton sets to throw out baserunner Shannon Lyons

Meg Stanton sets to throw out baserunner Shannon Lyons

 

Infield grounder gets by second baseman Kylie Gilroy

Infield grounder gets by second baseman Kylie Gilroy

Mara Spears watches the pitcher

Mara Spears watches the pitcher

Second baseman Molly Kelley camps under a popup

Second baseman Molly Kelley camps under a popup

Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson

Triton pitcher Haley Johnson throws to 1B Lilly Anderson

Triton pitcher Haley Johnson throws to 1B Lilly Anderson

Carley Siemasko looks for a popup hit by Mara Spears

Carley Siemasko looks for a popup hit by Mara Spears

Shannon Lyons tracks down a base hit

Shannon Lyons tracks down a base hit

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Shelby O’Brien leads Newburyport past Amesbury 10-3

Celebrating begins as Shelby OBrien (#11) crosses home in the first inning

Celebrating begins as Shelby OBrien (#11) crosses home in the first inning

Shelby OBrien was flawless in the field and started a double play

Shelby OBrien was flawless in the field and started a double play

(Amesbury MA)  “Hey, she’s human!”

That’s what one of the spectators yelled after Amesbury’s Zoe Fitzgerald ripped a grounder down the line past third baseman Shelby O’Brien in the sixth inning.

Why?  Junior Shelby O’Brien was having a remarkable game in the field and at the bat.  She had handled tough chances and routine chances flawlessly.  She even had started a double play.  But there were equally good things when Shelby batted: a home run, two doubles and four RBI.

In the end, Newburyport defeated Amesbury, 10-3, on a sunny/windy Monday afternoon of Cape Ann League softball.

Meghan Stanton finishes her run around the bases

Meghan Stanton finishes her run around the bases

Meghan Stanton also homered and Stephanie Gleason added a triple as part of Newburyport’s 13-hit barrage.

Amesbury (6-4) had plenty of hits (nine) but were short on the big hit.  The Indians left runners on base in every inning.

Amanda Schell led Amesbury with three hits and two RBI.  She also scored a run.

Lauren Singer also had a big day for the Clippers (7-5) with two hits and three RBI.

Newburyport picked up three runs in the first inning.  Morgan Johnson singled and Carley Siemasko reached on an error (Maddy Napoli) before Shelby launched a 3-run blast over centerfielder Meagan Aponas’ head.

In the third the Clippers added two more runs.  Carley Siemasko ripped a single off of AHS starter Sammy Stone’s glove before Shelby doubled to right center.  Lauren Singer’s single to right tallied both runners.

Amanda Schell (3 hits and 2 rbi)

Amanda Schell (3 hits and 2 rbi)

Behind 5-0, the Indians rallied back in their half of the third.  An infield hit and an infield error (Morgan Johnson) opened the door for Amanda Schell to drive in both baserunners (Alexi Boswell and Lucy Scholz) with a single to right center.

Newburyport put their big bats back to work in the fourth.  Stephanie Gleason tripled to right center and Ashley Hodge singled her home.  The Indians looked to be out of the inning after second baseman Lauren Fedorchak started a nifty double play.  But on this day the runs kept coming for NHS.  After Carley Siemasko walked, Shelby had a wind-blown double to left scoring Carley.  Lauren Singer added another run with a single bringing Shelby home.

Next inning (fifth) the Clippers would add two more to their 8-2 lead against Rachel Cyr who replaced starter Sammy Stone.  Amy Sullivan walked and was the baserunner when Meghan Stanton homered to right center.

Alexi Boswell at second base

Alexi Boswell at second base

Newburyport carried a 10-2 leading into the bottom of the seventh.  Amesbury put three hits together for a run as Autumn Kligerman drove across Amanda Schell but that was it for the Indians.

The win enables the Clippers to sweep the season series with the Indians.  Newburyport pulled out a walkoff 16-15 win in April in Newburyport.

Everyone in the Newburyport lineup either scored a run or had a hit.

Vicki Allman went the distance for the Clippers.  She surrendered nine hits but gave up no extra base hits and allowed only one walk.  Vicki certainly had plenty of run support in this one.

Zoe Fitzgerald had two hits for the Indians.

Amesbury was coming off of a 9-8 eight inning win over a North Reading team that had only lost once.

The sun was very tough for those playing on the right side of the field.

Amesbury returns to action tomorrow at Saugus.  Newburyport will wait until Wednesday to resume play when they will host Ipswich.

It takes ten wins for a team to qualify for the post-season tournament.

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Pitcher Vicki Allman (#4) congratulates her teammates after the game

Pitcher Vicki Allman (#4) congratulates her teammates after the game

Lauren Fedorchak about to tag Amy Sullivan

Lauren Fedorchak about to tag Amy Sullivan

Vicki Allman in her pitching motion

Vicki Allman in her pitching motion

Centerfielder Meagan Aponas tracks a fly ball and rightfielder Alexi Boswell looks on

Centerfielder Meagan Aponas tracks a fly ball and rightfielder Alexi Boswell looks on

Pitcher Sammy Stone readies to fire to first

Pitcher Sammy Stone readies to fire to first

Shelby OBrien bats

Shelby OBrien bats

Morgan Johnson sets to throw to first

Morgan Johnson sets to throw to first

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